West Phoenix, AZ is growing at an alarming rate. During our hot visit, we recently examined the economic viability of Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield and Tolleson. This area is the fastest growing area of all Phoenix, which is the second fastest metro area DMA in the United States. Maricopa County is No. 2 next to Clark County on the Las Vegas Metro. Surprisingly, Glendale and Goodier break all kinds of records while the governor looks at water and future resources. Of course, we do our homework on economic factors before trying to enter a region, as most seasoned business veterans do.
In Avondale, the population is now growing to about 36,000. 33% of which are upper secondary education in Spanish with secondary education. Agriculture and agriculture are the largest industrial sectors, although this is also changing as the light industry takes advantage of labor supply. Many new car dealerships are helping the townships with sales tax revenue, although some are giving up incentives in the short term, but it all starts in two years. Beam Corp. is a major employer there, says Jeffrey Fairman, director of economic development.
Avondale is just south of Luke AFB and receives a lot of revenue from military personnel who buy goods and services there. Also in the area is a medical center with an area of 80,000 square meters. Also, major employers include; LP Steel Industries, Cashion Tank and Steel, California Materials, Bio Scientific and several new projects underway. The average house price has increased by 10% over the last year and is still good; $ 132K, which is an average of the area. Growing homes again is incredible. Permit development is assisted by the city's Rationalization Committee.
Children in the area enjoy the local water park, bowling, church youth groups and Pop Warner Football and many football teams. The MAG-Maricopa Government Association spends $ 15.5 billion on new transportation infrastructure, many of which will go toward extending the width of the Avondale I-10 freeway. The 22-member panel is about $ 1 billion over budget, but this will be collected because housing is not slowing. The only big drawback is the car theft problem, which is Phoenix area number two, only killed by Tucson AZ. Most of these cars find their way to Mexico. There is a serious risk of fire from all Western Maricopa cities in the hot summers until the start of the summer monsoon season, during which time fire crews and hot arrow crews are moving to Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Washington, South Dakota.
At Goodyear AZ, things are a little different. The population has absolutely erupted and is continuing. Many people work at the Palos Verde Rd prisons and the latest prison you can see from I-10, some people we talked to worked at the NPP or for SRP or Betchel, all of which work there at the power plant. There are about 20,000 people in Goodyear, but there are currently about 5,000 new homes. This is 22% of Spanish and this number is diluting, but future growth should be below that ratio in my opinion for the next decade. As more and more Latin American families enter the middle class, we will see them turn Republican and buy in the Goodyear area with an average home price of 142K and up.
Goodyear, as you might guess, is named after the Akron Rubber Baron, who you can learn more about on the second floor of the Goodyear building outside Akron at the World of Rubber Museum in Goodyear's original headquarters. At Goodyear they made a tire for the US Navy, now this facility is Lockheed Martin. The area is now mixed with retail, food processing and a lot of Aerospace, we spoke with Timco's support supervisor who said their latest contract would require the hiring of an additional 140 people. Luftstanza Airlines also has its own training center. Del Monte and the Poore Brothers are processing there. Snipers from Hanover, Rubbermaid, Walle Corp, Cavco.
Goodyear Airport is a major plus along with its adjacent business parks. The runway is more than 8500 feet high and can land and take off any aircraft known to man. The city has attracted many companies and is convenient for business and has online applications for almost every permit. They are attracted; Aviation Plastics and Composites, Sun Cor Development, Chariot Eagle, Wal-Mart Dist Contractor McClane, West Valley Medical Center. The weather is hot in the summer, but year-round if you are able to cope with average daily summer rates;
June to September is 100-105 degrees. The Greater Phoenix Economic Council has some interesting statistics for the area as well. All cities in West Phoenix charge an additional 2% sales tax, and schools are considered great, even at first by all non-English speaking men.
Litchfield has about 4,000 people with only 8% Hispanics, but is growing exponentially. Some of the major employers include; Conklin Rose, a 4-star Wig Wam resort, Goodyear Family grows cotton and then sells the land to Litchfield, which grows Egyptian long-staple cotton for use in Goodyear tire processing and production. Water, of course, brought by SRP. In the future, we will do a comprehensive study of the history of the SRP-Salt Water River project. The average home price in the area rose to 310K. The city is professional and allows the classification of risky soil before the final permit to test the land's ability to support the project. These four cities on the west side of PHX average 16.8% of the population at 25-34, which means labor supply and good customer base. 16.2% have an age group of 35-44 years. 46% Latin American and similar to Los Angeles. The workforce is 29% less than higher education. 23% have only higher education and 24.8% have higher education, but no degree. The prevailing average wage is $ 9.86 per hour.
Toleson, has grown well after completing the 101-circuit highway interchange connecting to I-10. A huge new auto center. Freightliner Facility, Truck Stop, mostly because the dads in town see the opportunity because of the highway interchange, and they had 6 new dealerships that got on I-10 and they used a fast-travel permit processing program to make the rest. Also in the area are Lisanti Foods, Nabisco, Quaker Oats, Western Container, Greater PHX Auto Auction, Auto Zone Dist., Graybar Dist., Sara Lee Dist., Sysco Dist., Frys Dist., Cactus Transport, Cost Co Dist. , Fed Ex Depot and still have many residents who have brought home prices on this industrial highway adjacent to 100K on average. Toleson has a pop of 5,000 and 70% Hispanic, unemployment is 6%. The main jobs are based on retail services, warehousing and manufacturing. Other major employers are CSI, Sun Land Beef, Albertsons Dist., Pet Smart Dist. Dist. And several meat and food packing plants.
The western suburbs of Phoenix have turned from dusty rural rural communities into extremely lively, middle-class, soccer chess communities with all the garnishes. It is a good place for business, a great customer base and will continue to grow for another two decades.