Bullhead City, Arizona

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Bullhead City, Arizona

Introduction to Bullhead City, Arizona

Bullhead City, Arizona, in Mohave county, is 65 miles south of Henderson, Nevada and 77 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. Kingman, AZ is about 35 miles east of Bullhead City. Bullhead City has a population of about 41,000 as of 2010.

Bullhead City History

Bullhead was founded by William Harrison Hardy in the 1860s, when it was known as Hardyville. Hardy was a county supervisor, postmaster and a member of Territorial Legislature during his life. Hardyville died out at the turn of the century when mining activities were pushed away from the region, however, and a railroad was established between Needles and Kingman. The town was resurrected after the Davis Dam was built and it was renamed Bullhead City. The name Bullhead City comes from "Bull's Head Rock", a natural landmark used by paddleboat captains in the 1800s.

Bullhead City and nearby Attractions

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  • Colorado River Museum
  • Arizona's Veteran Memorial
  • London Bridge
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Havasu National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Bullhead City

Bullhead City has many miles of nature trails and thousands of acres of parklands. Various types of water sports are popular on Lake Mohave. Hiking, hunting and rock climbing are some of the popular recreational activities that are pursued in the city and the neighboring desert. Bullhead City River Regatta is held on the second weekend in August. Decorated floats and inner tubes drift from Bullhead City's Community Park eight miles on the Colorado River to Rotary Park. Hardyville Days happens on the fourth weekend in October, celebrating historic Hardyville, predecessor to Bullhead City. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day is at the end of March.

Bullhead City Transportation

Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport is nearby.

Bullhead City Higher Education

One can pursue higher educational opportunities from Mohave Community College and Northern Arizona University.

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High Points

Bullhead City strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Arizona):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Bullhead City Affordability of Property Taxes
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Bullhead City Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Bullhead City, Arizona

Comparing Bullhead City to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Arizona (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 10 8
Senior Citizens 10 8
Male Share of the Population 9 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4
Racial Diversity 4 6
Female Share of the Population 2 5
Well-Paid Single Men 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 3
Average Household Size 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 4 5
People in Middle Class or Better 2 4
Median Family Income 1 3
College Educated Adults 1 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 9 7
Short Commute Times 7 6
Working at Home 3 2
Public Transportation Use 3 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Housing Recently Built 10 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 4
Affordability of Rents 7 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 8
People Living Alone 5 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 2 3
Low Property Crime 1 3

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Bullhead City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 65 miles S of Henderson, Nevada (center to center)
Nearest Large City 77 miles SE of Las Vegas, Nevada
County Mohave
Metro Area Las Vegas
Standard Zip Codes 86426, 86429, 86442
P.O. Box Zip Codes 86427, 86430, 86439, 86446
Phone Area Codes 928
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.147
Longitude -114.567

Bullhead City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 65 F
Apr Temp 56 to 87 F
Jul Temp 79 to 112 F
Oct Temp 60 to 90 F
Annual Precip 5.8 inches
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 63 F
Apr Temp 55 to 84 F
Jul Temp 81 to 108 F
Oct Temp 61 to 88 F
Annual Precip 4.2 inches
Distance 29.6 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 53 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 71 to 97 F
Oct Temp 53 to 76 F
Annual Precip 8.3 inches
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Bullhead City Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 33,769 100%
Male 16,768 49.7%
Female 17,001 50.3%
Under 18 7,594 22.5%
18+ 26,175 77.5%
65+ 6,479 19.2%
Median Age 41.8
Average Family Size 2.86
White 28,896 85.6%
African-American 340 1%
Asian 339 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 452 1.3%
Other 2,787 8.3%
Mixed Race 930 2.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 6,807 20.2%

Estimated Bullhead City Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 39,101
Growth 5,332
Growth % 15.8%

Bullhead City Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.4%
German 16.5%
Irish 11.3%
English 10.2%
US/American 7.5%
Italian 5.1%
French (except Basque) 2.6%
Polish 1.9%
Norwegian 1.7%
Scottish 1.6%
Scotch-Irish 1.6%
Dutch 1.3%
Swedish 1.3%
French Canadian 0.9%
European 0.8%
Danish 0.5%
Portuguese 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Canadian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bullhead City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Fort Mohave (86426, 86427)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Bullhead City Hospitals

(928) 763-2273
Emergency Service: Yes

(928) 788-2273
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Bullhead City

(As of 2005)
1751 Highway 95

Wal-mart in Bullhead City

(As of 2006)
2840 Hwy 95
(928) 758-7222
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Bullhead City High Schools (2004)

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2251 HIGHWAY 95
A Title I School.
Serves 1,373 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 389 students.

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