5th Year in a Row Phoenix is the Fastest-Growing City

This past year, Phoenix welcomed 25,194 new residents, this is slightly below the 10-year average of 25,912. Phoenix continues to take the largest share of Maricopa County’s population growth, with nearly four of every 10 new county residents choosing to live in the city of Phoenix. Maricopa County added more population than 36 states. Phoenix’s population growth also exceeded Austin, Texas, and Denver, Colorado, combined growth numbers.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 estimates reports that Phoenix’s population of 1.7 million and has added more new residents than any other city. Phoenix is still the fifth-largest U.S. city behind New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. Population losses in Chicago and Los Angeles were about the same amount that Phoenix gained, according to the Census. Phoenix leads the country in 10-year pollution growth by adding almost 260,000 people since 2010.

Queen Creek topped Arizona in percentage population growth (10.0 percent) with its population jumping from 55,000 in 2019 to 60,097 in 2020. That placed the town with the seventh-fastest growing percentage in the U.S. Buckeye was second in Arizona with a 7 percent growth rate. Tucson remains Arizona’s second largest city with its population growing 0.8 percent to 553,571, a gain of 4,610 people. Mesa had a 1.9 percent growth, with a current population of 528,129.

The next three most-populous Arizona cities are Chandler (265,398, up 1.6 percent), Scottsdale (262,647, also up 1.6 percent), and Gilbert (257,658, up 1.4 percent). In terms of percentage growth after Queen Creek and Buckeye, Marana and Casa Grande both grew 4.5 percent, and Maricopa and Goodyear both grew 4.4 percent.

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Glendale Fun Facts

Some fun facts about the great city of Glendale, AZ:

  • June 18th 1910: Glendale becomes incorporated with 1,000 residents.
  • Catlin Court in downtown Glendale was born from 1915 to about 1930. Most of these homes are still standing and are on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 1948: Glendale becomes the only city in Arizona with 100% of its streets paved.
  • World War II saw the development of Thunderbird Field, a facility used to train civilian pilots for the Army. While this field was being built in 1941, the Army was busy working on a larger base 10 miles west of Glendale. Built for $4.5 million, Luke Field (now Luke Air Force Base) was named for the first pilot to receive a Medal of Honor, Lt. Frank Luke Jr.
  • Thunderbird Field would later become the Thunderbird American Graduate School for International Management.
  • By the end of the century, Glendale’s school system had grown from a handful of schools to multiple districts including the Glendale Elementary, Peoria Unified, Deer Valley Unified, and Glendale Union High School districts.
  • Arrowhead Towne Center opened in 1993 and the surrounding neighborhood Arrowhead Ranch continues to be one of the most sought-after communities in the Valley. Arizona State University’s west campus grew into a major educational institution in recent years and Glendale also became home to Midwestern University and Glendale Community College’s North Campus. The completion of the Loop 101 throughout Glendale opened the city to the rest of the Valley.
  • Glendale today is the sports destination for all of Arizona. Jobing.com Arena and NHL Coyotes continue to attract fans to new growth in the far western areas of the city.  The state-of-the-art University of Phoenix Stadium is home to the Arizona Cardinals!

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Paloma Community Park

Paloma Community ParkResidents of Peoria have been enjoying new Paloma Community Park that opened phase one in fall of 2020. The park, located just south of the Loop 303 off of Dixiletta Drive and Lake Pleasant Parkway is open daily from 6am to 10:30pm.

Currently at 85 acres in size, the new park can accommodate large numbers of people while maintaining social distancing. The completed phase one provides an array of active and passive recreational activities for the community. The approximate size of the park will be 120 acres when both phases are completed.

Phase One includes the following amenities:
Lighted Ball Field Complex
Lighted Multi-Purpose Fields
Lighted Pickleball Courts (4)
Open Turf
Fishing Lake
Fishing Deck / Stage Area / Event Lawn
Splash Pad (opens April 15, 2021)
Inclusive-designed Playground
Picnic Ramadas
Lighted Dog Park
Concessions Building (2)
Overlook Plaza
Multiple Restroom Buildings and Parking Areas

Future phase Two is proposed to include amenities such as:
Wheeled Trail/Plaza (skate/rollerblade/bike court)
Additional Lighted Ball Field Complex
Walking Trail
Equestrian Trailhead
Interpretive Trails
Multi-Purpose Fields
Drone Zone
Additional Parking Areas and Restrooms

Paloma will be Peoria’s third community park, joining Rio Vista Community Park, north of Thunderbird Road between Loop 101 and 91st Avenue, Pioneer Community Park, off 83rd Avenue between Olive and Northern avenues. Paloma will be more than double the size of Rio Vista and nearly 40 acres larger than Pioneer.

Goodyear Civic Square Update

The Goodyear Civic Square at Estrella Falls project is moving forward despite disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic. The project will bring a new civic park, four-story city hall, two-story library, office suites, shops, and a parking garage. 

Groundbreaking near McDowell Road and Pebble Creek Parkway just north of Interstate 10 is scheduled for April 23—Mayor Georgia Lord’s birthday. Years before she was elected mayor, Lord helped craft a vision for the civic center. Lord was the chair of a committee that initiated a project that has been discussed since 1984.

Despite the pandemic, Goodyear is flourishing which means the Civic Square at Estrella Falls will move ahead. While the coronavirus impact has not been financial, the project designers were able to adjust building plans to accommodate social distancing and healthy hygiene practices. For example, all of the building doors will be automatically opening doors, so you don’t have to touch them and the restrooms will have touchless faucets.

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Amazon and Aldi Coming to Goodyear!

Great news for shoppers (online and in-person) and job seekers in Goodyear! Not only has Amazon signed a $20 million deal to purchase 90 acres at Indian School Road and Cotton Lane, Aldi grocery stores recently announced it will open a store at Estrella Parkway and Roosevelt Street by the end of 2020. In addition to a grocery store, Aldi also has plans to build a distribution center in the west valley.

While Arizona continues to face record high unemployment due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, these two companies are sure to bring a multitude of job opportunities to the west valley.

Even though it is not yet clear when Amazon plans to build a warehouse or distribution center on the 90 acres, the site is certain to bring in jobs.

During this pandemic that has led to tens of thousands of layoffs in the state, Goodyear is fortunate to be able to continue to grow its base of workers.

Riata at Alamar in Avondale

riata at alamarLandsea Homes has recently begun construction on 75 new single-family homes at Riata at Alamar in Avondale.  Riata at Alamar is a collection of one- and two-story homes with floorplans ranging from 1,800 square feet to 2,800 square feet. Four distinct architectural styles of homes will be available in the neighborhood, including Craftsman/Bungalow, Spanish Colonial, Territorial Ranch and Traditional Southwest. Riata at Alamar sales are planned to begin in September with the community grand opening in October.

The first phase of the Alamar master-planned community includes six distinct neighborhoods with 461 homesites. Additionally, a 30-acre regional park, built in partnership with the City of Avondale, will serve as the central hub of the community. The new community is located just north of the Estrella Mountains in Maricopa County, southwest of Phoenix and adjacent to Tolleson, Litchfield Park and Goodyear. Alamar represents one of the largest master-planned communities to be developed since 2013.

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Beat the Heat at Greater Phoenix Lakes

Phoenix may be a hot, dry desert, but there are a number of lakes just a short drive away to spend the day relaxing in the water and having fun with a variety of water sports!

lake pleasantLake Pleasant

Lake Pleasant is located north of Glendale in the north west valley about 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix. The 10,000-acre lake is always busy with a variety of water sports such as windsurfers, boaters, sailors, water and jet skiers, and fishermen. Lake Pleasant Regional Park also offers camping and trails for mountain biking and hiking.

Saguaro Lake

Saguaro Lake is a beautiful spot for spending a day on the boat. Located 40 miles east of downtown Phoenix past Fountain Hills, Saguaro Lake is a great Arizona lake for water-skiers and wakeboarders or those looking for a relaxing day of fishing. No boat? No problem! Leave the captaining to Desert Belle paddle boat for a guided tour of the lake.

Bartlett Lake

Bartlett Lake is just 45 miles from downtown Phoenix and east of Carefree, it is the second-largest lake in the Tonto National Forest. No worries if you don’t have a boat, Bartlett Lake offers aqua lodge rentals and a party yacht that accommodates up to 20 guests.

Roosevelt Lake

Roosevelt Lake is about 80 miles northeast of Phoenix and is the largest of the lakes just outside the Greater Phoenix region. Like other lakes in the Greater Phoenix area, Roosevelt Lake provides plenty of space for a variety of watersports and boating activity. There is also 110 miles of shoreline with peaceful coves for those wishing to find a quiet spot to spend a day.

Canyon Lake

Located past Mesa in the Superstition Wilderness of Tonto National Forest, Canyon Lake (pictured) is about 50 miles east of Phoenix. The 950-acre lake is a great place for a variety of watersports, as well as camping and hiking. Boat rentals are available and the lake has a popular day-use campground with a large grass area, ramadas and a swimming-only section of the lake.

Apache Lake

Apache Lake is also located in the Tonto National Forest and is a good lake for boating, fishing and the scenic canyon walls that surround parts of the lake. Boat rentals are available and for those looking to explore the lake.

Monsoon Safety

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If you have lived in Glendale during the summer, you’ve likely heard people talk about the “monsoon”. If you’re new to the valley, the term “monsoon” is used to refer to the valley’s season of high temperatures, high winds, and occasionally severe thunderstorms. Monsoon comes from the Arabic “mausim” meaning “season.” The resulting monsoon storms can range from minor blowing dust to severe thunderstorms. Often, the more severe storms begin with towering walls of dust hundreds of feet high that move across the valley. These dust walls are known as “haboobs,” an Arabic term for the similar walls of dust that are common in the Middle East, after the dust comes high winds, usually followed by heavy rains.

When does the Arizona monsoon begin?

Before 2008, the monsoon’s start date and duration varied based on the dew point average. To reduce confusion, the National Weather Service decided to set dates. The monsoon season now officially begins on June 15th and ends on September 30th.

Monsoon safety tips:

If you are driving and see a wall of wind approaching, get to a safe place as soon as possible. This can mean going directly home or it can mean exiting the freeway, pulling into a parking lot, and waiting out the storm.
-Drive cautiously even if your visibility is not greatly reduced, especially at the beginning of a storm when oils and other automotive fluids can make the road unusually slick.
-If you are concerned conditions are too bad to continue driving, slowly pull off the side of the road as far right as you can, turn off your car, turn off your lights, and keep your foot off the brake pedal. Otherwise, drivers might come up behind you and, thinking you are still in motion, rear end your vehicle.
-If you are outside during a storm, stay away from open fields, trees, poles, and other tall objects to avoid being struck by lightning. Also important to avoid swimming pools and golf clubs.
-If you have a landline, do not use it to avoid getting a shock from a nearby lightning strike. Instead use your cell phone, but even this should be minimized to keep lines open for emergencies.
-Avoid plumbing fixtures, including showers, baths, and sinks, since lightning can travel through metal pipes.
-Stay away from windows, which can be struck by blowing debris. It’s not uncommon for high winds to blow around large objects and for large trees to fall down.

Monsoon home shopping tip: When home shopping during or after a rain storm, inspect the ceilings for possible leaks and outside for possible flooding areas. These problems can typically be easily resolved during the inspection period and best to be remedied before closing.

Love Where You Live!

A Friendly Note to my Neighborhood-

I sincerely hope that each person reading this is doing well, staying healthy and strong. I hope, like me, you have found the personal strength to rise above the challenges not only for your family but for our community.

I wanted to make this “Neighborhood Note” a bit more personal. Since I have been spending more time around my home and less time in my car, I a noticing things about our community that have made me smile and remember why I “Love Where I Live” – the Arrowhead Ranch area in Glendale – so much! I also would like to share with you a bit about my personal journey that has led me to Arrowhead.

My favorite thing was seeing all the chalk art on the sidewalks around Arrowhead Loop – including a few Grateful Dead verses – that really brought joy to my morning walks! I love seeing families riding their bikes, walking their dogs and runners and exercise enthusiasts out on Arrowhead Loop.

Click play to watch my video featuring some of my favorite things.


A little Bit of my Personal Journey-

My husband Jeff’s position with American Express afforded us the opportunity to relocate to Arizona. We moved here from Long Island, NY in October 1995 with my 19-month old daughter. I was excited for our move but still cried the entire 5-hour plane ride ! Leaving our family and friends and all that we knew was a huge leap for us. Prior to our move, I worked for over 10 years in the medical industry. I became a full-time licensed Realtor in 2003.

Some of the things I remember the most about the early years:

-The Yellow Pages were my best friend. (Can you relate?)
-ABCO was the only supermarket located on 67th Ave south of Beardsley Rd.
-I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new elementary school – now knows as Legend Springs – back in 1998.
-The sweet smell of citrus from the orange groves that made up a large portion of the Arrowhead area…something I still miss!

I would love to hear about your journey and the reasons why you “Love Where We Live”! Connect with me via phone, email, or look for me on Social Media!

Elise Fay

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Phoenix Leads in Population Growth 4th Year in a Row

For the fourth year in a row Phoenix continues to attract more new residents than any other city in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The U.S. Census Bureau documented the population of Phoenix to have grown by 26,317 in 2019, increasing the total to an estimated 1,680,992.

Phoenix remains the nation’s 5th most populated city while its metro area has surpassed Boston’s in becoming the 10th most populated metro area in the U.S. Phoenix also led the nation in ten-year population growth with an increase of 234,301 residents since the 2010 census.

The U.S. Census Bureau also documented Buckeye in the West Valley as being the second-fastest growing city in the U.S. when measured in terms of population percentage increase over the last 10 years. In July 2019, Buckeye’s population was estimated to be at 79,620, a 56.6% increase since 2010. Buckeye was also the only Arizona city to rank in the nation’s top 10 in terms of the fastest growth as a percentage.

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