San Tan Valley, Arizona

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San Tan Valley, Arizona
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San Tan Valley (the United States)
Coordinates: 33°10′13″N111°34′20″W / 33.17028°N 111.57222°W / 33.17028; -111.57222 Coordinates: 33°10′13″N111°34′20″W / 33.17028°N 111.57222°W / 33.17028; -111.57222
Country Flag of the United States.svg  United States
State Flag of Arizona.svg  Arizona
County Pinal
Area
[1]
  Total36.68 sq mi (94.99 km2)
  Land36.68 sq mi (94.99 km2)
  Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Population
  Total81,321
  Estimate 
(2016) [2]
N/A
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST) (no daylight saving time))
Area code(s) 480
FIPS code 04-64210

San Tan Valley is a census-designated place in northern Pinal County, Arizona. It is a community located in the Phoenix metropolitan area's southeastern suburbs. As of the census of 2010, the population of San Tan Valley was 81,321. [3]

A census-designated place (CDP) is a concentration of population defined by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes only. CDPs have been used in each decennial census since 1980 as the counterparts of incorporated places, such as self-governing cities, towns, and villages, for the purposes of gathering and correlating statistical data. CDPs are populated areas that generally include one officially designated but currently unincorporated small community, for which the CDP is named, plus surrounding inhabited countryside of varying dimensions and, occasionally, other, smaller unincorporated communities as well. CDPs include small rural communities, colonias located along the U.S. border with Mexico, and unincorporated resort and retirement communities and their environs.

Pinal County, Arizona County in the United States

Pinal County is a county in the central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates in 2017, the population of the county was 430,237, making it Arizona's third-most populous county. The county seat is Florence. The county was founded in 1875.

Arizona state of the United States of America

Arizona is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states. It is the sixth largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico; its other neighboring states are Nevada and California to the west and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest.

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History

San Tan Valley derives its name from the nearby San Tan Mountains. The name "San Tan" originates from the Akimel O'odham name for the nearby village of Santan, Arizona, ultimately originating from the Spanish "Santa Ana", meaning Saint Anne. Previously referred to as San Tan Heights, San Tan Foothills, Greater San Tan and simply the San Tan Area, the community lacked any official name and residents used nearby Queen Creek for their mailing addresses. [4] To coincide with the addition of a new ZIP code for the community on July 1, 2009, the United States Postal Service was petitioned to provide the area with a new name. As part of the initial request, "Bella Vista" name was submitted to the postal service, but some local residents opposed the suggested name. In response, the Greater San Tan Area Coalition organized a non-binding vote from June 16 – 22, offering residents the opportunity to vote on a name for the community. On June 23, 2009, a room full of people, including the current Pinal County Supervisor, counted the votes and San Tan Valley became the new name of the area. [5]

Santan, Arizona Unincorporated community in Arizona, United States

Santan is an unincorporated community, and former census-designated place (CDP), in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. The settlement was named "Santa Ana" by its Akimel O'odham inhabitants in 1857, and pronounced "Santana".

Saint Anne mother of Virgin Mary in Christian and Islamic traditions; unnamed in the New Testament or Quran

According to apocryphal Christian and Islamic tradition, Saint Anne was the mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. Mary's mother is not named in the canonical gospels nor in the Qur'an. In writing, Anne's name and that of her husband Joachim come only from New Testament apocrypha, of which the Gospel of James seems to be the earliest that mentions them.

Queen Creek, Arizona Town in Arizona, United States

Queen Creek is a town in Maricopa and Pinal counties in the state of Arizona. The population was 26,361 at the 2010 census. As of October 2018, Queen Creek's population is estimated to be 39,184.

The area, which had consisted primarily of undeveloped desert and agriculture prior to 2000, experienced considerable growth in the early part of the decade. As early as 2004, attempts to incorporate the area were underway. An initial attempt, which proposed a name of simply "San Tan" for the area, was blocked by the neighboring town of Florence after rural residents there expressed concern that allowing incorporation would accelerate the urbanization of the area. [6] A subsequent effort in 2005 failed to gain traction. Following the renaming of the area in 2009, a renewed effort at incorporation sought to put the issue to a vote in 2010, this time with the support of Pinal County. [7] The Town Council of Florence unanimously rejected a resolution that would have approved San Tan Valley's proposed boundaries over concerns of their allotment of state shared revenue. [8]

A municipal corporation is the legal term for a local governing body, including cities, counties, towns, townships, charter townships, villages, and boroughs. The term can also be used to describe municipally owned corporations.

Florence, Arizona Town in Arizona, United States

Florence is a town, 61 miles (98 km) southeast of Phoenix, in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. Florence, which is the county seat of Pinal County, is one of the oldest towns in that county and is regarded as a National Historic District with over 25 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The population of Florence was 30,770 at the 2015 census.

Geography

San Tan Valley is located at 33°10′13″N111°34′20″W / 33.17028°N 111.57222°W / 33.17028; -111.57222 (33.170462, -111.572170).

San Tan Valley is located in the unincorporated area between the towns of Queen Creek to the north and west, Apache Junction to the north, and Florence to the south. The area is also bound by the San Tan Mountains Regional Park on the west and the Gila River Indian Community on the southwest. The area consists largely of master planned communities, such as Johnson Ranch, Ironwood Crossing, Pecan Creek, Morning Sun Farms, San Tan Heights, Skyline Ranch, Copper Basin and Circle Cross Ranch.

San Tan Mountains Regional Park

San Tan Mountains Regional Park is a large urban park located in Pinal County. It encompasses over 10,000 acres and preserves a portion of the San Tan Mountains, south of Queen Creek.

Gila River Indian Community

The Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) is an Indian reservation in the U.S. state of Arizona, lying adjacent to the south side of the city of Phoenix, within the Phoenix Metropolitan Area in Pinal and Maricopa counties. Gila River Indian Reservation was established in 1859, and the Gila River Indian Community formally established by Congress in 1939. The community is home for members of both the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and the Pee-Posh (Maricopa) tribes.

Situated east of the San Tan Mountains, the community is located in the Sonoran Desert. As such, it experiences the hot, arid summers and moderate winters that typify the area.

Sonoran Desert North American desert

The Sonoran Desert is a North American desert which covers large parts of the Southwestern United States in Arizona and California and of Northwestern Mexico in Sonora, Baja California, and Baja California Sur. It is the hottest desert in Mexico. It has an area of 260,000 square kilometers (100,000 sq mi). The western portion of the United States–Mexico border passes through the Sonoran Desert.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
U.S. Decennial Census [9]

In 2010 San Tan Valley had a population of 81,321. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 66.2% non-Hispanic white, 23.4% Hispanic or Latino, 5.0% black or African American, 2.1% Asian, 1.2% Native American, 0.3% Pacific Islander, and 0.2% non-Hispanic reporting some other race. [10]

Education

San Tan Valley is serviced by the following school districts. Each district has its own high school located within San Tan Valley:

Emergency services

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