Why We Live Here
A mere 20 minutes west of downtown Phoenix, Goodyear offers all the advantages of a small community, with all the cultural and entertainment resources the metro Phoenix area offers. Scenic views of the Estrella Mountains, desert vistas, wide open spaces, golf courses, lakes, parks and palm-lined streets have already attracted over 64,600 residents who are among the most affluent and best educated in the state.
The future for Goodyear is exhilarating. It’s the site of the next super regional mall in the Phoenix area. Also in the works is a 200-acre downtown being designed from the ground up as well as a new City Hall and library. Our airport, rail service and our location on I-10 between the Loop 101 and 303 freeways makes us very attractive to major employers. Numerous industrial/office parks are already under development. With about 90 percent of its affordable land still available for development, Goodyear is a city of great opportunity, a rich, rewarding quality of life and tremendous community spirit. You will feel at home right away.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodyear,_Arizona for more information and see https://www.bestplaces.net/city/arizona/goodyear for the city’s stats on housing, schools, the job market and much more.
- Incorporated 1946
- Area 191.2 sq. mi.
- Elevation 968’
- County Maricopa
- Website https://www.goodyearaz.gov
- Population 94,774 (2021 est.)
- Population Density 495.7 per sq. mi.
- Median Age 38.2
- Families with Kids Under 18 32.7%
- Average Household Income $100,119
- Overall Cost of Living 111.4
Goodyear was established in 1917 with the purchase of 16,000 acres of land by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company to cultivate cotton for vehicle tire cords. World War II was important to Goodyear in the 1940s as the current Phoenix Goodyear Airport was built, but after the war, the economy suffered. At the time that Goodyear incorporated as a town in 1946, it had 151 homes and 250 apartments, a grocery store, a barber shop, beauty shop and a gas station.
In 1949, a long history of aerospace and defense programs began in Goodyear when the Goodyear Aerospace Corporation replaced the Goodyear Aircraft facility. That plant was later sold to Loral Defense Systems and eventually evolved by merger and acquisition into the current Lockheed Martin Corp.
The city is home to the Goodyear Ballpark, where the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball hold spring training.
Goodyear is the winner of the 2020 Best City for Business Award by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Goodyear received the award based on its business-friendly customer service and sharp acumen in attracting a wealth of industry to its city limits.
To celebrate and honor the city’s 75th anniversary, Goodyear is assembling a time capsule that will be sealed at the new Goodyear Civic Square in November 2021. The time capsule will capture key aspects of the community and represent its shared values so future generations may reflect on this growing and prosperous city. The time capsule won’t be opened until the city’s 100th anniversary in 2046.
Major Attractions and Events
- Bible Museum
- Brass Armadillo Antique Mall
- Corral West Horse Adventures
- Estrella Mountain Regional Park
- Goodyear Ballpark
- Goodyear Community Park
- Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park
- Arriba’s Mexican Grill
- Lakeside Grill
- Pho House Restaurant
- Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q
- Sugar and Spice