Buckeye, Arizona
City
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 33°22′14″N 112°35′27″W / 33.37056°N 112.59083°W / 33.37056; -112.59083Coordinates: 33°22′14″N 112°35′27″W / 33.37056°N 112.59083°W / 33.37056; -112.59083
Country United States
State Arizona
County Maricopa
Government
   Mayor Jackie A. Meck
   City Council Brian McAchran
Robert Garza
Michelle Hess
Ray Strauss
Craig Heustis
Eric Orsborn
   City Manager Stephen Cleveland
Area
   Total 392 sq mi (1,015 km2)
Elevation 869 ft (265 m)
Population (2010)
   Total 50,876
   Density 129.79/sq mi (50.12/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 85326, 85396
Area code(s) 623, 928
FIPS code 04-07940
Website http://www.buckeyeaz.gov/
Private auto camp for cotton pickers in Buckeye, 1940

Buckeye is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States and is the westernmost suburb in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The population was 6,537 at the 2000 census. From 2000 to 2010, the Buckeye population growth percentage was 678.3% as it had 50,876 people at the 2010 census.

Geography

Buckeye is located at 33°22′14″N 112°35′27″W / 33.37056°N 112.59083°W / 33.37056; -112.59083 (33.370520, -112.590899).[1] It lies approximately 30 miles (48 km) west of Phoenix, Arizona and 330 miles (530 km) east of Los Angeles, California.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 145.8 square miles (377.5 km ), all of it land.

A vote to change the town into the City of Buckeye, which now encompasses over 600 square miles in the master plan, became effective January 1, 2014.

Climate

This area has a large[clarification needed] amount of sunshine year round due to its stable descending air and high pressure.[citation needed] According to the K ppen Climate Classification system, Buckeye has a mild desert climate, abbreviated "Bwh" on climate maps.[2]

History

In 2008, Buckeye was featured on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer as part of a weeklong series entitled "Blueprint America." [3]

In 2013, a video featuring a Verrado High School student who overcame Down's Syndrome to join the school's cheerleading squad, and using the Katy Perry song "Roar", was selected as a finalist in a Good Morning America contest.[4]

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 6,537 people, 2,158 households, and 1,624 families residing in the town. The population density was 44.8 people per square mile (17.3/km ). There were 2,344 housing units at an average density of 16.1/sq mi (6.2/km ). The racial makeup of the town was 72.54% White, 3.37% Black or African American, 1.71% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 19.34% from other races, and 2.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 36.65% of the population.

There were 2,158 households out of which 42.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.47.

In the town the population was spread out with 33.8% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 101.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,383, and the median income for a family was $39,194. Males had a median income of $32,357 versus $24,901 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,627. About 16.2% of families and 18.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.6% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.

Neighborhoods

The original Buckeye was built around downtown's main street, Monroe Avenue. There are currently nearly 30 master planned communities planned for Buckeye. Such master planned communities under development in which homes are occupied include Sundance, Verrado, Westpark, Tartesso and Festival Ranch.

Other unbuilt planned communities within Buckeye include Douglas Ranch (planned for nearly 300,000 inhabitants), Sun Valley Villages, Spurlock Ranch, Trillium, Elianto, Westwind, Silver Rock, Sienna Hills, Henry Park, Southwest Ranch and Montierre.

Sundance Towne Center, a shopping center developed by Vestar Development in the Sundance community, opened in 2007.

Recreation

A popular recreation destination in Buckeye is the Buckeye Hills Recreation Area. It is located 7 miles (11 km) south of downtown Buckeye on State Route 85 (at mile marker 144). A 900-acre (3.6 km2) Buckeye Lake is planned.

Education

The City of Buckeye is served by the following school districts:

  • Buckeye Elementary School District
  • Agua Fria Union High School District
  • Liberty Elementary School District
  • Buckeye Union High School District
  • Wickenburg Unified School District
  • The Odyssey Preparatory Academy

Estrella Mountain Community College recently renovated the original historic Buckeye Union High School building on Eason Avenue near 9th Street, also known as the "A" Wing, and started holding classes in this new satellite facility in the Fall of 2011. Named the Buckeye Educational Center, this facility provides academic courses, job training programs and community education classes.[citation needed]

Infrastructure

Transportation

Roads

Major roadways serving the city include:

Bus

Buckeye is served by Valley Metro via a rural bus line connecting Phoenix-Goodyear-Gila Bend-Ajo.[citation needed]

Rail

Union Pacific operates a rail line running east-west generally through the center of the city.[citation needed]

Air

The Buckeye Municipal Airport (ICAO identifier KBXK), is owned and operated by the city government.[citation needed]

Media

There are several local newspapers including the West Valley View, Arizona Republic's Southwest Valley edition and the Buckeye Valley News.[citation needed]

Notable people

  • Upton Sinclair (author, 1878 1968)
  • Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder (2012 present)

References

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