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[ Welcome to Goodyear, Arizona ]

General Information

Goodyear is in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 65,275. Goodyear was the third fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona of any size between 1990 and 2000.

The Cleveland Indians of baseball's American League moved their spring training facility to Goodyear from Winter Haven, Florida and rejoined the Cactus League in February 2009, after a 15-year absence. Before that, the Indians held spring training for many years in Tucson.

On April 7, 2008, Goodyear's city council unanimously approved a memorandum to fund a new $33 million baseball spring training complex for Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. This includes a 10,000-seat park, Goodyear Ballpark. The Reds and the Indians will have separate offices, clubhouses and practice fields. The Indians, who had held their spring training in Tucson, Arizona, for many years until moving to Winter Haven, Florida, in 1993, agreed to return their spring training location back to Arizona on December 21, 2006.

On June 6, 2008, Goodyear won the All-America City Award, sponsored by the National Civic League.

History

Goodyear was established in 1917 with the purchase of 16,000 acres (65 km2) of land by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company to cultivate cotton for vehicle tire threads. Goodyear became a town in November 1946 and reached city status in 1985.

In the 1980s, the remaining 10,000 acres (40 km2) of the original Goodyear Tire acreage was sold for development.

Geography

Goodyear is located at 3327'00?N 11221'30?W (33.449917, -112.358382).[2] Nearby cities include Avondale, Litchfield Park, Tolleson and Buckeye. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 116.5 square miles (302 km2), all of it land.

The largest master planned community in Goodyear is Estrella, south of the Gila River, composed of over 2500 homes as of September 2006.

Demographics

As of 2000, there were 18,911 people, 6,179 households, and 4,986 families residing in the city. The population density was 162.4 people per square mile (62.7/km²). There were 6,771 housing units at an average density of 58.1 per square mile (22.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.13% White, 5.20% Black or African American, 1.06% Native American, 1.71% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 10.87% from other races, and 2.95% from two or more races. 20.80% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,179 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.1% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.3% were non-families. 14.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $57,492, and the median income for a family was $60,707. Males had a median income of $40,702 versus $28,410 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,506. About 3.6% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of that age 65 or over.

Primary and secondary schools

Several school districts serve the city of Goodyear. Elementary school districts serving Goodyear include Avondale Elementary School District, Liberty Elementary School District, Litchfield Elementary School District, and Mobile Elementary School District. High school districts serving Goodyear include Agua Fria Union High School District and Buckeye Union High School District.

Colleges and universities

Franklin Pierce University signed a lease with the city of Goodyear to purchase 30 acres (120,000 m2) of land. Other universities in close proximity include Estrella Mountain Community College, Arizona State University at the West campus, Grand Canyon University, Midwestern University, and Thunderbird School of Global Management. "Goodyear education"

New developments in Goodyear

Goodyear Ballpark, a new spring training facility was built in Goodyear and was the home of the Cleveland Indians in 2009 and both the Indians and Cincinnati Reds starting in 2010.

Goodyear Ballpark

Goodyear Center pointe is a small mall in Estrella Parkway. A Toys R Us and Old Navy and several other stores are located here. North of the ballpark on Estrella Parkway is the Shops at Estrella built by Tall Development, a local Scottsdale development group.

Transportation
Interstate 10 goes through Downtown Goodyear. A small airport in Goodyear (Phoenix Goodyear Airport)


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