Maricopa has the 622nd largest population in the United States. The population grew by 11.8% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Maricopa is part of the Phoenix metro area. Unemployment in the Phoenix area is 4%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Phoenix has the 16th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Maricopa is below average at $46,700, and the median cost of a home in Maricopa is $134,600, which is below the national average. 25% of workers in Maricopa hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 92% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Maricopa. 78% of Maricopa workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 12% carpool, and 8% walk. People in Maricopa spend an average of 34 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.