Anthem, Arizona

Coordinates: 33°52′2″N 112°8′49″W / 33.86722°N 112.14694°W / 33.86722; -112.14694
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Anthem, Arizona
Anthem Park
Anthem Park
Location in Maricopa County, Arizona
Location in Maricopa County, Arizona
Anthem is located in Arizona
Anthem is located in the United States
Coordinates: 33°52′2″N 112°8′49″W / 33.86722°N 112.14694°W / 33.86722; -112.14694
CountryUnited States
 • Total7.92 sq mi (20.51 km2)
 • Land7.92 sq mi (20.50 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation1,864 ft (568 m)
 • Total23,190
 • Density2,929.51/sq mi (1,131.12/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain Standard Time (no DST))
ZIP codes
85086, 85087
Area code623
FIPS code04-02430
GNIS feature ID2054803[2]

Anthem is a planned community partially located within Phoenix and partially located within New River, a census-designated place. The community is entirely located in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, within the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. As of the 2020 census, the population of the Anthem was 23,190.[3]


Anthem was developed by Del Webb in 1998 as a master-planned community in the foothills approximately 30 miles (48 km) north of downtown Phoenix.[4] Anthem has been described as one of the best places to raise a family by Parenting magazine and one of the best family friendly neighborhoods in the Phoenix area by Phoenix Magazine.[5]

Anthem is well known for its year-round activities, primarily geared towards families. The community center offers youth soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, various forms of martial arts, and swimming amongst other activities for ages as early as toddler years.[6] Homeowner's association dues cover a pool larger than Olympic size, a community water park with slides and various depths for all swimming levels, paths that crisscross the town, bike paths that circle all major streets, and pocket parks scattered throughout the town. In addition, there is a 63-acre community park complete with an amphitheater, many grassy areas, volleyball, soccer, football, baseball and little league fields along with a train, pavilion, lakes and pagodas.[7]

On July 31, 2012, a storm dropped 5.01 inches (127 mm) of rain on Anthem in the span of 90 minutes, causing widespread flooding that damaged homes and required the rescue of nine people. A subsequent investigation into the flood concluded that the storm was a "one-in-1,000 year rain catastrophe".[8][9]


Anthem is built on 5,856 acres (9.2 sq mi) at the base of Daisy Mountain and Gavilan Peak in northern Maricopa County. The CDP portion of Anthem has an area of 7.9 square miles (20 km2).[1] The community's elevation ranges from 1,760 to 2,428 feet (536 to 740 m), with an average elevation of 1,863 feet (568 m). Approximately 36 percent of the community is preserved as open space, including 291 acres (118 ha) of open hillside.[4]

The community is bordered on the north, east and south by the New River CDP, while the western portion of the community is located within Phoenix city limits.


Due to its higher elevation in the upper Sonoran Desert, Anthem is slightly cooler and receives a higher level of rainfall than areas of Phoenix to the south.[10]

Climate data for Anthem, Arizona (estimates)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum °F (°C) 65.0
Mean daily minimum °F (°C) 39.5
Average rainfall inches (mm) 1.34
Source: Anthem News[10]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

Anthem first appeared on the 2010 U.S. Census as a census-designated place (CDP).

As of the 2010 Census, there were 21,700 people, 7,451 households, and 6,037 families residing in the community. In 2014, there were 10,107 households and over 30,000 people. The racial makeup of the city was 89.7% White, 2.9% African American, 0.6% Native American, 2.6% Asian, 2.1% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.2% of the population. There were 7,451 households, out of which 46.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.4% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 19.0% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals living alone, and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.24. The median age in the community was 36.8 years.[12]

According to the American Community Survey, 11.8% of residents had attained a graduate or professional degree as their highest degree, 27.7% had a bachelor's degree, 7.8% had an associate degree, 26.9% had some college but no degree, 20.4% had only a high school diploma, and 5.5% had less than a high school diploma.[13]


The Anthem Christmas tree is the tallest in Arizona.
Traditional giant Christmas decoration in Anthem

The Anthem Christmas tree, installed every year at the Outlets North Phoenix, is the tallest in the state,[14] and is often listed as the tallest Christmas tree in the United States.


Anthem is split into three main subdivisions. Parkside, Country Club and the Village. Each subdivision has its own homeowner's association and each of these elects a board of directors consisting of five members. From the five directors on each board, a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer is elected.

Both Parkside and Country Club homeowners' associations elect three representatives, while the village homeowner's association elects one representative, to the seven member Anthem Community Council Board of Directors. Those seven Anthem Community Council Directors elect one of those representatives who serves as president of that board and is considered the highest authority in Anthem. Other positions within the council's board consist of vice-president, secretary and treasurer.

Parkside, one of the subdivisions of Anthem has homes west and east of Interstate 17. The east is served by Maricopa County, and the west is served by the City of Phoenix. The Anthem Community Council, a nonprofit community association, establishes plans and policies for the community and manages community assets. It also serves as the community's legislative body, but is mainly restricted to making laws that only apply to the three homeowner Associations of Anthem.

There are more than 20 neighborhoods in Anthem including Jubilation, Inspiration and Arroyo Grande.

The portions of Anthem that lie east of Interstate 17 receive police service from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and fire service from the Daisy Mountain Fire Department. Portions of Anthem west of Interstate 17 receive both police and fire service from the City of Phoenix [15] Water and sewer utilities are provided by a private utility, EPCOR Water[16] on the east side and City of Phoenix services on the west side of I-17.


Anthem is served by the Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) as well as several private and charter schools. The nearest colleges and universities are Glendale Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, and Arizona State University at the West campus.[17]

DVUSD schools[edit]

  • Anthem School (K–8)
  • Canyon Springs STEM Academy (K–8)
  • Diamond Canyon School (K–8)
  • Gavilan Peak School (K–8)
  • New River Elementary School (K–8)[18]
  • Boulder Creek High School (9–12)

Charter schools[edit]

Private schools[edit]


Interstate 17 is the primary connection between Anthem and Downtown Phoenix. A frontage road running along the east side of Interstate 17 and connecting Carefree Highway in North Gateway to Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem opened in October 2009. This frontage road connects to North Valley Parkway and Norterra Parkway in North Gateway, providing Anthem with surface street access to the rest of the Phoenix metropolitan area.[23] Valley Metro does not provide bus service to Anthem; however, the agency can provide a vehicle for vanpooling service.[24]


The Anthem Veterans Memorial is a monument dedicated to honoring the sacrifice and service made by members of the United States Armed Forces. The memorial's five white pillars represent the nation's military branches and are arranged in the Department of Defense order of precedence. Each pillar has an elliptical opening that slants downward toward The Great Seal of the United States. On Veterans Day (November 11), the design allows the sun's rays to spotlight the Great Seal at precisely 11:11 AM.[25][26]

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Anthem, Arizona
  3. ^ a b "Anthem CDP, Arizona: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Anthem 101". Anthem News. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  5. ^ Pela, Robert L. (May 2012). "Neighborhoods We Love". The Phoenix. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  6. ^ "Anthem Community Youth Sports".
  7. ^ "Anthem Community Amenities".
  8. ^ Reid, Betty (August 19, 2012). "Anthem Flooding Inquiry is Halted". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  9. ^ Chan, Cecilia; Madden, Haley (July 31, 2012). "Nine Rescued from Four Vehicles in Anthem Flooding". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Climate". Anthem News. September 2012. Archived from the original on December 14, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  12. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  13. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the United States". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  14. ^ "Arizona's tallest Christmas tree arrives in Anthem". Archived from the original on January 6, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  15. ^ "How Anthem Works". Anthem News. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  16. ^ "EPCOR :: Home".
  17. ^ "Universities & Colleges near Anthem, Arizona". Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  18. ^ "Attendance Boundary Maps". Deer Valley Unified School District. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  19. ^ "Public Charter Schools in Anthem". GreatSchools, Inc. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  20. ^ "Contact Us". Anthem Preparatory Academy. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  21. ^ "Contact Us". North Valley Christian Academy. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  22. ^ "Private Schools in Anthem * North Valley Christian Academy" GreatSchools, Inc. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  23. ^ "Anthem Transportation Phoenix Arizona". Anthem Phoenix Real Estate. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  24. ^ Valley Metro Vanpool (PDF), Valley Metro, retrieved November 12, 2012
  25. ^ "Anthem Veterans Memorial". Anthem Community Council. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  26. ^ "Veterans Memorial – America's Modern 'Stonehenge'". The News Talkers. Archived from the original on March 26, 2022. Retrieved June 7, 2015.

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