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Sun Lakes, Arizona
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Sun Lakes, Arizona is located in the United States
Sun Lakes, Arizona
Sun Lakes, Arizona
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Arizona
County Maricopa
 • Total 5.40 sq mi (13.98 km2)
 • Land 5.38 sq mi (13.92 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
1,194 ft (364 m)
 • Total 14,868
 • Density 2,766.14/sq mi (1,068.00/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST (no DST))
ZIP code
Area code(s) 480
FIPS code 04-70530
GNIS feature ID 25113

Sun Lakes is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. The population was 13,975 at the 2010 census. Sun Lakes is an active adult community comprising five active adult country club communities in three homeowner associations. These include the gated communities of Oakwood and IronWood (IronOaks), and the gated and non-gated communities of Palo Verde and Cottonwood (Cottonwood Palo Verde), and the non-gated community of Sun Lakes 1. Sun Lakes is a master-planned community developed by a single builder, Robson Communities. Robson Communities was founded by Ed Robson.


Sun Lakes is located at 33°12′53″N 111°52′12″W / 33.21472°N 111.87000°W / 33.21472; -111.87000 (33.214686, -111.869966).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.6 km²), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 1,925
1990 6,578 241.7%
2000 11,936 81.5%
2010 13,975 17.1%

At the 2000 census there were 11,936 people, 6,683 households, and 4,798 families in the CDP. The population density was 2,278.7 people per square mile (879.5/km²). There were 7,746 housing units at an average density of 1,478.8 per square mile (570.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.4% White, 0.8% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 0.3% from two or more races. 0.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 6,683 households 0.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.5% were married couples living together, 1.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 25.8% of households were one person and 20.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 1.79 and the average family size was 2.06.

The age distribution was 0.2% under the age of 18, 0.3% from 18 to 24, 2.1% from 25 to 44, 31.3% from 45 to 64, and 66.2% 65 or older. The median age was 69 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.6 males.

The median household income was $43,634 and the median family income was $50,333. Males had a median income of $46,250 versus $35,350 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $33,394. About 2.0% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.

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