About the West Valley

Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) is in the heart of the West Valley. With a population of 1.6 million, it is the fastest-growing area in the Valley of the Sun. Conveniently located near Loop 101, Loop 303, and Interstate 10, the West Valley is poised for even more residential, commercial, and industrial growth.

The average annual income for West Valley households is $68,225. The area, which boasts a varied workforce including manufacturing, information technology, aerospace, and healthcare, is home to Luke Air Force Base; Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station; Sub-Zero; UPS; and several distribution/fulfillment centers including Amazon, Dicks Sporting Goods, Macy’s, REI, and Walmart/Sam’s Club, just to name a few.

The West Valley is quickly becoming a mecca for state-of-the-art healthcare facilities with such cutting-edge hospitals as Abrazo West Campus, a Level 1 Trauma Center, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and Banner Estrella Medical Center.

With only 4 to 8 inches of average annual rainfall, the West Valley is the perfect outdoor recreation destination. Hikers, cyclists, and equestrians have miles and miles of hiking trails to explore and golfers have links a plenty to choose from. Several rivers are just waiting to be explored by kayak or canoe while Lake Pleasant, with its two marinas, offers an all-sports lake experience.

Entertainment options abound in the West Valley. The Westgate Entertainment District houses the State Farm Stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals, as well as Gila River Arena and myriad restaurants and shops, including Tanger Outlets. Baseball fans have five Spring Training ballparks from which to cheer on their favorite teams, race fans can catch a NASCAR championship at ISM Raceway, and gamblers have the chance to hit it big at Desert Diamond Casino. Bowling, laser tag, and more are offered at Main Event, and the largest collection of exotic animals in the state can be found at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park. Rodeos and demolition derbies and culinary and music festivals are also held annually.

Arts aficionados are seeing more and more venues as the West Valley grows, including EMCC’s Performing Arts Center, the West Valley Art Museum, and Arizona Broadway Theatre.

For more detailed information about the West Valley and its future growth, visit: https://www.westmarc.org/westvalleyqualityoflife/