Finance and Insurance

Finance & Insurance

Join the 6th-largest U.S. Finance & Insurance Cluster in Greater Phoenix

Greater Phoenix is one of the top markets in the nation to locate and expand finance and insurance operations. In fact, the region’s finance and insurance cluster is the sixth-largest in the nation. Between competitive operating costs, a robust workforce and a large existing cluster, Greater Phoenix boasts the perfect environment for your financial services business.

Finance & Insurance Industry Report

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Robust Workforce

Greater Phoenix offers a highly specialized workforce for the finance and insurance industries, which enables firms to locate important cybersecurity, fraud and analysis divisions in the market.

Competitive Operating Costs

In addition to affordable real estate compared to peer markets, Greater Phoenix also provides a number of quality relocation incentives to further decrease your business’ operating costs. 

Exceptional Talent Pipeline

Specialized programs at universities across the state train top talent. Arizona provides university alignment and partnerships to match talent to employers. 

Large Existing Cluster

Greater Phoenix is the sixth-largest finance & insurance cluster in the United States, indicating a higher industry concentration and specialization. The region also has the largest location quotient of any top-20 finance & insurance market. 

Economic Development Programs

Even with the highly competitive tax environment in Greater Phoenix and Arizona, there are several tax incentives that can be utilized to mitigate operating costs.  

Quality of Life

With the significantly lower cost of living across all major expenditures, Greater Phoenix also offers shorter commute times for more free time and more than 300 days of sunshine annually.

Robust Workforce

Financial services expansion opportunities in Phoenix

Specialized Finance & Insurance Workforce

Greater Phoenix offers a competitive work environment with a robust supply of human capital to ensure positions of all levels and in all departments of finance and insurance are filled quickly. With dedicated university programs and a large existing cluster, new to market and growing industry leaders in finance and insurance are sure to find success in the region.   

Insurtech & Insurance Leaders

Greater Phoenix’s fast-growing insurance cluster is home to 580 companies providing over 53,000 jobs and is made up of critical business units for some of America’s leading companies. Provided below is a sample of the region’s largest insurance operations. To get access to the complete list, download the industry report.

Company

Employees

State Farm Insurance

8,922

UnitedHealth Group

4,694

Aetna Medicaid

2,273

Cigna Healthcare of Arizona

2,040

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

1,849

Nationwide Insurance

1,436

Liberty Mutual Insurance

1,398

Allstate Insurance

1,383

Farmers Insurance

1,295

American Family Insurance

1,029

Progressive Insurance Corp

885

Source: MAG 2020 Employer Database

74%

Greater Phoenix has 74% higher concentration of finance and insurance businesses than the nation as a whole

Source: Lightcast 2021 Q1

1700+

1,700+ students earn degrees in accounting, finance, economics, mathematics & consumer relations from universities in Greater Phoenix each year

Source: Lightcast 2021 Q1

$34.5B

$34.5 billion globally was invested in fintech startups in 2019, up 30% from 2018


Source: CB Insights

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Competitive Operating Costs

Financial Companies in Greater Phoenix benefit from low operating costs and competitive tax rates

Keep Costs Down in Greater Phoenix

Greater Phoenix provides a strong value proposition for finance and insurance operations, with lower operating costs and a larger labor pool than many of its peer markets. When compared to markets like Charlotte and Dallas, Greater Phoenix has significantly lower labor costs. Compared to Salt Lake City, Greater Phoenix is competitive on cost while offering a labor pool that is three times larger.

Annual Operating Cost Analysis – Insurance Office
Metro

Payroll

Benefits

Real Estate

Property Tax

Total Operating Cost

Index

Phoenix

$23,179,753

$5,201,859

$2,892,000

$215,100

$31,488,712

100.0%

Charlotte

$23,802,808

$5,376,414

$2,087,000

$0

$31,266,222

99.3%

Columbus

$23,335,664

$5,235,949

$3,147,000

$122,300

$31,840,913

101.1%

Dallas-Fort Worth

$24,532,242

$5,549,424

$3,779,000

$96,500

$33,957,166

107.8%

Salt Lake City

$25,288,574

$5,704,171

$2,800,000

$270,288

$34,063,033

108.2%

Assumptions: $10,000,000 personal property investment, 100,000 square foot Central Business District Office, Lease, Utilities (per month): Included in Lease, 350 jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics equivalent occupations)

Annual Operating Cost and Total Industry Jobs

A quadrant chart depicting several finance and insurance jobs and costs over several metros

Source: Applied Economics Metrocomp Tool, November 2021; Lightcast 2021 Q4 Data Set

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Exceptional Talent Pipeline

Phoenix finance sector job growth is supported by finance and insurance training programs throughout the region

Innovative Finance and Insurance Training Programs

Arizona’s institutions of higher education are training the finance and insurance workforce of the future via innovative partnerships and high-quality programs. Whether you are a startup or are looking to relocate your finance and insurance company to Greater Phoenix, the region offers easy hiring thanks to a quality workforce pipeline while also driving additional talent to the region due to the excellent quality of life.

Arizona State University (ASU)

ASU has been named the No. 1 Most Innovative School by U.S. News & World Report every year since 2015 and has been ranked in the top 1% of the world’s most prestigious universities by Times Higher Education. ASU is committed to partnering with corporate firms, educational institutions and government organizations to produce a high-quality workforce. ASU has more than 13,500 students enrolled in its highly regarded W.P. Carey School of Business.

A group of seven young adults sit around a casual kitchen table.

University of Arizona (UArizona)

With its primary campus in Tucson, Arizona and secondary campus in Phoenix, UArizona offers a variety of programs significant to finance and insurance employers such as finance, accounting and management.  UArizona’s highly-regarded Eller College of Management enrolls more than 7,000 future professionals annually. Named the No. 4 Management Information System program by U.S. News and No. 7 MS in Cybersecurity by Cyber Degrees, UArizona provides top talent to local fintech and insurtech companies.

Did you know?

Arizona offers consistent and reliable internet and power coverage. From 2015-2020, the state had just seven hours of major power disturbances, placing it among the most reliable states in the country.

Large Existing Cluster

Greater Phoenix is home to a number of companies producing disruptive technology in the finance and insurance space. The region can support both startups and transplants, which has led to a number of fintech and insurtech companies moving to the region to join the numerous leading firms that have a significant presence.

 

Finance Leaders in Greater Phoenix

JPMorgan Chase Bank, Investor Greater Phoenix

Insurance Leaders in Greater Phoenix

Sector Growth

From 2016-2021, GPEC helped numerous market leaders relocate to or expand their footprint in Greater Phoenix. These six companies are among the recent movers that added a total of nearly 11,000 jobs to the region.

Greater Phoenix: The Birthplace of Zelle

Zelle replaces the need for cash and checks by enabling payments from one bank account to another, revolutionizing how money is moved. In 2021, just four years after its launch, consumers and businesses sent 1.8 billion payments that totaled $490 billion. Today, nearly 10,000 financial institutions use the Zelle network.

Economic Development Programs

Fintech operations in Phoenix are supported by various research and development programs

Fintech Sandbox

In March 2018, Arizona became the first state in the U.S. to create a Regulatory Sandbox Program (RSP) where financial services companies can test innovative products and technology in market for up to 24 months without obtaining a license or other authorizations that might otherwise be required. The sandbox encourages the development of emerging industries like fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrencies throughout the state.

More information can be found here.

The quality jobs tax credit in Phoenix supports new and growing finance and insurance operations

Quality Jobs Tax Credit

The Quality Jobs Tax Credit program awards $9,000 of corporate income tax credits per net new hire, spread over a three-year period for qualifying companies.

 

8.6%

Average sales tax rate

Source: Applied Economics Metrocomp Tool, November 2021

4.9%

average corporate income tax rate

Source: Applied Economics Metrocomp Tool, November 2021

$1.05

workers comp. rate (per $100 payroll)

Source: Applied Economics Metrocomp Tool, November 2021

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Quality of Life

Greater Phoenix Lifestyle

Experience a vibrant lifestyle and diverse culture at an affordable cost of living.

Enjoy the outdoors with more than 300 days of sunshine, average temperatures of 75 degrees, convenient access to over 400 hiking trails and globally recognized sporting events. Take part in a vibrant arts and culture scene that includes prominent classical arts to public art to craft markets and a diverse range of music and cultural events. And, eat well with fresh farmers markets in every city, and globally recognized chefs and culinary experiences at your doorstep.

Calculate Your Cost of Living Savings in Greater Phoenix

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Source: ACCRA, Cost of Living Index 2022 Q1