Apache Junction, Arizona

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Apache Junction, Arizona
Welcome marker
Welcome marker
Flag of Apache Junction, Arizona
Official seal of Apache Junction, Arizona
Official logo of Apache Junction, Arizona
Motto: 
"Surrounded by Legends"
Location in Pinal and Maricopa counties, Arizona
Location in Pinal and Maricopa counties, Arizona
Apache Junction is located in Arizona
Apache Junction
Apache Junction
Apache Junction is located in the United States
Apache Junction
Apache Junction
Coordinates: 33°24′54″N 111°32′46″W / 33.41500°N 111.54611°W / 33.41500; -111.54611Coordinates: 33°24′54″N 111°32′46″W / 33.41500°N 111.54611°W / 33.41500; -111.54611
Country United States
State Arizona
CountiesPinal, Maricopa
IncorporatedNovember 24, 1978 (1978-11-24)
Government
 • TypeCouncil–manager[1]
 • MayorChip Wilson
Area
 • Total35.08 sq mi (90.86 km2)
 • Land35.07 sq mi (90.83 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
1,722 ft (525 m)
Population
 • Total38,499
 • Density1,097.81/sq mi (423.86/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST (no daylight saving time))
ZIP codes
85119–85120
Area code480
FIPS code04-02830
GNIS feature ID25702
Websitewww.ajcity.net

Apache Junction is a city in Pinal and Maricopa counties in the state of Arizona. As of the 2020 census, the population was 38,499,[3] most of whom lived in Pinal County. It is named for the junction of the Apache Trail and Old West Highway. The area where Apache Junction is located used to be known as Youngberg. Superstition Mountain, the westernmost peak of the Superstition Mountains, is to the east.

History[edit]

Apache Junction arose at an intersection on an unpaved stagecoach trail to the nearby Superstition Mountains.[citation needed] The location became a historical landmark, part of a scenic byway that was opened to the public in 1922 and is currently part of a 120-mile-long (190 km) "circle trail" that begins and ends in Apache Junction.[4] The O'odham Jeweḍ, Akimel O'odham (Upper Pima), and Hohokam people all have tribal ties to the area.[5]

Geography[edit]

Apache Junction is in northern Pinal County at 33°24′54″N 111°32′46″W / 33.415035°N 111.546025°W / 33.415035; -111.546025.[6] A small portion of the city limits comprising the El Dorado Mobile Estates Resort and Senior Cottages of Apache Junction extends west into Maricopa County. The city is bordered to the west partly by the city of Mesa and to the southeast by unincorporated Gold Canyon. Downtown Phoenix is 33 miles (53 km) to the west via U.S. Route 60, which also leads east 54 miles (87 km) to Globe. Arizona State Route 88, following the route of the old Apache Trail, leads northeast from Apache Junction through the Superstition Mountains 45 miles (72 km) to State Route 188 at Theodore Roosevelt Lake.

Apache Junction is located in the east part of the Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler Metropolitan Area.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 35.1 square miles (91 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.03%, were listed as water.[2]

The town is bounded to the east by the Superstition Mountains (a federal wilderness area and home of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine) and to the north by the Goldfield Mountains with the Bulldog Recreation Area. Goldfield Ghost Town, a tourist location preserved from former prospecting days, lies near the western face of Superstition Mountain just off Highway 88 (Apache Trail). It is located just southwest of the site of the ghost town of Goldfield.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19702,390
19809,935315.7%
199018,10082.2%
200031,81475.8%
201035,84012.7%
202038,4997.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

Apache Junction first appeared on the 1970 U.S. Census as an unincorporated village. It formally incorporated as a city in 1978.

As of the census of 2010, there were 35,840 people, 15,574 households, and 9,372 families residing in the city. The population density was 929.3 inhabitants per square mile (358.8/km2). There were 22,771 housing units at an average density of 665.1 per square mile (256.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.5% White, 1.2% Black or African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 4.9% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.4% of the population.

There were 15,574 households, out of which 19.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city, the population had 19.9% under the age of 20, 4.5% from 20 to 24, 20.4% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 26.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.5 years.

The median income (as of the 2000 census) for a household in the city was $33,170, and the median income for a family was $37,726. Males had a median income of $31,283 versus $22,836 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,806. About 7.3% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.4% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Apache Junction was incorporated as a city on November 24, 1978. The city is governed by a collection of elected officials, clerk, and nine boards and commissions. The city council has seven members, which includes the mayor and vice-mayor. The mayor serves a two-year term.[9] The current mayor is Chip Wilson, Vice Mayor Christa Rizzi.[10]

Historic structures[edit]

This gallery includes images of some of the remaining historical structures located in Apache Junction. Among the exhibits on the grounds of the Superstition Mountain Museum are studio sets and other Western paraphernalia that were saved from the Apacheland fire of 1969. Apacheland was a 1,800-acre movie set which opened in 1960.[11] Also located in Apache junction is the ghost town of Goldfield. Goldfield was a mining town established in 1893 next to the Superstition Mountain. When the mine vein faulted, the grade of ore dropped and the town eventually became a ghost town. The town and its historic buildings were revived as a tourist attraction.[12]

Transportation[edit]

Apache Junction is located along U.S. Route 60.

Apache Junction is not served by local buses.[13] Greyhound Lines serves Apache Junction on its Phoenix-El Paso via Globe route.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Government – Apache Junction, AZ – Official Website". City of Apache Junction. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "2021 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Arizona". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Apache Junction city, Arizona: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  4. ^ "Apache Junction History – Apache Junction Public Library". Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  5. ^ "NativeLand.ca". Native-land.ca – Our home on native land. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "33.415000,-111.548897 – Map of Cities in 33.415000,-111.548897 – MapQuest".
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "Government". Apache Junction, AZ Official Website. City of Apache Junction, Arizona. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  10. ^ Apache Junction city directory
  11. ^ The Arizona Republic
  12. ^ Goldfield Ghost Town
  13. ^ "Funding sought for twice-daily bus service to Apache Junction". Your Valley. Retrieved November 9, 2021.

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