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Houck, Arizona
Location in Apache County and the state of Arizona
Location in Apache County and the state of Arizona
Houck, Arizona is located in the United States
Houck, Arizona
Houck, Arizona
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Arizona
County Apache
 • Type Navajo Chapter Government
 • Total 42.48 sq mi (110.03 km2)
 • Land 42.46 sq mi (109.97 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
6,035 ft (1,839 m)
 • Total 886
 • Density 20.87/sq mi (8.06/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
ZIP codes
86506, 86508
Area code 928
FIPS code 04-33980
GNIS feature ID 24465

Houck (Navajo: Maʼiitoʼí) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Apache County, Arizona, United States. The population was 1,024 at the 2010 census.


Houck is located at 35°17′1″N 109°14′16″W / 35.28361°N 109.23778°W / 35.28361; -109.23778 (35.283615, -109.237695).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 42.5 square miles (110.0 km2), of which 0.023 square miles (0.06 km2), or 0.05%, is water.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Houck has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.


Houck was founded by a mail carrier working a route from Prescott, Arizona, to Fort Wingate. In 1877, he established a trading post called Houck's Tank here. In 1880, William Walker and William Smith were murdered by Native Americans here. In 1885, Houck left.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 1,087
2010 1,024 −5.8%
2020 886 −13.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,087 people, 312 households, and 234 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 25.7 people per square mile (9.9/km2). There were 414 housing units at an average density of 9.8/sq mi (3.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.6% Native American, 2.2% White, 0.1% Black or African American, 0.1% Asian, and 2.0% from two or more races. 1.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 312 households, out of which 47.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.8% were married couples living together, 28.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.48 and the average family size was 4.19.

In the CDP, the age distribution of the population shows 42.2% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $12,353, and the median income for a family was $20,208. Males had a median income of $18,750 versus $22,788 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $5,219. About 53.8% of families and 53.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 55.7% of those under age 18 and 51.4% of those age 65 or over.


The area is served by Sanders Unified School District.

The area is served by Sanders Elementary School, Sanders Middle School, and Valley High School.

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