The town of Youngtown was founded as the nation’s first retirement community in 1954 and incorporated as a municipality in 1960. From 2000 to 2010, Youngtown increased in population by 100 percent with the addition of the Agua Fria Ranch planned community. The town has evolved from a community of 80 percent 55 and older residents to one of 80 percent younger people. Families abound, and Youngtown is changing with the times.

Principal Economic Activities

Youngtown is home to more than 175 businesses, many of which have been active for 30 to 40 years. An additional 250 businesses located outside of the town add to the local economy. The town’s main industries are health-based and include two pharmaceutical compound pharmacies, Women’s International Pharmacy and Pet Health Pharmacy, in addition to LifeStream Complete Senior Living. A broad range of retail and service companies are located in the town’s Grand Avenue, town center and Olive Avenue business districts. One of the primary features of the retail sector is the many golf cart companies located in the town center business district.

Scenic Attractions

Westgate City Center encompasses the iconic Arizona Cardinals University of Phoenix football stadium and Gila River hockey arena with vibrant, trendy retail and entertainment venues less than 10 minutes away. Baseball fans can enjoy Spring Training games with a 20 minute drive to Surprise Stadium - home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers or the Peoria Sports Complex, home of the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres.

Community Facilities

Originally designed to be a retirement community, the town boasts a lovely lake, seven parks and a distinctively designed town center named Clubhouse Square. The modern library is frequented by residents from throughout the northwest valley because of its friendly atmosphere and its lovely setting in Greer Park. At the core of the town’s identity is the idea of being a community that honors its history, small town values, safety and community pride.

Basic Information

Founded 1954 Incorporated 1960
Elevation 1,150 ft. Location Maricopa County
Distance to major cities:
Phoenix 15 miles San Diego 355 miles
Tucson 141 miles Los Angeles 373 miles
Las Vegas 270 miles  


2000 2010 2023 (est.)
Youngtown 3,010 6,154 7,060
Maricopa County 3,072,149 3,824,058 4,507,419
State of Arizona 5,130,632 6,401,569 7,285,370

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Arizona Dept. of Revenue & Arizona Tax Research Foundation


Youngtown 3.00%
Maricopa County 0.70%
State 5.60%

Arizona Dept. of Revenue & Arizona Tax Research Foundation

Labor Force

2000 2010 2022
Civilian Labor Force 966 2,755 3,017
Unemployed 55 394 143
Unemployment Rate 5.7% 14.3% 4.7%

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Workforce Education Attainment

Count Share
Less than high school 912 19.6%
High school or equivalent, no college 1,715 36.8%
Some college or Associate degree 1,329 28.5%
Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree 703 15.1%

American Community Survey

Industry (ranked by employment)

  Count Share
Education, health care & social assistance 616 22.2%
Professional, scientific, & administrative services 410 14.8%
Retail trade 313 11.3%
Construction 256 9.2%
Finance, insurance & real estate 247 8.9%
Transportation, warehousing, & utilities 236 8.5%
Arts, entertainment, food & recreation services 226 8.2%
Other services, except public administration 143 5.2%
Manufacturing 115 4.2%
Public administration 101 3.6%
Wholesale trade 65 2.3%
Information 42 1.5%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, & mining 0 0.0%

American Community Survey

This profile was prepared by the Arizona Commerce Authority in cooperation with local sources. For further information, please contact:

Town of Youngtown
Gregory Arrington
12030 N. Clubhouse Square
Youngtown, AZ 85363
Phone: 623-933-8286
Email: [email protected]
WESTMARC (Western Maricopa

14100 N. 83rd Avenue, Suite 150
Peoria, AZ 85381
Phone: 623-435-0431
Email: [email protected]
Greater Phoenix Economic Council
2 N. Central Avenue, Suite 2500
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-256-7700
Email: [email protected]
Arizona Commerce Authority
Statewide Economic Development Group
100 N. 7th Ave., Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-845-1200
Email: [email protected]

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