Glendale, Arizona

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Prior to the late 1800s, the area of Arizona, which would become Glendale, was a desert.  That was, until William John Murphy was tasked by the Arizona Canal Company with the building of the 40-mile long Arizona Canal from Granite Reef to New River.  This canal was completed in 1885 and brought water to the desert.  Eventually, Murphy would settle in the area and call it ‘Glendale’.  The city was officially founded on February 27th, 1892.

Today, according to a 2014 US Census Estimate, the city of Glendale, AZ has a population of 237,517 people.  This makes it the 88th most populous city in the country.  Glendale is located just nine miles northwest of Downtown Phoenix, and is thus considered part of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.  The same 2014 US Census estimated the population of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area to be 4,489,109 people strong.  This makes the Phoenix Metropolitan area the 12th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

Glendale, AZ is the home of one of the campuses for Midwestern University.  This campus serves over 2,900 students and contains five separate colleges offering fourteen distinct fields of study including Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM), College of Pharmacy-Glendale (CPG), College of Health Sciences-AZ, Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine, and Arizona College of Optometry.

Glendale, AZ is also the location for the 160 acres-Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.  The Thunderbird School of Global Management was established in 1946 and is a management school.  It was acquired by Arizona State University in 2015.  Thunderbird’s flagship degrees include Bachelor of Foreign Trade and an MBA in global management.  Its Worldwide MBA ranking in Business Insider is 41.

Within the Glendale, AZ area, there exist a large number of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.  Buildings such as the Beet Sugar Factory Building, which was built in 1906.  This factory was built by the Arizona Sugar Company (incidentally founded by William John Murphy himself).  The factory produced sugar until 1913.  The First National Bank of Glendale is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It was also built in 1906.  Glendale Woman’s Club was built in 1912 and also made the list.  A later addition to the National Register of Historic Places, the Glendale Grammar School One-Room Class Building was built in 1920.

Glendale, AZ’s annual festivals include the Glendale Chocolate Festival, Glendale Glitters, and Glendale Jazz and Blues Festival.  One of the most popular attractions in the city, however, must be the Westgate Entertainment District.  This mixed-use development opened in 2006, and attracts more than 22 million visitors every year, according to Shopping Center Business.  Two separate professional major league sports team arenas are located within the district.

These sports stadiums are University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, and Gila River Arena, home of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes.  One of the unique features of University of Phoenix Stadium is its retractable field.  The stadium is a dome, and on non-game days, the field sits outside in the sun to grow.  For game days, however, it is rolled back under the dome, where it can be played upon in cool 75-degree temperatures.

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