San Tan Valley, Arizona

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San Tan Valley, Arizona
Location of San Tan Valley in Pinal County, Arizona.
Location of San Tan Valley in Pinal County, Arizona.
San Tan Valley is located in Arizona
San Tan Valley
San Tan Valley
Location in the United States
San Tan Valley is located in the US
San Tan Valley
San Tan Valley
San Tan Valley (the US)
Coordinates: 33°10′13″N 111°34′20″W / 33.17028°N 111.57222°W / 33.17028; -111.57222Coordinates: 33°10′13″N 111°34′20″W / 33.17028°N 111.57222°W / 33.17028; -111.57222
Country United States
State Arizona
 • Total36.68 sq mi (94.99 km2)
 • Land36.68 sq mi (94.99 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total81,321
 • Estimate 
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST) (no daylight saving time))
Area code(s)480
FIPS code04-64210

San Tan Valley is a census-designated place in northern Pinal County, Arizona. It is a bedroom community located in the Phoenix metropolitan area's southeastern suburbs. As of the census of 2010, the population of San Tan Valley was 81,321.[3]


San Tan Valley derives its name from the nearby San Tan Mountains. Previously referred to as San Tan Heights, San Tan Foothills, Greater San Tan and simply the San Tan Area, the community lacked any official name and residents used nearby Queen Creek for their mailing addresses.[4] To coincide with the addition of a new ZIP code for the community on July 1, 2009, the United States Postal Service was petitioned to provide the area with a new name. As part of the initial request, "Bella Vista" name was submitted to the postal service, but some local residents opposed the suggested name. In response, the Greater San Tan Area Coalition organized a non-binding vote from June 16 – 22, offering residents the opportunity to vote on a name for the community. On June 23, 2009, a room full of people, including the current Pinal County Supervisor, counted the votes and San Tan Valley became the new name of the area.[5]

The area, which had consisted primarily of undeveloped desert and agriculture prior to 2000, experienced considerable growth in the early part of the decade. As early as 2004, attempts to incorporate the area were underway. An initial attempt, which proposed a name of simply "San Tan" for the area, was blocked by the neighboring town of Florence after rural residents there expressed concern that allowing incorporation would accelerate the urbanization of the area.[6] A subsequent effort in 2005 failed to gain traction. Following the renaming of the area in 2009, a renewed effort at incorporation sought to put the issue to a vote in 2010, this time with the support of Pinal County.[7] The Town Council of Florence unanimously rejected a resolution that would have approved San Tan Valley's proposed boundaries over concerns of their allotment of state shared revenue.[8]

History of the name "San Tan" [9] The words "San Tan" have a rich Native American background and originates from the Tohono O'odham (Papago) for the Spanish words "Santa Ana" or in English, Saint Anne. The word was used to name a mountain range that sits in north eastern Pinal County, soaring up to a 3010 foot elevation. It is home to a 10,000 acre park with hiking trails, native American petroglyphs and diverse geology. Because the mountain range sits also on southern border of Maricopa county, many people in both Pinal and southern Maricopa counties identify with SanTan area and word.


San Tan Valley is located at 33°10′13″N 111°34′20″W / 33.17028°N 111.57222°W / 33.17028; -111.57222 (33.170462, -111.572170).

San Tan Valley is located in the unincorporated area between the towns of Queen Creek to the north and west, Apache Junction to the north, and Florence to the south. The area is also bound by the San Tan Mountains Regional Park on the west and the Gila River Indian Community on the southwest. The area consists largely of master planned communities, such as Johnson Ranch, Ironwood Crossing, Pecan Creek, Morning Sun Farms, San Tan Heights, Skyline Ranch, Copper Basin and Circle Cross Ranch.

Situated east of the San Tan Mountains, the community is located in the Sonoran Desert. As such, it experiences the hot, arid summers and moderate winters that typify the area.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

In 2010 San Tan Valley had a population of 81,321. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 66.2% non-Hispanic white, 23.4% Hispanic or Latino, 5.0% black or African American, 2.1% Asian, 1.2% Native American, 0.3% Pacific Islander, and 0.2% non-Hispanic reporting some other race.[11]

Additional census data can be found here:


San Tan Valley is serviced by the following school districts. Each district has its own high school located within San Tan Valley:

Emergency services[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • In Sons of Anarchy S4/E4, "Una Venta", Huff orders the SAMTAZ charter to help SAMCRO shake the van tailing them by taking the crew down the Vesper Trail,[12] (which is in the San Tan Valley),[13] and then blowing up a grease truck to close the section of road separating the Sons and their tail.[14]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
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  4. ^ Boggan, Sarah (April 9, 2007). "Homeowners near Queen Creek struggle with identity crisis". East Valley Tribune. Archived from the original on June 27, 2009. Retrieved June 30, 2009.
  5. ^ Gardiner, Dustin (June 24, 2009). "Residents pick San Tan Valley as area's new name". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved June 30, 2009.
  6. ^ Anderson, J Craig (April 20, 2004). "Florence officials vote against San Tan city". East Valley Tribune.
  7. ^ Keim, Amanda (June 18, 2009). "Pinal area ponders new name, incorporation". East Valley Tribune. Archived from the original on June 25, 2009. Retrieved June 30, 2009.
  8. ^ Kamp, Chase. "Queen Creek Town Council says yes to STV". San Tan Valley Today. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
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  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  11. ^ 2010 population report for San Tan Valley
  12. ^ "Sons of Anarchy, episode 4x04, 'Una Venta'". Springfield! Springfield! Episode Scripts. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  13. ^ "Property Record Search: San Tan Valley - East Vesper Trail".
  14. ^ "Sons of Anarchy, episode 4x04, 'Una Venta'". Springfield! Springfield! Episode Scripts. Retrieved April 3, 2014.

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