Glendale, Arizona, in Maricopa County, is part of the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale SMA which encompasses about 3.2 million people. The latest census estimate (2013) puts the population of Glendale itself at about 234, 600. The city occupies 60 square miles and sits 1152 feet above sea level.
Glendale’s roots extend to the 1880s when a group of men pioneered a canal that brought irrigation to its desert environs. The town officially came into existence in 1892, soon aided by a line of the Santa Fe Railroad that linked the young community to Prescott. Early economic success came with the production of beet sugar; the town’s first newspaper began publication in 1912.
It’s sunny in Glendale. Whereas U.S. cities on average see 205 days of sunshine each year, Glendale gets 294 sunny days. On the other hand, it gets less than one-fourth as much rainfall as the average U.S. city. Summers are hot, with average high temperatures of 105°F in July. The average daily low temperature in January is 37.5°F.
The average commute time for Glendale workers age 16 and older is about 27 minutes. Public transportation is available via several services, including fixed-route and urban shuttle bus services. The Glendale Dial-A-Ride provides economical curb-to-curb public transportation. The city also provides a transportation service for people with disabilities and a subsidized taxi program for those with special needs. There is a municipal airport in Glendale, and an international airport 12 miles away, Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX).
Glendale Cost of Living
Glendale boasts a favorable cost of living, 7 percent below national averages with the biggest savings in housing and goods and services. Glendale homeowners characteristically have a median income of approximately $67K and renters have a median income of $31K. See how far your income will go in Glendale using the resources below.
The Glendale Elementary School District 40 operates three K-3, three 4-8, and eleven K-8 schools. The Glendale Union High School District maintains nine high schools and an online learning academy. In addition, the diocese of Phoenix operates a Catholic Pre-K, two K-8, and a high school in Glendale. As for higher education, there are over 100 colleges, universities, and technical institutes in the greater Glendale area, including the Glendale Community College of Arizona with an enrollment of more than 10,000 undergraduates.
There are 46 hospitals within 30 miles of Glendale. Maricopa Hospital in Phoenix, with 621 beds, is the largest in the region area. The biggest hospital in Glendale is Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, a 561-bed facility with several notable specialties, including heart care, general surgery, and cancer care. The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix boasts national rankings in 12 adult specialties.
Glendale Real Estate
The housing market in Glendale comprises 90,505 units (2010 Census estimate) with owner-occupancy about 56 percent. For those with a mortgage, the median monthly expense of home ownership is $1358. For renters, the median monthly expense is $863.
If you’re going to a sporting event, you may want to book a stay at the Comfort Suites in the University of Phoenix Stadium area. You’ll be in good proximity to see the NFL Cardinals, watch the LA Dodgers and Chicago White Sox in spring training, or take in a hockey game of the Phoenix Coyotes. If you’re traveling on a budget, the Comfort Inn & Suites at Talavi offers free breakfast, newspaper, and wi-fi. Or choose from over 570 other properties in the Glendale area.
You’ll likely find something for every taste bud in Glendale’s many dining rooms. Enjoy spicy food? You may like to visit Siam Thai Cuisine, which promises the best traditional Thai Food in the city. For hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood, check out the Arrowhead Grill. Or, for an old-world German experience visit Haus Murphys and enjoy a brat, cold beer, and some Bavarian beets.
Things to Do in Glendale
You’ll have to try really hard to get bored in Glendale. If you like professional sports, take in an NHL game (Arizona Coyotes) or an NFL contest (Arizona Cardinals). Visit Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment District for shopping, dining, imbibing, and enjoying the cityscape with its decorative fountains. If you are into hunting and fishing, the Cabela’s store is just a stone’s throw from the Glendale Arena and houses a museum, an aquarium, and other attractions.