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Cibola, Arizona
Location in La Paz County and the state of Arizona
Location in La Paz County and the state of Arizona
Country United States
State Arizona
County La Paz
 • Total 18.0 sq mi (46.6 km2)
 • Land 18.0 sq mi (46.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 243 ft (74 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 172
 • Density 9.6/sq mi (3.69/km2)
Time zone MST (no DST) (UTC-7)
ZIP code 85328
Area code(s) 928
FIPS code 04-13470

Cibola is a census-designated place (CDP) in La Paz County, Arizona, United States. The population was 172 at the 2000 census. It is named for the famed city of gold of the same name.


Cibola is located at 33°18′59″N 114°39′54″W / 33.31639°N 114.665°W / 33.31639; -114.665 (33.3164215, -114.6649570).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 18.0 square miles (47 km2), all of it land.


This area has a large amount of sunshine year round due to its stable descending air and high pressure. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Cibola has a mild desert climate, abbreviated "Bwh" on climate maps.


As of the census of 2000, there were 172 people, 65 households, and 39 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 9.5 people per square mile (3.7/km²). There were 161 housing units at an average density of 8.9/sq mi (3.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 75.58% White, 3.49% Black or African American, 6.40% Native American, 11.63% from other races, and 2.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 33.72% of the population.

There were 65 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 30.8% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 135.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 124.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $21,719, and the median income for a family was $43,250. Males had a median income of $60,313 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $15,772. None of the families and 12.6% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 26.7% of those over 64.

Cibola in popular culture

  • Cibola was featured briefly in Stephen King's 1990 print of The Stand.
  • Epitome of Far from Civilization, Paul Auster uses the town in his 1994 novel Mr. Vertigo.
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