Rio Verde, Arizona

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Rio Verde, Arizona
settlement_type = CDP
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map_caption = Location of Rio Verde in Maricopa County, Arizona.

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Arizona
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Maricopa
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area_total_km2 = 14.0
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area_total_sq_mi = 5.4
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population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 1419
population_density_km2 = 101.1
population_density_sq_mi = 261.9

timezone = Mountain (MST)
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latd = 33 |latm = 43 |lats = 20 |latNS = N
longd = 111 |longm = 40 |longs = 36 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 85263
area_code = 480
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Rio Verde is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is a gated, master planned community. The population was 1,419 at the 2000 census.


The area surrounding the Rio Verde community, northeast of Scottsdale, was settled by small farmers in the 1880s, who grew hay and alfalfa to provide for the nearby Fort McDowell [ [ Fort McDowell, Arizona ] ] US Army camp (1865-1890) (now the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation [ [ Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation ] ] ). In the late 1890s, William W. Moore acquired several of the small farm plots on the Verde River, combining them into what became the Box Bar Ranch. After his death in 1929, Moore's sons, Glen and Lin Moore, operated the Box Bar as a partnership, under the name "Moore Bros Cattle Co.", with grazing leases both east and west of the Verde River. Lin Moore also ran the X2 Ranch, 12 miles to the west, where he and his wife, Ada Lucille, had homesteaded in the 1920s. William Moore's father, Ranse B. Moore, had emigrated to Arizona from California in 1883 and ranched for many years on the Reno Ranch, just west of the town of Punkin Center, AZ.

The "Asher Hills" were named for Frank Asher, who had been Glen Moore's brother-in-law and William Moore's partner for a time. The grandaughter of Asher's wife Ella, Jacqueline Mercer, was selected as Miss Arizona and then Miss America in 1949.

In 1955, the Moore brothers retired from the active cattle business and sold the ranch and their holdings to the Page Land & Cattle Co. (Lin Moore retained the X2 Ranch; after his death in 1960, his widow continued to operate the X2 until she sold it in 1970).

In 1970, Page Land & Cattle sold ranch land at the to Rio Verde Development, Inc., which in 1973 began to develop the tract as the master planned community of Rio Verde. [ [ Scottsdale Real Estate, North Scottsdale Real Estate, Maricopa County Real Estate, Jenny Pradler ] ] An 18-hole golf course was completed in 1973, and a second in 1981. Both were extensively renovated in 2007.

Community characteristics

The community is situated on 735 acres, 710 of which are for residential, commercial and recreational development. Rio Verde sits at the western edge of the Verde River [ [ Rio Verde Arizona 85263 Real Estate MLS Listing Source :: Rio Verde Real Estate in Arizona ] ] .

There are approximately 1,080 residential home units in the community. Rio Verde is an age-restricted community" or "adult community," which means one member of each household must be at least 55 years of age and no person under 19 can be a permanent resident of the community. [ [ The Verdes Rio Verde and Tonto Verde ] ]

The community is governed by a homeowners' association under Arizona's planned community statutes. [ [ The Verdes Rio Verde and Tonto Verde ] ] [ [ Rio Verde ] ]


Rio Verde is located at coor dms|33|43|20|N|111|40|36|W|city (33.722236, -111.676673)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14.0 km²), all of it land.


Rio Verde is a census-designated place (CDP). As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,419 people, 761 households, and 634 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 261.9 people per square mile (101.1/km²). There were 1,168 housing units at an average density of 215.5/sq mi (83.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 99.65% White, 0.07% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.07% from two or more races. 0.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 761 households out of which 0.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 82.8% were married couples living together, 0.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.6% were non-families. 15.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.86 and the average family size was 2.02.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 0.1% under the age of 18, 0.1% from 18 to 24, 1.3% from 25 to 44, 36.1% from 45 to 64, and 62.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 69 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $86,248, and the median income for a family was $96,909. Males had a median income of $93,859 versus $60,357 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $58,783. None of the families and 1.7% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 2.1% of those over 64.


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