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Fountain Hills Information

Fountain Hills is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, neighboring the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and Scottsdale, Arizona. The population is 24,669, as of the 2006 Census. It was the eighth fastest-growing place among cities and towns in Arizona between the 1990 and 2000 censuses. It has the world’s fourth tallest fountain. The town has two annual fairs, a local art fair and the Fountain Hills Great Fair which incorporates arts and a carnival. Each year the town’s fountain is dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick’s day.


Fountain Hills owes its origin to a lake that never came to be. As part of the Central Arizona Project, construction of Orme Dam, near Granite Reef Dam, would have created a lake at the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation. Robert P. McCulloch envisioned a community of 70,000 people similar to one of McCulloch Properties’ other master-planned communities – Lake Havasu City.

The lake would have flooded the homes of Fort McDowell residents. The Yavapai and environmentalists defeated the dam proposal, but the town of Fountain Hills had begun. The development was marketed with a “fly-before-you-buy” sales program, beginning in 1972. Prospective buyers were flown in from Midwestern and Eastern cities to tour the desert ridges in white Jeeps and select their properties.

The 560-foot-high “World’s Highest Fountain” was the concept of C.V. Wood, Jr., a planner for McCulloch Properties, Inc., who had worked with Walt Disney on designing Disneyland. It was built to attract attention and buyers. It was turned on for the first time on Dec. 15, 1970, the “birthday” of Fountain Hills. For many years the community was small and remote from the rest of the Valley, so a spirit of neighborliness developed among the town’s pioneers. It still exists as a feeling of small-town togetherness and strong community involvement. Today, the population is around 24,000, with build-out expected at around 35,000 residents.


Total Population 20,235
Male 48.3%
Female 51.7%
18 years and over 81.5%
65 years and over 19.2%
Married Persons 69.4%
Single Persons 30.6%
Median Age 46.4
Average Family Size 2.67
Housing Characteristics
Total Housing Units 10,498
Median Home Cost $217,200
Number of Households 8,653
Persons per Household 2.34
Economic Characteristics
Median Household Income $61,619
Per Capita Income $32,230
In Labor Force 59.9%
Families below poverty level 2.2%
Education Characteristics
School Enrollment
Elementary School Enrollment 1,792
High School Enrollment 864
College or Graduate School 973
Educational Attainment Population 25 years and older
High School Graduate 20.6%
Associates Degree 7.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 24.1%
Graduate or Professional Degree 13.7%

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