Three reasons people relocate to Glendale and the Greater Phoenix "Valley of the Sun" include climate, jobs and lifestyle. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, the area attracts businesses looking for a climate that won't interfere with their distribution networks, telecommunications systems or administrative operation. And, the sunny weather attracts tourists who contribute billions of dollars annually to the Valley economy. Tourism also brings a steady influx of newcomers looking to relocate to a community that is socially, culturally and economically responsible.
Located in the rapidly-growing northwest Phoenix metropolitan area, Glendale is known for its excellent medical and educational institutions, beautiful neighborhoods, easy access to freeways and a diversified economic base.
Still growing at a 28 percent rate since 1990, Glendale is the 100th largest city in the United States and the fourth largest city in Arizona based on its population of 200,000. Although fast growing, rapid population growth has been handled with caution and foresight characteristic of Glendale's planning process.
The majority of Glendale's population is young, college-educated, married with children and earns an average of over $41,000 annually. With a median age of 31 years, Glendale's population is younger than that of other Valley cities. Glendale's quality of life was recentlyrecognized by Ladies Home Journal as the 13th best city in the United States for women. The magazine evaluated the country's 200 largest cities and based the rankings on qualities its editors believe are important to women. Glendale's quality of education, health and child care, low crime rate, the local economy, job opportunities, the presence ofwomen in government and the community's overall lifestyle contributed to the high ranking. Affordable, quality homes, excellent educational institutions and enjoyable recreational amenities have all contributed to Glendale's emergence as an especially attractive place to live and work. The promise of a prosperous future is here. Come see Glendale, and come to stay.
Preserving its past is as important in Glendale as planning for its future. The old town clock graces the downtown square, while Glendale's skyline is enhanced by the famous six-story brick Sugar Beet Factory. Empty for dozens of years, this Glendale landmark still stands as a guardian of the city's colorful past.
Much of the city's history can be seen in historic sights that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sahuaro Ranch, the 16-acre site of a model fruit farm with seven restored buildings and barnyard area, is a prime
example of how Glendale cherishes its heritage. Lush grounds with a 1000-bush rose garden and colorful peacocks roaming freely through the ranch make it the showplace it was in the late 1800s when first built.
The three-story Victorian ranch house known as Manistee Ranch was also a model farm, citrus orchard, palm grove and cattle-feeding center. Recently preserved, its unique architecture is accented by the century-old palm garden that buffers it from the rest of civilization.
Historic Catlin Court residential neighborhood, with its four-block shopping district, is one of the finest examples of century-old Craftsman bungalows in the state. Also named to the National Register of Historic Places, Glendale's first subdivision is dotted with white picket fences where the residential flavor has been maintained in charming houses converted to specialty shops and tea houses.
The cultures of many foreign immigrants converged on Glendale when they came to build their dreams in the rich soil. Founded as a temperance colony in 1892, Glendale served as a haven from the rest of the rollicking Arizona Territory. The arrival of the railroad and an ice plant heralded Glendale's glory days when this agricultural mecca was Arizona's largest shipping center.
With the advent of World War II, Glendale's skies were filled with training planes at Luke and Thunderbird airfields. The post-war decades were marked by skyrocketing growth as thousands of returning airmen and other dream-seekers made Glendale their new home. Agricultural fields made way for homes and industry, making Glendale one of the most dynamic urban centers in the country today.
A dynamic market with fast and cost-efficient travel makes Glendale a prime Arizona location for business. The Outer Loop 101 Freeway provides quick and easy access to the Phoenix metropolitan market and the West Coast. Glendale's location west of Phoenix makes it one hour closer to important West Coast markets than other major Valley cities.
Glendale's northwest location in the Valley also places it within minutes of I-10 and I-17. The I-10 corridor has many of the region's largest distribution centers, and the I-17 corridor is home to many high-technology firms and telecommunications centers.
Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport is located only 13 miles from Glendale's city limits. Hub to America West and Southwest airlines, Sky Harbor serves over 20 national and international airlines. The recently expanded Glendale Municipal Airport serves as a reliever airport and provides services for general aviation and corporate jet traffic.
A freight railroad line cuts through the city parallel to Grand Avenue, which has driven industrial development in the past. Many large industrial employers in the Western Region are located adjacent to this rail line.
A municipal art collection valued at more than $1 million can be attributed to a very active Glendale citizen Arts Commission and the fact that Glendale is the first city in the state to have a "Percent for Arts" ordinance requiring every public project to set aside money for art. Commissioned custom art sculptures can be seen throughout the city and have resulted in many marvelous development awards for the community. The city's art collection covers many media including a painting and a wall mural by Robert McCall, Indian sculptures by Allen Houser, a bas relief in wood depicting Glendales history, bronze sculptures honoring early irrigators by Debbie Gessner and everyone's favorite bronze by George Lundeen, "Old Friends," located in Murphy Park.
The Glendale Main Library houses so much of the city's art collection that it almost doubles as an art museum. The city's fabulous library system, consisting of the main library and two branches, is a key cultural facility for all ages. Over 81,400 people hold library cards and the circulation per capita averages 8 items a year, exceeding the national average of 6.6. The library's book and video collection is valued at $7.7 million and contains priceless books that are out of print.
Winner of a national award for its excellent programming, the library has a monthly Visiting Professor Series, Small Business Development seminars, Great Books groups, a Poetry Society and a Critique Group for adult writers. More that 10,500 children participate in the summer reading program each year and another 32,400 students attend more than 500 youth programs annually.
Now in its 33rd year, the 100-piece Glendale Community Band plays every Thursday evening in June and July under the stars in the Glendale Municipal Amphitheater. Young and old spread blankets on the grass and listen to the marches, show tunes and classical sounds of this highly entertaining band, which is the longest-running community band in Arizona.
Glendale seems to celebrate year-round with spectacular events that showcase the flavor and amenities of the community. To celebrate the holidays, every November through January, Glendale becomes the "City of Lights." Glendale Glitters Holiday Light Extravaganza makes downtown sparkle with a half-million lights adorning the trees in Murphy Park, decorating the buildings and lining the avenues. Enchanted Evenings during December feature crafters and carriage rides around Old Towne and Historic Catlin Court shopping districts. As a finale to the holiday display, more than 30 colorful glowing hot air balloons brighten the night sky amid the lights at Glendale's Glitter and Glow.
Unique features in our city like Cerreta Candy Company also provide a reason to celebrate. The annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire features a three-day exhibition of chocolate in every imaginable shape and form, wine tasting, live music, romance and candy factory tours. The three-day international festival, WorldPort, recognizes the presence of the prestigious American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale. Signature events such as Glendale Glitters, Glendale Chocolate Affaire and WorldPort have become Valley-wide attractions with annual attendance of more than 200,000.
And if you're looking for more traditional venues, the greater Phoenix area is filled with fascinating museums and exciting attractions. The Arizona Science Center, The Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Zoo and Wildlife World Zoo are but a few of the world-class attractions in the valley.
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