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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 39,424
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 26.9%
Employed Population 16+ 13,993
Age of the Population 51

Families

% of people married 47.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.5%
Median Earnings25+ $24,943
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,179
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,825

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,346
% Above Poverty Level 80.3%
% Below Poverty Level 19.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.5%
Median Gross Rent $746
Median House Value $100,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.7%
Irish 12.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BULLHEAD CITY
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
Station LAUGHLIN
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
Station SEARCHLIGHT
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

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

WESTERN ARIZONA REGIONAL MEDICAL CTR
(Proprietary)
2735 SILVER CREEK ROAD
(928) 763-2273
Emergency Service: Yes

VALLEY VIEW MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
5330 SOUTH HIGHWAY 95
(928) 788-2273
Emergency Service: Yes

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MOHAVE HIGH SCHOOL
2251 HIGHWAY 95
928-788-1201
A Title I School.
Serves 1,373 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

MOHAVE ACCELERATED LEARNING CENTER
625 MARINA BLVD.
928-704-9345
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 389 students.

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