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Overview

Introduction to Flagstaff, Arizona

The city of Flagstaff, located in northern Arizona, is the county seat of Coconino County. It is served by two interstate highways, Interstate 17 which connects the city to Phoenix (145 miles to the south) and Interstate 40 leading to Albuquerque, New Mexico (322 miles to the east). Surrounded by national forests and situated only 80 miles south of the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff sits at the foot of Arizona's highest mountain, the 12,634-foot tall Humphrey's Peak.

Local lore has it that the town acquired its name from a pole made from a stripped Ponderosa pine tree and hoisted as a flag on July 4, 1876 to mark the U.S. Centennial. The 1880s saw early signs of Flagstaff's growth, including the opening of its first post office and the introduction of the booming railroad industry into the city. By the 1890s, Flagstaff had become the largest city on the main line between Albuquerque and the West Coast. In 1894, astronomer Percival Lowell leveraged the benefits of the city's high altitude and clear astronomical sighting conditions when he chose Flagstaff to be the site of the now famous Lowell Observatory. It was at this observatory that Pluto would be discovered 36 years later. The year 1899 saw the establishment of the Northern Arizona Normal School, an institution that evolved into the present-day Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff became incorporated as a city in 1928.

Flagstaff Attractions

Flagstaff is home to several attractions, starting with the Lowell Observatory, which welcomes visitors year-round for tours and telescope viewing. Winter at the Arizona Snowbowl means snow skiing and summer means scenic sky rides and disc golf. The Arboretum at Flagstaff is a 200-acre botanical garden and nature preserve offering visitors spectacular views and nature trail hikes through ponderosa pine forests. The Arizona Historical Society-Pioneer Museum explores the history of Flagstaff and northern Arizona. Coconino National Forest is the world's largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest and is home to a variety of wildlife. Annual events in Flagstaff include the Flagstaff Wool Festival, Independence Day Festival, the Coconino County Fair, and the Flagstaff Winterfest.

Flagstaff is an ideal starting point for day trips to attractions in neighboring areas. The Walnut Canyon National Monument, located 10 miles east of Flagstaff, offers a look at the dwellings and vegetation of life as it was over 800 years ago. Sunset Crater, named for the remarkable hue of its cone, is 12 miles outside of Flagstaff on US-89. Thirty miles north of Flagstaff is Wupatki National Monument, the ancient home of several tribal groups. Other nearby attractions include Oak Creek Canyon, The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Barringer Crater, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park lies 80 miles north of Flagstaff along U.S. Route 180. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area can be found about 135 miles north of the city along U.S. Route 89.

Baseball fans visiting Flagstaff during the month of March may want to make a day-trip about 145 miles south to the Phoenix area, where there is an abundance of Major League team Spring Training (Cactus League) sites, including:

  • Oakland A's and Milwaukee Brewers (Phoenix)
  • Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals (Surprise)
  • Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres (Peoria)
  • Chicago Cubs (Mesa)
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Tempe)
  • San Francisco Giants (Scottsdale)

Summertime brings Major League regular-season baseball action to Phoenix, home of the National League's Arizona Diamondbacks. At other times of the year, visitors to Phoenix can see a variety of sports played by local professional teams, including the National Basketball Association's Phoenix Suns, the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA (Women's National Basketball Association), and the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes. Tempe, located 10 miles outside of Phoenix, is home to the National Football League's Arizona Cardinals.

People

Total Population 68,375
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 7.5%
Employed Population 16+ 35,291
Age of the Population 26

Families

% of people married 33.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 43.6%
Median Earnings25+ $33,805
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,118
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,891

Wealth

Median Family Income $66,796
% Above Poverty Level 75.8%
% Below Poverty Level 24.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 15.8%
% Using Public Transportation 2.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,050
Median House Value $267,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.6%
US/American 0.3%
English 8%
Irish 10.7%

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

Flagstaff Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 123 miles N of Mesa, Arizona
County Coconino
Metro Area Flagstaff
Standard Zip Codes 86001, 86004, 86024, 86038
P.O. Box Zip Codes 86002, 86003, 86015, 86017, 86018
Company Zip Codes 86011
Phone Area Codes 928
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.198
Longitude -111.65

Flagstaff 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 FLAGSTAFF PULLIAM AP
Distance 4.6 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 43 F
Apr Temp 27 to 58 F
Jul Temp 50 to 82 F
Oct Temp 31 to 63 F
Annual Precip 22.9 inches
Station FLAGSTAFF 4 SW
Distance 5.2 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 43 F
Apr Temp 22 to 56 F
Jul Temp 43 to 80 F
Oct Temp 25 to 62 F
Annual Precip 23.2 inches
Station FORT VALLEY
Distance 7.4 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 43 F
Apr Temp 23 to 57 F
Jul Temp 43 to 81 F
Oct Temp 26 to 63 F
Annual Precip 22.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bellemont (86015)

Happy Jack (86024)

Mormon Lake (86038)

Northern Arizona University (86001)

Parks Comm Po (86018)

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

Flagstaff Public Libraries

Library
Flagstaff City/coconino County Library Dist.
300 WEST ASPEN
Flagstaff, Arizona
(928) 779-7670
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Flagstaff Hospitals

FLAGSTAFF MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1200 N BEAVER ST
(928) 779-3366
Emergency Service: Yes

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Flagstaff High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

COCONINO HIGH SCHOOL
2801 N IZABEL STREET
928-773-8200
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,427 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.6

FLAGSTAFF HIGH SCHOOL
400 W ELM STREET
928-773-8100
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,404 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

SINAGUA HIGH SCHOOL
3950 E BUTLER AVE
928-527-5500
Serves 1,022 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

NORTHLAND PREPARATORY ACADEMY
3300 W. SPARROW AVE.
928-214-8776
A Charter School.
Serves 277 students.

FLAGSTAFF ARTS AND LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
3100 N. FORT VALLEY RD. #41
928-779-7223
A Charter School.
Serves 160 students.

EXCEL EDUCATION CENTERS FLAGSTAFF LLC
2229 E. SPRUCE AVE.
928-214-7442
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 108 students.

PROJECT NEW START
320 N AZTEC
928-773-8198
Serves 90 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

JUVENILE DETENTION
2300 HUFFER LANE
928-226-5468
Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

SECURE CARE
911 E. SAWMILL ROAD
928-226-5085
Serves 3 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.8

LIFE HOUSE ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
3285 E. SPARROW
928-522-6123
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.

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