New River is a census-designated place (CDP) in
County, Arizona, United States.
The population was 10,740 at the 2000 census
New River is named after the seasonal wash of the same name, part
of the Agua Fria River
drains into the Salt River
was founded by Lord Darrell Duppa
1868 as a stagecoach stop. For many years it was the terminus of
the old Black Canyon Highway (now Interstate 17
). The pavement ended in New
River and continued as a dirt road to the city of Prescott.
New River has largely retained its rural character; however, its
future as a rural community is uncertain as the city of Phoenix
expands into the region.
On October 28, 1999 New River/Desert Hills Community Association,
Inc. (NR/DHCA) was officially formed by the area residents by
merging two other groups—the Desert Hills Improvement Association,
Inc. (formed 1985) and New River Community Association, Inc. (also
formed 1985). NR/DHCA is dedicated to the preservation of the
community and its life style as reflected by the Maricopa County
Land Use Plan, New River Planning Area, in existence as of July 31,
. NR/DHCA's website is [www.nrdhca.org].
They hold monthly meetings to keep the community informed of
actions and issues that may affect their way of life. The
association serves as a communication link between the citizens of
the area and the various governmental groups (local, state, and
federal) that have an impact on the area.
In the mid
1990s, the Del Webb Corporation
proposed a residential development roughly as large as Flagstaff, Arizona's eleventh largest city (2000
This instigated a short-lived self-incorporation
campaign which failed due to lack of popular support. Phoenix in 1995 and
again in 2003 annexed in the region and Del Webb in 1998 opened the
newly built Anthem.
As development of the Phoenix
continues northward, the broad area that is
defined as New River is reduced closer to New River Road. The
General Plan of Phoenix
includes the entire New River
area, making New River's future uncertain. Residents of newly built
subdivisions often do not identify with the established residents
of New River, often identifying instead with Phoenix or
New River is located at (33.869149, -112.085759) .
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the CDP has a total area of
70.8 square miles (183.4 km²), of which,
70.8 square miles (183.4 km²) of it is land and
0.01% is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 10,740
people, 3,921 households, and 3,066 families residing in the CDP.
The population density
people per square mile (58.5/km²). There were 4,514 housing units
at an average density of 63.7/sq mi (24.6/km²). The racial
makeup of the CDP was 95.87% White
, 0.42% Black
or African American
, 0.60% Native American
, 0.46% Asian
, 0.05% Pacific Islander
, 1.25% from
, and 1.37%
from two or more races. 4.85% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
There were 3,921 households out of which 35.3% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 68.9% were married couples
living together, 5.6% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 21.8% were non-families.
15.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.9% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age
of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 28.5% from 45 to
64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
38 years. For every 100 females there were 103.9 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.4 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $62,307, and the
median income for a family was $68,604. Males had a median income
of $46,361 versus $31,610 for females. The per capita income
for the CDP was $25,932.
About 3.6% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the
, including 5.5% of those
under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.
According to a 2007 estimate, median incomes for households and
families and risen to $91,676 and $100,269 respectively.