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Arizona City, Arizona
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Location in Pinal County and Arizona
Location in Pinal County and Arizona
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Coordinates: 32°45′6″N 111°40′45″W / 32.75167°N 111.67917°W / 32.75167; -111.67917Coordinates: 32°45′6″N 111°40′45″W / 32.75167°N 111.67917°W / 32.75167; -111.67917
Country United States
State Arizona
County Pinal
Established 1959
Area
 • Total 6.21 sq mi (16.08 km2)
 • Land 6.13 sq mi (15.88 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.20 km2)
Elevation
1,509 ft (460 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 9,868
 • Density 1,609.00/sq mi (621.23/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST (no daylight saving time))
ZIP code
85123
Area code(s) 520
FIPS code 04-03530
GNIS feature ID 0000770

Arizona City is a census-designated place (CDP) in southwestern Pinal County, Arizona, United States. It is located near the junction of Interstate 8 and Interstate 10 at the midpoint between Phoenix and Tucson, approximately 60 miles (97 km) from the downtown of both cities. The population was 10,475 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. It is estimated to be approximately 11,030 as of a 2017 U.S. Census estimate. Arizona City is a rural, primarily residential community that features a 48-acre (19 ha) man-made lake. These attributes make the community a popular snowbird destination, with the population increasing by as much as 5,000 people in the winter months to reach the census figure of 11,030.

It is not to be confused with the Arizona City that became the city of Yuma.

Geography

Arizona City is located at 32°45′6″N 111°40′45″W / 32.75167°N 111.67917°W / 32.75167; -111.67917 (32.751641, -111.679283).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16 km2), of which, 6.1 square miles (16 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.29%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 1,940
2000 4,385 126.0%
2010 10,475 138.9%
2020 9,868 −5.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

Arizona City first appeared on the 1990 U.S. Census as a census-designated place (CDP).

The 2010 Census determined that Arizona City had a population of 10,475, a 126% increase from the 2000 Census figure of 4,385. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 50.3% non-Hispanic white, 2.1% black or African American, 5.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian American, 0.0% Pacific Islander, and 40.9% Hispanic. Population density was 1,713.6 people per square mile. There were 4,296 housing units, with an average of 2.56 persons per household. 62.3% of households were owner-occupied, and the median value of these housing units was $99,300. The median gross rent in Arizona City was $844 per month.

7.5% of the population was under 5 years of age, 26.5% of the population was between the ages of 5 and 18, and 18.8% of the population was 65 or older. 7.4% of the Arizona City's population was born in a country other than the United States.

Only 13.4% of the population in Arizona City has a bachelor's degree or higher, although 83.4% of the population has at least a high school diploma. The mean travel time to work was 27.7 minutes, and the median household income was $42,853, with 20.4% of the population living below the poverty line.

Economy

AZ City Cotton Field
A cotton farm on the west side of Arizona City.

Historically, Arizona City's only employers have been the farms that surround the area and the few service jobs that exist within the townsite. However, being located in the middle of the Arizona Sun Corridor region, Arizona City's economy may soon be impacted by several large proposed attractions and factories that will potentially add 30,000 new jobs and attract up to 4 million visitors annually.

One of these developments is the Dreamport Villages project, which is a $4 billion destination resort that will be located 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Arizona City. This project will contain an extreme sports venue, water parks, restaurants, retail space, a residential area, and a fully themed amusement park comparable to Walt Disney World. Another approved project is the Attesa Motorsports Park, which will be a 2,360-acre (955 ha) motorsports complex featuring two 2.8-mile (4.5 km) road courses, a driver experience center, and an event center. This project alone is expected to create more than 10,000 permanent jobs and will be located 10 miles (16 km) to the northwest of Arizona City, adjacent to Interstate 8.

Phoenixmart, an under-construction 585-acre (236 ha) master planned development featuring showrooms, office space, warehouses, condominiums, a five-star resort and spa, and single family homes, is another one of these massive projects expected to boost the local economy. The Phoenixmart site is located approximately 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Arizona City and the first phase is expected to open in 2018. Lucid Motors, a Silicon Valley electric car company startup, has confirmed that it will build a $700 million electric car manufacturing plant in the nearby city of Casa Grande that will employ 2,000 workers by 2022.

Education

The only education facility located in the community is Arizona City Elementary School, and it is part of the Toltec School District. The nearest high schools are located in Casa Grande and accept students from Arizona Elementary School.

  • Arizona City Elementary School, a K–8 school located in the western part of the Arizona City.
  • Casa Grande Union High School, a high school located 16 miles (26 km) north in Casa Grande.
  • Vista Grande High School, a high school located 11 miles (18 km) north in Casa Grande.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Interstate 8 and transcontinental Interstate 10 intersect only 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Arizona City, providing freeway access to major Arizona cities such as Phoenix, Tucson, and Yuma, as well as San Diego and Los Angeles in California. Both freeways can be accessed via Sunland Gin Road. The main east-west surface street through the CDP is Battaglia Drive, which has an intersection with the main north-south street, Sunland Gin Road, at the north end of Arizona City at the community's only signalized intersection. Other main north-south surface streets in the community include Henness Road, Lamb Road, and Overfield Road. Major east-west surface streets include Alsdorf Road and Milligan Road.

The closest major airports to Arizona City are Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Tucson International Airport. Casa Grande Shuttle provides an airport shuttle to Sky Harbor.

Services

Shopping within Arizona City is limited. The five main stores in town are a Dollar General, Ace Hardware, a Food Town IGA grocery store, and the locally owned Sunlite Market and Tumbleweed Market. There are a number of small local restaurants, as well as a Domino's Pizza location for in-town dining. Within the community there is also a public library, a smoke shop, a number of churches, and a drive-thru liquor store. Arizona City also has a Moose Lodge location (#1038) and a branch of the United States Post Office. For fuel and other services, residents must travel to nearby Casa Grande or Eloy.

Attractions

  • Arizona City Golf Course, opened in 1963, is an 18-hole golf course located within Arizona City that includes a clubhouse, pro shop, and restaurant. However, the golf course has recently closed.
  • Paradise Lake, a 48-acre (19 ha) man-made residential lake, is located in the southern portion of Arizona City and can be used for sailing and fishing.
  • Skydive Arizona, the world's largest skydiving center, is located 9 miles (14 km) to the northeast.
  • Picacho Peak State Park is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) east of Arizona City on Interstate 10 and features several miles of hiking trails, camping, and picnic areas.
  • Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is located 20 miles (32 km) north of the CDP and features well-preserved Hohokam ruins and public tours during certain times of the year.

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