One of the most questions common questions we receive at SanTanValley.com is "Do I live in San Tan Valley?", so we thought we'd provide some basic information to help you discover where you live and which services you can access.
First, zip codes do not determine municipal or community boundaries. So don't assume that you live in a town boundary because of your zip code. For example, San Tan Valley and Queen Creek, both share the zip code 85142 and 85140 (as a result of recent annexations) and Florence and San Tan Valley both share the zip code 85132. As a result having a zip code of 85142, 85140 or 85132 does not mean you live in one area or another.
San Tan Valley currently includes zip codes 85142, 85143, 85140 and 85132. The United States Post Office determines zip codes and they pay no attention to city or area boundaries.
I used to live in Queen Creek, now I live in San Tan Valley. Well unless you actually moved out of the Town of Queen Creek and into San Tan Valley, that isn't a true statement. Before June 23, 2009, the area now known as San Tan Valley, used the name Queen Creek, not because it was part of the town, but because the Queen Creek post office delivered mail to this area and without a name, it had to be called something. So for a time it was called Queen Creek and your mailing address was Queen Creek. On June 23, 2009 however, San Tan Valley became the name of this area, which as of this article, is a census designated area, in unincorporated northeastern Pinal County.
How do I know if I live in Queen Creek? Simply having a zip code of 85142 does not mean you live in Queen Creek. Many of San Tan Valley's housing communities have an 85142 zip code, including the San Tan Foothills, San Tan Heights, Morning Sun Farms and Skyline Ranch. The easiest way to answer that question is to look at your trash can. If your trash service is provided by the Town of Queen Creek, then your property is in Queen Creek. If you are able to vote for the Town of Queen Creek Town Council, you live in the Town of Queen Creek. If not, you do not live in the Town of Queen Creek. You can also check your property tax bill to see if you pay the additional assessments that the Town of Queen Creek charges. If you are renting, check to see if your rent includes a Queen Creek rental tax. (Over the years, many residents who did not live or leased a place of business in Queen Creek were charged rental tax. While Queen Creek has a rental tax, San Tan Valley does not. If you are curious as to whether or not you should be paying Queen Creek rental tax, please either call the Town of Queen Creek at 480-358-3000 or call SanTanValley.com at 602-348-0238 to verify your address.)
*Since this article was first published, the Town of Queen Creek has annexed some property located in the zip code 85140. The only areas affected in the 85140 zip code are Banner Ironwood, Ironwood Crossing and the surrounding commercial and farm land located on the northwest corner of Ironwood & Ocotillo between Meridian - Ironwood and Ocotillo - Germann. In addition, in September 2019, Queen Creek annexed state trust land north of Germann north to Williams Field Road and Ironwood east to the Central Arizona Project. Prior to 2017, the only properties in the 85140 zip code that sat within the town of Queen Creek boundary were the LDS ward and American Leadership Academy campuses located on the north side of Combs, west of Ironwood.
How do I know if I live in Florence? Simply having a zip code of 85132 does not mean you live in Florence. Again, check your property tax bill. Is there an additional property tax for Florence on your bill? Do you pay the Town of Florence for your trash pickup? Do you pay franchise fees for your water, cable or electric services? Are you able to vote for the Town of Florence Town Council? If not, you do not live in the Town of Florence. The furthest north housing community in the Town of Florence is Anthem, even though the 85132 zip code runs up to Arizona Farms. So if you live in Crestfield Manor, Wildhorse Estates, Magic Ranch, Ironhorse, etc you live in San Tan Valley, not the Town of Florence.
But my address isn't in the map that is on Google for San Tan Valley. Well Google isn't always right and when it comes to San Tan Valley, it rarely is. The map of San Tan Valley, that is currently on Google, does not include all of San Tan Valley. That map is from a previous 2010 attempt to incorporate which would have defined new boundaries, however the incorporation effort was blocked by the Town of Florence (and other communities) and the initiative never got to a ballot for a vote. San Tan Valley however was "born" the year before on June 23, 2009 and simply included all unincorporated land in northeastern Pinal County that is not in another municipality or census designated area boundary.
To see the current Town of Queen Creek boundaries (provided by the Town of Queen Creek) click here or call 480-358-3000. The green area is of the incorporated Town of Queen Creek. If you live in the green area, you reside inside the Town of Queen Creek boundaries. This map is the most current map provided by the Town of Queen Creek, however since the map was created in 2009, Queen Creek has annexed more property into its town boundary, including the area known as the j-curve (Empire & Ellsworth) where a car dealership and storage facility are being built, Banner Ironwood, and all property between Meridian and Ironwood and Ocotillo to Germann, which includes Ironwood Crossing, the new Safeway shopping center and the LDS church and farm that are being converted into more homes.
Note: The zip codes listed on the Town of Queen Creek map reflect zip codes of 852XX which were changed to 851XX July 1, 2009.
To see if you live within the current Town of Florence boundaries click here or please call 520-868-7594.
Note: All of the unincorporated land in Northeastern Pinal County that is not currently part of the City of Apache Junction, the unincorporated community of Gold Canyon, the Town of Queen Creek or the Town of Florence, is considered San Tan Valley.
Curious about which other unincorporated communities are in Arizona? Click here.