Why We Live Here
Since its incorporation, the Town of Queen Creek has fulfilled residents’ dreams for the community. The Town has adopted several award-winning plans designed to guide future growth, planning and land use as well as provide amenities. The Town has grown from rich rural roots to what is one of the most innovatively planned family friendly hometowns in Arizona.
With Arizona roots that run deep, Queen Creek is the kind of town that hasn’t traded in its old-time charm and identity, like so many other places have. Though you’ll find many of the same national food and retail chains here that you will everywhere else, there are also a lot of locally owned family businesses that have been operating in Queen Creek for generations.
- Incorporated 1989
- Area 32.4 sq. mi.
- Elevation 1,404’
- County Maricopa, Pinal
- Website https://www.queencreek.org
- Population 58,424 (2021 est.)
- Population Density 1,803.6 per sq. mi.
- Median Age 35.1
- Families with Kids Under 18 64%
- Average Household Income $83,809
- Overall Cost of Living 112.6
The Town of Queen Creek’s name originated over a hundred miles away. Up in the eastern mountains, surrounding the Town of Superior, the land is rich with supplies of ore. One of the many mines that opened up in those mountains was the Silver Queen. At its base was a creek known as the Picket Post Creek. It was named after the oddly shaped mountain above it. When the Silver Queen Mine opened for production, the name of the Picket Post Creek was changed to Queen Creek. That creek runs down from the mountains, past the mine, through the Queen Creek Canyon, into the area surrounding the present-day Town of Queen Creek.
Agriculture and the bounty of the land continue to support the foundation upon which Queen Creek plans and builds its future. The fertile valley below the San Tan Mountains offered a safe haven for the early Indian communities and the homesteaders who farmed and ranched along Queen Creek Wash. Citrus, cotton, pecans, vegetables, and other crops still provide for area families, and the wash is a key element in the Town’s plan for future recreational trails and open space.
The Town of Queen Creek is primarily within Maricopa County, but the Town Limits also extend into Pinal County on the eastern and southern borders. Even further to the east and south of QC Town Limits in Pinal County is the large (est. 87,000 population in 2015) unincorporated community of San Tan Valley.
Major Attractions and Events
- Arizona’s Harvest Fest and Farmer’s Market
- Barney Family Sports Complex
- Milan Arts Center
- San Tan Mountain Regional Park
- Queen Creek Performing Arts Center
- Nando’s Mexican Cafe
- San Tan Café
- The Bistro Queen Creek