Avoid the Crowds in Cochise County

Sierra Vista/Cochise County “Metro Area” Ranks #314 on U.S. Census List

It’s not always a good thing to be the number one city in the U.S. - particularly when you factor in traffic, pollution, crowding, cost of living and other big city issues. Not a problem for visitors to Sierra Vista and Cochise County, where the “micropolitan area” of 131,562 residents ranked as the nation’s 314th largest, just behind Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Sierra Vista’s ranking was revealed in a recent study released by the Business First newspaper which listed the nation’s 940 largest metropolitan/micropolitan areas.   Obviously, this means that the “Hummingbird Capital of the U.S.” is not going “big city” on us anytime soon! Included in the total population figure are also the rest of the communities in Cochise County – Benson, Bisbee, Douglas, Fort Huachuca, Tombstone, Willcox and all the others. 

With an estimated 21 residents per square mile, the county still affords a wealth of very wide open spaces, complementing its abundance of fascinating attractions. In other words, there is still plenty of room to move around in Cochise County without running into crowds.

For comparison’s sake, look at the elbow room found in some of the other metro areas ranked. Phoenix (#11 on the list) has 276 residents per square mile. In the New York metropolitan area (#1), that number shoots to a crazy 2,857 residents per square mile!

To find out about where the rest of the country ranks, go to:  http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/datacenter/metro-area-populations-03-07.html

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