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Overview of Avondale

Found in the foothills of the Estrella Mountains, the city of Avondale is a premier modern hotspot adjacent to the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. With easy access to Interstate 10 and all the amenities that make the Southwest Valley so special, it is no surprise that many Arizona residents are seeking Avondale apartments for rent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has seen a population growth with more than 77,500 calling the community home.

Living in Avondale, AZ

This modern city had its beginnings in 1880 when William "Billy" G. Moore settled along the Agua Fria River and named the community Coldwater. A small stagecoach stop for decades, the area consisted of a not much more than a general store and saloon. Once pioneers began venturing to the West Coast, many travelers visited the small stop on their trip. After the community's center moved closer to an area near Avondale Ranch, the city changed its name and incorporated in 1946.

Once Phoenix began to sprawl and eventually became the fifth-largest metropolis in the country, many residents began moving into the suburbs. Today, Avondale boasts a quality of life that attracts visitors and residents to the area due to its green space and celebrated community events.

Avondale Work and Study

Avondale has a thriving business community, according to the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce. Many commercial, industrial and tech manufacturing companies make their home here because of its ideal location and high visibility. The top private industries in the area include retail trade, construction and manufacturing with a focus on medical sciences, renewable energy and information technology. Whether you are commuting to nearby Phoenix or working in the community, finding Avondale apartments close to the interstate will give you greater access to and from work.

Students in the area can get two-year degrees at nearby Estrella Mountain Community College. Since 1992, this college has provided more than 3,000 students a year with the training programs and certifications they need to succeed in the high-tech community. One of the most popular 4-year institutions in the area is Northern Arizona University, a public school that attracts scholars seeking undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in many different areas of study.

Rentals in Avondale, AZ and Cost of Living

Even though Avondale is experiencing a rapid shift in population and job growth, the cost of living in the area remains more than 7 points below the national average. According to information from city-data.com, the median gross rent in the city was $1,180 per month. Because the median household income for an Avondale resident is nearly $10,000 more than the state average, Avondale is one of the most affordable and attractive areas to live in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

Avondale Attractions and Special Events

Avondale is home to the Phoenix International Raceway, an exciting venue that attracts many NASCAR fans to the area every year for the Sprint Cup. If the great outdoors is more your speed, Estrella Mountain Regional Park is a great place to check out the many hiking trails near the Agua Fria and Gila Rivers. A fixture in the community since 1954, the views from the Sierra Estrella range overlook the pristine beauty of the Arizona desert. 

Every year the city honors its founder with the Billy Moore Heritage Days Event and Parade in Old Avondale. Known as one of the oldest parades in Arizona, the community features horses, vintage cars, floats and local marching bands to commemorate the storied history of the area. Being a part of the city's rich heritage is a great way to learn about what makes the Avondale community so great.

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