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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,833
Male Share of the Population50.7%
Female Share of the Population49.3%
Senior Citizens26.1%
Employed Population 16+5,789
Age of the Population53

Families

% of people married70.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher73%
Median Earnings25+$100,740
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$31,607
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,806

Wealth

Median Family Income$231,625
% Above Poverty Level93.8%
% Below Poverty Level6.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home13.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone20.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,772
Median House Value$1,332,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)20.7%
German17.5%
English15.5%
Irish12.5%
Italian9.1%
Polish4.1%
Russian2.9%
Scottish2.9%
Norwegian2.8%
French Except Basque2.5%
Iranian1.7%
Swedish1.7%
Welsh1.4%
Czech1.2%
Arab1.2%
Dutch1%
Swiss0.9%
Lithuanian0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Lebanese0.7%
Danishn0.7%
Greek0.6%
US/American0.6%
Austrian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Israeli0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Afghan)0.1%
Australian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
African0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Paradise Valley Almanac

CategoryValue
County Maricopa County
Standard Zip Codes85253
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/Phoenix
Approximate Latitude33.54
Approximate Longitude-111.96

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)

StationPHOENIX SKY HRBR INTL AP
Distance7.5 miles
Jan Temp43 to 65 F
Apr Temp58 to 83 F
Jul Temp81 to 104 F
Oct Temp63 to 86 F
Annual Precip8.2 inches
StationDEER VALLEY (PHOENIX)
Distance8.9 miles
Jan Temp39 to 66 F
Apr Temp51 to 83 F
Jul Temp77 to 104 F
Oct Temp57 to 87 F
Annual Precip7.7 inches
StationMESA
Distance10.7 miles
Jan Temp42 to 67 F
Apr Temp54 to 85 F
Jul Temp77 to 106 F
Oct Temp59 to 89 F
Annual Precip9.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cave Creek5,275$113,261
Gilbert226,832$93,935
Mesa470,456$60,388
Phoenix1,555,324$56,283
Scottsdale234,495$102,842
Tempe174,708$66,061

Paradise Valley Public Schools

Kiva Elementary School
6911 East Mcdonald Drive
ZIP: 85253
Primary
Total Enrollment 463
Cherokee Elementary School
8801 N. 56th Street
ZIP: 85253
Primary
Total Enrollment 500
Montessori Academy
6050 N. Invergordon
ZIP: 85253
Primary
Total Enrollment 191

Paradise Valley Private Schools

Phoenix Country Day School
3901 E Stanford Dr
ZIP: 85253
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 690
Desert View Learning Center
4027 E Lincoln Dr
ZIP: 85253
Elementary
Total Enrollment 102
Camelback Christian School
3900 E Stanford Dr
ZIP: 85253
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Christ Church School
4015 E Lincoln Dr
ZIP: 85253
Elementary
Total Enrollment 37
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