The Garfield neighborhood, adjacent to Phoenix's growing downtown, is one of the City's oldest. Middle class flight to the suburbs over the past few decades, particularly strong in the Phoenix area, left behind a community of increasing physical deterioration, declining economic achievement, and rising crime. During this period, the neighborhood also underwent significant demographic changes. The result is familiar to developers and police departments nationwide: a community suffering from compounding problems whose solutions proved to be beyond the capacities of any single entity.
Demographic data and trends in Garfield have made the neighborhood a prime target for a new approach to community revitalization. Forty-six percent of the residents are below the poverty level threshold. The median household income is $21,953. The ethnic breakdown in the local population is primarily Latino (87.9%), with a mix of White (7.7%), African American (1.6%), and American Indian & Alaskan Native (2.1%).
Before focused community efforts, approximately 75% of neighborhood residents rented their homes. The high rental rate together with a significant number of absentee landlords resulted in a concentration of dilapidated houses, blight, and code violations within the square mile target area. More recently, the percentage of rented homes has dropped to 65% and joint efforts between police, community residents, and supporting agencies have supported a new level of community revitalization.
Population Density (ppl / mile)
Annual Residential Turnover
Household Size (ppl)
5+ Years in Residency
Households w/ Children
Median Year in Residency
The population of the community broken down by age group.
Highest Educational Level Attained
Two-thirds of residents in the Garfield community have not graduated from high school, illustrating the importance of tutoring and mentoring programs.
Income by dollar range (Median: $21,953)
The Crime Index compares the risk or probability of future occurrence of certain types of crime in this community as compared to the national average.
The national average for each type of crime equals a score of 1.0, so a score of 2.0 would represent twice the risk as the national average,
and a score of 0.50 would represent half the risk of the national average.
1013 North 13th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85006