Sun City, Arizona
Sun City, Arizona
|• Total||14.59 sq mi (37.80 km2)|
|• Land||14.42 sq mi (37.35 km2)|
|• Water||0.17 sq mi (0.45 km2)|
|Elevation||1,142 ft (348 m)|
|• Density||2,769.14/sq mi (1,069.16/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))|
|GNIS feature ID||11953|
Sun City was opened January 1, 1960, with five home models, a shopping center, a recreation center, and a golf course. The opening weekend drew 100,000 people, ten times more than expected, and resulted in a Time magazine cover story. The future retirement community was built on the site of the former ghost town of Marinette. Developer Del E. Webb expanded Sun City over the years, and his company went on to build other retirement communities in the Sun Belt. Sun City West was built in the late 1970s, Sun City Grand in the late 1990s, Sun City Anthem in 1999, and Sun City Festival in July 2006. Sun City, Arizona was not, however, the first of its kind. In 1957 Sun City, California was built. It was built in the middle of the Southern California desert. It was built next to a tiny town called Menifee. Sun City boosted Menifee into becoming a city in the early 90s causing more housing developments to begin popping up in Menifee. Eventually Sun City became part of Menifee, but is still a thriving community and a big part of Menifee.
The community is well known to law students, as it is featured in the case Spur Industries, Inc. v. Del E. Webb Development Co., 494 P.2d 700 (Ariz. 1972), commonly used in first-year property law courses to illustrate nuisance law.
Sun City is located at (33.597439, −112.272052).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 14.6 square miles (38 km2), of which 14.5 square miles (38 km2) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.2 km2, 0.62%) is water.
According to the census of 2000, there were 38,309 people, 23,490 households, and 12,520 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,639.5 people per square mile (1,019.4/km2). There were 27,731 housing units at an average density of 1,910.7 per square mile (737.9/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.4% White, 0.5% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. One percent (1.0%) of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 23,490 households, out of which 0.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 3.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.7% were nonfamilies. Individuals comprised 44.1% of all households, and 39.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.60 and the average family size was 2.07.
In the CDP, 0.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 0.3% from 18 to 24, 2.0% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 79.8% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 75 years. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 69.8 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $32,508, and the median income for a family was $40,464. Males had a median income of $35,459 versus $26,453 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $25,935. About 2.5% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
Sports and recreation
A ballpark, Sun City Stadium, opened in 1971 and served as the spring training home of the Milwaukee Brewers from 1973 to 1985. Other teams to play their home games at the ballpark include the Sun City Rays of the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1990, and the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League during 1992–1993. The ballpark was razed in 1995.
Sun City is served by Valley Metro Bus routes 106 and 138.
Concert at the Sun Bowl
plaque reads: “Sun City Sundial /One of the largest /Horizontal Sundials in America /Gnomon: 36’ high, 64’ long /Constructed 1973 /(Renovated 2011)"
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