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Mohave County
Mohave County Courthouse in Kingman
Mohave County Courthouse in Kingman
Official seal of Mohave County
Map of Arizona highlighting Mohave County
Location within the U.S. state of Arizona
Map of the United States highlighting Arizona
Arizona's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Arizona
Founded November 9, 1864
Named for Fort Mohave
Seat Kingman
Largest city Lake Havasu City
 • Total 13,461 sq mi (34,860 km2)
 • Land 13,311 sq mi (34,480 km2)
 • Water 150 sq mi (400 km2)  1.1%
 • Total 213,267
 • Density 15.8433/sq mi (6.11714/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
Congressional districts 1st, 4th

Mohave County is in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of the 2020 census, its population was 213,267. The county seat is Kingman, and the largest city is Lake Havasu City. It is the fifth largest county in the United States (by area).

Mohave County includes the Lake Havasu City–Kingman, Arizona Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Las Vegas-Henderson, Nevada-Arizona Combined Statistical Area.

Mohave County contains parts of Grand Canyon National Park and Lake Mead National Recreation Area and all of the Grand Canyon–Parashant National Monument. The Kaibab, Fort Mojave and Hualapai Indian Reservations also lie within the county.


Mohave County was the one of four original Arizona Counties created by the 1st Arizona Territorial Legislature. The county territory was originally defined as being west of longitude 113° 20' and north of the Bill Williams River. Pah-Ute County was created from it in 1865 and was merged back into Mohave County in 1871 when much of its territory was ceded to Nevada in 1866. The county's present boundaries were established in 1881. Mohave County has had five county seats: Mohave City (1864-1867), Hardyville (1867-1873), Cerbat (1873-1877), Mineral Park (1877-1887), and Kingman (1887–Present).


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 13,461 square miles (34,860 km2), of which 13,311 square miles (34,480 km2) is land and 150 square miles (390 km2) (1.1%) is water. It is the second-largest county by area in Arizona and the fifth-largest in the contiguous United States.

The county consists of two sections divided by the Grand Canyon, with no direct land communication between them. The northern section, smaller and less populated, forms the western part of the Arizona Strip, bordering Utah and Nevada. The larger southern section, borders Nevada and California across the Colorado River, which forms most of the county's western boundary. The southern section includes Kingman, the county seat, and other cities, as well as part of the Mojave Desert.

Adjacent counties

Mohave County and its adjacent counties form the largest such block of counties outside of Alaska. Their combined land area is 89,567.34 square miles (231,978.3 km2), or larger than that of the state of Idaho. They include the #1 (San Bernardino), #2 (Coconino), #5 (Mohave), and #7 (Lincoln) largest counties outside of Alaska.

National protected areas

There are 18 official wilderness areas in Mohave County that are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Most of these are managed by the Bureau of Land Management, but some are integral parts of the preceding protected areas, or have shared jurisdiction with the BLM. Some extend into neighboring counties (as indicated below) All wilderness areas within Grand Canyon-Parashant NM are managed by BLM, although the National Monument shares management with the National Park Service:

  • Arrastra Mountain Wilderness (BLM) partly in Yavapai County, AZ and La Paz County, AZ
  • Aubrey Peak Wilderness (BLM)
  • Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness (BLM) partly in Washington County, UT
  • Cottonwood Point Wilderness (BLM)
  • Grand Wash Cliffs Wilderness (Grand Canyon-Parashant NM) managed by BLM
  • Havasu Wilderness (Havasu NWR) partly in San Bernardino County, CA
  • Kanab Creek Wilderness (Kaibab NF / BLM) mostly in Coconino County, AZ
  • Mount Logan Wilderness (Grand Canyon-Parashant NM) managed by BLM
  • Mount Nutt Wilderness (BLM)
  • Mount Tipton Wilderness (BLM)
  • Mount Trumbull Wilderness (Grand Canyon-Parashant NM) managed by BLM
  • Mount Wilson Wilderness (BLM)
  • Paiute Wilderness (partly in Grand Canyon-Parashant NM) managed by BLM
  • Rawhide Mountains Wilderness (BLM) mostly in La Paz County, AZ
  • Swansea Wilderness (BLM) mostly in La Paz County, AZ
  • Upper Burro Creek Wilderness (BLM) mostly in Yavapai County, AZ
  • Wabayuma Peak Wilderness (BLM)
  • Warm Springs Wilderness (BLM)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 179
1880 1,190 564.8%
1890 1,444 21.3%
1900 3,426 137.3%
1910 3,773 10.1%
1920 5,259 39.4%
1930 5,572 6.0%
1940 8,591 54.2%
1950 8,510 −0.9%
1960 7,736 −9.1%
1970 25,857 234.2%
1980 55,865 116.1%
1990 93,497 67.4%
2000 155,032 65.8%
2010 200,186 29.1%
2020 213,267 6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2018 2020 census

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 200,186 people, 82,539 households, and 54,036 families living in the county. The population density was 15.0 inhabitants per square mile (5.8/km2). There were 110,911 housing units at an average density of 8.3 per square mile (3.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 86.9% white, 2.2% American Indian, 1.1% Asian, 0.9% black or African American, 0.2% Pacific islander, 6.0% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 14.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 23.1% were German, 16.2% were Irish, 15.6% were English, 5.7% were Italian, and 4.5% were American.

Of the 82,539 households, 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.5% were non-families, and 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.86. The median age was 47.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,785 and the median income for a family was $47,530. Males had a median income of $36,222 versus $28,060 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,523. About 11.6% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.7% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.


Major highways

SR 389 AZ
State Route 389 in Mohave County
  • I-15 (AZ).svg Interstate 15
  • I-40 (AZ).svg Interstate 40
  • US 66.svg Historic U.S. Route 66
  • US 93.svg U.S. Route 93
  • Arizona 66.svg State Route 66
  • Arizona 68.svg State Route 68
  • Arizona 95.svg State Route 95
  • Arizona 389.svg State Route 389


The following public use airports are located in Mohave County:

  • Bullhead City – Eagle Airpark (A09)
  • Bullhead City – Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport (IFP)
  • Bullhead City – Sun Valley Airport (A20)
  • Colorado City – Colorado City Municipal Airport (AZC)
  • Kingman – Kingman Airport (IGM)
  • Lake Havasu City – Lake Havasu City Airport (HII)
  • Meadview – Pearce Ferry Airport (L25)
  • Peach Springs – Grand Canyon West Airport (1G4)
  • Temple Bar – Temple Bar Airport (U30)




Census designated places

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

Indian reservations

County population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Mohave County.

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Population (2010 Census) Municipal type Incorporated
1 Lake Havasu City 52,527 City 1978
2 Bullhead City 39,540 City 1984
3 Kingman 28,068 City 1952
4 Fort Mohave 14,364 CDP
5 New Kingman-Butler 12,134 CDP
6 Golden Valley 8,370 CDP
7 Colorado City 4,821 City 1913 (founded)
8 Mohave Valley 2,616 CDP
9 Desert Hills 2,245 CDP
10 Golden Shores 2,047 CDP
11 Dolan Springs 2,033 CDP
12 Beaver Dam 1,962 CDP
13 Valle Vista 1,659 CDP
14 Scenic 1,643 CDP
15 Centennial Park 1,264 CDP
16 Meadview 1,224 CDP
17 Peach Springs 1,090 CDP
18 Willow Valley 1,062 CDP
19 Arizona Village 946 CDP
20 Walnut Creek 562 CDP
21 So-Hi 477 CDP
22 Cane Beds 448 CDP
23 Lazy Y U 428 CDP
24 Mesquite Creek 416 CDP
25 White Hills 323 CDP
26 Littlefield 308 CDP
27 Crystal Beach 279 CDP
28 Chloride 271 CDP
29 Pinion Pines 186 CDP
30 Clacks Canyon 173 CDP
31 Pine Lake 138 CDP
32 Oatman 135 CDP
33 Truxton 134 CDP
34 Wikieup 133 CDP
t-35 Antares 126 CDP
t-35 Yucca 126 CDP
36 Kaibab (partially in Coconino County) 124 CDP
37 Katherine 103 CDP
38 Moccasin 89 CDP
39 McConnico 70 CDP
40 Hackberry 68 CDP
41 Mojave Ranch Estates 52 CDP
42 Valentine 38 CDP
43 Crozier 14 CDP
44 Topock 10 CDP
45 Grand Canyon West 2 CDP


The following school districts and colleges serve Mohave County

Unified school districts

  • Colorado City Unified School District
  • Kingman Unified School District
  • Lake Havasu Unified School District
  • Littlefield Unified School District
  • Peach Springs Unified School District
  • Kingman Academy of Learning

High school districts

  • Colorado River Union High School District

Elementary school districts

  • Bullhead City Elementary School District
  • Hackberry School District
  • Mohave Valley Elementary School District
  • Owens-Whitney Elementary School District
  • Topock Elementary School District
  • Valentine Elementary School District
  • Yucca Elementary School District


  • Mohave Community College
  • Arizona State University Lake Havasu City Campus

Public libraries

The Mohave County Library has ten branches. The branches in Bullhead City, Kingman and Lake Havasu City are open 56 hours a week. The branch in Mohave Valley is open 40 hours a week. Branches in Chloride, Dolan Springs, Golden Shores, Golden Valley, Meadview and Valle Vista are open 15 hours a week.

See also

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