Navajo County, Arizona facts for kids
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Historic Navajo County Courthouse and Museum in Holbrook
Location within the U.S. state of Arizona
Arizona's location within the U.S.
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|Founded||March 21, 1895|
|Named for||Navajo Nation|
|Largest city||Show Low|
|• Total||9,960 sq mi (25,800 km2)|
|• Land||9,950 sq mi (25,800 km2)|
|• Water||9.3 sq mi (24 km2) 0.09%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||10.788/sq mi (4.1653/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (Mountain)|
Navajo County was split from Apache County on March 21, 1895. The first county sheriff was legendary gunman Commodore Perry Owens, who had previously served as the sheriff of Apache County. It was the location for many of the events that played out during the Pleasant Valley War.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 9,960 square miles (25,800 km2), of which 9,950 square miles (25,800 km2) is land and 9.3 square miles (24 km2) (0.09%) is water.
Many people think that Arizona is a vast, open desert without vegetation. However, Navajo County offers not only the Monument Valley, but Keams Canyon, part of the Petrified Forest National Park, and the largest stand of Ponderosa Pines in North America.
- Apache County - east
- Graham County - south
- Gila County - southwest
- Coconino County - west
- San Juan County, Utah - north
Navajo County has 6,632.73 square miles (17,178.7 km2) of federally designated Indian reservation within its borders, the third most of any county in the United States (neighboring Apache County and Coconino County are first and second). In descending order of territory within the county, the reservations are the Navajo Indian Reservation, Hopi Indian Reservation, and Fort Apache Indian Reservation, all of which are partly located within Navajo County.
National protected areas
- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (part)
- Navajo National Monument
- Petrified Forest National Park (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 census, there were 107,449 people, 35,658 households, and 25,923 families living in the county. The population density was 10.8 inhabitants per square mile (4.2/km2). There were 56,938 housing units at an average density of 5.7 per square mile (2.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 49.3% white, 43.4% American Indian, 0.9% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 3.4% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 10.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 13.7% were German, 12.5% were English, 9.3% were Irish, and 2.3% were American.
Of the 35,658 households, 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.3% were non-families, and 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.50. The median age was 34.7 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $39,774 and the median income for a family was $45,906. Males had a median income of $41,516 versus $28,969 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,745. About 19.1% of families and 24.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.6% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.
2020 census of religion
Navajo County is among the most religiously diverse places in the United States. A 2020 census by the Public Religion Research Institute (unconnected to the official US census) calculates a religious diversity score of 0.876 for Navajo County, where 1 represents complete diversity (each religious group of equal size) and 0 a total lack of diversity. Only three other counties in the US have higher scores, all much more urban than Navajo County.
The following public-use airports are located within the county:
- Cibecue Airport (Z95) – Cibecue
- Holbrook Municipal Airport (P14) – Holbrook
- Kayenta Airport (0V7) – Kayenta
- Polacca Airport (P10) – Polacca
- Show Low Regional Airport (SOW) – Show Low
- Taylor Airport (TYL) – Taylor
- Whiteriver Airport (E24) – Whiteriver
- Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport (INW) – Winslow
- Clay Springs
- East Fork
- First Mesa
- Fort Apache
- Hard Rocks
- Indian Wells
- Joseph City
- Keams Canyon
- Kykotsmovi Village
- Lake of the Woods
- Low Mountain
- McNary (mostly in Apache County)
- North Fork
- Oljato-Monument Valley
- Pinetop Country Club
- Rainbow City
- Seba Dalkai
- Second Mesa
- Seven Mile
- Sun Valley
- Tees Toh
- Turkey Creek
- Wagon Wheel
- White Mountain Lake
- Winslow West (partially in Coconino County)
County population ranking
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Navajo County.
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Population (2010 Census)||Municipal type||Incorporated|
|9||Lake of the Woods||4,094||CDP|
|12||White Mountain Lake||2,205||CDP|
|13||Pinetop Country Club||1,794||CDP|
|33||McNary (mostly in Apache County)||528||CDP|
|37||Winslow West (partially in Coconino County)||438||CDP|
School districts that serve the county include:
- Blue Ridge Unified School District
- Cedar Unified School District
- Heber-Overgaard Unified School District
- Holbrook Unified School District
- Joseph City Unified School District
- Kayenta Unified School District
- Piñon Unified School District
- Show Low Unified School District
- Snowflake Unified School District
- Whiteriver Unified School District
- Winslow Unified School District
There is a tribal elementary school called Little Singer Community School, affiliated with the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). Hataalii Yazhi, a medicine man, in the 1970s proposed establishing the school so area children did not have to travel far for their education. The school was named after him. The original buildings used two geodesic domes as features. In 2014 the school had 81 students. By 2014 the original campus was described by the Associated Press as being in poor repair. In 2004 the school first asked the BIE to get funding for a new building. The current campus had a cost of $28 million and an area of 32,000 square feet (3,000 m2). It uses intersecting circles as an architectural feature. The current building was dedicated in November 2020. It is physically in an unincorporated area 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of Birdsprings, and has a postal address of Winslow.
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