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Maricopa County, Arizona

Maricopa County is located in the central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of 2000 its population was 3,072,149. The county seat is Phoenix.

There are several Indian reservations located in the county.

Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 23,891 km² (9,224 mi²). 23,836 km² (9,203 mi²) of it is land and 55 km² (21 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.23% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 3,072,149 people, 1,132,886 households, and 763,565 families residing in the county. The population density is 129/km² (334/mi²). There are 1,250,231 housing units at an average density of 52/km² (136/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 77.35% White, 3.73% African American, 1.85% Native American, 2.16% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 11.86% from other races, and 2.91% from two or more races. 24.85% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,132,886 households out of which 33.00% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.60% are married couples living together, 10.70% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.60% are non-families. 24.50% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.90% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.67 and the average family size is 3.21.

In the county the population is spread out with 27.00% under the age of 18, 10.20% from 18 to 24, 31.40% from 25 to 44, 19.80% from 45 to 64, and 11.70% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 100.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 98.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $45,358, and the median income for a family is $51,827. Males have a median income of $36,858 versus $28,703 for females. The per capita income for the county is $22,251. 11.70% of the population and 8.00% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 15.40% are under the age of 18 and 7.40% are 65 or older.

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