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Bagdad, Arizona
Bagdad, Arizona townscape, January 2003
Bagdad, Arizona townscape, January 2003
Location in Yavapai County and the state of Arizona
Location in Yavapai County and the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 34°34′36″N 113°10′29″W / 34.57667°N 113.17472°W / 34.57667; -113.17472Coordinates: 34°34′36″N 113°10′29″W / 34.57667°N 113.17472°W / 34.57667; -113.17472
Country United States
State Arizona
County Yavapai
Area
 • Total 8.06 sq mi (20.88 km2)
 • Land 8.06 sq mi (20.88 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
3,409 ft (1,039 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,932
 • Density 239.70/sq mi (92.55/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
ZIP code
86321
Area code(s) 928
FIPS code 04-05140
GNIS feature ID 0000949

Bagdad is a copper mining community and census-designated place (CDP) in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States, in the western part of the state. It is one of only two remaining company towns in Arizona. The population was 1,876 at the 2010 census, up from 1,578 in 2000.

Geography and climate

Bagdad is located at 34°34′36″N 113°10′29″W / 34.57667°N 113.17472°W / 34.57667; -113.17472 (34.576604, -113.174832).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20 km2), all of it land.

According to the Köppen climate classification system, Bagdad has a typical Arizona semi-arid climate, located on the boundary between BSh and BSk on climate maps.

Climate data for Bagdad, Arizona (1971-2000; extremes 1925-2001)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 83
(28.3)
84
(28.9)
88
(31.1)
100
(37.8)
102
(38.9)
114
(45.6)
110
(43.3)
110
(43.3)
108
(42.2)
98
(36.7)
88
(31.1)
81
(27.2)
114
(45.6)
Average high °F (°C) 58.5
(14.72)
61.9
(16.61)
65.6
(18.67)
73.9
(23.28)
82.8
(28.22)
93.2
(34)
97.1
(36.17)
95.5
(35.28)
90.0
(32.22)
79.3
(26.28)
67.4
(19.67)
59.6
(15.33)
77.1
(25.06)
Average low °F (°C) 33.6
(0.89)
35.7
(2.06)
39.0
(3.89)
44.5
(6.94)
53.0
(11.67)
61.9
(16.61)
67.8
(19.89)
66.6
(19.22)
61.1
(16.17)
50.8
(10.44)
39.4
(4.11)
33.9
(1.06)
48.9
(9.39)
Record low °F (°C) 9
(-12.8)
11
(-11.7)
17
(-8.3)
27
(-2.8)
32
(0)
44
(6.7)
52
(11.1)
48
(8.9)
40
(4.4)
25
(-3.9)
18
(-7.8)
8
(-13.3)
8
(-13.3)
Rainfall inches (mm) 2.05
(52.1)
2.29
(58.2)
2.01
(51.1)
0.59
(15)
0.41
(10.4)
0.19
(4.8)
1.17
(29.7)
2.33
(59.2)
1.34
(34)
1.09
(27.7)
1.02
(25.9)
1.23
(31.2)
15.72
(399.3)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.01 inch) 5.7 5.6 6.8 3.3 2.6 1.0 5.0 6.4 4.7 3.6 3.2 4.7 52.6
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 275
1960 1,462
1970 2,079 42.2%
1980 2,331 12.1%
1990 1,858 −20.3%
2000 1,578 −15.1%
2010 1,876 18.9%
2020 1,932 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

Bagdad first appeared on the 1930 U.S. Census as the Bagdad Precinct of Yavapai County. It was recorded as having a Spanish/Hispanic majority for that census (the census would not separately feature that racial demographic again until 1980). With the combination of all county precincts into 3 districts in 1940, it did not formally appear again until 1960, when it reported as an unincorporated village. In 1980, it was made a census-designated place (CDP).

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,876 people, 682 households, and 485 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 237.5 people per square mile (93.8/km2). There were 838 housing units at an average density of 106.1 per square mile (41.9/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 86.6% White, 0.5% Black or African American, 3.0% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 6.3% from other races, and 3.3% from two or more races. 24.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 682 households, out of which 43.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 33.1% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 4.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 123.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 119.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $58,277, and the median income for a family was $61,850. Males had a median income of $50,000 versus $40,506 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $24,370. About 1.3% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.

Bagdad copper mine

Freeport-McMoRan (which acquired Phelps Dodge in 2007) operates the copper mine. Cyprus Mines Corporation formerly operated the copper mine until Cyprus merged with Phelps Dodge. This copper mine does open pit mining and currently runs on an around-the-clock schedule. The copper concentrate is either trucked to southern Arizona, or taken by semi to 20 miles outside of town to a small railroad community named Hillside.

Services

Freeport-McMoRan owns all of the housing and commercial buildings in Bagdad.[1] The town has a main shopping center named Copper Plaza, with a small Bashas' grocery store and other businesses. Copper Plaza used to have a bank, but Stockmen's Bank pulled out due to lack of profits. However, the Arizona State Credit Union and the Bashas' Associates Federal Credit Union (BAFCU) both installed ATMs inside Bashas'.

The Bagdad Community Health Center operates a clinic and provides Bagdad with medical care. The clinic is operated by registered nurses and one doctor. The one doctor is from the Prescott area and is in charge of the facility. Fry's Food and Drug operates a pharmacy in this clinic as well.

Education

The Bagdad Unified School District #20 consists of a high school, elementary school, and a junior high school. The high school and junior high are merged into one. All of the teachers in the high school and junior high teach every grade level. The Hillside Community School is not a member of this district. All schools of this district are now on one campus.

Bagdad High School consists of 6th through 12th grades. Bagdad Elementary School consists of preschool through 5th grades.

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