So what happens to the flag? After reviewing the area, we find that the flag is fine. Flagstaff has been growing for quite some time since it was named after a pine tree used for a flagpole in 1876 as travelers reach the top of the mountain on the old path. While not as fast as the other mega-growth parts of Arizona, it has held its own against the growth of other parts of this great nation.
GMP's gross metropolitan product grew about 6.3% during the decade 1990-2000. But real growth has been recent and is expected to be 3.6% annually. Why, many other homes, retirees and Metro PHX and Southern CA refugees with PhDs. In fact, there are more PhDs in Flagstaff than in any other Arizona city.
There are many self-employed people who work from home as consultants. More independent home office people than anywhere else in Arizona and equal to Sedona. Tourism is down but only slightly at 2.2% and for tourist areas is less than most other places in the country, mostly due to the need for driving. Everything is scattered, lots of parks, the Grand Canyon, Indian quotes. America West has increased flights. Flags are the starting point for all these places of interest. We met people here from England, France, China and from many states on the way to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, state parks as well as from PHX and Los Angeles, many homeowners, motorhomes and people on vacation, this is said to be a year around things. On any given day, there are 5000 plus people traveling through and spending money. Many people come up for the day to go shopping in the mall or just hang out and walk into town from Sedona and we met an amazing couple from Williams. Lots of people living in sticks come to town once or twice a week.
Recently, tourism was hurt due to fuel prices and Kinder Morgan pipeline breaches a month ago. This is because no one could get gas and drive up the hill to get out of the heat (only about 2 hours of average traffic, at night you can fly if you have the power). Flags of course be anywhere from 10-15 degrees less hot in summer. And when it hits 115 in PHX, everyone wants to leave. Would you not? They get into an air-conditioned car to take a drive and just end up in Flag? No, just teasing, but that's the joke around town these days. Living costs are above the national average with a great deal mostly due to wealthy city dwellers moving up the hill. They typically come to town set up and stay five years and get bored and move back. Aside from the draft Dodger cave dweller, stayed in a cave for 11 years in the state park and they kicked him out and told him not to return?
The artificial property causes hard ship for children trying to buy into the city, soaking up all apartments along with the University of Northern AZ. They claim to be number 8 in town for the healthiest places to live, bringing in Granolas. High schools have one of the lowest dropout rates in the country. Due to second-hand homes, K-3 enrollments decline, older trends for older populations occur.
Families that are just starting out have a hard time staying. Some yuppie soccer mom SUV members move in, but not as fast as the retired or older professional crowd who want to get out of the rat race and still be able to afford. This happens in many similar cities we have visited.
Major employers include WL Gore and Associates, which manufactures medical supplies; Flagstaff Medical Center; Grand Canyon Tourist Railway. Remember, the railroad has been there since 1881, NACOG government education (and they need the education for not?), SWCAA, Inc. Environmental products due to assistance available to everyone.
Walgren's distribution, distribution and transport are doing well there, and only a wealth of hotels and restaurants can cater to the tourist. Too bad recently was the telemarketing company Sturner and Klien, though fortunately they have other avenues. Nestle Purina cat food manufacturers, and it smells like cat food on that side of town, ha ha ha, not really. Lowell's famous observatory also there.
The cleaning industry is alive and well both in the wash and car wash. Five Guys Car Wash (HA), Flag Car Wash, Twin Pines Car Wash. Also Pressure Washing Flagstaff Pressure Washing, Perkins Power Wash, Tryton Enterprises, Joe's Power Washing. Keep in mind that these are pretty good operators and there are only 57,000 people in town living year-round. Not including college kids and second homes. Both of which are large numbers.
The service sector is alive and well in Flag. Retail and hospitality as well. The mall is expanding and currently has approx. 723 construction workers who are building and these help the job situation. Detail tasks created by this mall extension are approx. 240 extra with about 48 unrelated support jobs in town. For a complete list of chamber companies. Many jobs currently available to those who want to work?
There are several building description assignments and a revitalization in the center. Multi-million dollar downtown 6 blocks project. Multilevel parking structure and shopping area. The economic development people are working hard to maintain and expand and educate the labor supply and try to increase the number of high-paying jobs in the area to keep families in town and doing well. Many of the families moving down the hill complain about the traffic and will move back to their homes in flags.
Telecommunications are a big problem and they have a big fiber optic line from PHX in now, for good service. Satellite broadband is available from two providers. The area is also good for distribution companies with 80 trains coming through one day, some complain, but the railroad is part of the countryside and has been since 1894 when it was incorporated.
Flag also has a distribution center along I-40 and a business zone and a large truck stop. The technology park at the airport has just increased by 11 acres. The university has special projects in renewable energy, energy and engineering. The Solar Project is at the forefront of the Tempe University Center's work. In the city is Southwest Wind Power, where manufacturing benefits from college labor from special projects and the technology as well. Flagstaff just came out of level two drought and will probably need to be careful about water resources as it expands, this is an important issue for us in flagstaff. Golf courses, center dividers, urban landscape architecture and cities that are careful to use gray water.
There have been drought times water restrictions and they were happy to see that we were low water users for car wash, they like the idea and think it is of value. We found that the service sector was recovering and if you provide good service you will be slammed with work and thus not able to service the demand through the referrals you get, it is this type of city and the demand for service is high and we are seeing incredible growth in this sector.
Unemployment is low at 4.9%. There are 11.3% American Indians who are good sources of work, and they do really well and give so much to the city / city (still in between) the mood and legacy. The largest age group is changing rapidly and moving upwards. Currently, 25-40 make up 30% of the population, but rising rapidly is the age range 45-65. The tiger files predict 70,000 in 2010, I disagree, with all things being equal, I expect the number to be more like 85,000. The annual population growth is 3%, so it is really high, but seems to be sustainable for some time, and only issue the water supply again.
Once it did not rain for 140 days, then President Bush met for a speech, and it seemed, needless to say, compassionate conservatism took on a whole new meaning as he won much of the 6980 feet above sea level city. The annual rainfall was approx. 21 inches, but recent times have been much smaller. Snowfall is good at 100 inches and they need it for the water to soak in and collect. It rarely gets above 90 degrees in the summer, but the winters can be quite chilly and very pretty with all the snow that attracts year-round tourism. Being with I-40 is also a good stopover for weary travelers and thus collects a good deal of its cash flow without it easily escaping. In July, sales tax rose to 8,125%, and that is 1.54% city tax, 8125% county tax and state sales tax. This has led many to drive down the hill to buy new cars. Unfortunately, this has not been good for the auto sector, but the new influx of money has also helped sales, so perhaps the shock is not so bad. An owner of Patel family hotels complained about increases in the room tax, but said "that's okay, because now they have to listen to my wife when she goes down to the town hall because we're funding the place?" I laughed and then thought to myself that he has a point, luckily the other cities nearby also have hotel fees, but Winslow, AZ doesn't, Williams does. So it's a throw. There is some farming going on in Flagstaff and the farmer's markets are doing quite well and there are some good things to buy here.
Agriculture is nowadays somewhat small with only approx. 60 employees are employed in this sector and they are not large water consumers. The service sector employs just over 16,000 people and it is growing rapidly. We were very interested in the projects and job growth and new facilities to go up.
We were also pleased to find that NAU had an employment office for students to find work, good work source, phone number is (928) -523-9463. Arthur was also a good job Base.
We have noticed that the crime rate is not too bad, but substance abuse is a problem. Alcoholism and drug issues are still going on, but overall crime has been somewhat reduced over the years, even with the increase in population. On the whole, we really like it here and believe that there is great potential. Judging by the competition and their busy planning a company committed to service in almost every service sector is good as gold in the city of Pine Tree Flag Pole.