Peoria - About the Area


The West Valley consists of 15 communities located in western Maricopa County, Arizona, including Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Gila Bend, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Tolleson, Wickenburg and Youngtown. It consists of approximately 3,000 square miles and supports a population of 1,272,747.

More than 50,000 businesses reside in the West Valley. According to the Greater Phoenix Economic council, 52% of the Phoenix area's growth is expected to occur in the West Valley. Major employers include:

  • Abrazo Healthcare
  • Amazon
  • American Express
  • APS/Palo Verde
  • Banner Health
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Honeywell
  • JBS Packerland
  • John C. Lincoln Health
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Luke Air Force Base
  • Petsmart
  • Shamrock Foods
  • Swift Transportation
  • Wells Fargo

The West Valley provides residents with above standard K-12 education systems, 10 colleges and universities. It is also home to the Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Coyotes, and nine of the 15 major league spring training teams.

In addition, the West Valley provides a highly regarded quality of life with the Arizona Broadway Theatre, Arizona Challenger Space Center, World Wildlife Zoo and Aquarium and numerous parks and outdoor recreations facilities.