Cochise County, Arizona, has what you're looking for: recreation, temperate weather, great K-12 and higher education, state-of-the-art health care, business opportunities, pro-growth incentives, low taxes, land available for development, affordable modern commercial and office space, business-friendly government, highly educated and bilingual workforce, wide-ranging transportation options, and much more!
Cochise County is nestled in the southeastern corner of Arizona encompassing 6,200 square miles of mountains, yucca-speckled grasslands, and unique cities and towns. Cochise County's population is 128,383 (as of 2017). The county seat is Bisbee, a city known for its mining history and as an artist and retirement community. Our largest city, Sierra Vista (pop. 43,824), is home to U.S. Army post Fort Huachuca - the region's largest employer and main economic engine. Cochise County's second largest city, Douglas (pop.16,588), shares an international border with Agua Prieta (2010 pop. of 79,138), a city in Sonora, Mexico. Cochise County is also home to the popular tourist destination city Tombstone and the Town of Huachuca City (which borders Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca). Benson, located along I-10, was selected by developers for the planned 28,000-home The Villages at Vigneto community, with construction slated to begin in 2019.
Our communities and the border state of Sonora, Mexico boast a shared, diverse workforce with vibrant regional, national, and cross-border, international market opportunities. Cochise County balances high technology and aerospace industries with a rich agricultural setting offering:
Cochise County's business environment is enhanced by a beautiful year-round climate with an average temperature of 75°F. Wide-open plains and mountain reaches provide a cool respite from searing summer heat in other parts of the state. High elevations bring mild summers and temperate winters and the landscape responds with beauty and abundance.
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Fort Huachuca (an active U.S. Army installation located in Sierra Vista) is the largest employer in Cochise County. The fort provides critical resources, infrastructure, and services to more than 50 unique tenant units and missions with national-level requirements, including three of the fastest-growing missions in the Army and Department of Defense: military intelligence, cybersecurity, and unmanned aircraft systems.
As of October 2017, approximately 2,400 active duty military personnel were permanently assigned to the fort. There are also approximately 2,500 trainees temporarily assigned on any given day (with more than 8,000 trained at the fort each year). Fort Huachuca directly employs approximately 2,600 civilian workers with an additional 400 employed by other agencies operating on the installation. The fort also contracts with numerous area firms employing several thousand workers.
In 2017, the Maguire Company released its Economic Impact of Arizona’s Principal Military Operations report, which estimated the annual direct, indirect, and induced impact of Fort Huachuca on Cochise County at $2.9 billion. The employment impact was estimated at 21,327 jobs countywide with $999.2 million in associated earnings.