Apache Junction is a city in Maricopa and Pinal counties in the state of Arizona. It is bordered by Mesa city, Superstition Mountains and the Goldfield Mountains. The area covered by the city is 34.2 sq. mile. No land is covered by water. The city comprises of approximately 38,131 residents. There are around 16,000 households and 9,500 families living in the area. Male proportion in the population is 48.1% and females are 51.9%. Population density is 1114 / sq. mile. The median resident age is 50 years. The racial demographics are: 91.3% Caucasian, 0.91% is African American, 0.76% is Asian, 0.79% is American Indian, and 0.06% are native Hawaiian and 6% are of different races. English and Spanish are the major languages that are spoken. Christianity is the leading religion practiced in the city.
There are 16 public schools and 1 private school in the city. Excalibur Charter School, Apache Trail High School, Apache Junction High School, and Leading Edge Prep Vista High School are some of notable schools in the territory. There is absence of University or Professional College in the city.There is a teacher for every 18 students. 11.7% residents completed their Bachelors degree, 4.1% completed Masters Degree and 0.8% passed their Professional degree exam.
The economy relies heavily on the construction industry, manufacturing sector and retail service industry. Other notable industries that provide employment are healthcare industry, transportation, warehousing industry and also public administration. The per Capita income in the city is $21,005 which is 25% lower than the national Income per Capita. The median household income is $38,393 and the median income occupied by owner is $42,311.The unemployment rate is 7.2% in the area with around 19.1% of the inhabitants living below poverty level.
Apache Junction has a lower cost of living compared to other parts of the county. But sales tax and income tax are 10% and 16 % higher than the national average. Housing cost is 40% lower than the state average. The median house price is $93,400 and average rent is $734. Approximately 79% of the residents own their houses while 21% are occupied by renters.
The city is governed by a collection of elected officials, clerk, and nine boards and commissions. The city council has seven members, which includes the mayor and vice-mayor. The mayor serves a two-year term. The mayor is John S. Insalaco, whose current term began June 2013.