Goodyear, AZ is a refined, comfortable city of 61,500 located southwest of downtown Phoenix. It is the sixth-fastest growing city in the US. Real estate in the area is relatively affordable but Goodyear saw its home prices increase last year. The entire West Valley is metro Phoenix's fastest-growing region and is adding roads, popular communities and jobs. Homes here mirror those in Scottsdale but are cheaper.
Goodyear used to be known primarily for its affordability but with new growth it has evolved into a relaxed but refined enclave that is now enjoyed by young and old alike. The city rates high in livability polls and has even won awards. There are many activities to enjoy without heading into metro Phoenix. Arts and cultural events include the unique Ballet Under the Stars, the Art of Cultures Expo and many art shows and installments. The 10,300 seat Goodyear Ballpark is the spring training home to the Reds and the Indians. The area offers 175 acres of well-maintained parks. The city places high priority on education and boasts several high performance public K-12 schools and a campus for the Franklin Pierce University. It is also in negotiation for a future Arizona State University campus.
Residents and visitors love to get outside in Arizona's beautiful sunny weather and explore the area via historic and scenic hiking trails. The landscape consists of 188 square miles of rivers, plains and the majestic Estrella Mountains. It is a close drive to enjoy several unique national parks that offer many exciting and educational activities. The Sonoran Desert is a large and diverse desert ecosystem that covers most of the Southern half of Arizona. Hundreds of amazing plant and animal species including the Saguaro Cactus thrive near big cities and towns. Goodyear is only two hours from Saguaro National Park, which features not only desert but also coniferous mountains teeming with life. Three hours away is the world-renowned Grand Canyon National Park. Although the city offers many new and interesting restaurants and amenities and a vibrant nightlife, the short drive into Metro Phoenix makes available an endless number of urban daytime activities and the possibilities for big nights out. Everyone—from the young, first-time home buyers to the members of one of the city's new retirement communities—will find plenty to do, delicious foods to eat and a relaxing vibe to enjoy life in the sunny city of Goodyear, AZ.