Why We Live Here
About an hour east of Phoenix, the bedroom community of San Tan Valley, a census-designated place, offers the subtleness of a quaint community with hiking trails, beautiful dark skies, golf and more. The community is nestled among the foothills of the San Tan Mountains and boasts a wonderful park and recreation area, the San Tan Mountain Park. The community’s amenities include the availability of grand, custom homes in beautifully planned communities, large acreage lots, dark skies, amazing sunsets and sunrises, easy access to beautiful hiking and biking trails and a growing business community.
- Established 2009
- Area 36.7
- Elevation 15.16’
- County Pinal
- Website https://www.santanvalley.com
- Population 96,692 (2021 est.)
- Population Density 2,637.1 per sq. mi.
- Median Age 33.5
- Families with Kids Under 18 57%
- Average Household Income $77,040
- Overall Cost of Living 101.8
San Tan Valley derives its name from the nearby San Tan Mountains. The origin of the name San Tan is disputed, with suggestions ranging from a corruption of the name Santa Ana to the last name of George Santan, prior postmaster in nearby Gila County. Previously referred to as San Tan Heights, San Tan Foothills, Greater San Tan and simply the San Tan Area, the community lacked any official name and residents used nearby Queen Creek for their mailing addresses. To coincide with the addition of a new zip code for the community on July 1, 2009, the United States Post Office was petitioned to provide the area with a new name. In response, the Greater San Tan Area Coalition organized a non-binding vote on June 23, offering residents the opportunity to vote on a name for the community.
The area, which had consisted primarily of undeveloped desert and agriculture prior to 2000, experienced considerable growth in the early part of the decade. As early as 2004, attempts to incorporate the area were underway. An initial attempt, which proposed a name of simply “San Tan” for the area, was blocked by the neighboring town of Florence after rural residents there expressed concern that allowing incorporation would accelerate the urbanization of the area. A subsequent effort in 2005 failed to gain traction. Following the renaming of the area in 2009, a renewed effort at incorporation sought to put the issue to a vote in 2010, this time with the support of Pinal County. The Town Council of Florence unanimously rejected a resolution that would have approved San Tan Valley’s proposed boundaries over concerns of their allotment of state shared revenue.
Major Attractions and Events
- Arizona Speedway
- Encanterra Country Club
- Greek Islands Grill
- Homer’s Smokehouse BBQ
- Lola Empanada
- Santan Grille
- Sola’s Cabana Bar & Grill