About Buckeye Valley

  • The Town of Buckeye has over 660 square miles in its planning area.
  • What is Buckeye’s Population?
  • Estimated population in 2010 is 52,000 and 2025 to be 345.00, build out projected for 2065 will put the population at over 1,000,000, taking in account the recent slow down in the housing market.

How Many Communities are Planned for Buckeye?

Currently, there are 30 community masterplans ranging in size up to 36,000 acres.

How Many Single-Family Building Permits Have Been Issued?

2000 77
2001 47
2002 123
2003 1,019
2004 3,486
2005 (estimated) 5,000

Buckeye Valley History

In 1877, Thomas Newt Clanton set out from Creston, Iowa, with a party of six men, three women and ten children, bound for Arizona. Clanton suffered from ongoing health problems and believed the Arizona climate would improve his condition. The travelers settled near the area that was eventually to become the Town of Buckeye. It was a good move for him as he lived in Arizona for another 49 years before his death at age 82.

Development in the Buckeye Valley received its first great boost with the construction of the Buckeye Canal. In 1884, Malin Monroe Jackson, along with Joshua L. Spain and Henry Mitchell, began building a canal. Jackson named the canal in honor of his native state of Ohio, the "Buckeye State." Completed in 1886, Thomas Clanton helped build 10 miles of the canal running adjacent to his homestead. In 1887, Clanton applied for a post office to be established in the new community, and in 1888, the United States Postal Service granted the request, naming the new station "Buckeye" after the canal. Thomas Clanton and his family were the first permanent Anglo residents of Buckeye. That same year, Thomas Clanton teamed with Phoenix surgeon Oscar L. Mahoney, and subdivided 60 acres of their land. A business district was established between 4th and 6th Streets on Centre Avenue. A town site was platted and Clanton named the new town Sidney, though why he chose that name remains a mystery. However, because of the significance of the canal, over time the town became known as Buckeye, and the name was legally changed in 1910. Also in 1888, William "Bucky" O'Neil and Associates organized the Buckeye Irrigation Company, renaming the Buckeye Canal Company, and had it certified by the Territorial Secretary. Bucky O'Neil later went on to become one of the famous Rough Riders.

Advances in transportation put Buckeye on the map. In 1910, the Arizona Eastern Railroad came to Buckeye; in 1911, the first automobile; by 1912, a steam rail line connected with Phoenix; and by 1915, a state highway. The coming of the railroad was so signifigcant that the business district was moved to accommodate the location of the railroad station.

As a result, Buckeye was booming! By 1912, major buildings were constructed along with the expansion of the business community. Buckeye was incorporated in 1929 and included 440 acres, or less than one square mile. The first mayor was Hugh M. Watson, founder of the Buckeye Valley Bank. His son, Hugh Watson, Jr. served as mayor fron 1956 to 1958.

In 1935, the Buckeye Chamber of Commerce started the Helzapoppin' Days, which has become a local tradition. The festivities included street dances, a parade, a carnival and a rodeo. Proceeds were given to local churches to distribute to the needy and for scholarships. Celebrities such as cowboy singing star Gene Autry attended the events. Current City celebrations include the annual Pioneer Days, which features a parade, the Helzapoppin' Rodeo, now a major PRCA event, the Melodrama and carnival. Oktoberfest is scheduled in the fall, along with spring and fall Demolition Derbies, Air Fair and more. The City of Buckeye is always "a poppin'!"

Buckeye Main Street

Old U.S. 80 is Buckeye's historic main street (Monroe Avenue and M.C. 85 today) Originally called the Dixie Overland Highway or the Broadway of America, old U.S. 80 was the first all-year, coast-to-coast route. Before 1926, developers and towns scrambled to join together to be on a cross country route. Since these highways shared the same roadbed through parts of the country, people began to be confused by the many colorful names given these routes. In 1926 the federal government stepped in and replaced the names with a numerical system. Old U.S. 80 started at Tybee island, Georgia and crossed the country entering Arizona near Douglas, continuing through Tucson, Phoenix, and Buckeye south to Gila Bend then exiting the state at Yuma. Its western terminus was San Diego.

Tourists are becoming so interested in following the historic routes that most states have formed "route" associations that provide websites for information. The Main Street communities in each state are very active in providing input to these associations. Visitors are looking for original pieces of the roadbed as well as historic sites along the highways. They are also interested in stopping at long-time businesses that may still exist. Once they stop in a community, they are exposed to all the town has to offer.


Buckeye’s air transportation needs are served by Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix Goodyear Airport, and the Buckeye Municipal Airport.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the United States and is a 35-minute drive from downtown Buckeye. Phoenix Goodyear Airport is a reliever airport for Sky Harbor and is located ten minutes away.

The City of Buckeye is home to the Buckeye Municipal Airport. The airport is located two miles south of Interstate 10 and the Palo Verde Road interchange. Currently, the airport is equipped with a 5,500-foot runway that can accommodate corporate aircraft as well as small general aviation aircraft. Storage hangars, parking, fueling facilities, and other aviation services are accessible.

Maricopa County 85, State Route 85, Interstate 10, old U.S. Highway 80, and the Sun Valley Parkway all intersect the City of Buckeye. Old U.S. Highway 80 is a two-lane scenic by-way with a steel truss bridge that crosses the Gila River. Driving over the bridge you can see the Gillespie Dam. During the flood of 1993, the water in the Gila River rose so high that it caused the dam to break and flood the farms to the south.
In 1912 the Southern Pacific Railroad made a tremendous impact on the Town of Buckeye, connecting the city to Phoenix.

The railroad is still a major mode of transportation for goods produced in Buckeye.


Buckeye has a City Manager and a seven-member council. Administrative offices are located at 530 E. Monroe Avenue. For more information on town departments or functions, call (623) 349-6000.

Health Care

Health care in the Buckeye Valley is growing. There are several medical offices and several dental offices in Buckeye, staffed with experienced physicians, dentists and health care professionals. In addition, Buckeye is the home base of an air ambulance helicopter, fully equipped to move seriously ill and a state of the art emergency facility located on Watson road just south of I-10.  In 2014  Arizona Orthopedic Physical therapy opened for business on Sundance Parkway just north of Yuma road.


The homes of Buckeye reflect the tradition of steady growth and progress. Wonderful homes nestled within quiet, friendly neighborhoods offer the best in affordable suburban living. Home buyers can choose from new single-family residences, homes located in the historic district, or custom homes at the base of the White Tank Mountains. Choices are exceptional in the many surrounding master planned communities, as well as the neighborhood developments. Many residents, who commute to work in Phoenix and elsewhere in the area, find that they can take advantage of Buckeye’s small town ambiance while also receiving a great deal more for their real estate dollar. Two of our communities were named among the "Top 100 Best Master-Planned Communities" in 2009 by Where to Retire Magazine. Come check out Sun City Festival and Sundance for yourselves! Living in surroundings dominated by a desert climate means adjustment for many of the new residents. Average spring temperatures can range from 48 to 72 degrees F; summer ranges from 65 to 108 degrees F. Average rainfall is just over four inches. Monsoon from June through September brings wind and rain to the valley floor.

Taxes 2007


Elementary/High School 9.53
City/Fire District 1.98
County wide 1.30
Total $12.81
Per thousand of assessed value, or 1.3% market value.

Maricopa County 0.70%
State of Arizona 6.60%
Total 9.30%

Buckeye is a small town with big plans

Everybody’s talking about Buckeye – the little town that was just a gas stop for California- and Mexico-bound travelers is now projecting major growth over the next 20 years. Having a 660-square-mile planning area, Buckeye one day could be home to more than 1,000,000 residents, which is 55 times more than the current population. More than 30 master-planned communities have been approved and developers are pitching more ideas daily. Through selective planning and burgeoning development interest, Buckeye soon will be the largest community in the Valley.


Sundance was the first Master Planned Community in Buckeye. It was opened in 2003 and is expected to continue sales until it reaches its 7000 home build out. Located between the Estrella and White Tank Mountains it has combined an active adult community (Meritage Active Adults) with a family oriented community very nicely. There is a network of trails linking the neighborhoods, community facilities and shopping centers. The adult community borders the 18 hole golf course with a full service country club and adjacent fitness center, swimming pool and tennis courts


Verrado opened in January 2004, and after much buzz and anticipation, is Buckeye’s first major master-planned development. With up to a 20-year build out planned, the project has the capacity for 14,000 homes. Verrado builders are now beginning the third phase of the project. The first part includes 900 units from builders such as Pulte Homes, Engle, T.W. Lewis, Aston Woods Homes, and Monterey Homes.

Bashas’ Main Street Market occupies a portion of the 40,000 square feet of commercial space in the heart of Verrado’s Main Street, with 45 rental apartment units on top- Main Street Lofts at Verrado. Plans also include 325 acres of parks and open spaces. Every neighborhood is designed around a park, so no home will be farther than two blocks away. Verrado Middle School, part of the Litchfield Elementary School District, opened two years ago, followed by Verrado High School. Verrado’s multi-phase project offers 100 unique home designs, ranging in price from the $200,000 to $600,000. (www.verrado.com)

Douglas Ranch

After months of heated debate, Buckeye voters overwhelmingly approved the annexation of Douglas Ranch. At 36 square miles, this is Arizona’s largest master-planned community to date. Douglas Ranch was approved by a 67 percent margin. This vote was important to the town because it proved the people are interested in becoming engaged in Buckeye’s growth process, and they are welcoming the quality development. Buckeye scored another big plus in annexing Douglas Ranch – the rights to the Hassayampa River groundwater aquifer, the largest untapped aquifer in the state.

The Douglas Ranch site is about 25 miles northeast of downtown Buckeye, and is in a infrastructure planning stage. The finished project could have the potential to include 83,000 homes and 250,000 residents. The community is divided into 27 separate planning areas, including 2,000 commercial acres and 947 acres for employment space. Educational facilities will be built all over the community, with 12 high schools and 25 elementary schools already planned. At least 22 percent of the land in Douglas Ranch will be left open for trails and parks, and developers plan to build 22 golf courses. Home prices in Douglas Ranch will range across the board– the community will feature all types of housing, from entry-level to custom-built.


Although this master-planned development’s name is derived from an ancient Phoenician cultural center, Tartesso aspires to be among the most modern of communities. The sprawling 12,000-acre development has been approved for 40,000 homes.

The first phase, located at Sun Valley Parkway and Tartesso Parkway (Indian School Road), will include sites for 17 elementary schools and three high schools.

Open space will be abundant in Tartesso, with plans for 26 parks in the works. The largest of these parks will feature full-size baseball fields, lighted basketball courts, facilities for smaller children, and picnic areas. A Tartesso golf course has not been planned. Commercial or mixed-use sites in Tartesso potentially could encompass 717 acres, or more than 10 million square feet. Tartesso will be accessible from Interstate 10 by two existing interchanges at Sun Valley Parkway and Miller Road. Three additional interchanges eventually will be installed at Johnson Road, Bruner Road, and Wilson Avenue. Tartesso Elementary School opened in August 2008. (www.tartesso.com)

Festival Ranch (Sun City Festival)

Festival Ranch has begun construction on more than 24,000 housing units, 7,000 of which will be included in the “active adult” part of the community – Sun City Festival. Fourteen golf courses, seven million square feet of commercial space, and schools built in the Wickenburg Elementary School District are part of Festival Ranch's master-plan.

Business and Industry

The Buckeye Business community mirrors the successes found throughout Maricopa County. Its diverse employment base is comprised of many thriving small businesses, combined with large enterprise. This is the key to a strong and flexible local economy. Sundance Town Center, on the corner of Watson and Yuma, opened in 2007. Included in this area are a Lowes, PetSmart, Wal-Mart Super Center and a number of other retail shops and restaurants including Cracker Barrel, Chipotle, KFC, Wendy's and El Pollo Loco. Ground was broken at the I-10 and South Verrado Way is being constructed as West-MEC

West-Mec vision is Preparing Students Today for Tomorrow’s Careers

Empower all students to participate fully in the economy by providing and enhancing Career and Technical Education

West-Mec Philosophy
Our educational philosophy for students includes:
Upgrading and enhancing existing courses and programsExpanding the number and quality of courses availableMaking courses as convenient as possible to studentsProviding training to enter the workforce and pursue continuing educationRetraining to enhance job skills and career opportunities
Our Values
West-MEC is committed to:
delivery of quality, comprehensive, articulated, industry-validated programs, facilities, equipment and resourcesa delivery system that includes classroom instruction. laboratory instruction, work-based learning, and a Career and Technical Student Organizationthe success of students going directly into the workforce, further career training, or post-secondary educationpartnerships with all stakeholdersCareer and Technical Education professional developmentthe recognitions of achievements in Career and Technical Educationthe advancement and success of Career and Technical Education in member districtslifelong learningproviding leadership in education reform and modernization

Large Employers


City of Buckeye
Buckeye Union High School District
Buckeye Elementary School District
AZ Department of Corrections
Liberty Elementary School District


Can-Am Steel
Schult Homes Corporation
Wal-Mart Distribution Center
Travel Center of America Truck/Travel Center
Arizona Public Service (APS)
Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station

Wal-Mart Distribution Center
Tom Jones Ford
Hospice of the Valley
Global Water

Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc.
Meritage Active Adult at Sundance
Keller Equipment
The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership
H-Four Farms
Sundance Golf Club


Restaurants which dot the City's surrounding area range from fine dining to fast food. Whether it’s Southwestern with spice and zest, or good old-fashioned home cooking you crave, you’re sure to be pleased with the variety, value and quality of food right here in Buckeye. Verrado Grille, Ranchero's Rodeo Resteraunt, Cracker Barrell, Milstone Cafe, Filiburto's Sports Grille, Native Grille and Wings, La Placita Mexican Food and Firehouse Subs are all great choices for dining.


Visitors and tourists in the West Valley area will find accommodations to suit every need and budget. Hotels, motels, extended stay and executive facilities are located in neighboring communities. Thousands of rooms, convention facilities and conference centers are located within a twenty-mile radius. Holiday Inn Express is currently under construction, and will be  located just east of Watson on the south side of I-10


People in Buckeye love to get outdoors and play. Natural recreational opportunities abound throughout the area. Bikers, hikers and nature-lovers all enjoy the wide-open spaces and the many paths that travel through White Tank Mountain Regional Park and Buckeye Hills. Robbins Butte, home to a variety of species, attracts bird watchers throughout the year. 

Buckeye Town Park, adjacent to downtown, is home to the Buckeye Historical and Archeological Museum.  We have a Aquatic center with a pool and amazing water slide,  a rec center for the youth
as well as our Sundance Park, Earl Edgar Park, and others which offer designated walking paths, volleyball courts, baseball fields, and a Dog Park. Coming soon is a 6500 acre park (Skyline Regional Park) which will offer day and overnight camp areas, equestrian trails, and more. It is scheduled to be open in late 2015. For more info visit the City's website www.buckeyeaz.gov
In addition, the Town Park is home to an Olympic-sized swimming pool complete with 35-foot-high water slide and other water features that keep everyone cool and relaxed. Take advantage of the volleyball pits, ball fields, picnic tables and skate park. Any of the local restaurants will provide a great picnic meal for the park.The White Tank Mountains Regional Park offers direct access to the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. The park provides a rugged experience with hiking, mountain bike and horse trails, as well as overnight camping. Ancient petroglyphs, wildlife and a waterfall can sometimes be seen at the park.


Civic Clubs and Organizations

Buckeye is home to numerous civic clubs and community organizations.
These organizations are devoted to creating strong ties, providing leadership, and helping the needy.

American Youth Soccer Association: www.soccer225.com

Buckeye Elks Lodge #2686 (623) 386-4710
PO Box 326, Buckeye 85326

Food Bank (All Faith Services) (623) 386-3513
214 South 5th Street, Buckeye 85326

Buckeye Lions Club (623) 386-4511
PO Box 26, Buckeye 85326

Buckeye Little League (623) 386-6309
PO Box 1042, Buckeye 85326

Buckeye Pop Warner
Alfredo Ramos (623) 386-2730

Buckeye Police Explorers
Sergeant Billy Porter (623) 349-6000
100 North Apache, Suite D, Buckeye 85326

Buckeye Main Street Coalition (623) 386-0526
508 East Monroe, Buckeye 85326

Buckeye Rotary Club (623) 393-0520
PO Box 594, Buckeye 85326

Buckeye Valley Family Resource Center (623) 386-4008
215 South 6th Street, Buckeye 85326

Buckeye Women’s Club
845 E. Monroe, Buckeye 85326

Bullfrogs Swim Team (623) 393-8098
2036 South 224th Avenue, Buckeye 85326

Friends of the Library (623) 349-6300
310 North 6th Street, Buckeye 85326

4-H (602) 470-8086
Maricopa County Extension Office, University of Arizona

Girls Scouts, Arizona Cactus Pine Council (602) 331-7298
111 East Coronado, Phoenix 85004

Rebekkah’s (623) 386-4744
306 North 4th Street; PO Box 306, Buckeye 85326

Useful Telephone Numbers

Utility Providers

Cable Television/Telephone/Internet
Cox Communications (602) 277-1000
Century Link (800) 244-1111

Arizona Public Service (APS) (623) 386-4474

Natural Gas
Southwest Gas (602) 861-1999

Republic Services (602) 237-2078

Water and Sewer
City of Buckeye (Utility billing/set up trash & sewer) (623) 349-6100
Global Water (623) 580-9600

Zip Codes

Arlington AZ 85322
Buckeye AZ 85326, 85396
Palo Verde AZ 85343
Tonopah AZ 85354


Buckeye’s faith community is as strong and vibrant as ever. You will find a deep commitment to spiritual growth and sense of community in our residents. The region is home to various denominations, and local worship facilities strive to serve and enrich the lives of all participants. Religious leaders encourage worship, provide guidance, and offer assistance to those in need.