Glendale, Arizona

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(pronounced /ˈɡlɛndeɪl/) is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, located about nine miles (14 km) northwest from Downtown Phoenix. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 246,531.[3]

The NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes and NLL’s Arizona Sting began playing in Glendale when Arena (formerly the Glendale Arena) opened in December 2003. Also in Glendale is the new University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, which opened in August 2006. In 2008, Super Bowl XLII was played there when the Giants faced the Patriots. Both venues are part of the Westgate City Center development plan, meant to spur growth in the sparsely inhabited Yucca district. The Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball both moved to Glendale and share a facility, known as Camelback Ranch, for spring training 2009.

Glendale bills itself as “Arizona’s Antique Capital,” with support for its claim from both Sunset Magazine (2004) and a 1998 article in USA Today. Glendale is home to the popular Arrowhead Towne Center mall in the northwest part of the city. Glendale also is home to the metro Phoenix area’s first medical school, Midwestern University, as well as a major post-graduate international business school, the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

The city will have an extension of the Valley Metro light rail transit line when it is completed through the city in 2011.


Glendale is located at 33°32′19″N 112°11′11″W (33.538654, -112.186261)[4]. / 33.53861°N 112.18639°W / 33.53861; -112.18639

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 55.8 square miles (144.4 km²), of which, 55.7 square miles (144.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.13%) is water.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 218,812 people, 75,700 households, and 54,352 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,929.5 people per square mile (1,517.3/km²). There were 79,667 housing units at an average density of 1,430.7/sq mi (552.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.54% White, 4.70% Black or African American, 1.45% Native American, 2.74% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 11.97% from other races, and 3.47% from two or more races. 24.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Pat Tillman statue at Westgate City Center

There were 75,700 households out of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,015, and the median income for a family was $51,162. Males had a median income of $35,901 versus $27,736 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,124. About 8.8% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.


The University of Phoenix Stadium

Jobing.Com Arena

Ground level of the stadium.

Glendale is the home to the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football Conference (NFL). The team formerly played at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University in nearby Tempe, and in 2006 began playing at University of Phoenix Stadium. Designed by renowned architect Peter Eisenman, the stadium was featured on The History Channel TV series, Modern Marvels because of its roll-out natural grass field. The stadium hosted Super Bowl XLII in 2008. Almost 1 year later on January 18 2009, it hosted the NFC Championship Game as the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 32-25 for the franchise’s first ever Super Bowl berth. Arena (formerly Glendale Arena) is adjacent to University of Phoenix Stadium, and is the home of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL), as well as the Arizona Sting of the National Lacrosse League (NLL).

In 2009, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox began to share a new spring training complex and stadium in Glendale.

It was recently announced that the 26th Annual WrestleMania event will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium in the spring of 2010.


There are a number of higher education campuses in Glendale. Glendale Community College is a member of the Maricopa County Community College District, while Arizona State University has its West campus just across the border from Glendale in west Phoenix. Midwestern University is a graduate college of medicine located in Glendale. Thunderbird School of Global Management is a graduate school specializing in international management located in Glendale.

Many school districts serve the city of Glendale.

The following school districts serve the city:

Notable Residents

  • Jordin Sparks – Winner of American Idol (Season 6)
  • Roxanne Frilot – Star of MTV’s “The Real Cancun”
  • Stephenie Meyer – author of the Twilight saga
  • Job for a Cowboy – An American death metal band formed in Glendale in 2003.
  • Jamie Varner – He is the current WEC Lightweight champion. He is an alumnus of Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Arizona.
  • David Kinney – Contestant on Season 2 of The Bachelorette.


  1. ^ Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 100,000” (CSV). 2005 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. June 21, 2006. Retrieved on November 14 2006.
  2. ^ Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Arizona“. United States Census Bureau. 2008-07-10. Retrieved on 2008-07-14.
  3. ^ Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Arizona” (CSV). 2006 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division.
  4. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990“. United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ American FactFinder“. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.

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