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Overview

Introduction to Avondale, Arizona

Avondale, Arizona, in Maricopa county, is 11 miles SW of Glendale, Arizona (center to center) and 15 miles W of Phoenix, Arizona. Avondale is located along the Augua Fria River and is included in the Phoenix metropolitan area. It's a modern city, situated in a prominent commercial corridor which includes business parks, retail centers and numerous restaurants.

Avondale History

In 1880, William "Billy" G. Moore established a settlement along the Agua Fria River and named it Coldwater. He constructed a saloon, a general store and created a stage stop. In the early days, cotton was a major factor for the economy. During the late 19th century the city was a stopping place for people venturing out to the "Golden Coast." During the early 1900's the post office located in Coldwater was relocated to an area near the Avondale Ranch. The post office was referred to as Avondale. In 1946 Avondale was incorporated as a city.

Avondale Attractions

  • West Valley Arts.
  • Phoenix International Raceway hosts NASCAR races.
  • Avondale World Fest Event features culture, food and the arts from all over the world.
  • Avondale's Billy Moore Heritage includes a parade, a carnival and a wide variety of entertainment.
  • Wildlife World Zoo.
  • Desert Sky Mall is a popular destination for shopping.
  • Cricket Wireless Pavilion.
  • Lewis Exotic Reptiles.

Avondale Activities

Residents enjoy outdoor activities at Friendship Park. Estrella Mountain Regional Park, located in the Sonoran Desert is a vast acreage located near the confluence of the Gila and Agua Fria rivers. It includes sports venues and trails for hiking, bicycle riding and horseback riding. White Tank Mountain Regional Park is situated in the Sonoran Desert and offers multi-use trails and is available for camping.

There are numerous golf courses in the area including Palm Valley, Coldwater, Falcon and the Sundance golf clubs. The nearby Wigwam Resort features three notable courses, including the Gold Course which is regarded as one of the top ten golf courses in the state. Cave Creek and Bartlett Lake are popular destinations.

Avondale Higher Education

The city is served by the Universal Technical Institute and Estrella Mountain Community College.

People

Total Population 78,872
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 6.7%
Employed Population 16+ 35,536
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 44.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19%
Median Earnings25+ $34,146
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,119
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,271

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,831
% Above Poverty Level 81.4%
% Below Poverty Level 18.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 17.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,054
Median House Value $142,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 64.7%
US/American 0%
English 3.1%
Irish 5.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Avondale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles SW of Glendale, Arizona (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles W of Phoenix, Arizona
County Maricopa
Metro Area Phoenix - Mesa
Standard Zip Codes 85323
Phone Area Codes 623
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.435
Longitude -112.348

Avondale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LITCHFIELD PARK
Distance 4.6 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 67 F
Apr Temp 51 to 86 F
Jul Temp 75 to 108 F
Oct Temp 55 to 90 F
Annual Precip 8.6 inches
Station LAVEEN 3 SSE
Distance 13.5 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 67 F
Apr Temp 52 to 87 F
Jul Temp 77 to 107 F
Oct Temp 57 to 89 F
Annual Precip 8.7 inches
Station BUCKEYE
Distance 14 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 68 F
Apr Temp 50 to 87 F
Jul Temp 74 to 108 F
Oct Temp 53 to 90 F
Annual Precip 7.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
El Mirage 33,010 $50,884
Glendale 234,844 $54,866
Goodyear 72,880 $76,088
Litchfield Park 5,253 $94,167
Tolleson 6,806 $33,000
Youngtown 6,405 $52,066

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Avondale Public Libraries

Library
Avondale Public Library
328 WEST WESTERN AVENUE
Avondale, Arizona
(623) 932-9415
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Avondale High Schools

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WESTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
10850 W. GARDEN LAKES PARKWAY
623-877-2438
A Title I School.
Serves 2,385 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

AGUA FRIA HIGH SCHOOL
530 E. RILEY DR.
623-932-7301
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,678 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

ESTRELLA HIGH SCHOOL
510 N. CENTRAL
623-932-6561
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 471 students.

AGUA FRIA HIGH SCHOOL
530 E. RILEY
623-873-1860
A Vocational School
Serves 407 students.

JWJ ACADEMY - AVONDALE
200 NORTH DYSART ROAD 104 & 10
623-925-2780
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 127 students.

PPEP TEC - 'LITO' PENA LEARNING CENTER
725 N. CENTRAL AVENUE 113
623-925-2161
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 70 students.

NORTH STAR CHARTER SCHOOL INC.
2517 N. 107TH AVENUE
623-907-2661
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 45 students.

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