The City accounts for more than 50 percent of Pinal County employment in utilities, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, management of companies and businesses, educational services, and health care and social services. In total, approximately 43.3 percent of all private jobs in Pinal County are located in Casa Grande. An indicator of the strength of Casa Grande’s economy is demonstrated by the fact that in 2005, the City’s population constituted nearly 15 percent of Pinal County’s population while almost 45 percent of the County’s jobs were located in the City. Casa Grande includes a greater proportion of jobs-to-population than Pinal County as a whole. The City of Casa Grande’s jobs-to-population ratio of 0.53 (i.e., slightly more than one job for every two residents) far exceeds that of Pinal County (0.201) and even exceeds the Maricopa County ratio of 0.50. Casa Grande is not a sleepy bedroom community. It is an active regional employment center and economic hub.
The expansive population within and surrounding Casa Grande provides employers with an ever-growing base for recruitment of entry-level and skilled labor pools, at attractive wage rates. Nearby colleges and universities provide fantastic educational, occupational training and business assistance programs to employees and employers in the Casa Grande area. Campuses include the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, each located within an hour of Casa Grande, and Northern Arizona University and Central Arizona College each offer classes in the immediate Casa Grande area. Casa Grande has the ability to draw upon a very large population for employment. Within 30 miles of the city’s downtown, there are approximately 500,000 people. Of this population, about 22.4% of the people (25 years or older) have attained at least a Bachelor’s degree, with nearly 7.5% of this population having attained advanced degrees. Projections for this area remain bright. By the year 2014, 700,000 people will live within 30 miles of downtown Casa Grande.