About Casa Grande
Casa Grande is a dynamic, involved community, a modern city with rural heritage and old-fashioned values. Its economic base is a mix of retail trade, factory outlet shopping, manufacturing and agriculture. Founded in 1879, Casa Grande was named for the famous Hohokam Indian Ruins 20 miles to the northeast. Midway between Phoenix and Tucson, the city has grown to be the largest community in western Pinal County since its incorporation in 1915.
Principal Economic Activities
Casa Grande is strategically located at the intersection of two interstate highways (I-8 and I-10) in an area known as Arizona's Golden Corridor.
Once dependent on agriculture and mining, the community has evolved into a diversified full-service area with manufacturing, retail trade, government and tourist-related employment. All of Pinal County is a designated Enterprise Zone.
Casa Grande's location, mild climate, and scenic attractions make it attractive to tourists and winter visitors. The Casa Grande Valley Historical Museum offers many historical displays and facts about the area. The unique architecture of the historical railroad station and other historic buildings can be enjoyed on a walking tour of Casa Grande.
Named a Main Street city in 1992, Casa Grande is revitalizing the unique downtown area. The Casa Grande Art Museum hosts a number of shows each year featuring sculpture, water-color, multimedia and Western art by Arizona artists. The Casa Grande Valley Players will begin a new season of community theater. The city is also the home of the Arizona State Open Chili championship held every March.
The annual O'Odham Tash Celebration, a gathering of tribes, is held in mid-February and features Native American arts and crafts, ceremonial dances, rodeos, pow-wows and parades.
Shopping and Entertainment
Casa Grande’s market area consists of more than 91,000 consumers. Casa Grande is the retail center for western Pinal County’s consumers, including local retailers, specialty stores, antiques stores, and outlet shopping. Local retailers include: JC Penney, Target, Staples, Dillard’s, Walgreen’s, Bedmart, Inc., Kmart, Wal-Mart Supercenter, Second Skin, Lowe’s Store #2272, Home Depot, Ruthie's Bead Store, Ashley's Home Furniture, Office Max, Warehouse Furniture Outlet; and numerous specialty retailers. Albertson’s, Food City, Fry’s Food Stores of Arizona, Inc. and Safeway, as well as several other grocery stores, serve the citizens of the area.
Casa Grande is also the site of the Outlets at Casa Grande, with many quality retail outlet stores, which attract more than one million shoppers per year. Our prize-winning Casa Grande Main Street historical shopping district offers many unique shops for that one-of-a-kind gift.
Casa Grande’s newest addition is its 1,000,000 square foot shopping mall, The Promenade at Casa Grande, which includes a number of well-known national retail stores and restaurants and a multi-plex movie theater. In short, you can find everything for your family, home, office and gift-giving needs in Casa Grande!
Casa Grande offers a broad range of community facilities including two senior centers, two museums, a library, a bowling center, a fitness and racquet club, along with several other fitnesss club chains, one pool, four golf courses, an archery range, and rodeo facilities. There are more than 18 parks, many with ramadas, handball courts, tennis courts, softball diamonds, and playgound equipment.
The City is governed by a Mayor, six Council Members and a City Manager. Police protection is provided by the City and the Pinal County Sheriff's Department. There are three fire stations with full-time emergency medical personnel. All Stations are staffed with Advanced Life Support Paramedics.
Lodging and Meeting Facilities
There are over 650 rooms available in seven hotels/motels which also feature numerous meeting facilities, with the largest seating available of 500 persons. Casa Grande also offers 15 RV parks in the area.
Casa Grande has six banks and two credit unions with 11 branch locations. Further, Casa Grande businesses are eligible for assistance in financing fixed assets through the Strategic Finance Division of the Arizona Department of Commerce. Information on private activity bonds within the city may be obtained from the same source or from the Industrial Development Authority of Casa Grande, Pinal County Arizona, 300 East 4th Street, Casa Grande, AZ 85122.
There are eight fully improved parks, most with access to rail, all with excellent access to I-10 and I-8. Parcels, ranging from one to 360 acres, are available.
Casa Grande has nine public elementary schools, two private elementary schools, and two public high school facilities. Central Arizona College, a two-year community college east of Casa Grande, offers a range of courses including college preparatory, liberal arts, vocational/technical, and career education. Arizona State University in Tempe (45 miles north) and the University of Arizona in Tucson (67 miles south) are major four-year state institutions. Northern Arizona University at Central Arizona College allows a student to choose choose from over 17 bachelor's and 12 master's degrees, plus 12 certificates and endorsements; for information, call (520) 421-1394. The University of Phoenix offers bachelors and masters degrees in business-related areas in conjunction with the community college.
Residents of Casa Grande have access to the Casa Grande Municipal Airport with two, 5,200-foot asphalt runways.
Arizona Public Service (520) 421-8400
E.D. 1 (520) 424-3344
E.D. 2 (520) 723-7741
Southwest Gas Corporation (520) 836-8251
Qwest (800) 244-1111
Arizona Water Company (520) 836-8785
Sewer Municipal (520) 421-8600
Landfill, Trash Pickup and recycling
City of Casa Grande (520) 421-8600
Facts and Figures
Latitude and Longitude 32.89231 N, 111.73592 W
Elevation 1,405 feet above sea level
Land Area 109.68 Sq Miles
2008 Population: 44,547
Charter Adopted 1975
This page was created primarily using information from the Arizona Department of Commerce Community Profile of Casa Grande.
For a complete copy of the community profile, please contact:
Arizona Department of Commerce
1700 West Washington Street, Ste. 600
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 771-1100 - Main Switchboard
(602) 771-1200 - Fax