Why We Live Here
Buckeye – the westernmost suburb in the Phoenix metropolitan area – is considered one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. A heaven for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, and with an old west charm, Buckeye offers hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians and campers the chance of exploring dozens of miles of trails around the city.
The Buckeye business community is comprised of a diverse employment base with many small thriving businesses, combined with large enterprises. This provides for a strong and vital local economy. Arizona has become one of the fastest growing states in the U.S., and, in June 2017 Buckeye was named the seventh fastest growing city in the nation according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Warm and welcoming residents and a very desirable climate provide a great lifestyle.
- Incorporated 1929
- Area 393sq. mi.
- Elevation 869’
- County Maricopa
- Website https://www.buckeyeaz.gov
- Population 90,182 (2021 est.)0
- Population Density 229.4 per sq. mi.
- Median Age 34.3
- Families with Kids Under 18 53%
- Average Household Income $62,324
- Overall Cost of Living 103.3
In 1877, Thomas Newt Clanton led a group of six men, three women, and ten children from Creston, Iowa to Arizona, where they settled in the Buckeye area. Early settler Malie M. Jackson then developed 10 miles of the Buckeye Canal from 1884 to 1886, which he named after his home state of Ohio’s moniker, “The Buckeye State”. The town was founded in 1888 and originally named “Sidney,” after Jackson’s hometown in Ohio. However, because of the significance of the canal, the town became known as Buckeye. The name was legally changed to Buckeye in 1910. The town was incorporated in 1929, at which time it included 440 acres.
Advances in transportation put Buckeye on the map. In 1910, the Arizona Eastern Railroad came to Buckeye; the first automobile in 1911; a steam rail line connecting it to Phoenix by 1912; and a state highway by 1915. The coming of the railroad was so significant that the business district was moved to accommodate the location of the railroad station. Buckeye boomed as a result. By 1912, major buildings were constructed, and the business community had expanded. When Buckeye was incorporated in 1929, it included 440 acres.
In 1935, the Buckeye Chamber of Commerce started Helzapoppin Days, which became a local tradition. The festivities included street dances and a parade, carnival and rodeo. Proceeds were given to local churches that distributed the funds to the needy and for scholarships. Celebrities like cowboy singing star Gene Autry attended the events. Similar local holidays, such as the annual Pioneer Days, are still celebrated in Buckeye today.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is making improvements to Interstate 10 between State Route 85 and Verrado Way in the City of Buckeye. The project is expected to begin this spring.
Major Attractions and Events
- Buckeye’s Air Fair
- Buckeye Days
- Buckeye Valley Museum
- Corral West Horse Adventures
- Skyline Regional Park
- White Tank Mountain Regional Park
- Cafe 25 35
- Ebb + Flow Coffee Co.
- Jacky’s Mexican Food
- Tempo Urban Bistro
- Verrado Grill