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Entrance to the town of Avondale
Entrance to the town of Avondale
Location of Avondale in Maricopa County, Arizona
Location of Avondale in Maricopa County, Arizona
Avondale, Arizona is located in Arizona
Avondale, Arizona
Avondale, Arizona
Location in Arizona
Avondale, Arizona is located in the United States
Avondale, Arizona
Avondale, Arizona
Location in the United States
Avondale, Arizona is located in North America
Avondale, Arizona
Avondale, Arizona
Location in North America
Country United States
State Arizona
County Maricopa
 • Total 47.87 sq mi (123.99 km2)
 • Land 47.62 sq mi (123.33 km2)
 • Water 0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)
974 ft (297 m)
 • Total 89,334
 • Density 1,876.13/sq mi (724.38/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST (no daylight saving time))
ZIP code
85323, 85392
Area code(s) 623
FIPS code 04-04720
GNIS feature ID 895

Avondale is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, adjacent to Phoenix. According to the 2019 U.S. Census estimates, the population of the city is 87,931.

Avondale, incorporated in 1946, has experienced rapid residential and commercial growth in the years since 1980. Once primarily a sparsely populated farming community with many acres of alfalfa and cotton fields, Avondale has transformed into a major bedroom suburb for Phoenix.

Phoenix Children's Hospital has a satellite facility (the Southwest Valley Urgent Care Center), at the corner of Avondale Boulevard and McDowell Road.


Avondale is located at 33°26′01″N 112°20′59″W / 33.43361°N 112.34972°W / 33.43361; -112.34972 (33.435322, -112.349758).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 41.3 square miles (107 km2), of which, 41.3 square miles (107 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.15%) is water.


Avondale first appeared on the 1920 U.S. Census as the 45th Precinct of Maricopa County (AKA Coldwater). In 1930, it simply appeared as the Coldwater Precinct. It was recorded as having a Spanish/Hispanic majority for that census (the census would not separately feature that racial demographic again until 1980). With the combination of all county precincts into 3 districts in 1940, it did not report on that census. In 1946, it was incorporated as the town of Avondale, and has appeared on every census since 1950. In 1959, it upgraded to a city.

As of the census of 2000, there were 35,883 people, 10,640 households, and 8,724 families residing in the city. The population density was 869.7 people per square mile (335.8/km2). There were 11,419 housing units at an average density of 276.8 per square mile (106.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 63.27% White, 5.20% Black or African American, 1.28% Native American, 1.89% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 24.32% from other races, and 3.89% from two or more races. 46.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,640 households, out of which 47.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.0% were non-families. 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age. The average household size was 3.36 and the average family size was 3.66.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 34.2% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $49,153, and the median income for a family was $51,084. Males had a median income of $35,134 versus $27,487 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,919. About 10.3% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.2% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.

In 2010 Avondale had a population of 78,256. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 50.3% Hispanic or Latino, 34.0% non-Hispanic white, 9.3% black or African American, 1.7% Native American, 3.5% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 0.2% non-Hispanic of some other race and 4.5% reporting two or more races.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 517
1930 1,770 242.4%
1950 2,505
1960 6,151 145.5%
1970 6,626 7.7%
1980 8,168 23.3%
1990 16,169 98.0%
2000 35,883 121.9%
2010 76,238 112.5%
2020 89,334 17.2%
U.S. Decennial Census


This area has a large amount of sunshine year round due to its stable descending air and high pressure. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Avondale has a Hot desert climate, abbreviated "Bwh" on climate maps.

Avondale parks

  • Las Ligas

12421 W Lower Buckeye Road

  • Festival Fields

101 E. Lower Buckeye

  • Donnie Hale Park

10857 West Pima St.

  • Friendship Park / Dog Park

12325 West McDowell

  • Mountain view

201 E Mountain View Drive

  • Sernas Plaza

521 E Western Ave

  • Fred Campbell

101 E Lawrence Blvd

  • Dennis DeConcini

351 E Western Ave

  • Dessie Lorenz

202 E Main St

  • Doc Rhodes Park

104 W Western Ave



Avondale-Phoenix International Raceway
The Phoenix International Raceway as viewed from the summit of Monument Hill

Avondale is home to Phoenix Raceway. It holds two NASCAR Cup Series races, two Xfinity Series races, a NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series race, an ARCA Menards Series race, and an ARCA Menards Series West race annually.

The City of Avondale Parks and Recreation Department offers sports for both youth and adults.


Avondale is served by the Littleton Elementary School District, the Avondale Elementary School District, and the Agua Fria Union High School District and Tolleson Union High School District. Within city boundaries are four public high schools—Agua Fria High School, La Joya Community High School, Westview High School and West Point High School—as well as charter Estrella High School and Catholic St. John Paul II Catholic High School. Estrella Mountain Community College, established in 1992, is located in the city. Another college is Universal Technical Institute.


Avondale is served by Valley Metro Bus. The Avondale ZOOM neighborhood circulator provides local service within Avondale. Avondale is also served by local routes 3 (Van Buren Street, 17 (McDowell Road), 41 (Indian School Road, express route 563 to Downtown Phoenix, and rural route 685 connecting Ajo and Phoenix.

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