Guadalupe is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town is 5,258. The town is nestled between Phoenix and Tempe. Since its founding, it has been known as a center of Yaqui culture and it is home to many religious festivals. Respectful visitors are welcome to observe these ceremonies, although photography is forbidden.
Guadalupe was founded around 1900 by Yaqui Indians, who fled their homeland in Sonora to avoid oppression by the Mexican government of Porfirio Diaz.
Guadalupe is primarily a residential area; most residents commute to the Phoenix area to work.
There were 1,110 households out of which 44.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 1.0% were married couples living together, 97.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 99.0% were non-families. 9.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.70 and the average family size was 4.88.
In the town the population was spread out with 37.2% under the age of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 16.1% from 45 to 64, and 6.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 105.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $589, and the median income for a family was $931. Males had a median income of $34 versus $282 for females. The per capita income for the town was $149. About 87.3% of families and 98.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.8% of those under age 18 and 42.4% of those age 65 or over.