Settlement began in Glendale, Arizona in 1892 when the community was established by the Church of the Brethren of Illinois. Now, more than two hundred thousand people live in Glendale, Arizona which is part of the ever-growing Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metropolitan area.
More than seventy-five percent of the population in Glendale, Arizona is Caucasian, with Hispanics representing twenty-five percent and African Americans only five percent. The average age in Glendale, Arizona is approximately thirty-two. Eight percent of the population is age sixty-five or older.
In terms of Glendale, Arizona real estate, there are approximately eighty thousand housing units in the community with approximately twenty-seven thousand of those being occupied by renters. The average number of rooms for a piece of Glendale, Arizona real estate is 3.6 with the median year of construction for homes being 1982.
Rent is, on average, between five hundred and six hundred dollars a month. The average owner-occupied dwelling has a value of approximately one hundred and thirteen thousand dollars with the average asking price for a property hovering around one hundred and twenty five thousand.
Twenty-five percent of the citizens in Glendale, Arizona are high school graduates with an additional thirty-six percent reporting some college education. Fourteen percent have a master's degree and seven percent a doctoral level degree. Of the population of Glendale age three and over, 65,736 are enrolled in school.
Both USA Today and Sunset Magazine have named Glendale's historic downtown district to be the best antique shopping venue in the United States. Catlin Court is filled with bungalow specialty shops while Old Towne offers a quaint and charming setting of brick sidewalks and gas street lights.
Located at Glendale Avenue and Loop 101, a sports and retail megacomplex will be completed later in 2006 that purports to redefine the sports, retail, dining, and night life potential of Glendale. This facility will serve as an excellent compliment to the fine restaurants located on the Bell Road Corridor. In addition to these amenities, the city has a lineup of professional hockey, football, auto racing, baseball, and lacrosse.
Local museums of note include the thirteen buildings that make up the Historic Sahuaro Ranch showcasing the history of one of the oldest and grandest ranches in Arizona and the Bead Museum which has amassed a collection of more than 100,000 beads and beaded items from around the world. The largest collection of football helmets in the nation is housed at Max's Sports Bar Museum in Glendale.
As part of one of the fastest growing urban areas in the United States, Glendale, Arizona has managed to preserve its own unique character and to honor its heritage as a ranching community while embracing the economic changes of the twenty-first century. Both the city's own amenities and its proximity to the Phoenix metropolitan area make Glendale an attractive location for both visitors and permanent residents.