Glendale is a dynamic city located in the rapidly growing northwest part of the Phoenix metropolitan area. With a population of more than 250,000 people, Glendale is Arizona’s sixth largest city. It is home to a diverse population covering a vast cross-section of economic and cultural communities. Glendale was established in 1892 and has transformed into a vibrant city on the move. Built on farming and irrigation, Glendale’s forefathers laid the foundation for a city described as one with “small town character and ambiance." This allowed Glendale to grow and transform into a tourist attraction in the western U.S. Glendale’s charm stems from a treasured heritage, strong community spirit and superior planning, making it one of Arizona’s most distinctive and diverse communities.

Principal Economic Activities

Glendale’s diverse economic base includes advanced business services, aerospace and defense, education, health care, manufacturing and signature entertainment. Major employers including Honeywell, Bechtel, Delta Dental, AAA, Coca-Cola, Conair and Humana call Glendale home. Redflex, Progressive Leasing and Lockheed Martin also have recently joined the ranks of notable employers.

Loop 101, Loop 303 and U.S. 60 all cross through Glendale with Interstate 17 and Interstate 10 in proximity. Northern Parkway, when complete, will further enhance transportation access through the city. Glendale is served by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad and has its own municipal airport. The city is close to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, connecting it to major national and international markets.

Scenic Attractions

Glendale boasts a budding downtown spanning 10 blocks with many shops and award-winning restaurants. Over the past 20 years, the city has invested more than $400 million in infrastructure improvements to create a world-class sports and entertainment district. The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals play at the 63,000-seat University of Phoenix Stadium. The 18,000-seat Desert Diamond Arena hosts major headlining events and most recently welcomed Arizona’s first professional bull riding team, the Ridge Riders. During Spring Training, the city hosts two Major League Baseball teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, at Camelback Ranch Glendale. Glendale has become a regional employment center with multiple Class A office buildings and outstanding amenities including Westgate Entertainment District, Tanger Outlets, Cabela’s and VAI Resort, Arizona’s largest resort property. Glendale is known for Sahuaro Ranch Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Thunderbird Park features more than 1,000 acres of prime desert preserve and is a favorite spot for hiking, horseback riding and picnicking.

Community Facilities

Glendale has a range of community and cultural facilities including an award-winning civic center, aquatics center, adult center, parks, libraries, fishing lakes and several museums within a half-hour drive.

Basic Information

Founded 1892 Incorporated 1910
Elevation 1,154 ft. Location Maricopa County
Distance to major cities:
Phoenix 13 miles San Diego 355 miles
Tucson 124 miles Los Angeles 373 miles
Las Vegas 277 miles  


2000 2010 2023 (est.)
Glendale 218,812 227,217 250,585
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


Glendale 2.90%
Maricopa County 0.70%
State 5.60%

Arizona Dept. of Revenue & Arizona Tax Research Foundation

Labor Force

2000 2010 2022
Civilian Labor Force 116,646 114,360 126,539
Unemployed 3,973 13,992 6,276
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 12.2% 5.0%

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Workforce Education Attainment

Count Share
Less than high school 25,726 16.2%
High school or equivalent, no college 45,883 28.9%
Some college or Associate degree 52,582 33.1%
Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree 34,737 21.9%

American Community Survey

Industry (ranked by employment)

  Count Share
Education, health care & social assistance 24,783 21.3%
Retail trade 16,490 14.2%
Professional, scientific, & administrative services 13,083 11.2%
Arts, entertainment, food & recreation services 11,197 9.6%
Construction 10,085 8.7%
Finance, insurance & real estate 9,855 8.5%
Manufacturing 7,477 6.4%
Transportation, warehousing, & utilities 7,440 6.4%
Other services, except public administration 5,477 4.7%
Public administration 4,795 4.1%
Wholesale trade 2,722 2.3%
Information 2,387 2.0%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, & mining 663 0.6%

American Community Survey

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

City of Glendale
Brian Friedman
5850 West Glendale Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85301
Phone: 623-930-2000
Email: [email protected]
City of Glendale Economic

5850 W. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301
Phone: 623-930-2984
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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