Why We Live Here
Paradise Valley, is a small, affluent suburb of Phoenix, is Arizona’s wealthiest municipality. The town is known for its luxury golf courses, shopping, real estate, and restaurant scene. Despite its relatively small area and population compared to other municipalities in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Paradise Valley is home to eight full-service resorts, making it one of Arizona’s premier tourist destinations.
The lifestyle of Paradise Valley today has not changed much from what the early residents envisioned. Quiet surroundings, open space and privacy are valued as much now as they were then. Also unchanged is the Town’s reliance on volunteers to lead a limited, yet responsive, government.
- Incorporated 1961
- Area 15.42 sq. mi.
- Elevation 1,342’
- County Maricopa
- Website https://www.paradisevalleyaz.gov
- Population 15,003 (2021 est.)
- Population Density 975.3 per sq. mi.
- Median Age 53.6 years
- Families with Kids Under 18 33%
- Average Household Income $204,145
- Overall Cost of Living 318.5
Paradise Valley’s history dates back to an agrarian society. After the initial European settlement, Paradise Valley was first used for cattle grazing. In the 1880s, when the land was being surveyed so it could be developed into agricultural lots, the name “Paradise Valley” first came into use, being given by surveyors from the Rio Verde Canal Company. According to the official town website, this name may have been chosen due to the abundance of spring wildflowers and palo verde trees. Mainly an agricultural area during the 1800s and the first half of the 1900s, the area began to be settled after World War II, on large, one to five acres lots for which it became known.
As the neighboring settlements of Phoenix and Scottsdale began to grow and annex adjoining areas, the residents of what would become Paradise Valley were concerned that the qualities they most valued would be lost if they were consumed by their larger neighbors. These residents formed the “Citizens Committee for the Incorporation of The Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona”, which collected enough signatures to take to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. The petition was granted by the supervisors, allowing the town of Paradise Valley to be incorporated on May 24, 1961.
There are a number of notable residents in Paradise Valley. The official website even has interviews posted from a great number of them. See https://www.paradisevalleyaz.gov/563/Interviews-of-Notable-Residents.
Paradise Valley is known for its resorts. See https://www.paradisevalleyaz.gov/118/Resorts.
Major Attractions and Events
- Camelback Inn and Resort
- The Sanctuary Spa
- Crave Café
- El Chorro
- JD’s Restaurant
- Lincoln Steakhouse & Bar
- Lon’s at the Hermosa
- Prado’s Restaurant
- Rita’s Cantina & Bar