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Scottsdale: Community Assessment and Analysis
Jennifer Hensley
Megan Kehrli
Isha Maina
Maribel Martinez
Kelly Simpson
Lisa Taylor
Grand Canyon University: NRS-427v Community Health
February 3, 2013

Scottsdale: Community Assessment and Analysis
Scottsdale, Arizona was incorporated in 1951 and is the sixth largest city in Arizona (City of Scottsdale, 2013). Scottsdale is 184.2 square miles located in the picturesque Sonoran Desert nestled just east of Phoenix, north of the Salt River Pima Indian Community, and west of the McDowell Mountains. The city’s official slogan is “The West’s Most Western Town.” The city is a prime area for new urban growth and development, and downtown Scottsdale is considered the finest urban center in Arizona. The city also takes pride in maintaining a clean appearance and enhancing character areas such as the historic Old Town area in south Scottsdale. The city of Scottsdale is routinely rated as one of the most desirable communities to live, visit, and conduct business according to the official web site of the City of Scottsdale, Arizona (2013). Analysis of the functional health patterns of the community of Scottsdale reveals a community rich in outdoor recreational opportunities and yet has poor air quality, vitamin D deficiencies, and poor nutritional intake. The 217,385 people that call Scottsdale home have a strong sense of community (Sperling’s Best Places, 2013). The community is 89.3% white (City of Scottsdale, 2013), predominantly Christian, and the majority of people speak English at home (US Census Bureau, 2013). Hispanics, however, have a great presence in the community and encompass a large portion of the remaining minority groups (Sperling’s Best Places, 2013). 52% of the residents hold a Bachelor’s degree (US Census Bureau, 2013) and most are business professionals who work in management, business and financial operations. The marriage and divorce rates reflect the national averages for the United States (City of Scottsdale, 2013). The cost of living in Scottsdale is higher than the national average with a median home price of $306,500 (Sperling’s Best Places, 2013). The Scottsdale community values the unique lifestyle and character of sophisticated urban cool mixed with the historic Wild West, where mountain lions still roam next to five star luxury resorts. The scenic desert terrain is mixed with tropical palm trees and is meticulously groomed in private and public areas. The City of Scottsdale has a twelve community parks with senior centers and twenty-five neighborhood parks offering activities such as walking, skating, jogging, fishing, baseball, volleyball, swimming. The bike friendly community enjoys walking and bicycling the paths of the Green Belt and hiking on trails on Camelback and Superstition Mountains. The community is well maintained and there is a notable lack of graffiti, litter, and abandoned areas. The city has a low violent crime rate and is well equipped with police, fire fighter, and emergency medical services, with an average response time of 4:57 according to the annual police report (City of Scottsdale, 2010). Scottsdale also has many national food banks, blood banks, hospitals, and mental health facilities to service its community members. With an average of three hundred and fourteen sunny days a year, Scottsdale residents and visitors alike enjoy the multiple out door activities and venues that the community has to offer. Scottsdale will host may prestigious events such as the award winning Arabian horse show Cavalia, the world famous Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, Spring training for fifteen major league teams, and the Phoenix Open golf tournament (Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2013). The city of Scottsdale is a world-renowned golf destination according to golf publications, golf pros, course architects and golf instructors....
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