Fountain Hills, Arizona

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Fountain Hills, Arizona

Introduction to Fountain Hills, Arizona

Fountain Hills, Arizona, in Maricopa county, is 12 miles NE of Scottsdale, Arizona and 15 miles N of Mesa, Arizona. The town is located in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Fountain Hills has a population of 20,235.

Fountain Hills History

A plan for the construction of a dam near the Granite Reef, which would have led to the creation of a lake at Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, led to the creation of Fountain Hills. Robert P. McCulloch planned a community around the lake. However, the dam was never built as the residents of Fort McDowell opposed it. But work on the community had already began and Fountain Hills was formally established in December of 1970.

Fountain Hills and nearby Attractions

  • McDowell Mountain Regional Park
  • Fort McDowell
  • Desert Canyon Club
  • Eagle Mountain Golf Club
  • Fountain Hills Community Theatre
  • Saguaro Lake Ranch Trail Rides

Things To Do In Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills is a scenic desert town, surrounded by the Superstition Mountains, the Four Peaks and the McDowell Mountains. A fountain built in 1971 held the record for being the world's tallest fountain for over a decade. The fountain was built at the center of a 28 acre lake.

Fountain Hills Transportation

Phoenix Sky Harbor International is the nearest major airport.

Fountain Hills Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are available at Scottsdale Community College, Rio Salado Community College and Mesa Community College.

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High Points

Fountain Hills strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Arizona):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 6% Fountain Hills Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 7% Fountain Hills People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 8% Fountain Hills Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 8% Fountain Hills Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 8% Fountain Hills Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 12% Fountain Hills College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Fountain Hills, Arizona

Comparing Fountain Hills to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Arizona (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 10 9
Senior Citizens 9 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 10
Well-Paid Single Men 8 10
Male Share of the Population 6 3
Female Share of the Population 5 8
Racial Diversity 3 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 9 10
College Educated Adults 9 9
Median Family Income 8 10
People Above Poverty 8 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 5 3
Public Transportation Use 3 5
Short Commute Times 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 1
People Living Alone 3 4
Affordability of Rents 2 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1

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Fountain Hills Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles NE of Scottsdale, Arizona (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles N of Mesa, Arizona
County Maricopa
Metro Area Phoenix - Mesa
Standard Zip Codes 85268
P.O. Box Zip Codes 85269
Phone Area Codes 480
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.633
Longitude -111.741

Fountain Hills Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.7 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 65 F
Apr Temp 53 to 84 F
Jul Temp 76 to 105 F
Oct Temp 59 to 88 F
Annual Precip 11.9 inches
Distance 13.3 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 66 F
Apr Temp 49 to 83 F
Jul Temp 74 to 104 F
Oct Temp 55 to 87 F
Annual Precip 13.7 inches
Station MESA
Distance 15.6 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 67 F
Apr Temp 54 to 85 F
Jul Temp 77 to 106 F
Oct Temp 59 to 89 F
Annual Precip 9.2 inches
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Fountain Hills Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 20,235 100%
Male 9,771 48.3%
Female 10,464 51.7%
Under 18 3,749 18.5%
18+ 16,486 81.5%
65+ 3,880 19.2%
Median Age 46.4
Average Family Size 2.67
White 19,478 96.3%
African-American 119 0.6%
Asian 180 0.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 99 0.5%
Other 133 0.7%
Mixed Race 214 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 618 3.1%

Estimated Fountain Hills Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 23,217
Growth 2,982
Growth % 14.7%

Fountain Hills Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 21.4%
Italian 11.1%
English 10.9%
Irish 10.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.2%
Polish 5.1%
US/American 4.7%
French (except Basque) 3.7%
Norwegian 3.3%
Scotch-Irish 2.1%
Swedish 2%
Scottish 1.9%
Russian 1%
Danish 1%
Greek 1%
Dutch 0.9%
Hungarian 0.9%
Czech 0.9%
French Canadian 0.8%
British 0.8%
Austrian 0.7%
Welsh 0.7%
European 0.5%
Canadian 0.5%
Swiss 0.5%
Slovak 0.4%
Yugoslavian 0.4%
Romanian 0.4%
Finnish 0.4%
Syrian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Northern European 0.3%
Slovene 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
Brazilian 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
Afghan 0.2%
Maltese 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Fountain Hills 20,235 $68,185
Carefree 2,927 $105,699
Cave Creek 3,728 $76,549
Mesa 396,375 $49,232
Paradise Valley 13,664 $164,811
Scottsdale 202,705 $73,846
Tempe 158,625 $55,237

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13733 Fountain Hills Blvd
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Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

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