Paradise Valley

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During the late 1800s, cattle grazed in the area surrounded by the McDowell Mountains to the east and Camelback Mountain to the south. In the 1880’s, the Rio Verde Canal Company turned this open grazing area into irrigated farmland. In 1889, the Rio Verde Canal Company sent three surveyors to this area who were so taken by the beauty and tranquility of the desert landscape that they named this area Paradise Valley.

Settlement in Paradise Valley did not begin in earnest until post World War II. Paradise Valley, which is in Maricopa County, was a rural residential area with few commercial entities. Though the homes were modest in size and style, they were on large parcels of land, usually one to five acres.

In the late 1950s, Phoenix and Scottsdale were looking to expand their respective boundaries. Residents who lived in Paradise Valley area feared that they would lose the rural lifestyle they had become accustomed to and would soon be swallowed up by Phoenix or Scottsdale, and eventually subdivisions, shopping centers, new zoning laws and property taxes would be a commonality. These concerned residents formed a “Citizens Committee for the Incorporation of The Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona,” who set out with petitions urging residents to join them in their attempt to incorporate Paradise Valley. The residents' main goals were to keep zoning to a one house per acre minimum; to keep the area entirely residential; and to keep government regulation to a minimum. In April 1961, the Citizens Committee for Incorporation presented their petition to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. On May 24, 1961, incorporation was granted and the Town of Paradise Valley was established.

With a population of approximately 2,000, the first Town Council was formed. During the early years of the Town’s history, the Council spent most of its time establishing the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Board of Adjustment, redefining zoning ordinances, and annexing property. By 1968, the boundaries of the Town of Paradise Valley were pretty well set, with only a few scattered county islands and a handful of neighborhoods adjacent to the Town boundaries that would eventually be annexed. In 2000, with a population over 13,000, only two county islands remain - the community of Clearwater Hills west of Tatum Boulevard and the Franciscan Renewal Center on Lincoln Drive.
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Throughout the Town’s 50-plus-year history, the residents have striven to preserve the Town’s original mission - to maintain a residential community in a quiet and country-like setting with little government intervention.

Overview for Paradise Valley, AZ

17,212 people live in Paradise Valley, where the median age is 53.3 and the average individual income is $127,524. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

17,212

Total Population

53.3 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$127,524

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Paradise Valley, AZ

Paradise Valley has 7,462 households, with an average household size of 2.29. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Paradise Valley do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 17,212 people call Paradise Valley home. The population density is 950.71 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

17,212

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

53.3

Median Age

50.15 / 49.85%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

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10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

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25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
7,462

Total Households

2.29

Average Household Size

$127,524

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Paradise Valley, AZ

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The following schools are within or nearby Paradise Valley. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Chaparral Christian Preschool & Kindergarten
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
4/5
Scottsdale Country Day School
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
Cherokee Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
EVIT - Chaparral High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 4th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
2nd - 12th
No rating available

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