Lake Havasu City, Arizona

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Introduction to Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Lake Havasu City, Arizona, in Mohave county, is 113 miles S of Henderson, Nevada and 125 miles S of Las Vegas, Nevada. The city is included in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 41,938 people lived in Lake Havasu City.

Lake Havasu City History

This area began as a mining town in the early years of the 20th century. Lake Havasu was created by the Parker Dam on the Colorado River in 1938. In 1964, Robert P. McCulloch founded Lake Havasu City. He bought 3,500 acres of land on the eastern side of Lake Havasu to develop a planned community. Lake Havasu was incorporated as a city in 1978.

Lake Havasu City and nearby Attractions

  • Lake Havasu
  • Lake Havasu Golf Course
  • Lake Havasu Museum of History
  • London Bridge
  • Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge
  • McCulloch Boulevard

Things To Do In Lake Havasu City

London Bridge is a popular local tourist attraction, standing across a man-made canal that connects Lake Havasu to Thomson Bay. When the bridge was replaced in 1968, the United States bought it from London, England. Through the months of March to September, Lake Havasu is a popular destination for water sports.

Lake Havasu City Transportation

Flights are available from Bullhead International Airport.

Lake Havasu City Higher Education

Mohave Community College, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Loma Linda University provide opportunities for higher education.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Lake Havasu City Short Commute Times
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Lake Havasu City Affordability of Property Taxes
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 14% Lake Havasu City Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Comparing Lake Havasu 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 9
Senior Citizens 10 9
Male Share of the Population 8 5
Female Share of the Population 4 6
Well-Paid Single Men 2 7
Well-Paid Single Women 2 6
Racial Diversity 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 7
Average Household Size 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 5 8
People in Middle Class or Better 5 8
Median Family Income 3 7
College Educated Adults 2 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 9
Working at Home 8 6
Walking and Biking to Work 7 4
Public Transportation Use 4 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 10 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 4
Affordability of Rents 6 3
People Living Alone 4 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 7 8
Low Property Crime 4 6

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Lake Havasu City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 113 miles S of Henderson, Nevada (center to center)
Nearest Large City 125 miles S of Las Vegas, Nevada
County Mohave
Metro Area Las Vegas
Standard Zip Codes 86403, 86404, 86406
P.O. Box Zip Codes 86405
Phone Area Codes 928
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.483
Longitude -114.321

Lake Havasu 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 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 65 F
Apr Temp 59 to 85 F
Jul Temp 83 to 108 F
Oct Temp 63 to 88 F
Annual Precip 6.2 inches
Station PARKER
Distance 23.2 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 67 F
Apr Temp 54 to 87 F
Jul Temp 78 to 108 F
Oct Temp 59 to 90 F
Annual Precip 5.1 inches
Station BOUSE
Distance 40.8 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 65 F
Apr Temp 51 to 85 F
Jul Temp 77 to 108 F
Oct Temp 54 to 88 F
Annual Precip 5.8 inches
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Lake Havasu City Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 41,938 100%
Male 20,624 49.2%
Female 21,314 50.8%
Under 18 8,151 19.4%
18+ 33,787 80.6%
65+ 10,695 25.5%
Median Age 47.5
Average Family Size 2.69
White 39,568 94.3%
African-American 129 0.3%
Asian 245 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 291 0.7%
Other 1,051 2.5%
Mixed Race 613 1.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 3,298 7.9%

Estimated Lake Havasu City Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 55,338
Growth 13,400
Growth % 32%

Lake Havasu 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
German 18.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 14%
English 13.4%
Irish 10.7%
US/American 8.2%
Italian 7.6%
French (except Basque) 3.4%
Polish 2.8%
Norwegian 2.5%
Swedish 2.3%
Scottish 2%
Scotch-Irish 2%
Dutch 1.8%
French Canadian 1.5%
Danish 1%
European 0.7%
Portuguese 0.6%
Russian 0.6%
Canadian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Greek 0.5%
Czech 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Finnish 0.4%
British 0.4%
Austrian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Havasu City (86403)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Lake Havasu City 41,938 $41,393
Parker 3,140 $37,663

Lake Havasu City Hospitals

(928) 855-8185
Emergency Service: Yes

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1650 McCulloch
Swanson & So. Lake Havasu
55 Lake Havasu Avenue South

Wal-mart in Lake Havasu City

(As of 2006)
1795 Kiowa Blvd
(928) 453-5655
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Lake Havasu City High Schools (2004)

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Student/teacher ratio: 25.6

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 216 students.

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Serves 79 students.

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