If you are planning to relocate to the Valley of the Sun or are just looking for a great place to start and raise a family, here are ten great reasons why Fountain Hills, Arizona should be at the top of your list:
#10. Small town with a big heart.
The Town of fountain Hills thrives on the generosity of more than 900 volunteers. This doesn’t even include the volunteers represented in the various service and civic organizations! Every October, Make-a-Difference Day brings hundreds of individuals and organizations together to provide assistance where it is needed in the community. The Home Delivered Meals program has 200 regular volunteers who provide meals to homebound residents. The school district has a volunteer mentor program which has been a model for the state and country, supporting students at all levels of development.
#9. Beautiful location.
Nestled amid dramatic mountain ranges with natural desert beauty all around, the views in all directions will inspire everyone in the family to slow down and appreciate life. Residents enjoy views of the McDowell Mountains to the west, the looming Four Peaks to the east, the world-famous fountain and protected views of the night sky.
#8. Great schools.
Fountain Hills has low student-to-teacher ratios with high student achievement records. The educational curriculum is paired with creative extra-curricular opportunities, with a high level of parent involvement. Fountain Hills High School is one of the few schools in the state to offer the AP Capstone and AVID programs. Fountain Hills also recently opened a satellite campus of the East Valley Institute of Technology for vo-tech opportunities known for the exception quality. Students can also choose from two nearby charter schools, including the #1 high school in America, BASIS Scottsdale. A vibrant homeschool community enjoys a partnership with the Fountain Hills Unified School District.
#7. Town Parks and Recreation Department.
The town of Fountain Hills has four beautiful parks, each with a unique offering – from sports fields to a dog park to our world-famous fountain and more. The Rotary Musical Park and the nearby Rotary Splash Pad offer families unique play experiences. Activities and events are offered year-round.
#6. The great outdoors.
Families will love the easy access to hiking, biking and walking trails. Several trails start right in the heart of the city, offering breath-taking views of our desert community and beyond. Saguaro lake is twenty minutes away with boating, jet skiing and family water fun. Fountain Hills also boasts four beautiful golf courses and a disc golf course with annual tournaments.
#5. Celebrate the holidays.
Fountain Hills knows how to enjoy holidays throughout the year. The Greening of the Fountain on St. Patrick’s Day, when our fountain turns green and families enjoy food trucks, live Irish music and more, is a family favorite. The annual Easter Sunrise Service takes place at Fountain Park. Fourth at the Fountain is a great way to celebrate the nation’s birthday with live music and a firework show. Halloween in the Hills is a fun way for the community to enjoy a unique trick-or-treating experience. Fountain Hills has the only Thanksgiving Day Parade in the western United States. Stroll in the Glow is a beautiful way to kick off the Christmas season with horse-drawn wagon rides, a visit from Santa and the lighting of the Avenue of the Fountains.
#4. Public library programs.
The Fountain hills Public Library has a calendar full of events and activities for every age. From STEM-based programs to a youth garden club, to a rewarding summer reading program, there is something for every age. The library also has a nationally-awarded telescope lending program where families can check out a telescope just like they would a book.
#3. Clubs for every interest.
Fountain Hills has dozens of clubs to appeal to nearly every interest. Among them are a photography club, coin club, astronomy club, Friends of the Library, veterans clubs, German club and so much more. The local rotary clubs sponsor a youth Interact Club through the local homeschool group and Kiwanis sponsors the Key Club at the high school. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts also have thriving clubs.
#2. Art and culture.
One of Arizona’s most award-winning community theaters is in Fountain Hills. They offer a youth theater, seminars and camps designed to encourage kids to bloom. The community also boasts one of the largest public art collections in the West and is home to art galleries, art shows and performing arts. Ballet Arizona presents “Ballet Under the Stars” each year in Fountain Park with free admission. The River of Time Museum introduces visitors to the history of the Lower Verde River Valley.
#1. A hometown community.
No other community in Arizona offers the friendly, hometown atmosphere found in this little berg that has received numerous accolades as one of the finest places in America to raise a family or retire!
- “Best Place to Live in the Valley of the Sun” by Phoenix Magazine
- “Playful City USA” by KaBoom!
- “No. 1 Top Booming Suburb in Arizona” by Coldwell Banker
- “Best Overall Program” by Sister Cities International