Arizona City is a planned community at the midpoint of the Phoenix-Tucson corridor, one of the more rapidly developing areas of the state. Surrounded by productive agricultural land, Arizona City has both industrial and commercially zoned areas, along with such amenities as a 48-acre lake, an 18-hole golf course, and several parks. The community, which was established in 1960, is 54 miles from Tucson and 56 miles from Phoenix, in south-central Pinal County. The community has an elevation of 1,505 feet and is unincorporated.
Arizona City lies in the Santa Cruz Basin, a fertile agricultural area. More than 150 square miles in the valley are irritated and produce cotton, jojoba beans, grains, vegetables, and citrus. Cattle ranching is also very important to the area's economy. Arizona City's location on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson lends its residents metropolitan convenience while maintaining a rural atmosphere. Also, its proximity to the junction of I-8 and I-10 makes it attractive to industries where transportation is a key factor. Presently, Meyers Bakery, the nation's largest private-label bakery, and M.C. Davis Electronics, producers of electronic components, call Arizona City home.
A 48-acre man-made lake is available for sailing and fishing. Several large lakes, many with full-service marinas where one can enjoy fishing, swimming, and boating, are within a short scenic drive to the north and northeast. Picacho Peak State Park, 22 miles southeast of Arizona City, is the site of Arizona's only Civil War battle. It took place in April 1862, when troops from the Union's California Volunteers encountered a detachment of soldiers on guard duty from the Confederacy's Texas Volunteers. The State Park, opened in 1968, provides hiking trails that lead to the summit of the majestic peak, as well as camping, picnicking, hiking and other facilities. Rock hounds will enjoy the selection of distinctive agates, a type of quartz with bands of color that can be found at the Agate Fields just south of Arizona City. Another point of historic interest is Casa Grande National Monument, 20 miles north of Arizona City, where one can also visit the Casa Grande Valley Historic museum. Directly west of Arizona City is the northeast corner of the sprawling Tohono O’odham (Papago) Indian Reservation.