Since the state’s earliest days, migration into Arizona has been a major driver of the region’s growth. Today, Arizona’s in-migration continues to be a powerful economic force. Between 2010 and 2018, on average 270,000 people moved in each year as 178,000 left the state, a net annual increase of 92,000. These inflows – drawing a diverse set of households from a wide range of geographies – are defining the next evolution of Arizona’s economy and presage sustained economic dynamism and growth.

Key highlights include: 

  • Economic opportunity in Arizona will continue to drive migration into the state.
  • Migration into Arizona has diversified the employment base, primarily amplifying office-using occupations.
  • Migration patterns between Arizona and California are strong. Inbound residents into Arizona from California represent 23% of all migration into Arizona.