Casa Grande AZ - Largest American Job Increases

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument: dwellings and meeting houses left by the Hohokam people who disappeared suddenly.
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument: dwellings and meeting houses left by the Hohokam people who disappeared suddenly. | Source

Low Cost of Living and Increase In Jobs In Case Grande

SimplyHired.com, one of two major job listing sites that crawl all job vacancies posted online for America, listed a Top 10 Cities where jobs increased during 2012. Casa Grande, Arizona is at the top of that list, in the Number One Spot, with an increase of 95% in jobs from August to December.

The quick increase of jobs is nearly double the number of positions posted within the short four months from August to December. During the last week of March 2013, however, that number increased again and reached over 5,800 openings advertised, while in the first week of March, the number was 5,600. The current number of open positions is for a city of just over 48,500 residents by US Census reports from Census2010 and estimates calculatged in June 2012. The number of openings available is large for the market area, which includes Casa Grande, Chandler, Mesa, and Gilbert, as well part of south Phoenix.

According to the bSperling's website, the cost of living in Casa Grande is 14% below the national average. The median home cost is $92,800, with appreciation during 2012 at +7.74%.

Median age for residents is about 32 in Casa Grande, with the following breakdown of the working population over 18:

  • 9.3% from 18 to 24,
  • 26.4% from 25 to 44, and
  • 19.6% from 45 to 64.

This provides a total of 55.3% of the population falling between ages 18 - 64. Another 30% of the population comprises youth under 18 and the remainder is a group of Seniors at age 65+. Unemployment is a bit over 10%, but over 5,800 jobs are advertised, with additional positions located in the hidden job market. Many of the jobs are high paying, but also require advanced education.

Case Grande is between I-10 and I-8.

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Just 48 miles to Phoenix and 70 miles to Tuscon.

Distances to Other Attractions from Casa Grande

Metro Area
Distance from Casa Grande
Phoenix
48 miles
Suprise! AZ
78 miles
Mesa
48 miles
Gilbert
38 miles
Chandler
31 miles
Maricopa
22 miles
Picture Rocks
57 miles
Tucson
70 miles

Industry Growth in the Casa Grande Market Area

A large number of jobs came into being during the late summer and autumn of 2012, all within 25 miles of the center of Casa Grande.

Many of these jobs were created by the Gila River Community's enterprises, which include nearly two dozen large businesses owned and operated by the local Native Americans. In addition, the Health and Medical Industry gained additional jobs besides those at Gila River Health, among Technicians, Registered Nurses, Physicians, and support staff. The Trucking and Logistics Industry increased jobs as well. In the Banking and Finance Industry, Wells Fargo and Bank of America added positions for Customer Service, Personal Banking, and Mortgage Loan staff.

See the listings below for the top jobs and employers for 2013 in Casa Grande, Arizona. For job search among several thousand postings for this area, access SimplyHired.com and search under Casa Grande.

Gila River Indian Community - A Major Employer

Before Spanish exploration in the Americas, the O’othom or Hohokam people in Arizona lived in village clusters along the Gila River Valley and used well engineered irrigation systems to grow crops. They harvested corn, beans and squash (the Three Sisters named by the Woodlands people to the east), along with wheat, pumpkins, cotton and tobacco.These Native Americans grew it all - food, cotton for clothing and gear, and tobacco for ceremonies and smoking.

The Hohokam were quite the engineers, also building 500 miles of canals that they diverted from their river with tools that they themselves built. Intervention of exploring peoples for three centuries and the construction of up river dams removed water from the natives' crops, which died.

However, the native lands and crops began to improve during The Great Depression and in 2013, the Vee Quiva Casino & Hotel planned an opening in the summer months, increasing jobs available between Casa Grande and Phoenix (see employers list above). The native nation owns 20+ large-scale business operations, all economically successful.

Location References

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Progress On the Gila River Reservation

Our Hubber and friend GusTheRedneck offered some insightful photos he snapped back in the mid-1990s of Casa Grande, the local national monument, and the Gila River Indian Reservation (now also called "Community") at Sacaton, Arizona. I am grateful to be able to use them, because they show us a lot.

Having some 20 large business enterprises in 2013, the Gila River Community looked like a ghost town about 20 years ago. The residents of the reservation were stricken by diabetes during the 1990s, to the tune of about 54% of the that population as well. The photos below tell the tale better than I can tell it.

Gila River Indian Reservation (Community)

A view of the reservation in the 1990s.
A view of the reservation in the 1990s. | Source
Some horses that look as if they might be starving on the reservation.
Some horses that look as if they might be starving on the reservation.
The Dialysis Clinic on the reservation.
The Dialysis Clinic on the reservation.

Gus tells me that the reservation owned a utility company that did not provide consistent electrical service. This caused problems at the dialysis clinic, which served 30 patients at a time, 10-12 hours per day. The power would go out often and the entire staff would run to hand pump the dialysis machines. Even visitors were enlisted to help pump the machines.

Diabetes and especially kidney failure can be the worst nightmare in health. An uncle of mine died years ago because the hospital dialysis machine he was using broke and the next closest machine was miles across town, but they could not get him there in time - although the EMTs tried. The dialysis clinic on the reservation must have been something of a chamber of horrors for the patients and those who worked in it.

Largest Hiring Employers

  1. Bank of America
  2. Chandler Regional Medical Center
  3. Gila River Healthcare and Gila River Indian Community
  4. Banner Health
  5. Wells Fargo
  6. First Data
  7. Randstad
  8. Collabera - IT jobs
  9. Starwoods Hotels and Resorts
  10. Dignity Health
  11. Brookdale Senior Living
  12. Mercy Gilbert Healthcare
  13. Pizza Hut
  14. Volt Workforce Solutions
  15. Home Depot

Top 10 High Demand Jobs for Casa Grande

  1. Registered Nurses (RN license)
  2. Truck Drivers - CDL salaried drivers and Owner-Operators
  3. Health-related Technicians
  4. IT Engineers
  5. Salespeople
  6. Physicians
  7. Hotel and Resort Jobs
  8. Customer Service Representatives - Financial Products
  9. Project Managers
  10. Cooks
  11. Manufacturing Technicians
  12. Hospice Aides
  13. Personal Living Assistants

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Another view of the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.
Another view of the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. | Source

Gila River Valley

This is Gus's view of the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. The adobe ruins were eroding pretty badly, leading the National Park Service to construct the heavy-duty awning over the building seen in the photo. Local history is that the older native groups like the Hohokam in the area built adobe dwellings as well as large central meeting houses and other structures in the village, along with 500 miles of canals for crop irrigation.

The villages followed a path of sorts along the Gila River Valley and when the Spanish entered the area in exploration, they found a thriving, rather advanced community. What happened to these people and where they went suddenly is not clear to historians and anthropologists. However, we have some of their buildings to admire.

The Community seems to be thriving with businesses today, whereas in the 1990s, Gus was able to see a couple of retail stores, perhaps a seed-growing operation, a dialysis clinic, and evidence of a utility company that was not operating very well. We hope that the success of the current reservation economically does not go the way of that of the Perquot in Connecticut, who are now asking for a bail out for their resort hotel.

Many thanks to GusTheRedneck for his information and photos!

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Additional Unique Attractions

SimpyHired.com's Awarded Top 10 Cities For New Jobs

The following list includes the names of the Top 10 Cities and their percentages of job growth for 2012.

  1. Casa Grande, AZ -- 95.9% job growth achieved in 2012.
  2. Dallas TX 84.9%
  3. Chicago IL 83.4%
  4. Leesburg VA 76.9%
  5. Colorado Springs CO 69.7%
  6. Rosenberg TX 61.3%
  7. McDonough GA 60.5%
  8. Orlando FL 60.2%
  9. Wasilla AK 58.5%
  10. Monroe NC 57.5%

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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA

Hi Patty (Patty Inglish, MS) -

A fine article, this one. Good description of the Casa Grande city locale and the Pima Indian reservation at nearby Sacaton. As the saying goes, "been there-done that." Interesting how the Hohokam folks just up and disappeared like they did, but they left those adobe-walled buildings behind when they took off. One of them was 4 stories tall - quite a place it was. Another interesting thing is that the reservation folks have a tremendously large rate of diabetes and related kidney problems. I saw whole families -mothers, fathers, kids, aunts, uncles, etc. appear at the dialysis center for kidney dialysis. At that date (in the mid-90's) the reservation was poverty-heaven - the letter in "poor" probably had more value than the hovels on the reservation. Another big health problem was "Valley Fever" which is caused by the "cocci" fungus - spore borne with the heavy dry dust. Probably lost one reservation resident every week or so to that one. When I left that area they were trying to get a gambling casino set up on the Gila River Reservation (Sacaton), and I guess that must have happened to change the area from being a wart on the tail end of progress to becoming an employment mecca. If you need some photos, I probably could dig some out from my pile of Arizona pix.

Gus :-)))


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Wow, Valley Fever! - I never heard of that one, Gus, and it sounds horrid.

I read where, after the dams up river took their water, the local tribe was given govt. commodities, canned goods, and pre-packaged foods; and how some ended up with diabetes, but no mention of how bad that is today was made. They must have huge dialysis centers like ours on the east side of Columbus OH - big as department stores the are.

The reservation residents must hope the success of their businesses today lasts longer than that of the band of Perquots that is now seeking a *bail out* in CT. The CT band also have somewhere around two dozen enterpsises going. Down the tubes suddenly. I never thought an "Indian resort" would call for a bail out.

Two or so good photos would certainly help this story, if you ever have time to look in the future. I'll make sure to give you credit. Thanks for supplying so much information from your experience!


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA

Hi Patty - All of the diabetes extant back in the mid-90's was attributed to the "white man's diet versus the old red man's foods." On the reservation per se there was one small store where people could buy foods - some fresh and most canned. I saw no industry there at all - just a lot of sorry little houses, dusty roads, and fields that had nothing growing in them. The dialysis clinic was housed in probably the best of the buildings on the place. It was quite large and could handle probably 30 or so patients at one time. It was one of many aoperated throughout Arizona by a the "Renal West" company. My job was to go from one clinic to another throughout the state and in many states in the country from coast to coast to do bone density testing. The closest city was Casa Grande, and that is where I moteled when working at Sacaton. The Indians were of the Pima tribe and were of the Hohokam (and similarly named folks of today - as I recall "O-odham" or something to that effect).

As to the photos, I will see what I can do to pull some tomorrow. Then I will stick them onto one of my Web sites so that you will be able to download them easily without me having to eMail anything to you. Will leave a note for you here by tomorrow evening so as not to keep you waiting around. I can think of 5 or 6 pix that I know I have - one of the dialysis clinic building for sure, several of the reservation surroundings, at least one of Casa Grande city nearby the reservation, and several for sure of the national Casa Grande Monument Hohokam structures. Wish me luck.

Gus :-)))


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

You have a lot of photos, Gus, all great I'm sure. I'll appreciate having a few very much.

That was quite an experience visiting the clinics around the country and it may have been discouraging at Sacaton to see all the illness - Sounds like the whole reservation was sick. Our first dialysis center on the East Side was put into a defunct Dollar General store that could hold about 40 dialysis stations. The next one was larger and I noticed that the Walmart store out that way carried mostly the largest sizes in men's and women's clothing and that fast food shops were at least 4 or 6 to every corner interection and more in between for a few miles. Probably more than just coincidence there, I think.


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

To my understanding through the Great Spirit these Hohokam vanished. We do not know why. They went into the Spirit world as a people.

This desert is such that most who live there do not impact much of the living earth. Equipment, infrastructure and electronics last a much longer time than in any humidity. Humans have conquered the heat by solar powered cooling energy. Because of the energy of the sun and wind these tundra of the heat zones are now most conducive to life sustenance.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Thanks very much, Gus! I really appreciate the photos. I'm sorry to hear that so may were so sick and the dialysis was going nonstop. Whew!

Eric - thanks for your observations.

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