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Overview

Introduction to Apache Junction, Arizona

Apache Junction, Arizona, in Pinal county, is 14 miles E of Gilbert, Arizona and 15 miles E of Mesa, Arizona. The city is in the Phoenix - Mesa area.

Apache Junction History

Apache Junction began as an old west mining camp. It has a colorful history involving Native American cultures, Spanish conquistadors and superstitions regarding the "Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine." The city was named after the junction of the Apache Trail. It was incorporated in 1978.

Apache Junction and nearby Attractions

  • Lost Dutchman State Park
  • Lost Dutchman Museum
  • Equestrian Park
  • Usery Mountain Recreation Area
  • Apache Creek Golf Course
  • Sunland Springs Village

Things To Do In Apache Junction

The Apache Trail extends from the junction to Canyon Lake, with an old stagecoach stop at Tortilla Flats. The Superstition Wilderness has many hiking trails and opens up a world of history and tales of lost treasures for visitors. Apache Junction also has about 51 RV parks.

Apache Junction Transportation

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Apache Junction Higher Education

Chandler/ Gilbert Community College, Scottsdale Community College and Mesa Community College provide higher education facilities.

People

Total Population 36,586
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 30.4%
Employed Population 16+ 10,900
Age of the Population 51

Families

% of people married 52.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.1%
Median Earnings25+ $29,879
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,963
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,153

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,920
% Above Poverty Level 76%
% Below Poverty Level 24%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.5%
Median Gross Rent $735
Median House Value $87,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.2%
US/American 0%
English 9.7%
Irish 11.4%

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

Apache Junction Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles E of Gilbert, Arizona (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles E of Mesa, Arizona
County Pinal
Metro Area Phoenix - Mesa
Standard Zip Codes 85218, 85219, 85220
P.O. Box Zip Codes 85217, 85278, 85290
Phone Area Codes 480
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.415
Longitude -111.548

Apache Junction 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 APACHE JUNCTION 5 NE
Distance 5.2 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 65 F
Apr Temp 51 to 83 F
Jul Temp 75 to 104 F
Oct Temp 58 to 86 F
Annual Precip 12.2 inches
Station STEWART MOUNTAIN
Distance 9.4 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 15.5 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Apache Junction, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Gold Canyon (85218)

Tortilla Flat (85219, 85290)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chandler 250,202 $84,761
Fountain Hills 23,322 $87,310
Gilbert 230,781 $91,125
Mesa 458,860 $59,442
Queen Creek 30,143 $88,750
Tempe 169,816 $63,682

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

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Apache Junction High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

APACHE JUNCTION HIGH SCHOOL
2525 S IRONWOOD RD
480-982-1110
Serves 1,466 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

APACHE TRAIL HIGH SCHOOL
945 WEST APACHE TRAIL
480-288-0337
A Charter School.
Serves 154 students.

EXCALIBUR CHARTER SCHOOL
10839 E. APACHE TRAIL
480-373-9575
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 77 students.

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