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Overview

Introduction to Paradise Valley, Arizona

Paradise Valley, Arizona, in Maricopa county, is 2 miles NW of Scottsdale, Arizona and 9 miles NE of Phoenix, Arizona. The town is located in the Phoenix - Mesa metropolitan area.

Paradise Valley History

The area that is now known as Paradise Valley was a grazing ground for cattle until the 1880s. In 1889, three surveyors from the Rio Verde Canal Company visited the area and were taken in by the beauty of the land. They named the community 'Paradise Valley,' which some believe was inspired by the spring wildflowers growing in the area. Settlements were established here after World War II. On May 24, 1961, the Town of Paradise Valley was officially incorporated.

Paradise Valley and nearby Attractions

  • Pueblo Grande Ruin
  • Scottsdale Historical Museum
  • Mummy Mountain Observatory
  • Indian Bend Wash
  • Camelback Country Club Golf Course
  • Phoenix Mountain Preserve

Things To Do In Paradise Valley

The town of Paradise Valley offers easy access to quite a few places of historic interest. The Pueblo Grande Ruin is nearby. Those interested in learning about the region's history and culture can also pay a visit to the Scottsdale Historical Museum, the Arizona Military Museum and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, all of which are within 5 miles of the town.

Paradise Valley Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Paradise Valley Higher Education

There are a number of higher educational institutes within 10 miles of Paradise Valley. Some of these are the Paradise Valley Community College, Arizona State University and the Rio Salado Community College.

People

Total Population 13,477
Male Share of the Population 51.4%
Female Share of the Population 48.6%
Senior Citizens 25%
Employed Population 16+ 5,691
Age of the Population 53

Families

% of people married 70.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 71.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $212,179
% Above Poverty Level 92.8%
% Below Poverty Level 7.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 11.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.4%
Median Gross Rent $2,804
Median House Value $1,226,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 15.8%
Irish 12%

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

Paradise Valley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NW of Scottsdale, Arizona (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles NE of Phoenix, Arizona
County Maricopa
Metro Area Phoenix - Mesa
Standard Zip Codes 85253
Phone Area Codes 480
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.531
Longitude -111.941

Paradise Valley 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 PHOENIX SKY HRBR INTL AP
Distance 7.5 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 65 F
Apr Temp 58 to 83 F
Jul Temp 81 to 104 F
Oct Temp 63 to 86 F
Annual Precip 8.2 inches
Station DEER VALLEY (PHOENIX)
Distance 8.9 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 66 F
Apr Temp 51 to 83 F
Jul Temp 77 to 104 F
Oct Temp 57 to 87 F
Annual Precip 7.7 inches
Station MESA
Distance 10.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cave Creek 5,122 $85,746
Gilbert 230,781 $91,125
Mesa 458,860 $59,442
Phoenix 1,514,208 $54,053
Scottsdale 227,471 $98,540
Tempe 169,816 $63,682

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

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