Community Profile

Apache Junction
Nestled among the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction is strategically positioned as the eastern gateway into the Phoenix metroplex for 15+ Arizona towns and the western gateway to Tonto National Forest’s recreation venues. The surrounding geography and western atmosphere draw over half a million visitors through the city annually. Our Downtown and Highway sites are ideal for your next expansion project.
Regional Strength
Apache Junction enjoys all of the benefits of being a member of a strong business friendly state (ranked #7 state for Economic Outlook - Alec-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index 2014) and an economically advancing region. In addition to being a right to work state, the State of Arizona and the Phoenix Region offer a unionization rate of 5%, low unemployment insurance rates, and access to a world-class labor force (ranked #2 by CNBC).

Regional Labor Statistics

  Phoenix Los Angeles San Francisco San Diego
Unemployment 6.4% 8.7% 5.1% 6.9%
Mean Wage $45,680 $52,620 $67,410 $51,890

Worker's Comp (% Payroll)

1.6% 2.9% 2.9% 2.9%
Unemployment Insurance $140 $238 $238 $238
Right To Work State Yes No No No
Unionization Rate 4.9% 15.4% 16% 14.8%
In addition Apache Junction is part of the Phoenix East Valley (PhxEastValley). Our region has seen a growth in the Tech and Healthcare industries, led by locates of companies such Apple, Zenefits, DaVita RX, Arvato Digital Services, and Boomtown!. This growth has resulted in Phoenix being ranked #5 fastest growing tech market by Forbes and the #1 ranked market in the mountain west for new company facilities and expansions by Site Selection magazine.

Population Median Age Median Income Avg. Retail Rental Rate
$14.25 SF/Yr
Labor Force
With regional commute times averaging 30 minutes, Apache Junction has an available labor force slightly over 300,000 people. The workforce is well educated with over 60% of the population 25+ having an education level above a high school graduate. The civilian unemployment rate is 3.99%.
Access to workforce training is critical to any industry's labor force and Apache Junction has 4 colleges/universities within a 15 minute drive that offer Associate level degree programs or higher.

*See list below for a list of colleges and universities within 35 minute drive.
Arizona State University - Polytechnic
Arizona State University - Tempe
AT Still University
Central Arizona College
Chandler Gilbert Community College
Communiversity @ Queen Creek
Everest College
Grand Canyon University
Pima Medical Institute
Maricopa Community College District
Mesa Community College - 2 Campuses
NAU - East Valley Campus
Ottawa University
Rio Salado College
Scottsdale Community College
St Xavier University
University of Advancing Technology
University of Arizona
University of Phoenix
Western International University
Transportation Infrastructure
Apache Junction has a global reach made possible by 1 international airport and 2 general aviation airports, 4 interstate freeways (I-8, I-10, I-19, and I-40) leading to the west coast and Mexico. The region is also service by Union Pacific and BNSF rail.

Top Industries and Employers
There are three primary industry clusters in Apache Junction: 1.) Retail/Accommodation/Food Services, 2.) Healthcare/Social Assistance, and 3.) Construction. The city is currently seeking opportunities to expand business presence in Advanced Business Services, Manufacturing & Distribution, and Biomedical & Personalized Medicine.

Top Industries


Further Information

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Please visit our Real Estate Locator page to find available buildings & properties available for sale or lease in Apache Junction.
Please visit our Incentives page to learn what incentives may be available for your next project.

*Data sources include: Experian, Inc. (2013), Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and US Census (2010).