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Sun City West, Arizona
Sun City West entrance sign
Sun City West entrance sign
Location of Sun City West in Maricopa County, Arizona
Location of Sun City West in Maricopa County, Arizona
Sun City West, Arizona is located in the United States
Sun City West, Arizona
Sun City West, Arizona
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Arizona
County Maricopa
 • Total 11.97 sq mi (30.99 km2)
 • Land 11.93 sq mi (30.89 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
1,234 ft (376 m)
 • Total 25,806
 • Density 2,163.84/sq mi (835.44/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (no DST)
Area code(s) 623
FIPS code 04-70355
GNIS feature ID 25111

Sun City West is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. The population was 24,535 at the 2010 census.


Sun City West is located at 33°39′43″N 112°21′31″W / 33.66194°N 112.35861°W / 33.66194; -112.35861 (33.661829, -112.358740).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.1 square miles (28.7 km²), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 3,772
1990 15,997 324.1%
2000 26,344 64.7%
2010 24,535 −6.9%
2020 25,806 5.2%
Sun City, Arizona
Sun City West, and Sun City, Arizona from Landsat 8, 2016

At the 2010 census there were 24,535 people, 14,873 households, and 8,550 families in the CDP. The population density was 2,245.2 people per square mile (866.9/km2). There were 18,218 housing units at an average density of 1,666.8 per square mile (643.6/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.8% White, 0.8% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. 1.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 14,873 households, 14 had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 2.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.5% were non-families. 39.3% of households were one person and 35.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 1.64 and the average family size was 2.05.

The age distribution was 0.1% under the age of 14, 0.1% from 15 to 19, 0.1% from 15 to 24, 0.2% from 25 to 29, 0.2% from 30 to 34, 0.2% 35 to 39, 0.4% 45 to 49, 1.5% from 50 to 54, 3.6% 55 to 59, 9.2% from 60 to 64, 13.8% from 65 to 69, 17.2% from 70 to 74, 19.5% from 75 to 79, 18.3% from 80 to 84, and 14.8% who were 85 years of age or older. The median age was 75.6 years. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.6 males.

The median household income was $44,614 and the median family income was $58,345. Males had a median income of $48,333 versus $33,125 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $35,502. About 2.5% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.


Before the community was constructed, most of the area was of farmland mainly growing cotton. Sun City West was constructed by Del Webb starting in the late-1970s as Sun City, Arizona had outgrown its boundaries. Sun City West was completely built out in 1998 and a sister city, Sun City Grand, to the west of Grand Avenue was started.


Electric service is provided by Arizona Public Service. Natural gas is provided by Southwest Gas. Water and sewer utilities are provided by a private utility, Epcor Water. Sanitation service is by a private hauler.

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