Why We Live Here
The Town of Fountain Hills is a master-planned community located between the dramatic McDowell Mountains and the Verde River on the northeastern edge of the Phoenix, Arizona metro area. Fountain Hills was named by Phoenix Magazine as the best place to live in the Valley of the Sun and was cited as “a welcome oasis on the outskirts of a metropolis.” The magazine measured the quality of life in twenty-two Valley communities, including the statistical analysis of each community’s population, income, home price, crime rate, miles to Sky Harbor Airport, and square feet of retail. Fountain Hills has also earned a top accolade from the magazine, Business Week. In its February 2009 edition, the magazine named Fountain Hills the “Best Affordable Suburb” in all of Arizona.
One of the community’s most valuable assets is its natural beauty. Incredible views and natural desert terrain provide for a wide range of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, boating and golf. In fact, Fountain Hills contains some of the more challenging and picturesque golf courses in the State of Arizona. Fountain Hills’ low population density is a major reason it is such a desirable place to live. Unlike other regions of the Valley one can dine, play, and commute, without congestion.
- Incorporated 1989
- Area 20.3 sq. mi.
- Elevation 1,520’
- County Maricopa
- Website https://www.fh.az.gov
- Population 25,756 (2021 est.)
- Population Density 1,269.8 per sq. mi.
- Median Age 58.8
- Families with Kids Under 18 13%
- Average Household Income $121,567
- Overall Cost of Living 127
The rich history of the surrounding area dates back centuries when it was home to the Hohokam whose elaborate canal system along the Verde River is believed to have supported between 4,000 and 10,000 people from 1100 to 1450. For largely unknown reasons, the tribe disappeared after that period and the Yavapai later migrated to the region. The descendants of settlers from the 1860s turned this area into one of the largest land and cattle holdings in Arizona until the late 1960s when it was purchased by Robert McCulloch Properties.
The design plan for McCulloch’s 12,000-acre model city was completed by Disneyland designer Charles Wood, Jr..
The centerpiece of Fountain Hills is their beautiful fountain which is one of the world’s tallest man-made fountains. It serves as a focal point for the community and attracts thousands of visitors each year. The Town of Fountain Hills has partnered with EarthCam to bring live streaming views of its world -famous fountain. The livestream camera can be accessed on the Experience Fountain Hills website at www.experiencefountainhills.org/fountain.
Fountain Hills is also home to over 100 pieces of publicly displayed artwork throughout its downtown and at public buildings. Art is a significant part of the Town’s heritage. The eight fountains along the Avenue of the Fountains were the beginning of the public art collection. Bronze sculptures and fountains with community profile themes ranging from the whimsical to the serious dot the streets and adorn the public buildings, plazas and parks. The collection also contains a wide variety of other art types and media, including paintings, stone, photography and metals. Residents and visitors are invited to wander the streets or take the “Art Walk” self-guided tours.
Fountain Hills is known as a very pet-friendly town.
Major Attractions and Events
- Four Peaks Park
- Fountain Hills Music Fest
- The Fountain
- The Spring Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Craft
- Chocofin Chocalitier
- Maskadores Taco Shop
- Sapori D’Altalia
- The Grille at Eagle Mountain Golf Club