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North Phoenix Area Information

Phoenix is the capital of the state of Arizona (also known as the Valley of the Sun), and is the 14th largest metro area by population in the United States with about 4.2 million people in 2010. In addition, Phoenix is the county seat of Maricopa County, and is one of the largest cities in the United States by land area. Phoenix is the largest capital city in the United States and the only state capital with over 1,000,000 people

Phoenix was incorporated as a city in 1881, after being founded in 1861 near the Salt River, close to the confluence with the Gila River. The city has a notable and famous political culture and has been home to numerous influential American politicians and other dignitaries, including Barry Goldwater, William Rehnquist, John McCain, Carl Hayden, and Sandra Day O’Connor. Residents of the city are known as Phoenicians.

Located in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix has a subtropical arid climate. In summer average high temperatures are typically over 100 °F (38 °C) and over 120 °F (49 °C) on occasion.


Settlement in the Valley of the Sun (known locally as simply “The Valley”) has been documented as far back as 1,200 years when Native Americans known as the Hohokam Indians settled in the area. The Hohokam were farmers and created the irrigation channels and pathways that the modern city was founded upon but unfortunately, around the 1400’s they simply disappeared from the area. It is believed that their water supply dried up due to severe and prolonged drought but whatever the reason, human settlement declined so only the occasional traveler or mountain man lingered temporarily in the area.

So it was that a Civil War soldier seeking a new home after fighting in the service of the Confederates happened across the spot. Jack Swilling saw what the original Hohokam had seen, a basin that would bloom if the water could be delivered and though he had been intending to settle and work in a nearby town, in 1864 he decided to set his vision into motion in The Valley of the Sun. Swilling developed several irrigation canals which largely followed the ancient ruins and channel ways left by the Hohokam; his plan worked and soon a thriving settlement was formed with Swilling acting as general postmaster and leader of the small community.

Things would have remained pretty much as they were with the as yet unnamed settlement continuing as a farming and trading center for the locality and enjoying the occasional mountain man and settler moving further west as guests. In the late 1800’s the railroad arrived turning this small rural community into a fast growing trading center which came to dominate the immediate area beyond the basin and the mountains. Swilling wanted to name the new town Jackson after General Stonewall Jackson, but this was not the South and the local residents refused to accept the name until it was agreed that as the town was rising from the ashes of the Hohokam, Phoenix was more appropriate.

The name stuck and now the road was paved for a period of dramatic and profitable growth as goods poured into the railroad hub that Phoenix came to be. Thousands of workers were drafted into the area with the advent of the massive dam projects as a result of President Roosevelt enacting the Land Reclamation Act and no sooner had this period of expansion started to die down, when the First and Second World Wars resulted in yet more expansion to service the military bases springing up in the area as well as the huge military manufacturing enterprises that called Phoenix their home.

The post-war years have seen continued expansion with modern industries benefiting from a well educated work force and a wide range of skills and specialties available in the immediate area. The 1990’s have heralded yet another period of massive growth in the city and now the City of Phoenix is the largest Mountain region city as well as being second only to Los Angeles in the West. As capitol of the State of Arizona, Phoenix is the only state capitol with a population in excess of a million people and is one of the fastest growing cities in America today.


Total Population 1,321,045
Male 50.9%
Female 49.1%
18 years and over 71.1%
65 years and over 8.1%
Married Persons 51.0%
Single Persons 49.0%
Median Age 30.7
Average Family Size 3.39
Housing Characteristics
Total Housing Units 495,793
Median Home Cost $112,600
Number of Households 465,834
Persons per Household 2.79
Economic Characteristics
Median Household Income $41,207
Per Capita Income $19,833
In Labor Force 66.4%
Families below poverty level 11.5%
Education Characteristics
School Enrollment
Elementary School Enrollment 170,371
High School Enrollment 74,115
College or Graduate School 73,315
Educational Attainment Population 25 years and older
High School Graduate 22.9%
Associates Degree 6.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 15.1%
Graduate or Professional Degree 7.6%

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Serving the Following Areas:

Adobe Highlands Phoenix 85027
Adobe Mountain Estates Phoenix 85027
Arroyo Crossing Phoenix 85023
Arroyo Vista Phoenix 85022
Bel Esprit Phoenix 85032
Belcanto Phoenix 85032
Bellvue Phoenix 85023
Belmont Phoenix 85032
Candle Creek Phoenix 85022
Cave Creek Cave Creek 85022
College Point Phoenix 85032
Country Ridge Phoenix 85027
Cypress Phoenix 85023
Deer Valley Estates Phoenix 85023
Deer Valley Sunrise Phoenix 85027
Desert Valley Estates Phoenix 85027
Desert Wind Estates Phoenix 85022
Foothills North Phoenix 85027
Green Meadows Phoenix 85027
Heritage Heights Phoenix 85028
Hillcrest Phoenix 85022
Hunters Village Phoenix 85032
Lakebrook Villas Phoenix 85029
Lookout Mountain Phoenix 85022
Lookout Mountainside Phoenix 85022
Marlborough Country – 85027 Phoenix 85027
Marlborough Country Phoenix 85029
Moon Valley Phoenix 85022
Moonlight Cove Phoenix 85023
Mountain Gate Park Phoenix 85022
Mountain View Park Phoenix 85028
North Valley View Phoenix 85027
Paradise Parke Phoenix 85022
Paradise Ranchitos Phoenix 85032
Paradise Valley Manor Phoenix 85032
Paradise Valley Oasis Phoenix 85032
Paradise Valley Palms Phoenix 85028
Paradise Valley West Phoenix 85032
Parque Vista Estates Phoenix 85032
Pepper Ridge Phoenix 85032
Pleasant Valley Estates Phoenix 85032
Point Loma Phoenix 85020
Pointe Mountainside Phoenix 85022
Pointe Tapatio Phoenix 85020
Preserve at Shadow Mountain Phoenix 85032
Ridgewood Acres Phoenix 85027
Rose Garden Estates Phoenix 85027
Rose Garden Place Phoenix 85027
Shadow Mountain Phoenix 85022
Squaw Peak Phoenix 85020
Summit Ridge Phoenix 85032
Sunset North Phoenix 85023
Surrey Heights Phoenix 85029
Tamarron Phoenix 85029
Tatum Lane Phoenix 85032
Tatum Park West Phoenix 85032
Thunderbird Villas Phoenix 85023
Tonto Vista Phoenix 85027
Topaz Park Phoenix 85032
Turtle Rock – 85022 Phoenix 85022
Valley Vista Phoenix 85029
Villa Rita Phoenix 85032
Waltann Estates Phoenix 85032
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