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Get to Know Glendale, Arizona

Population, Demographics, Jobs, Schools and Trivia

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Entrance to Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area in Glendale, AZ

© Judy Hedding

Glendale Tidbits:

Glendale, Arizona is located northwest of Phoenix and is considered part of the Greater Phoenix area. Glendale is the hub of what many people here refer to as the West Valley.

During the past two decades it has been one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, and is Arizona's 5th largest city.

Vital Statistics (as of 2012 Census estimate, unless otherwise stated):

The population of Glendale, Arizona is 234,632 (2013 estimate). The median age of a Glendale resident is about 32 years old, and 21% of people in Glendale who are over 25 years old have at least a 4-year college degree. The median income of a Glendale, Arizona household is about $59,000. In Glendale, about 18% of people are considered below poverty level.

Glendale's Major Employers/Industries:

The top non-government employers in Glendale, Arizona are Banner Health, Wal-Mart, AAA, Arrowhead Hospital, Honeywell, Humana, Ace Building Maintenance Co, Midwestern University and Bechtel Corporation. In the government Sector, Luke Air Force Base and City of Glendale top the list.

Education in Glendale:

There are four elementary and secondary school districts in Glendale. The American Graduate School of International Management ("Thunderbird") is internationally recognized as one of the best schools in the world for international business. Midwestern University is the first private health sciences school in Arizona. In addition, the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Glendale Community College, and Arizona State University's West Campus are all located in Glendale.

Major Attractions:

Arrowhead Towne Center, Historic Downtown Glendale and Antique District, Glendale Civic Center. The Arizona Cardinals play football at University of Phoenix Stadium, and the Arizona Coyotes play hockey at Jobing.com Arena. Westgate Entertainment District is close to those stadiums, with movies, restaurants, bars and family-friendly events.

Camelback Ranch Glendale is the Spring Training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. You can also see Arizona Fall League Baseball games there, as well as AZ Rookie League games in the summer.

Median Home Price:

The median price of a new home in Glendale, Arizona is about $257,000. The median price of a pre-owned home is about $175,000. (What's the difference between average and median?)

Glendale, Arizona Factoids:

  1. Glendale was founded in 1892 by W.J. Murphy and incorporated in 1910.
  2. Glendale, Arizona is located in Maricopa County.
  3. According to the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, "The number of households in the Arrowhead Ranch area of Glendale (zip code 85308) with at least $1 million in worth increased by 214.4 percent between 1996 and 2001."
  4. Mayor Elaine Scruggs was the longest seated mayor in the metro Phoenix area. She was the Mayor of Glendale from February 1993 to January 2013.

Glendale Trivia:

The City of Glendale provides this bit of trivia at their Web site: "Ostrich feathers were a huge business in Glendale from the late 1800s until around 1914 when World War I began. It was said that their diet of Glendale-grown alfalfa provided the feathers with a unique luster not found anywhere else in the world."

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