Elevations of Cities in Maricopa County, Arizona

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Downtown Phoenix and saguaros from South Mountain Park, Arizona
••• Downtown Phoenix from South Mountain Park, Arizona. Kerrick James / Getty Images

The elevation of a city is the geographic height of that point relative to sea level. Elevations in the Greater Phoenix area don't vary all that much because the cities are close to each other and in a valley—hence the nickname, The Valley of the Sun.

Keep in mind that the elevations within any city mentioned here are noted at a general point (not at the peak of any mountain) and elevations within cities naturally vary.

Cities that are at a lower elevation than Phoenix, where the official temperature is usually taken, may be one or two degrees hotter than Phoenix. Cities at a higher elevation than Phoenix may be up to five degrees cooler than Phoenix. In the heat of the summer, the temperature depends not only on the elevation but on the environment where the temperature is measured. So, for example, areas with lots of concrete and buildings will be hotter than those with more vegetation.

Elevations of Maricopa County Cities and Towns, By Elevation

  • The elevation of Gila Bend, AZ is 735 feet, measured at the Town Office.
  • The elevation of Buckeye, AZ is 888 feet, measured at the Town Hall.
  • The elevation of Goodyear, AZ is 983 feet, measured at the City Hall.
  • The elevation of Avondale, AZ is 994 feet, measured at the City Hall.
  • The elevation of Tolleson, AZ is 1,013 feet, measured at the City Hall.
  • The elevation of Litchfield Park, AZ is 1,033 feet, measured at the City Hall.
  • The elevation of Phoenix, AZ is 1,124 feet, measured at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
  • The elevation of Peoria, AZ is 1,135 feet, measured at the City Manager Office.
  • The elevation of Youngtown, AZ is 1,139 feet, measured at the Town Hall.
  • The elevation of El Mirage, AZ is 1,144 feet, measured at the City Hall.
  • The elevation of Glendale, AZ is 1,153 feet, measured at the City Hall.
  • The elevation of Tempe, AZ is 1,174 feet, measured at the Municipal Court.
  • The elevation of Surprise, AZ is 1,181 feet, measured at the City Hall.
  • The elevation of Sun Lakes, AZ is 1,196 feet, measured at the Oakwood Clubhouse.
  • The elevation of Sun City, AZ is 1,199 feet, measured at the Visitors Center.
  • The elevation of Sun City West, AZ is 1,235 feet, measured at the Visitors Center.
  • The elevation of Chandler, AZ is 1,237 feet, measured at the Chandler Airport.
  • The elevation of Gilbert, AZ is 1,243 feet, measured at the Municipal Bldg.
  • The elevation of Mesa, AZ is 1,243 feet, measured at the Mesa City Court.
  • The elevation of Guadalupe, AZ is 1,248 feet, measured at the Town Hall.
  • The elevation of Scottsdale, AZ is 1,248 feet, measured at the Civic Center.
  • The elevation of Paradise Valley, AZ is 1,343 feet, measured at the Town Manager Office.
  • The elevation of Queen Creek, AZ is 1,403 feet, measured at the Town Hall.
  • The elevation of Fountain Hills, AZ is 1,642 feet, measured at the Town Clerk Office.
  • The elevation of New River, AZ is 2,027 feet, measured at the Outlets at Anthem.
  • The elevation of Wickenburg, AZ is 2,079 feet, measured at the Chamber of Commerce.
  • The elevation of Cave Creek, AZ is 2,107 feet, measured at the Municipal Court.
  • The elevation of Carefree, AZ is 2,349 feet, measured at the Town Hall.

Elevations of Pinal County Cities Near Phoenix, By Elevation

Some of the cities in Pinal county are considered for many discussion points as part of the Greater Phoenix area; people living in those cities often work, play and shop in Maricopa County.

  • The elevation of Maricopa, AZ is 1,171 feet, measured at the City Offices.
  • The elevation of Casa Grande, AZ is 1,403 feet, measured at the City Hall.
  • The elevation of Coolidge, AZ is 1,428 feet, measured at the City Hall.
  • The elevation of Florence, AZ is 1,473 feet, measured at the Town Hall.
  • The elevation of Eloy, AZ is 1,555 feet, measured at the City Clerk Office.
  • The elevation of Apache Junction, AZ is 1,754 feet, measured at the City Hall.
  • The elevation of Superior, AZ is 2,842 feet, measured at the Municipal Court.

Elevations of Major Cities Outside of Central Arizona, By Elevation

Outside of central Arizona, the elevations are much different than in the Valley. Keep in mind that the elevations within any city mentioned here are noted at a particular point (not at the peak of any mountain) and elevations within cities naturally vary.

It is not unusual for our northern cities at an elevation of 4,000+ feet to get snow in the winter. At higher elevations, there are even ski resorts.

  • The elevation of Yuma, AZ is 163 feet, measured at the airport.
  • The elevation of Lake Havasu City, AZ is 578 feet, measured at the Chamber of Commerce.
  • The elevation of Bullhead City, AZ is 590 feet, measured at the City Manager Office.
  • The elevation of Tucson, AZ is 2,589 feet, measured at the airport.
  • The elevation of Camp Verde, AZ is 3,156 feet, measured at the Town Hall.
  • The elevation of Cottonwood, AZ is 3,356 feet, measured at the Municipal Court.
  • The elevation of Kingman, AZ is 3,369 feet, measured at the City Building.
  • The elevation of Nogalas, AZ is 3,850 feet, measured at City Hall.
  • The elevation of Douglas, AZ is 3,968 feet, measured at the City Manager Office.
  • The elevation of Sedona, AZ is 4,423 feet, measured at the City Manager Office.
  • The elevation of Sierra Vista, AZ is 4,513 feet, measured at the airport.
  • The elevation of Payson, AZ is 4,741 feet, measured at the airport.
  • The elevation of Prescott, AZ is 5,034 feet, measured at the airport.
  • The elevation of Show Low, AZ is 6,367 feet, measured at the airport.
  • The elevation of Flagstaff, AZ is 6,903 feet, measured at the City Hall.