Anthem is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. 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 Daisy Mountain.Featuring sweeping mountain vistas, golf, hiking and other recreational opportunities, Anthem has been described as one of the best places to live in Arizona.One of Anthem's benefits is its recreation center, play park, water park, and proximity to Daisy Mountain and the Anthem Trailhead. Access to the recreation center and water park is tightly controlled.