Anthem was developed by Del Webb in 1999 as a master-planned community. Situated in the north valley of Maricopa County, Arizona, the community has an estimated population of close to 25,000 with over 9,500 homes. Anthem has been described as one of the best places to live in Arizona and one of the best family friendly neighborhoods in the Valley by Phoenix Magazine. It was also named one of the best places to raise a family by Parenting Magazine.
Anthem is located in the northern foothills of Phoenix, approximately 34 miles north of downtown on Interstate 17. Centrally situated between downtown Phoenix and Flagstaff, the community enjoys easy access to both the sports venues and nightlife of Phoenix and the recreational destinations and cooler temperatures of northern Arizona cities like Prescott, Sedona and Flagstaff.
Nestled at the base of Daisy Mountain in the Sonoran desert, Anthem’s temperatures are typically two to five degrees cooler than Phoenix. The average low temperature in January is 41.1 degrees and the average high temperature in July is 101.1 degrees. Anthem weather includes an 85% annual chance of sunshine, and an average annual precipitation of 13.28″.
Anthem is governed by Maricopa County east of I-17 and the City of Phoenix west of I-17. The Anthem Community Council, Inc. (ACC) is a nonprofit “umbrella organization” that establishes plans and policies for the community and manages ACC community owned assets to provide a sense of community, ensure sound economic development, and promote a quality of life for all residents. The ACC is managed by a seven member Board of Directors, each elected to three year terms.
The community has three Homeowners Associations (HOAs) that enforce property maintenance and design guidelines: Parkside, Country Club, and Village Condos. Anthem residents pay quarterly assessments to upkeep the community’s common areas, parks and facilities.
Cash and equity positions for the Anthem community are strong, with a reserve fund that is over 90 percent funded. Information compiled by the Community Associations Institute (CAI) indicate that Anthem would fall in the top 10 percent in terms of its percentage of reserve funding, its assessment collections rates, and its overall balance sheet strength.
The community has a variety of living options, from single-family homes (Parkside), gated communities (Anthem Country Club and The Landings)and townhomes (Paseo), to condominiums (The Village) and apartments (Bela Rosa).
Anthem is served by the Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD). In 2010-2011, Deer Valley was named an Advanced Placement Achievement district, one of four in Arizona. Within the community, there are four K-8 schools and one high school, all of which have received “Excelling” or “Highly Performing” rating from the Arizona Department of Education. There are also a number of charter and private schools located within the community.
- Anthem Elementary School (K-8)
- Boulder Creek High School (9-12)
- Canyon Spring Elementary School (K-8)
- Diamond Canyon Elementary School (K-8)
- Gavilan Peak Elementary School (K-8)
- New River Elementary School (K-8)
- Anthem Preparatory Academy (6-10)
- Archway Academy (3-5)
- The Caepe School (Preschool-8)
- Caurus Academy (K-8)
- Creative Castle Preschool & Kindergarten
- North Valley Christian Academy (Preschool-8)
- Westwind Academy at Anthem (9-11)
The community is also within close proximity to several colleges, including Glendale Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, and Arizona State University-West.
The heart of the Anthem community is a 40,000 square foot Community Center that houses the following:
- 35 foot rock-climbing wall
- 1,100 square foot children’s area with licensed preschool
- 8-lane Olympic-sized lap pool and dive well
- Fitness Center
- Five lighted tennis courts and stadium court
- Several meeting and classrooms
- Full-sized gymnasium
- Indoor basketball courts
- Men’s and women’s locker rooms
- Big Splash Water Park featuring water slides, beach entry and a giant “splash bucket.”
A 63-acre community park is located within the community for use by its residents and their guests, and includes:
- 10 miles of hiking and biking trails
- A half-pipe skateboard park
- An in-line hockey rink
- Anthem Veterans Memorial
- Barbecue grills and picnic ramadas
- Baseball, soccer and softball fields
- Basketball courts
- Daisy Mountain Railroad
- Four acre catch-and-release fishing lakes
- Outdoor amphitheater
Throughout the community are over 20 neighborhood pocket parks with playgrounds, barbecue grills, and picnic ramadas, as well as several miles of hiking and biking trails. Several league and recreational sports programs are offered through the Anthem Community Center including basketball, cheerleading, flag football, lacrosse, soccer, street hockey, swimming, tennis and volleyball. League programs for sports such as baseball and tackle football are also offered by various local organizations.
The community is serviced by several large chain retailers including Fry’s Marketplace, Safeway and Walmart. National retailers, restaurants and services, as well as independently owned boutiques and cafes are located in several shopping plazas throughout the community. The Outlets at Anthem include over 80 brand name stores and eateries.
Median age: 36.8 years
Median household income: $63,792 Education (Ages 25+)
- High school diploma: 31.3%
- Some college, no degree: 25.9%
- Bachelor’s degree: 15.3%
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.8%
- Caucasian: 87.3%
- Hispanic/Latino: 10.8%
- Asian: 2.9%
- African American: 2.6%
Total residents employed: 9,466
Employment opportunities in Anthem: 3,862
Square miles: 8.7
Elevation: 1797 feet
Average low temperature: 53.1 degrees
Average high temperature: 83.3 degrees
Average annual precipitation: 11.18″
Transportation & Access
Accessible Freeways: Interstate 17 is the primary connection to the community of Anthem. In 2010, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) completed a project that widened I-17 from Loop 101 to Anthem Way. The project widened I-17 from 2 lanes to 3 general purpose lanes and an HOV lane from Loop 101 to Carefree Highway and 3 lanes in each direction from Carefree Highway to Anthem Way. This project reduced traffic congestion for commuters between Anthem and the Phoenix metro area.
In October 2009, a two-way frontage road connecting Carefree Highway to Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem was opened on the East side of I-17. This frontage road, combined with North Valley Parkway and Norterra Parkway provide a surface street route to the rest of the Phoenix metro area.
Valley Metro does not provide bus service to Anthem, however they do provide a convenient, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly vanpooling service. For more information, go to http://www.valleymetro.org.
- Phoenix Deer Valley: 16 miles (20 minutes)
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International: 38 miles (44 minutes)
- Downtown Phoenix: 34 miles (41 minutes)
- Flagstaff: 114 miles (1 hr. 43 minutes)
- Las Vegas: 278 miles (4 hr. 44 minutes)
- Los Angeles: 398 miles (6 hr. 7 minutes)
- Scottsdale: 39 miles (43 minutes)
- Sedona: 86 miles (1 hr. 28 minutes)