Anthem is a planned town in Arizona that straddles the border between Phoenix and a census-designated place. The entire community is contained inside Maricopa County in the state of Arizona, United States, and is considered a part of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. According to the most recent census (2010), the population of Anthem is 21,700. The population was predicted to be around 30,000 in 2014.
This Del Webb master planned community is located in New River, Arizona on a large, attractive plot of property along the river. Among the “Best Places to Raise a Family,” Anthem was recently recognized. This suburban area features a wide variety of brand-new single-family homes, townhouses, and condos to choose from, as well as plenty of open space for its inhabitants to enjoy. Residents of Anthem have access to a water park, recreation center, and numerous bike and walking paths.
Anthem is a popular vacation spot due to the abundance of year-round events, most of which are designed with family in mind. Children as young as two are welcome at the community center, where they can participate in a wide variety of programs, including soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, numerous types of martial arts, and swimming.
Association fees support a swimming pool larger than an Olympic size, a community water park with slides and depths suitable for swimmers of all ages and abilities, a network of trails winding around the city, a network of bike lanes encircling all major roadways, and a number of pocket parks located throughout the neighborhood. Amphitheater, open grassy areas, sports grounds (volleyball, soccer, football, baseball, and minor league fields), train, pavilion, lakes, and pagodas all make up the community park’s 63 acres.
In July 2012, a severe thunderstorm poured 5.01 inches of rain in 90 minutes on Anthem, leading to catastrophic flooding that damaged homes and forced nine people to evacuate. After further investigation, it was concluded that this storm had caused a “rain catastrophe on the order of one in every 1,000 years.” Anthem spans 5,856 acres between the foothills of Daisy Mountain and Gavilan Peak. The town sits at an average elevation of 1,863 feet, with a range of 1,760-2,428 feet. About a third of the city is preserved as parks and other open areas.