Introduction to Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona, in Yavapai county, is 27 miles S of Flagstaff, Arizona and 96 miles N of Phoenix, Arizona. The city is included in the Flagstaff metropolitan area.

Sedona History

The first European settlers arrived in the Verde Valley in 1876, and the community of Sedona was founded in 1902. The postal service was set up by T.C. Schnebly a few years later. The community was named after his wife, Sedona Schnebly. Sedona is well known for its dramatic red rock formations. Drawn by the beauty of the land, many artists visited Sedona in the 1950s. The city was officially incorporated in 1988.

Sedona and nearby Attractions

  • Sedona Heritage Museum
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Red Rock Balloon Adventure
  • Corral Tank
  • Chavez Crossing Campground
  • Red Rock State Park

Things To Do In Sedona

The Clemenceau Heritage Museum, Sedona Arts Center, Tuzigoot National Monument and Montezuma Castle National Monument are some of the historic sites and museums near Sedona. The city also hosts annual celebrations like Fiesta Del Tlaquepaque, Jazz on the Rocks Concert & Festival, Moonlight Madness Street Festival, Sedona Arts Festival & Artist Invitational and the Shakespeare Sedona Festival. These festivals draw crowds for all the neighboring cities and towns.

Sedona Transportation

Flagstaff Pulliam Airport is close by.

Sedona Higher Education

Yavapai College and Northern Arizona University provide opportunities for higher education.


Total Population 10,204
Male Share of the Population 46.4%
Female Share of the Population 53.6%
Senior Citizens 33.7%
Employed Population 16+ 4,634
Age of the Population 58


% of people married 55.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $69,766
% Above Poverty Level 91.9%
% Below Poverty Level 8.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 19.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 39.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,233
Median House Value $426,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19%
US/American 0%
English 16.5%
Irish 9.6%

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

Sedona Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles S of Flagstaff, Arizona (center to center)
Nearest Large City 96 miles N of Phoenix, Arizona
County Yavapai
Metro Area Flagstaff
Standard Zip Codes 86336, 86351
P.O. Box Zip Codes 86339, 86340, 86341
Phone Area Codes 928
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.82
Longitude -111.78

Sedona Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 57 F
Apr Temp 42 to 73 F
Jul Temp 64 to 97 F
Oct Temp 48 to 77 F
Annual Precip 19 inches
Distance 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 57 F
Apr Temp 44 to 74 F
Jul Temp 66 to 95 F
Oct Temp 47 to 78 F
Annual Precip 16.7 inches
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 60 F
Apr Temp 39 to 78 F
Jul Temp 63 to 100 F
Oct Temp 43 to 82 F
Annual Precip 14.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Camp Verde 11,008 $39,097
Clarkdale 4,132 $54,963
Cottonwood 11,493 $42,216
Jerome 388 $62,875

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

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