Arizona is located in the Southwestern United States and is a destination for travelers around the world seeking sunshine, perfect winter weather, mountain vistas, the Sonoran Desert, and the Grand Canyon. In Phoenix, the state’s largest urban center and capital, residents and visitors bask in sunshine 315 days a year and get only 8.3 inches of rain (1). By comparison, residents in Atlanta, Georgia enjoy 232 days of sunshine per year and 5.7-times more rainfall (2).
The Phoenix Metropolitan area is the 13th largest in the U.S. and is home to 4.3 million people (3). This represents 64% of the state’s population, which means most Arizona residents reside in an urban setting. Since Arizona is a large state, the urban concentration of residents leaves plenty of room for getting away from the crowd. In fact, Arizona is 34th in the nation in terms of the number of people per square mile (4).
Overall, Arizona was the 16th most populace state in the nation in 2010, but 13th in the number of school-aged children and public school enrollment (4). However, Arizona is 18th in the nation for the number of teachers staffing these public schools and 44th for revenue spending per child.
From the business perspective, Arizona ranks in the middle, right behind Tennessee and New York (5). Its mediocre standing is due to high business costs, low quality of life, and poor economic climate. These poor rankings are moderated by an abundant labor supply, minimal regulations, and strong growth expectations. In Arizona the cost of living is 5.8% lower than the national average, but incomes are also 7.3% less (6).
Security Employment Outlook
Arizona is a major tourist destination, especially for those interested in trying their hand at blackjack or the one-armed bandit (7). These casinos are located on tribal lands and owned and operated by various Native American tribes. Given the expected strong business growth for Arizona, estimated to be 6th in the nation (5), the need for security guards should also be robust.
Paying for College Classes
Arizona State offers grants, scholarships, and federal loan programs (8). Many of the programs require students to be enrolled in a two- or four-year degree program, so any student seeking a certificate of completion may find their student aid opportunities limited.
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