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View of Lake Powell Boulevard in Page
View of Lake Powell Boulevard in Page
Motto(s): 
"The Center of Canyon Country"
Location of Page in Coconino County, Arizona
Location of Page in Coconino County, Arizona
Page, Arizona is located in the United States
Page, Arizona
Page, Arizona
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Arizona
County Coconino
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
Area
 • Total 38.33 sq mi (99.27 km2)
 • Land 38.18 sq mi (98.89 km2)
 • Water 0.15 sq mi (0.38 km2)
Elevation
4,118 ft (1,255 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 7,440
 • Density 194.86/sq mi (75.23/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (no DST/PDT)
ZIP codes
86036, 86040
Area code(s) 928
FIPS code 04-51810
GNIS feature ID 9110
Website cityofpage.org

Page is a city in Coconino County, Arizona, United States, near the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 7,247.

History

Unlike other cities in the area, Page was founded in 1957 as a housing community for workers and their families during the construction of nearby Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. Its 17-square-mile (44 km2) site was obtained in a land exchange with the Navajo Nation. The city is perched atop Manson Mesa at an elevation of 4,300 feet (1,300 m) above sea level and 600 feet (180 m) above Lake Powell.

The city was originally called Government Camp, but was later named for John C. Page, Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, 1936-1943.

After the dam was completed in the 1960s, the city grew steadily to today's population of over 7,000. Because of the new roads and bridge built for use during construction, it has become the gateway to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell, attracting more than 3 million visitors per year. Page is also the home of two of the largest electrical generation units in the western United States. Glen Canyon Dam has a 1,288,000-kilowatt capacity when fully online. The other power plant to the southeast is the Navajo Generating Station, a coal-fired steam plant with an output capability of 2,250,000 kilowatts.

Geography

Page is located at 36°54′51″N 111°27′35″W / 36.91417°N 111.45972°W / 36.91417; -111.45972 (36.914296, -111.459717). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.6 square miles (43 km2), of which 16.6 square miles (43 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.12%, is water.

Climate

Page has an arid climate (Köppen BWk) with hot, very dry summers and chilly winters with very little snow. It is located in the southern edge of the Great Basin Desert on the Colorado Plateau. It is very dry due to being in the rainshadow of the mountains of California and too far north to get consistent North American Monsoons.

Climate data for Page, Arizona
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 64
(17.8)
72
(22.2)
82
(27.8)
91
(32.8)
102
(38.9)
107
(41.7)
109
(42.8)
106
(41.1)
100
(37.8)
93
(33.9)
77
(25)
66
(18.9)
109
(42.8)
Average high °F (°C) 43.1
(6.17)
50.3
(10.17)
59.5
(15.28)
68.5
(20.28)
78.5
(25.83)
90.2
(32.33)
95.1
(35.06)
92.0
(33.33)
83.5
(28.61)
69.7
(20.94)
53.8
(12.11)
43.7
(6.5)
69.0
(20.56)
Average low °F (°C) 26.3
(-3.17)
30.4
(-0.89)
37.0
(2.78)
43.6
(6.44)
52.6
(11.44)
62.3
(16.83)
68.3
(20.17)
66.4
(19.11)
58.4
(14.67)
46.6
(8.11)
34.7
(1.5)
27.1
(-2.72)
46.1
(7.83)
Record low °F (°C) −11
(-23.9)
6
(-14.4)
18
(-7.8)
25
(-3.9)
31
(-0.6)
44
(6.7)
56
(13.3)
46
(7.8)
40
(4.4)
24
(-4.4)
16
(-8.9)
1
(-17.2)
−11
(-23.9)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.61
(15.5)
0.48
(12.2)
0.65
(16.5)
0.50
(12.7)
0.40
(10.2)
0.14
(3.6)
0.58
(14.7)
0.69
(17.5)
0.66
(16.8)
0.99
(25.1)
0.56
(14.2)
0.48
(12.2)
6.74
(171.2)
Snowfall inches (cm) 2.1
(5.3)
1.2
(3)
0.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.5
(1.3)
1.4
(3.6)
5.4
(13.7)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 4.5 4.0 5.2 3.5 3.2 1.7 4.6 5.2 4.5 4.3 3.2 3.9 47.8
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.9 0.6 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0.6 2.6
Source: NOAA

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 2,960
1970 1,439 −51.4%
1980 4,907 241.0%
1990 6,598 34.5%
2000 6,809 3.2%
2010 7,247 6.4%
2020 7,440 2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, 7,247 people, 2,518 households, and 1,822 families resided in the city. The population density was 426.3 inhabitants per square mile (164.6/km2). The 2,787 housing units averaged 163.9 per square mile (63.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 57.6% White, 0.3% African American, 34.0% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 2.1% from other races, and 5.0% from two or more races. About 7.3% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 2,518 households, 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were not families. Around 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87, and the average family size was 3.32.

In the city, the population was distributed as 29.6% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.9 males.

As of the 2015 American Community Survey, the median income for a household in the city was $57,161, and for a family was $64,135. Males had a median full-time income of $47,779 versus $37,656 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,338. About 14.1% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.7% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over.

Page Arizona
Satellite photo showing Page, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam, Navajo Generating Station, and the Colorado River
Page, Arizona
Aerial view of Page
Colorado, Page, Navajo generating station
Colorado River, Page city area on the right and Navajo Generating Station in the background
Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge
Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge

Transportation

Page is located on U.S. Route 89. Arizona State Route 98 heads east into the Navajo reservation.

Public transportation is provided by Helping Hands Agency, a local nonprofit, under the name Helping Hands Express. Salt Lake Express provides a shuttle between Page and St. George, Utah.

Page Municipal Airport serves Page with scheduled, charter, and general aviation.

Literature

Page appears as the main town in the 4th of the Sheriff Wyler Scott series novels title "Broken Canyon"

Page (and the surrounding areas of Glen Canyon) also appear in Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang.

Economy

Top employers

According to Page's 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Aramark 1,100
2 Page Unified School District 728
3 Walmart 222
4 National Park Service 210
5 Infinity of Page Home Health Services Llc 150
6 Page Hospital 135
7 City of Page 126
8 Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits Inc 122
9 Marpalm of Florida Inc 99
10 Page Steel Inc 87

Education

Much of Page is served by the Page Unified School District. The two public elementary schools are Desert View Elementary School and Lake View Elementary School; a middle school and a high school serve older students.

Portions of Page are in the Fredonia-Moccasin Unified School District.

Notable person

  • Mary Antonia Wood, artist
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