Buckeye Arizona, a growing town west of Phoenix
Just 30 miles west of Phoenix, this town could over take Phoenix in population sometime in the next century! In 1884 theBuckeye Canal (10 miles) was built, named after the builder’s native state of Ohio. In 1887 the first permanent Anglo resident moved into the area, and in 1888 the town site was laid out. The town was originally named “Sidney”, after a town in Ohio, but because of the significance of the canal to the area the name was legally changed to Buckeye in 1910.
By 1912 a railway connected Buckeye to Phoenix, and the business district was moved to accommodate the location of the railroad station. By 1926 Buckeye incorporated at a size of 440 acres. Buckeye today is home to the areas Walmart Distribution Center, Golden Eagle Distribution Center, and Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, and has a public airport with one runway (5,500 Ft), with 46 aircraft based at the airport. Buckeye has remained mostly agricultural thru the 1990’s, however with the growth of Phoenix, Buckeye is now in a housing building boom that will continue for some time. The population estimates place Buckeye at 380,000 by 2030.
- Douglas Ranch, at 36 square miles, it will beArizona’s largest Master Planned Community with about 83,000 homes with 250,000 residents at build out. 12 High Schools and 25 Elementary Schools will need to be built to accommodate the growth, and look for 22 additional Golf Courses as well.
- Verrado was one of Buckeye’s first major Master Planned Development opened in early 2004. This unique community features a “Main Street” Concept, 325 acres of parks, and Custom Home Lots (3/4 acre to over 3 acres) along with an assortment of builders that are in the process of building the communities 14,000 homes.
- Tartesso, the name is derived from an ancient Phoenician cultural center. This community at build out will occupy 12,000 acres, have 40,000 new homes, 26 parks, 3 new High Schools, and 17 new Elementary Schools.
In 2012 the Town of Buckeye was named an “Arizona Solar Community” for efforts by more than 1,150 homeowners to install solar power applications in their homes.
By the Numbers
372 – Square miles
59,470 – 2014 population
136 – people/sq mile
31 – percent under 18
30 – median age
Current Buckeye Real Estate Market Information