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
Coordinates: 33°32′41″N 111°57′23″W / 33.54472°N 111.95639°W / 33.54472; -111.95639Coordinates: 33°32′41″N 111°57′23″W / 33.54472°N 111.95639°W / 33.54472; -111.95639
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 (2013[2]) 13,387
 • Density 939.2/sq mi (363.0/km2)
Time zone MST (no DST) (UTC-7)
ZIP code 85253
Area code(s) Area code 480 602
FIPS code 04-52930

Paradise Valley is a small 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 twelve resorts, making it one of Arizona's premiere 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.


Paradise Valley is located at 33°32′41″N 111°57′23″W / 33.54472°N 111.95639°W / 33.54472; -111.95639 (33.544596, -111.956451).[4]

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. 2013 13,387 4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2013 Estimate[2]
Edward L. Jones House
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
Governing body Private
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.[6]

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.[7] The vote will be on the November ballot. The Town estimates the new election will cost taxpayers $11,000.[8]


Most of Paradise Valley is within the Scottsdale Unified School District.[9]

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