Sun City West, Arizona

Sun City West is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. The population was 25,806 at the 2020 census.[2]

Sun City West, Arizona
Sun City West entrance sign
Sun City West entrance sign
Flag of Sun City West, Arizona
Location in Maricopa County, Arizona
Sun City West is located in Arizona
Sun City West
Sun City West
Sun City West is located in the United States
Sun City West
Sun City West
Coordinates: 33°40′13″N 112°21′28″W / 33.67028°N 112.35778°W / 33.67028; -112.35778
CountryUnited States
 • Total11.97 sq mi (30.99 km2)
 • Land11.93 sq mi (30.89 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
1,234 ft (376 m)
 • Total25,806
 • Density2,163.84/sq mi (835.44/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (no DST)
ZIP Code
Area code623
FIPS code04-70355
GNIS feature ID25111



Sun City West is located 23 miles (37 km) northwest of downtown Phoenix at 33°39′43″N 112°21′31″W / 33.66194°N 112.35861°W / 33.66194; -112.35861 (33.661829, −112.358740).[3] It is bordered to the south, west, and north by the city of Surprise. U.S. Route 60 runs along the southwest border of the community, and the Arizona State Route 303 freeway bounds the community to the north and northwest.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.33%, are water.[1]


Historical population
Sun City West and Sun City from Landsat 8, 2016

At the 2010 census there were 24,535 people, 14,873 households, and 8,550 families in the CDP. The population density was 2,245.2 inhabitants per square mile (866.9/km2). There were 18,218 housing units at an average density of 1,666.8 per square mile (643.6/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.8% White, 0.8% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. 1.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[5] Of the 14,873 households, 14 had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 2.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.5% were non-families. 39.3% of households were one person and 35.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 1.64 and the average family size was 2.05.

The age distribution was 0.1% under the age of 14, 0.1% from 15 to 19, 0.1% from 15 to 24, 0.2% from 25 to 29, 0.2% from 30 to 34, 0.2% 35 to 39, 0.4% 45 to 49, 1.5% from 50 to 54, 3.6% 55 to 59, 9.2% from 60 to 64, 13.8% from 65 to 69, 17.2% from 70 to 74, 19.5% from 75 to 79, 18.3% from 80 to 84, and 14.8% who were 85 years of age or older. The median age was 75.6 years. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.6 males.

The median household income was $44,614 and the median family income was $58,345. Males had a median income of $48,333 versus $33,125 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $35,502. About 2.5% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.



Sun City West was constructed on an 11,000-acre (4,500 ha) site to the west of Sun City, including part of the former Lizard Acres cattle ranch.[6] Sun City West was completely built out in 1998, and a sister city, Sun City Grand, to the west of Grand Avenue was started.[citation needed]

Due to the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic the city announced on March 11, 2020, the closures of all recreation centers to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.[7] This later led to the closures of all seven golf courses on April 13, 2020.[8]



As an unincorporated area, Sun City West does not have a city government. Instead, Sun City West is "governed" by Property Owners and Residents Association (PORA), a community association that advocates for the Sun City West community.[9]

Municipal services are provided by a variety of public and private organizations. Police services are provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.[10] Street maintenance services are paid for by the taxpayers of the entire county. Fire service is provided by Arizona Fire and Medical Authority.[11] Parks and recreation services are controlled by Recreation Centers of Sun City West, another community organization.[12]



Electric service is provided by Arizona Public Service. Natural gas is provided by Southwest Gas. Water and sewer utilities are provided by a private utility, Epcor Water. Sanitation service is by a private hauler.

See also



  1. ^ a b "2021 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Arizona". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 17, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Sun City West CDP, Arizona: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 17, 2022.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing (1790–2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2010.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  6. ^ "Cattleman J. Charles Wetzler dies at 75; aided CAP, ASU in public service career". Arizona Republic. March 14, 1983.
  7. ^ "Sun City West recreation centers to shut down due to coronavirus concerns". KTVK. March 11, 2020.
  8. ^ "Sun City West prepares to close all its golf courses due to COVID-19". KTVK. April 13, 2020.
  9. ^ "About PORA". PORA Sun City West. Retrieved September 4, 2021.
  10. ^ "What We Do". Posses of Sun City West. Retrieved February 17, 2023.
  11. ^ "Authority Overview". Retrieved February 17, 2023.
  12. ^ "Recreation Centers Sun City West Arizona | Sun City West Active Adult Retirement Golf Community". Retrieved February 17, 2023.