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As the others have indicated, Florence is not a major economic center. The largest employer type by far is prisons. There are Federal, State, County and Private prisons - all located in Florence. I believe there are a total of 7 or 8 prison complexes. The school district would be the next largest employer base.
The commute to the metro valley area is difficult during rush hour. Florence and the surrounding communities of Johnson Ranch and San Tan experienced rapid growth during the boom. The infrastructure did not keep up with the population. The direct route to the valley is Hunt Hwy, a two lane road for the most part. At peak rush hour times, it experiences significant delays.
Real estate prices are low in these areas if you are willing to be patient for the infrastructure to catch up to the population demands. The current economy has halted much municipal spending on construction projects.
Here are links to the various area governments as well as the local newspapers. They may help you get a better feel for the area. If you want to live outside metro Phoenix yet have established amenities such as shopping choices, arterial roads, healthcare and employment, you might want to look at Casa Grande. Maricopa is another choice but it too has it's challenges with the lack of growth and adequate roads in and out.
Florence is not a major employment center but is about 35 miles from Tempe, home of Arizona State University and many hospitals. Nearby Chandler has computer industries (Intel and Insight plus MicroChip and more). Chandler and Mesa also have aerospace.
Florence is rural, ranching, farming, retail and the Florence State Prison.
To get a better idea, take a link at the Online Relocation Guide on the website link below.
Jeff Masich, Realtor
Arizona Homes and Land