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Anthem is a census-designated place in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 21,700 people. The result of a Del Webb development on a large parcel of land adjacent to the town of New River, it is a planned suburb 34 miles north of downtown Phoenix that opened in 1998. Although Anthem is currently unincorporated, Phoenix is slated to annex the community by 2020 as documented in the City of Phoenix General Plan. Most of the community sits at the foot of the Daisy Mountains
Featuring sweeping mountain vistas, golf, hiking and other recreational opportunities, Anthem has been described as one of the best places to live in Arizona by Phoenix Magazine and the best place to raise a family by Parenting Magazine in November 2003. Anthem’s Outlet Mall is a source of jobs for many of Anthem’s adolescents as well as a local gathering place for events both local and non-local. December 2010 the mall was home to the one of the nation’s largest Christmas trees, bringing crowds from the nearby metropolitan area.
The community now has a high school, Boulder Creek High School, serving the area. Interstate 17 is the primary connection to the area from the rest of the Phoenix metropolitan area.