Introduction to Wickenburg, Arizona

Wickenburg, Arizona, in Maricopa county, is 39 miles NW of Peoria, Arizona and 52 miles NW of Phoenix, Arizona. It is part of the surrounding Phoenix-Mesa metro area.

Wickenburg History

Wickenburg became a part of the United States in 1848, after the Mexican - American War. The Gila Rangers were the first white men to visit the area. Wickenburg was founded in 1863 and named after Henry Wickenburg, a gold miner who discovered the Vulture Gold Mine. The Yavapai Native Americans originally inhabited this area. It is the site of the Wickenburg massacre, which occurred on November 5, 1871.

Wickenburg and nearby Attractions

  • Desert Caballeros Western Museum
  • Hassayampa River Preserve
  • Maricopa County Historical Society Museum
  • White Tank Mountain Regional Park
  • Phoenix Art Museum
  • Horsethief Basin Recreation Area

Things To Do In Wickenburg

Local parks include Constellation Park, MacGuire Park, Casandro Park, Coffinger Park and Stone Park. The Wickenburg Massacre Historical Monument is a notable location in the town. Local museums include like the Desert Caballeros Western Museum and the Maricopa County Historical Society Museum. Wickenburg hosts the Gold Rush Days every February.

Wickenburg Transportation

Phoenix Sky Harbor International is the nearest major airport.

Wickenburg Higher Education

Yavapai College, Paradise Valley Community College and Phoenix College are the local colleges.


Total Population 6,620
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 37.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,356
Age of the Population 57


% of people married 52%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $50,906
% Above Poverty Level 83.1%
% Below Poverty Level 16.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 10.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 39.5%
Median Gross Rent $642
Median House Value $193,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.4%
US/American 0%
English 17.4%
Irish 13.2%

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

Wickenburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 39 miles NW of Peoria, Arizona (center to center)
Nearest Large City 52 miles NW of Phoenix, Arizona
County Maricopa
Metro Area Phoenix - Mesa
Standard Zip Codes 85390
P.O. Box Zip Codes 85358
Phone Area Codes 520
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.968
Longitude -112.728

Wickenburg Climate

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

Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 66 F
Apr Temp 44 to 83 F
Jul Temp 69 to 106 F
Oct Temp 49 to 87 F
Annual Precip 12.2 inches
Distance 20.8 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 66 F
Apr Temp 51 to 81 F
Jul Temp 75 to 103 F
Oct Temp 58 to 86 F
Annual Precip 15.4 inches
Distance 27.7 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

Wickenburg Public Libraries

Wickenburg Public Library
Wickenburg, Arizona
(623) 684-2665

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Wickenburg Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(928) 684-5421
Emergency Service: Yes

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Wickenburg High Schools

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Serves 616 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 39 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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