Avondale, AZ
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Notable For

One of the unique tourist attractions in Avondale is the geographic survey marker for the confluence point of the Salt and Gila rivers on Monument Hill. The marker is used by official government agencies for measuring land in the state of Arizona, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2002.

Cost of Living

With housing prices lower than national averages, real estate in Avondale is considered reasonably priced for homebuyers in this part of the state. Avondale is mostly comprised of long-term homeowners, and the vast majority of residents commute to work in or near Phoenix.

The overall cost of living in Avondale is about average compared to other U.S. cities of the same size, but housing and health care costs are measurably lower than national averages.


Served by the Metro, which is the main bus service of Phoenix, Avondale is essentially a part of Phoenix for the purposes of transportation and travel. Sky Harbor International Airport is a short 30-minute drive away just east on Interstate 10. Even though Avondale is technically a suburb of Phoenix, many residents consider themselves to be unofficial residents of Phoenix.

It’s safe to say that Avondale is in that in-between stage of having its own civic identity and merging with a much larger city that’s close by. Given those facts, Avondale does have a city government, mayor, and all the trappings of an official, independent city.


The City of Avondale is served by Littleton Elementary School District, the Agua Fria Union High School District, Avondale Elementary District, La Joya Community High School, Westview High School, and the nearby Estrella Mountain Community College. The Universal Technical Institute also calls Avondale home.

At the university and college level, Avondale residents typically gravitate toward Arizona State University’s campus in nearby Tempe if they plan to attend a major university closer to home. One of the big advantages of living in Avondale is its close proximity to Phoenix, which provides residents with big-city amenities and educational options, as well as arts and culture.


There is plenty to do in Avondale because the city is fast developing its own arts and nightlife scene. Avondale boasts lively retail and entertainment districts in the area, many of which were constructed within the past five years.

The Goodyear Ballpark is only two miles away and is home to two major league baseball spring training camps. In Avondale proper, the Phoenix International Raceway is one of the most popular auto racing speedways in the U.S., drawing more than one million spectators each year, including NASCAR races.

Historic Avondale is one of the town’s points of pride. It features local business structures that have been renovated to maintain their old-world charm. Bakeries, libraries, small businesses, and craft shops line the main street that has become one of the most popular attractions in Avondale. Residents and visitors alike usually fall in love with this quaint little piece of old-town Avondale that offers a true look at what the city was like almost 100 years ago.


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