- Sun City West, Arizona
official_name = Sun City West, Arizona
settlement_type = CDP
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Sun City West in Maricopa County,
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Maricopa
area_total_km2 = 28.7
area_land_km2 = 28.7
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 11.1
area_land_sq_mi = 11.1
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 26344
population_density_km2 = 916.7
population_density_sq_mi = 2374.2
timezone = Mountain (MST)
utc_offset = -7
elevation_m = 376
elevation_ft = 1234
latd = 33 |latm = 40 |lats = 13 |latNS = N
longd = 112 |longm = 21 |longs = 28 |longEW = W
Sun City West is a
census-designated place(CDP) in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. The population was 26,344 at the 2000 census.
Sun City West is located at coor dms|33|39|43|N|112|21|31|W|city (33.661829, -112.358740)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.1 square miles (28.7 km²), all of it land.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 26,344 people, 14,997 households, and 10,362 families residing in the CDP. The population densitywas 2,374.2 people per square mile (916.3/km²). There were 17,359 housing units at an average density of 1,564.5/sq mi (603.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.71% White, 0.49% Black or African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. 0.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 14,997 households out of which none had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.1% were married couples living together, 1.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.74 and the average family size was 2.04.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 0.1% under the age of 18, 0.1% from 18 to 24, 1.0% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 82.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 73 years. For every 100 females there were 82.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $43,347, and the median income for a family was $49,396. Males had a median income of $35,678 versus $23,900 for females. The
per capita incomefor the CDP was $32,049. About 0.8% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.
Before the community was constructed, most of the area was of farmland mainly growing cotton. Sun City West was constructed by
Del Webbstarting in the late-1970's as Sun City, Arizonahad outgrown its boundaries. Sun City West was completely built out in 1998 and a sister city, Sun City Grand, to the west of Grand Avenue was started.
Municipal services are provided by a variety of public and private organizations. Police and street maintenance services are paid for by the taxpayers of the entire county. Fire service is provided by a local assessment district. Water and sewer utilities are provided by a private utility, the
American Water Company. Sanitation service is also by a private hauler. Parks and recreation services are controlled by private organizations that sell their services by subscription.
Although independent audits have shown that the community would receive more efficient delivery of services at an ultimately lower cost by incorporation, the issue is adamantly opposed by many outspoken critics.Who|date=November 2007
* [http://www.delewebbcenter.org/ Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts]
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