Paradise Valley, Arizona

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Paradise Valley, Arizona
Welcome sign in Paradise Valley
Welcome sign in Paradise Valley
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Paradise Valley, Arizona is located in USA
Paradise Valley, Arizona
Paradise Valley, Arizona
Location in the United States
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Country United States
State Arizona
County Maricopa
 • Mayor Scott LeMarr
 • Total 15.5 sq mi (40.1 km2)
 • Land 15.5 sq mi (40.1 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,342 ft (409 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 12,820
 • Estimate (2014)[2] 13,663
 • Density 939.2/sq mi (363.0/km2)
Time zone MST (no DST) (UTC-7)
ZIP code 85253
Area code(s) Area code 480
FIPS code 04-52930

Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town was 12,820.[1] Despite the town's relatively small area and population compared to other municipalities in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Paradise Valley is home to eight full service resorts, making it one of Arizona's premier tourist destinations. It is also known for expensive real estate.[3]

It should not be confused with Paradise Valley Village, an official municipal designation, in northeast Phoenix. For instance, Paradise Valley Community College, Paradise Valley High School, Paradise Valley Hospital, Paradise Valley Mall, and Paradise Valley Golf Course are all located several miles to the north of the town, in Phoenix. The town's name along with all the other various entities bearing the same name comes from the expansive area known as Paradise Valley, that spreads from north of the Phoenix mountains to Cave Creek & Carefree on the north and the McDowell Mountains to the east.

Residents attend schools in the Scottsdale Unified School District.

There is a Paradise Valley Unified School District, and it is one of the largest in the state, though like many other institutions with the name Paradise Valley, it refers to the Phoenix village, and not to the town.

Overview and history

Paradise Valley is the wealthiest suburb of Phoenix.[4] It is known primarily for its many resorts and expensive real estate.[5] However, its history dates back to a more agrarian society.

After the initial European settlement, Paradise Valley was first used for cattle grazing. In the 1880s, when the land was being surveyed so it could be developed into agricultural lots, the name "Paradise Valley" first came into use, being given by surveyors from the Rio Verde Canal Company and its manager at the time, Frank Conkey.[6] According to the official town website, this name may have been chosen due to the abundance of spring wildflowers and Palo Verde trees.[7] Mainly an agricultural area during the 1800s and the first half of the 1900s, the area began to be settled after World War II, on large one to five acre lots for which it became known.

As the neighboring settlements of Phoenix and Scottsdale began to grow and annex adjoining areas, the residents of what would become Paradise Valley were concerned that the qualities they most valued would be lost if they were consumed by their larger neighbors.[8] These residents formed "Citizens Committee for the Incorporation of The Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona", which collected enough signatures to take to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. The petition was granted by the Supervisors, allowing the town of Paradise Valley to be incorporated on May 24, 1961.[7]


Paradise Valley is located at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. (33.544596, -111.956451).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40 km2), all of it land.

The central terrain of Paradise Valley is dominated by Mummy Mountain. Other landmarks include Camelback Mountain on the southern border and the Piestewa Peak mountainous area on the western border.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 6,637
1980 11,085 67.0%
1990 11,773 6.2%
2000 13,664 16.1%
2010 12,820 −6.2%
Est. 2014 13,663 [10] 6.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
2014 Estimate[2]
Edward L. Jones House
File:Paradise Vally-Historic Places-Edward L. Jones House-1925-2.jpg
The house in 2013
Location 5555 N. Casa Blanca Dr., Paradise Valley, Arizona
Area less than one acre
Built 1925
Architectural style Mission/Spanish Revival
NRHP Reference # 96001474
Added to NRHP December 13, 1996

Paradise Valley's motto, coined by residents, is "there is a reason we call this valley 'paradise.'"[this quote needs a citation]

As of the census of 2000, there were 13,664 people, 5,034 households, and 4,163 families residing in the town. The population density was 881.7 people per square mile (340.4/km²). There were 5,499 housing units at an average density of 354.8 per square mile (137.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.60% White, 0.73% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 2.02% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 2.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,034 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.1% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.3% were non-families. 13.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 18.8% from 25 to 44, 35.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $150,228, and the median income for a family was $164,811. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $52,302 for females. The per capita income for the town was $81,290. About 1.9% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over. In 2012, the magazine "Forbes" named Paradise Valley's zip code, 85253, the 71st most expensive in the United States. This ranking also makes it the most expensive in the state of Arizona in addition to the most expensive in the entire Southwestern United States.[12]

Paradise Valley, looking east to Mummy Mt.


The Mayor and six Town Council Members are the elected representatives of the Town of Paradise Valley. The Town Council is composed of six members who are elected to serve four-year staggered terms. In 2010 voters approved the direct election of mayor. Scott LeMarr becoming the first directly elected mayor in 2012. The Council still selects its Vice-Mayor from among its members. The Town Manager is James C. Bacon, Jr.. The Chief of Police is John Bennett.

In 2012, citizens gathered 500 signatures on a petition requesting the Council reconsider the issue of direct election of Mayor. The Council voted in June 2012 to return the question of direct election of Mayor to the people.[13] The vote will be on the November ballot. The Town estimates the new election will cost taxpayers $11,000.[14]


Most of Paradise Valley is within the Scottsdale Unified School District.[15] A relatively small portion, however, is served by Creighton Elementary School District, & Phoenix Union High School District.


Top employers

According to Paradise Valley's 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[16] the top employers in the town are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Camelback Inn 604
2 Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia 358
3 The Scottsdale Plaza Resort 330
4 Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain 307
5 DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley - Scottsdale 165
6 Phoenix Country Day School 139
7 Paradise Valley Country Club 113
8 Hermosa Inn 101
9 Town of Paradise Valley 80
10 Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites 72

Notable residents

See also


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  6. Will Barnes, Arizona Place Names, revised and enlarged by Byrd Granger, University of Arizona Press, 1960, p. 190.;view=1up;seq=216
  7. 7.0 7.1 ”Town of Paradise Valley History”,, accessed 4/7/15
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  11. United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved July 10, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes". Forbes. Retrieved May 18, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "About Us." Scottsdale Unified School District. Retrieved on October 2, 2012.
  16. Town of Paradise Valley CAFR

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