Glendale, home of the Cardinals and Luke AFB
Glendale is Arizona’s fourth largest city. It is the commercial, industrial, and educational hub of the northwest valley. With the addition of the Cardinals Stadium and Westgate, it can also start claiming a piece of the sports and entertainment as well. Glendale is also home to Luke Air Force Base, which is one of the largest fighter training facilities in the U.S.
Glendale was established in 1892 by the New England Land Company, and settlement was made by some members of the “Church of the Brethren” from Illinois. B.A. Hazel, one of the church members, bought 360 acres of land for the site, and named the city. The establishment of a giant sugar beet factory, a major ice plant for cooling produce shipped via rail, and other smaller businesses attracted new people to the town. WW-II brought in thousands of servicmen to train at Thunderbird and Luke Air Force Bases.
New shopping, entertainment, and sports venues have been built at Westgate and in 2012 Tangiers Outlets added about 80 shops there. This area if it gets developed as planned will be a future Urban Living location in the valley. There are already homes and apartments located in Westgate! Check out the area compliments of the City of Glendale, and then watch the Westgate Video:
By the Numbers
60 – Square miles
232,143 – 2012 population
3,780 – people/sq mile
28 – percent under 18
31.8 – median age