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.

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.


Total Population 53,010
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 30%
Employed Population 16+ 18,437
Age of the Population 52


% of people married 55.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.8%
Median Earnings25+ $26,721
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,473
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,083


Median Family Income $50,342
% Above Poverty Level 86.2%
% Below Poverty Level 13.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 26.6%
Median Gross Rent $868
Median House Value $195,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.8%
US/American 0%
English 10.7%
Irish 15%

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

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

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 Population Median Family Income
Parker 3,068 $48,672

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

Lake Havasu City Hospitals

(928) 855-8185
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lake Havasu City High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 1,846 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.6

A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 216 students.

A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 79 students.

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 59 students.

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