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Queen Creek, Arizona

Queen Creek, Arizona
Queen Creek Town Hall
Queen Creek Town Hall
Official seal of Queen Creek, Arizona
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona is located in USA
Queen Creek, Arizona
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Arizona
Counties Maricopa, Pinal
Incorporated 1990
 • Mayor Gail Barney
 • Total 28.5 sq mi (73.8 km2)
 • Land 28.5 sq mi (73.8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,404 ft (428 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 26,361
 • Estimate (2014)[2] 32,236
 • Density 644.5/sq mi (248.9/km2)
Time zone MST (no DST) (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 85142
Area code(s) 480
FIPS code 04-58150

Queen Creek is a town in Maricopa and Pinal counties in the state of Arizona. The population was 26,361 at the 2010 census.[1] Between 2000 and 2013, Queen Creek's population grew 814.7%, the 2nd fastest growth in Arizona when combining the statistics for Queen Creek and San Tan Valley.[3]


  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Educational facilities 3
  • Cultural attractions 4
  • Historic properties in Queen Creek 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Queen Creek is located at (33.263101, -111.634685).[4] The Town of Queen Creek is primarily within Maricopa County, but the Town Limits also extend into Pinal County on the eastern and southern borders. Even further to the east and south of QC Town Limits in Pinal County is a large (est. 87,000 population in 2015) unincorporated community commonly called San Tan Valley.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 25.8 square miles (66.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2010, there were 26,361 people, 1,218 households, and 1,074 families residing in the town. The population density was 167.3 people per square mile (64.6/km²). There were 1,281 housing units at an average density of 49.6 per square mile (19.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 82.14% White, 0.35% Black or African American, 6.53% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 14.30% from other races, and 2.29% from two or more races. 17.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,218 households out of which 50.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.9% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.8% were non-families. 8.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.54 and the average family size was 3.77.

In the town the population age spread was: 35.4% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 4.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 104.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $63,702, and the median income for a family was $65,679. Males had a median income of $45,000 versus $31,447 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,592. About 6.0% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.0% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

Educational facilities

The Town of Queen Creek is served by six public school districts as well as public charter schools and a private school. Queen Creek Unified School District serves the greatest number of Queen Creek students.

The other public district schools serving QC students are Higley Unified School District, Chandler Unified School District, J.O. Combs Unified School District, Florence Unified School District and Coolidge Unified School District

Public charter schools serving QC students include... American Leadership Academy is a local public charter district with a K-6 school and 7-12 high school located on the same campus at the southwest corner of Hawes Road and Chandler Heights Blvd.

Benjamin Franklin Charter School, Cambridge Academy, Heritage Academy are additional public charter schools educating students who live in Town of Queen Creek.

Higher Education offerings include Communiversity at Queen Creek.

Cultural attractions

  • The American Heritage Festival - Since 2003 the largest annual educational living history event in AZ and the Southwestern US. (
  • Schnepf Farms - a family operated farm that holds frequent festivals (
  • The Queen Creek Performing Arts Center (
  • Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre - a large, publicly owned and operated equestrian facility that hosts regional events (
  • Queen Creek Library - the newest branch of the Maricopa County Library District that opened November 8, 2008 (
  • Barney Family Sports Complex - a privately owned and operated indoor sports facility. (
  • Queen Creek Olive Mill - a family owned company that grows and presses olives for the production of high quality extra virgin. It was featured on the Food Network show The Best Thing I Ever Ate. olive oil (
  • Rittenhouse Elementary School/San Tan Historical Society Museum

Forbes Magazine- Queen Creek, Arizona – recently named one of Forbes’ most friendly towns in the U.S.

Historic properties in Queen Creek

There are various properties in the town of Queen Creek which are considered historical and have been included either in the National Register of Historic Places[7] or listed as such by the San Tan Historical Society. The following are images of some of these properties with a short description of the same.

Historical Structures in Queen Creek, Arizona
(NRHP = National Register of Historic Places)
(STHS = San Tan Historical Society.)
The Old Rittenhouse Elementary School, located on the S.E. corner of Ellsworth and Queen Creek roads was built in 1925. Used as a school through 1982, this building now houses the San Tan Historical Society. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. Reference 98000053 
Our Lady of Guadalupe. The first Catholic Church building in Queen Creek is located on the north side of Ocotillo, 3/8 mile west of Ellsworth Road. Listed as historical by the San Tan Historical Society.. 
Queen Creek Town Hall. The building that currently serves as the Town Hall for Queen Creek began as a meetinghouse of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Listed as historical by the San Tan Historical Society. 
The Desert Wells Stage Stop Marker in Queen Creek, Arizona. The location is listed as historical by the San Tan Historical Society of Queen Creek. This site was a small spur stop for the Arizona Stage Company, founded in 1868. 
Ruins of the Desert Wells Stage Stop. Located just north of Chandler Heights Road on the east side of Sossaman Road, this site was a small spur stop for the Arizona Stage Company, founded in 1868. The stop provided water, shade, and protection for stages from Florence via Olberg and on to Mesa. Listed as historical by the San Tan Historical Society. 
Community Church. This was the first church in Rittenhouse was a Community Church and it was built in 1921. It stands on the northwest corner of Mandarin Drive and Hunt Highway. Listed as historical by the San Tan Historical Society. 
Higley General Store. The community of Higley was named after one of its early landowners, Stephen Weaver Higley, born May 3, 1857. The Higley General Store building was built in 1910, The brown structure pictured in the middle is a remodeled version of the original which still stands near the southwest corner of Higley Road and Williams Field Road and now houses various businesses. The first Post Office was in a back corner of the Higley Store. Listed as historical by the San Tan Historical Society. This has since been torn down for street improvements. 
Arizona Boys Ranch. The Arizona Boys Ranch was established in 1951. It is now called Canyon State Academy. Listed as historical by the San Tan Historical Society. 
This historic old Post Office Building was built in 1913 and is located at 22030 S. Rittenhouse Road. 


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ a b "Population Estimates".  
  3. ^ "Largest US Cities By Population". Retrieved 2014-07-10. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^  
  7. ^ National Register of Historic Places

External links

  • Queen Creek movers
  • Queen Creek town limits
  • Queen Creek Named NerdWallet's 2nd City on the Rise in Arizona
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