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Sun City West, Arizona - Basic Facts

The Sun City West Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Maricopa County at latitude 33.6714 and longitude -112.3572. Maricopa County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 1,234 feet.

The formal official name is the Sun City West Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Sun City West, Arizona.

The U5 Census Class Code for Sun City West indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The formal boundaries for the Sun City West Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.87 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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Sun City West, AZ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 24,733
Population in Households 24,544
Population in Familes 17,507
Population in Group Qrtrs 189
Population Density1 2,263
Diversity Index2 8


Total Households 15,064
Average Household Size 1.63
Family Households 8,564
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 18,242 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,264 (72.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,800 ( 9.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,178 (17.4%)
Median Home Value $194,204
Average Home Value $217,913


Median Household Income $40,014
Average Household Income $54,571
Per Capita Income $33,300
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.19% 0.63%
Households 0.3% 0.74%
Families 0.04% 0.52%
Median Household Income   4.2%
Per Capita Income   3.82%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Sun City West, AZ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sun City West to the other 451 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Arizona by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 38 92nd
Population Density1 # 25 95th
Diversity Index2 # 422 7th
Median Household Income # 167 63rd
Per Capita Income # 28 94th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Arizona Census Data Comparison Tool.