Apache Junction, Arizona


The Superstition Mountains from Apache Junction
The Superstition Mountains from Apache Junction

Apache Junction sits at the point where the Apache Trail and US Highway 60 meet. This is near Superstition Mountain, at the western end of the Superstition Mountains. Apache Junction actually straddles the county line between Pinal and Maricopa Counties but most of the folks live in Pinal County. Besides being in a beautiful location, Apache Junction's big claim to fame is the proximity of the Superstition Mountains and the famous Lost Dutchman Gold Mine legend. Supposedly, Jacob Waltz (the Dutchman) found a fabulously rich vein of gold ore in the Superstitions and then died, taking his secret with him. People are still combing the Superstition Mountain Wilderness looking for that mine... To see and learn the most about the legend, you should probably check out the Superstition Mountain Museum, about 3.5 miles northeast of Apache Junction at 4087 North Apache Trail. 7 miles east of Apache Junction on US 60 is the location of the Arizona Renaissance Festival (usually runs from early February to late March)

With 51 RV parks, Apache Junction must be a favorite among the snow bird set. As far as population growth goes, between 1970 and 2000, the population grew from about 2,400 to about 31,800. Between 2000 and 2012 the population grew another 15% (about 4,800 people).

Apache Junction, Arizona
Superstition Mountain Museum
Fast Facts about Apache Junction, Arizona
Apache Junction, Pinal County, AZ
Zip Codes: 85217, 85219, 85220, 85278
Latitude: 33.415°N
Longitude: 111.546°W
Incorporated: 1978
Elevation: 1,722'

Education:
High School or Higher: 77.9%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 9.0%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 2.8%
Cost of Living Index for Apache Junction: 91.3

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $34,400
Median Home Value: $73,700
Median Resident Age: 47.5 Years
Major Industries:
Construction, Health Care, Lodging & Food Services, Educational Services, Finance & Insurance Services, Waste Management Services, Retail Services, Arts & Entertainment, Computers & Electronic Equipment
Unemployed (August 2014): 11.0%
 
2010 Population Demographics
Total Population
35,840
Males
17,431
Females
18,409
Population by Age
Under 18
7,119
18 & over
28,271
20-24
1,615
25-34
3,472
35-49
6,106
50-64
7,424
65 & over
9,345
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
5,153
Non Hispanic or Latino
30,687
Population by Race
White
32,092
African-American
431
Asian
279
Native American
398
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
26
Other
1,770
Two or more
844
 
Pinal County Pages