Why We Live Here
As the largest city in Pinal County, Casa Grande is home to a diverse selection of thriving Industry ranging from manufacturing to distribution and yet, Casa Grande is also a community with historic charm and modern amenities. The city offers a broad range of facilities and activities for residents of all ages that are available year-round. This includes 19 city-maintained parks and 17 miles of mountain hiking and biking trails, educational and cultural programs provided at two library branches, senior citizen programming and resources at the Dorothy Powell Senior Center, and a new community recreation center. Casa Grande also has a thriving historic downtown that boasts an array of locally owned businesses, restaurants, and community events.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_Grande,_Arizona for more information and see https://www.bestplaces.net/schools/arizona/casa_grande for the city’s stats on housing, schools, the job market, and much more.
- Incorporated 1915
- Area 110.6 sq. mi.
- Elevation 1,398’
- County Pinal
- Website https://casagrandeaz.gov
- Population 61,858 (2021 est.)
- Population Density 559.20 per sq. mi.
- Median Age 37.2
- Families with Kids Under 18 42%
- Average Household Income $59,102
- Overall Cost of Living 91.1
Casa Grande was founded in 1879 by The Carter Family during the Arizona mining boom, specifically due to the presence of the Southern Pacific Railroad. In January 1880, the community of Terminus, meaning “end-of-the-line,” was established despite consisting of just five residents and three buildings. In September 1880, railroad executives renamed the settlement Casa Grande, after the Hohokam ruins at the nearby Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Casa Grande grew slowly, and suffered several setbacks both in 1886 and 1893, when fires ravaged the town, destroying all wooden housing structures within it. When the mining boom slowed in the 1890s, the town was nearly abandoned, but with the advent of agriculture, the town remained alive and well, and was eventually incorporated in 1915.
Casa Grande’s housing is 25% lower than the national average.
Casa Grande is home to Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort, former spring training location for the San Francisco Giants. Then owner, Horace Stoneham, began developing the property in 1959. The first exhibition game was played in Casa Grande in 1961, with Willie Mays hitting a 375-foot home run. The San Francisco Giants no longer play at Francisco Grande, but the pool in a baseball bat and ball shape remains in memory of the past ballgames.
Major Attractions and Events
- Caywood Farms
- MD Ranch
- Palm Island Family Aquatic Center
- Pinal County Fairgrounds and Event Center
- Promenade at Casa Grande
- San Tan Mountain Regional Park
- The Museum of Casa Grande
- Anaya’s Mexican Restaurant
- BeDillon’s Restaurant and Cactus Garden
- Creative Café