Approximately halfway between the major cities of Phoenix and Tucson is the town of Casa Grande, Arizona. The name of the city is Spanish for "big house," and this holds true for many of the residences in the area. Several are larger in size and offer a substantial amount of land for today's homeowners. Additionally, the housing prices in this part of the state are also very affordable.
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The city was originally founded in the late 1800s during the state's mining boom. Today, over 48,000 people live in the area. The Southern Pacific Railroad runs through Casa Grande and is one of the reasons for the high population. Also, during the early 2000s, many homes were built in this area during the housing boom. Many of the residents work in neighboring cities; however, Casa Grande is home to several top employers. The Wal-Mart distribution center is actually located in the city. Other top employers include Frito-Lay, Hexcel Corporation, and Abbot Laboratories.
In early years, Casa Grande was a rural area with cotton and dairy farms. Today, the city is much more urbanized, and it resembles other major Arizona metropolitan areas. The city has multiple shopping centers, including The Promenade at Casa Grande. This is a large outdoor mall that services many residents and guests of the area. Along with the shopping centers, Casa Grande has a variety of restaurants. There are also multiple schools in the area including public, private, and charter schools. Furthermore, the Central Arizona College and Northern Arizona University both have campuses in Casa Grande. There is also a large library and local parks for community members to use. In addition, the city is close Interstate 8 and Interstate 10, making it easy to commute to neighboring cities. The affordable homes and desert lifestyle make Casa Grande and appealing destination for people of all ages and ethnicities.