Why Move To Queen Creek, AZ- The New Boomtown In The Valley?
Brand-new shopping centers. New housing developments. Nearly 70,000 residents and counting. And with the Top 10 spot in Homes.com's 2021 list of Best US Suburbs To Move To, it's no surprise Queen Creek is one of the fastest-growing cities in Arizona.
Not bad for a town an hour southeast of Phoenix which, over three decades ago, was just a desert farming community called Rittenhouse primarily known by city folks for Schnepf Farms' peaches and corn.
A few more notable points in Queek Creek's relatively brief history: It was incorporated as a town in 1989 and registered just 3,700 residents a decade after incorporation. The early part of the 2010s saw it grew to just 26,000 people. Come 2020 and the town will issue its largest number of single family housing permits at 1,985.
But why are more and more people moving to Queen Creek? Think excellent schools, low crime rate and a competitive housing market.
Homes.com graded Queen Creek A- for the quality of its school districts while publicschoolreview.com gave praises to its math and reading proficiency. Notably, Cortina Elementary, Desert Mountain Elementary, and Frances Brandon-Picket Elementary ranked in the top 10 percent proficiency in Arizona while Queen Creek High School ranking in the top 5 percent.
According to neighborhoodscout.com's analysis of FBI crime data, Queen Creek has an overall crime rate of 11 per 1,000 residents. That's a noticeably lower crime rate than the average when compared to other Arizona communities as well as other comparably sized cities across America.
And when the pandemic pushed more people to work from home and younger ones to adapt to online classes, Queen Creek won homebuyers over by offering more space for the money over other Arizona cities. The average home sale price per square foot in Queen Creek is $228 compared to $247 in Mesa, $257 in Gilbert, and $264 in Chandler, according to Redfin. To meet the rising demand for new homes, Fulton Homes are planning to build 1,700 homes on 114 acres of land while Mattamy Homes is developing 533 homes on 153 acres.
More multifamily housing appears to be on the rise as well. Phoenix-based developer Sonoma Communities are partnering with New York-based real estate firm GTIS for the proposed construction of a $65 million residential build-to-rent project. On the other hand, Washington-based developer IDM Companies broke ground on the 476-unit multifamily community called Acero Queen Creek Station.
Commercial development are complementing current residential projects and interests. The Hampton Inn at Queen Creek recently opened while a Costco looks to follow next summer if additional infrastructure investments push through on Queen Creek Road.
General plans are also looking in the direction of high-tech manufacturing and related manufacturing enterprises, support industry, aerospace support, computer software, and technical service businesses for zoning of 4,150 acres of state trust land annexed in 2019.
Out of a $487 million budget for the 2021–2022 fiscal year, 66 percent will be reserved for capital infrastructure projects like transportation, water, police and fire. 25 percent will also be allocated for roadway development to ease traffic in this fast-growing town which include the widening of both Meridian Road and Ocotillo Road to two lanes both ways. The town is currently halfway through completing its 10-year transportation improvement plan.
Mansel Carter Oasis Park also grew to twice the size it was originally planned, in line with Queen Creek's focus on parks and recreation for the next generation. Newly released census data notes that a third of the growing Queen Creek population are under the age of 18.
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