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Overview

Introduction to Cottonwood, Arizona

Cottonwood, Arizona, in Yavapai county, is 37 miles SW of Flagstaff, Arizona and 89 miles N of Phoenix, Arizona. The city is included in the Flagstaff metropolitan area.

Cottonwood History

Cottonwood was officially incorporated as a city in 1960. The earliest inhabitants of the area were the Yavapai, Sinagua and Apache Native Americans. The Anglo settlers in the community farmed and provided different goods to the soldiers at Camp Verde. Jimmy Douglas and William Clark developed major smelters in the 1910s. A wastewater collection system and treatment plant was established in the year 1990, it was the first of its kind in the Verde Valley.

Cottonwood and nearby Attractions

  • Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness
  • Sedona Arts Center
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Clemenceau Heritage Museum
  • Oak Creek Canyon Natural Area
  • Slide Rock State Park

Things To Do In Cottonwood

Some of the notable locations in the community include Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Out of Africa Wildlife Park, and Clemenceau Heritage Museum. The Verde Santa Fe Golf Course is a well facilitated golf course in the neighborhood, which offers a host of recreational facilities to the golf enthusiasts. The numerous parks in the community include Garrison Park, Lions Club Park and Cottonwood Kids Park. Local museums include the Sedona Arts Center and the Clemenceau Heritage Museum. Local festivals include the Verde Valley Fair every April and the Verde River Days every September.

Cottonwood Transportation

Air transportation facilities are provided by Ernest A. Love Field Airport.

Cottonwood Higher Education

Higher education is available from Yavapai College, Paradise Valley Community College and Gateway Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population11,598
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens24.7%
Employed Population 16+4,527
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married42.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.5%
Median Earnings25+$23,205
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,034

Wealth

Median Family Income$41,566
% Above Poverty Level78.5%
% Below Poverty Level21.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.4%
% Using Public Transportation1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone36.3%
Median Gross Rent$815
Median House Value$135,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)30.5%
Irish13.5%
English8.7%
French Except Basque4.4%
Italian3.7%
Scottish3.5%
Norwegian2.4%
Polish1.9%
Hungarian1.6%
Welsh1.4%
Swedish1.1%
African1%
Danishn0.8%
Canadian0.8%
West Indian0.7%
Swiss0.6%
Russian0.6%
Arab0.5%
Egyptian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Austrian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
German0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Dutch0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
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Cottonwood Almanac

CategoryValue
County Yavapai County
Standard Zip Codes86326
Phone Area Codes520,928
Time ZoneAmerica/Phoenix
Approximate Latitude34.75
Approximate Longitude-112.01

Cottonwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationTUZIGOOT
Distance2.3 miles
Jan Temp31 to 59 F
Apr Temp44 to 77 F
Jul Temp67 to 100 F
Oct Temp48 to 80 F
Annual Precip12.7 inches
StationMONTEZUMA CASTLE N M
Distance13.1 miles
Jan Temp26 to 60 F
Apr Temp39 to 78 F
Jul Temp63 to 100 F
Oct Temp43 to 82 F
Annual Precip14.4 inches
StationBEAVER CREEK RANGER STN
Distance17.4 miles
Jan Temp30 to 57 F
Apr Temp44 to 74 F
Jul Temp66 to 95 F
Oct Temp47 to 78 F
Annual Precip16.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Camp Verde11,096$43,471
Clarkdale4,159$53,920
Jerome347$58,542
Prescott Valley41,070$53,067
Sedona10,209$71,486

Cottonwood Public Libraries

Cottonwood Public Library
100 SOUTH 6TH STREET
Cottonwood, Arizona
(928) 634-7559

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Cottonwood Hospitals

Verde Valley Medical Center
(Non-profit)
269 S Candy Lane
(928) 639-6400

Cottonwood Public Schools

Mingus Union High School
1801 E. Fir Street
ZIP: 86326
High
Total Enrollment 1191
Cottonwood Elementary School
301 N. Willard St
ZIP: 86326
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
Cottonwood Middle School
500 E. Mingus Avenue
ZIP: 86326
Middle
Total Enrollment 517
The Academy At Mingus
1801 E. Fir Street
ZIP: 86326
Vacte - Clarkdale Jerome School District
830 S Main St
ZIP: 86326
High
New Visions Academy
125 South 6th Street
ZIP: 86326
High
Total Enrollment 52
Vacte - Valley Academy For Career And Technology Education
830 S. Main St., 2-i
ZIP: 86326
High
Vacte - Mingus Union High School
801 E Fir Street, Unit 2-e
ZIP: 86326
High
Accelerated Learning Charter School
320 South Main Street
ZIP: 86326
Primary
Total Enrollment 65
Verde Valley Montessori School - A Center For Creative Educa
215 S. Main St.
ZIP: 86326
Primary
Total Enrollment 58
Dr Daniel Bright Elementary School
1500 S. Monte Tesoro St.
ZIP: 86326
Primary
Total Enrollment 474
Mountain View Preparatory School
2939 Del Rio Drive
ZIP: 86326
Primary
Total Enrollment 472
Vacte - Cottonwood-oak Creek Unified School District
830 S. Main St.
ZIP: 86326
High
American Heritage Academy - Cottonwood
2030 E. Cherry St.
ZIP: 86326
Other
Total Enrollment 292
Mingus Online Academy
1801 E Fir St
ZIP: 86326
High
Total Enrollment 12
Arizona Izone Institute Online Program
1 N. Willard St
ZIP: 86326
Other

Cottonwood Private Schools

Verde Valley Christian School
102 S Willard St
ZIP: 86326
Elementary
Total Enrollment 80
Verde Valley Seventh-day Adventist School
51 W Mingus Ave
ZIP: 86326
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
St Joseph Catholic Montessori
2715 E State Route 89a
ZIP: 86326
Elementary
Total Enrollment 89
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