Glendale is snuggled about nine miles northwest from Downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It is surrounded by Avondale, Phoenix, Buckeye and Goodyear. The area covered by the city is 55.8 sq. mile (145 km2). 0.1 sq. mile (0.26 km2) of total land is covered by water. The city comprises of 229331 inhabitants. Male proportion in the population is 49.8 percent and that of female is 50.2 percent. Population density is 3921 / sq. mile. The median resident age is 34.5 years. 76.23 percent population is Caucasian, 5.81 percent is African American, 3.80 percent is Asian, 1.34 percent is American Indian, and 12 percent belongs to different races.42 percent of the population comprises of youth. English (69 percent), Spanish (24 percent) and 7 percent other languages are spoken by the people. The average household size is 2.85 and the average family size is 3.33. 37 percent of the population is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
The education system of the area is quite good. Special measures are taken for the improvement in the literacy rate. Student to teacher ratio is 19:1. There are total 77 public schools, 13 private schools and 9 post secondary schools serving in the city. 79.2 percent residents completed high school education, 65.1 percent passed college exam, 20-25 percent completed their Bachelors degree, 15 percent attained Masters Degree and 3.7 percent passed Professional degree exam. Prominent educational institutions of the city are Unified School District, High School Districts and Elementary School Districts.
The per Capita income in the city is $22807 that is 25 percent lower than the national Income per Capita. The median household income is $50567 and the median income occupied by owner is $51162. Major industries in the city are health care and education industry, the retail service industry, the construction industry, the food services, waste management services, warehousing and the transportation industry. Major employers of the city are Banner Health System, CSAA/AAA, Honeywell aerospace, Empereon Constar etc. Unemployment rate is 7.9 percent in the area that is lower than the national average. 12 percent of the inhabitants are living below poverty level that is 16 percent lower than the national poverty level.
Small business development center (SDBC) is designed for assisting small scale business and investors. Glendale Chamber of Commerce is working and contributing their noble share in the economy of the city. The area is also the center of antique. People from different parts of the world come here to see these antiques. This also contributes to the economy of the city. Agriculture sector is another important part of the economy of the region. The prominent agricultural crops in the area are cotton and hay. Additionally, cattle farming sector also contributed a lot in the economy of the city. Major cattle are sheep, milk cows, lambs and hogs. Land ownership of the city mostly belongs to Native Americans.
There is a hierarchy of government officials that managed the city. Administrative Head of the city council is Mayor and other members of the councils are responsible for their respective departments.