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Welcome to the City of Avondale, Arizona!With 60,000 current residents and ranked as one of the fastest growing communities in Maricopa County, Avondale has come a long way from its agricultural past.
Today, Avondale is a modern city, near the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The current population is over 60,000, and is expected to reach 125,000 by the year 2020. The anticipated build-out population is estimated to be 170,000 residents. That rapid growth makes Avondale one of the fastest-growing communities in the valley, and the nation. Over the last decade, housing starts grew more than 700% with a current average home price of $157,000. Household income has steadily increased and is currently estimated at $68,000.
To keep pace with the rapidly growing population, a variety of cultural, economic, recreational and educational advantages have evolved. Resources range from the programs of the West Valley Arts Council to the academic resources of Estrella Mountain Community College and Universal Technical Institute. from the soccer fields of Friendship Park to the high excitement of Phoenix International Raceway, (PIR) Avondale has something for everyone. PIR is billed as the world’s fastest one-mile paved oval and plays host to NASCAR, Indy Racing League and USAC open-wheel cars. PIR hosts two NASCAR events annually, each attracting nearly 400,000 enthusiasts and hundreds of race teams, contributing hundreds of millions of dollars into the state and local economy.
Friendship Park is a recently completed $5.6 million youth sports complex funded in part by the Maricopa Tourism and Sports Authority. This facility has become host to various sporting events including soccer, Pop Warner Football, baseball and softball. The park features 11 soccer fields, 4 baseball fields, a dog park, and a sculpture garden with a traditional Japanese gazebo generously donated by the community of Kaizu, Japan.
Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) is one of the fastest growing educational centers within the Maricopa Community College system; enrollment is projected to grow to more than 20,000 students in the next 15-20 years. Located adjacent to the EMCC campus will be the future home of the West Valley Arts Council, a regional organization that is striving to bring arts and culture in its many froms to the region.
Avondale prides itself on service to the public. To better serve the residents, the Avondale Civic Center opened in December 2003 providing a one-stop-shop government center complex. Located on a 60-acre parcel along Avondale Boulevard, just south of Van Buren Street, this 105,000 sf facility includes City Hall, the Police Administration Building and the Avondale Municipal Court.
Avondale is a dynamic City with a wide variety of opportunities and a great future. The City Council, volunteers, citizens and staff have worked as a team to not only keep up with the surge of growth, but have actively partnered to control how and where growth occurs and to ensure it adheres to a high standard. Avondale’s goals are to develop as a sustainable community that offers amenities, residential choice, employment opportunities and quality of life to all residents, both old and new alike. The time is right to take a step forward and discover Avondale.
There were 10,640 households out of which 47.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.0% were non-families. 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.36 and the average family size was 3.66.
In the city the population was spread out with 34.2% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 102.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $49,153, and the median income for a family was $51,084. Males had a median income of $35,134 versus $27,487 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,919. About 10.3% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.2% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.