Youngtown is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. According to 2008 Census Bureau and Arizona Department of Commerce estimates, the population of the town is 6,522. Youngtown is the oldest retirement community in the US. In 1954, two developers bought 320 acres (1.3 km2) of farmland & built is notable as the first master-planned, adult community in the United States, dedicated exclusively to retirees, designed by Ben Schleifer. However, in 1996, the town denied extending the stay of a 16 year old child to live in the community. In response, the Arizona Attorney General investigated and determined it was unenforceable. In response Youngtown repealed the age restrictions in 1999.
Youngtown is located at 33°35′41″N 112°17′56″W / 33.59472°N 112.29889°W (33.594603, -112.298776), on the east bank of the Agua Fria River, just south of US 60, & bordered on the west by El Mirage, Arizona & on the east by the much larger retirement community of Sun City, Arizona.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,010 people, 1,641 households, and 746 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,296.1 people per square mile (887.2/km²). There were 1,783 housing units at an average density of 1,360.1 per square mile (525.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 88.90% White, 1.36% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.27% Pacific Islander, 7.24% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. 12.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,641 households out of which 7.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.5% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 54.5% were non-families. 50.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 36.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.74 and the average family size was 2.48.
In the town the population was spread out with 9.9% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 12.8% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 50.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 65 years. For every 100 females there were 70.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 66.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $23,164, and the median income for a family was $29,329. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,749. About 9.6% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.1% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.
The Peoria Unified School District serves a portion of Youngtown.
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