Apache Junction Local Profile

Apache Junction is a young city first incorporated in 1978, but has grown to approximately 38,499 today with nearly five percent growth in the last five years alone.  The iconic Superstition Mountains play a significant role in drawing folks to the area with its beauty and wonder.

The City of Apache Junction has significant prospects for future economic development growth as the Phoenix Metro continues to expand with the city offering plenty of land to support industry and commercial development.

Apache Junction has adopted a strategic plan to help discover new opportunities and overcome challenges and establish itself as a place both open for business and as a future recreational tourism hub.

Local Employers

Local employers include an abundance of small, family-owned, unique businesses that give Apache Junction a very eclectic selection of goods and services for everyday needs and one-of-a-kind offerings.

We are also home to a number of very recognizable names that make up a strong component of local job offerings within the community.  Some of the City's largest employers include:

  • Banner Health
  • Walmart
  • Western Industrial Resources Corporation
  • Central Arizona College
  • Horizon Health and Wellness
  • Fry's Food Stores

Other governmental agencies comprise a large part of the local workforce including the Apache Junction Unified School District, the Superstition Fire & Medical District and the City of Apache Junction.

Local Education & Training Options

The Apache Junction Unified School District serves Apache Junction students and encompasses 217 square miles with capacity for growth. Apache Junction High School boasts a graduation rate higher than the state average.  AJHS was the first school in the state to partner with the East Valley Institute of Technology to embed Career & Technical Education classes on campus as well as offer a full line of career training opportunities through the EVIT main campus.

Central Arizona College - Superstition Mountain Campus - is in the heart of Apache Junction's downtown.  A wide variety of academic, career training and personal enrichment classes are offered.  The newest building on campus offers the top of the line science classrooms and labs, as well as free tutoring and computer access for all students. 

Other charter and private school options are also available.

Quality of Life

Apache Junction offers outstanding quality of life for families of all ages with award-winning Parks & Recreation services, affordable homes, beautiful desert vistas and mountain views, unique shopping and dining choices, and a "small-town feel" with easy accessibility to urban amenities and experiences. 

We are "Home to the Superstition Mountains".  Visitors and residents enjoy not only the amazing visual beauty, but the activities of hiking, biking, birding and adventure.  A short drive up the Historic Apache Trail will lead you to Canyon Lake and natural desert beauty that seems to transcend you beyond the capability of your five senses.  The "live, work and play" adage truly defines the lifestyle of Apache Junction.