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Avondale is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, adjacent to Phoenix. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 76,238.
Avondale, incorporated in 1946, experienced rapid residential and commercial growth in the years since 1980. Once primarily a sparsely populated farming community with many acres of alfalfa and cotton fields, Avondale has transformed into a major bedroom suburb for Phoenix. Several major residential subdivisions and shopping centers have recently been built on former farmland, many adjacent to Interstate 10.
Phoenix Children's Hospital has a satellite facility (the Southwest Valley Urgent Care Center), at the corner of Avondale Boulevard and McDowell Road.
Avondale is located at 33°26′01″N 112°20′59″W (33.435322, −112.349758).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 41.3 square miles (107 km2), of which, 41.3 square miles (107 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.15%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 35,883 people, 10,640 households, and 8,724 families residing in the city. The population density was 869.7 people per square mile (335.8/km²). There were 11,419 housing units at an average density of 276.8 per square mile (106.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 63.27% White, 5.20% Black or African American, 1.28% Native American, 1.89% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 24.32% from other races, and 3.89% from two or more races. 46.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 10,640 households out of which 47.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.0% were non-families. 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age. The average household size was 3.36 and the average family size was 3.66.
In the city, the population was spread out with 34.2% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $49,153, and the median income for a family was $51,084. Males had a median income of $35,134 versus $27,487 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,919. About 10.3% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.2% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.
In 2010 Avondale had a population of 78,256. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 50.3% Hispanic or Latino, 34.0% non-Hispanic white, 9.3% black or African American, 1.7% Native American, 3.5% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 0.2% non-Hispanic of some other race and 4.5% reporting two or more races.
Avondale falls within Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District, served by Representative Raúl Grijalva and Arizona’s 19th State Legislative District, served by Representatives Mark A. Cardenas and Diego Espinoza and Senator Lupe Contreras, all Democrats.
Avondale has a large amount of sunshine year round due to its stable descending air and high pressure. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, the city has a Hot desert climate, abbreviated "Bwh" on climate maps.
Winters are sunny and mild with nighttime lows averaging between 40°F and 50°F (4°C and 10°C) and daytime highs ranging from 60°F to 75°F (16°C to 24°C). The record low temperature recorded in Avondale is 16°F (-9°C). Summers are extremely hot, with daily high temperatures at or above 100°F (38°C) for the entirety of June, July, and August, as well as many days in May and September. An occasional heat wave will spike temperatures over 115°F (46°C) briefly. Nighttime lows in the summer months average between 70°F and 80°F (21°C and 27°C), with an occasional overnight low above 80°F (27°C) not uncommon. Avondale's record high temperature stands at an impressive 125°F (52°C), a few degrees warmer than the record for Phoenix, and just 3°F shy of Arizona's state record of 128°F (53°C), recorded in Lake Havasu City on June 29th, 1994.
Snow is rare in the area, occurring once every several years. Lows in the winter occasionally dip below freezing, which may damage some desert plants such as saguaros and other cacti. In the summer (mainly July, August and early September), the North American Monsoon can hit the Phoenix area in the afternoon and evening (possibly continuing overnight), causing rain showers even from a sunny morning. Dust storms are occasional, mainly during the summer.
Avondale is served by the Littleton Elementary District, the Avondale Elementary District, and the Agua Fria Union High School District. Westview High School, La Joya Community High School, and Agua Fria High School are the high schools in the city. Estrella Mountain Community College, established in 1992, is located in the city. Another college is Universal Technical Institute.
Avondale is home to ISM Raceway. It holds two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, two Xfinity Series races, and a Camping World Truck Series race annually.
The City of Avondale Parks and Recreation Department offers quality sports for both youth and adults.
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The surveying marker of the Gila and Salt River Meridan is located on Monument Hill. Ever since 1851, this has been the center point used by the state to measure the land in Arizona. The federal government recognized this point for measuring the boundary between the United States and Mexico after the Mexican–American War ended. The first survey conducted in 1867, involved the first 36 miles (58 km) of Arizona. Up until 1874, this was the epicenter of all surveying in Arizona for property deeds. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 2002, Reference #02001137. Monument Hill is located at 115th Avenue and Baseline Road in Avondale.
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