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Overview

Introduction to Prescott, Arizona

Prescott, Arizona, in Yavapai county, is 65 miles SW of Flagstaff, Arizona and 78 miles N of Phoenix, Arizona.

Prescott History

Governor John Noble Goodwin toured the territory and selected the original site of Prescott. The community was named Prescott in honor of American historian William Hickling Prescott on May 30, 1864. Gold was discovered in this region in the late 1830s. Several fires destroyed a major part of the downtown area, after which it was rebuilt with brick. In 2006, the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Prescott as one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations in the country.

Prescott and nearby Attractions

  • Phippen Museum of Western Art
  • Antelope Hills Golf Course
  • Sharlot Hall Museum
  • Goldwater Lake
  • Prescott Zoo
  • Prescott National Forest

Things To Do In Prescott

The Sharlot Hall Museum, Smoki Museum, the Phippen Museum of Western Art and the Roughrider Memorial Monument are all nearby historical and educational sites. The Watson Lake, Goldwater Lake, Aspen Creek and Bottleneck Wash are some of the beautiful water bodies in the city. The Antelope Hills Golf Course provides excellent facilities for enjoying a game of golf. One can also plan a day trip to the Prescott National Forest, Prescott Zoo or any of the parks in the city. In addition, Prescott hosts several annual festivals like the Prescott Book Festival, the Shakespeare Festival, Faire on the Square, the Folk Music Festival, the Native American Arts Festival and the Old West Oktoberfest.

Prescott Transportation

Ernest A. Love Field Airport is close by.

Prescott Higher Education

Residents of the city can enroll at Yavapai College, Prescott College or the College of Beauty Arts and Science.

People

Total Population 40,700
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 34.3%
Employed Population 16+ 14,122
Age of the Population 56

Families

% of people married 49.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $60,155
% Above Poverty Level 84.5%
% Below Poverty Level 15.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 7.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.7%
Median Gross Rent $816
Median House Value $272,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 15.5%
Irish 14.5%

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

Prescott Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 65 miles SW of Flagstaff, Arizona (center to center)
Nearest Large City 78 miles N of Phoenix, Arizona
County Yavapai
Standard Zip Codes 86301, 86303, 86305
P.O. Box Zip Codes 86302, 86304, 86313, 86330
Phone Area Codes 928
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.54
Longitude -112.467

Prescott 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 PRESCOTT
Distance 2.7 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 51 F
Apr Temp 35 to 65 F
Jul Temp 59 to 88 F
Oct Temp 39 to 71 F
Annual Precip 19.1 inches
Station PRESCOTT LOVE FIELD
Distance 8.1 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 52 F
Apr Temp 37 to 67 F
Jul Temp 61 to 90 F
Oct Temp 41 to 72 F
Annual Precip 14 inches
Station CROWN KING
Distance 23.4 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 49 F
Apr Temp 34 to 65 F
Jul Temp 57 to 88 F
Oct Temp 40 to 70 F
Annual Precip 28.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Groom Creek (86303)

Iron Springs (86305, 86330)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chino Valley 10,961 $46,144
Jerome 388 $62,875
Prescott Valley 40,258 $50,108

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

Prescott Public Libraries

Library
Yavapai County Library District
172 EAST MERRITT STREET SUITE E
Prescott, Arizona
(928) 771-3191

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Prescott Hospitals

YAVAPAI REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1003 WILLOW CREEK RD
(928) 445-2700
Emergency Service: Yes

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Prescott High Schools

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PRESCOTT HIGH SCHOOL
1050 N. RUTH STREET
928-445-2322
Serves 1,766 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

TRI-CITY PREP HIGH SCHOOL
3700 WILLOW CREEK ROAD
928-777-3950
A Charter School.
Serves 199 students.

TRI-CITY VO/TECH HIGH SCHOOL
2957 N. HWY 89
928-442-9125
A Vocational School
A Charter School.
Serves 69 students.

KESTREL HIGH SCHOOL
325 N. WASHINGTON AVENUE
928-541-1090
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 67 students.

EXCEL EDUCATION CENTERS PRESCOTT LLC
1040 WHIPPLE ST. SUITE 401
928-541-1701
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 54 students.

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146 S GRANITE ST
520-445-5400
Serves 4 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.1

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