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Where Are We? The Southwest, Arizona, Maricopa County and Phoenix

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Where is Maricopa County?
Where Are We? The Southwest, Arizona, Maricopa County and Phoenix

Maricopa County is shown here in white. That's a general outline and location, not a precise one. It is not drawn to scale.

© Judy Hedding. U.S. map courtesy of About.com Camping Guide David Sweet.

Where Is Maricopa County Located?

Maricopa County is located somewhat centrally in the State of Arizona. It is shown on the map in white, although the image shows a general shape of the county is not drawn to scale.

More About Maricopa County

Maricopa County is one of 15 counties in the State of Arizona. It covers just over 9,200 square miles. While it is not the largest county in Arizona by area, it is the most populous county; more than half the people in the State of Arizona live in Maricopa County.

When people refer to the Greater Phoenix area, they often mean Maricopa County, although that is not really correct. Greater Phoenix, or Metro Phoenix, is the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) as defined by the U.S. Census, and includes Pinal County.

The capital of Arizona, Phoenix, is located in Maricopa County. The City of Phoenix is the largest city, by population, in Maricopa County and in Arizona.

Tip: There is also a city in Arizona called "Maricopa." Don't confuse Maricopa with Maricopa County. Actually, Maricopa isn't even in Maricopa County, it is in Pinal County!

Part 1: Which States Are in the Southwest?
Part 2: Where is Arizona?
Part 3: Where is Maricopa County?
Part 4: Where is Phoenix?

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