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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.

People

Total Population 11,493
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 24.8%
Employed Population 16+ 3,992
Age of the Population 50

Families

% of people married 43.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,216
% Above Poverty Level 80.1%
% Below Poverty Level 19.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.1%
Median Gross Rent $751
Median House Value $132,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29%
US/American 0%
English 9.5%
Irish 14%

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

Cottonwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 37 miles SW of Flagstaff, Arizona (center to center)
Nearest Large City 89 miles N of Phoenix, Arizona
County Yavapai
Metro Area Flagstaff
Standard Zip Codes 86326
Phone Area Codes 928
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.739
Longitude -112.009

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)

Station TUZIGOOT
Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 59 F
Apr Temp 44 to 77 F
Jul Temp 67 to 100 F
Oct Temp 48 to 80 F
Annual Precip 12.7 inches
Station MONTEZUMA CASTLE N M
Distance 13.1 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
Station BEAVER CREEK RANGER STN
Distance 17.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Camp Verde 11,008 $39,097
Clarkdale 4,132 $54,963
Jerome 388 $62,875
Prescott Valley 40,258 $50,108
Sedona 10,204 $69,766

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

Cottonwood Hospitals

VERDE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Federal)
269 S CANDY LANE
(928) 639-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Cottonwood High Schools

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MINGUS UNION HIGH SCHOOL
1801 E. FIR STREET
928-634-7531
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,237 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.5

MINGUS UNION HIGH SCHOOL
830 S MAIN ST
928-634-7131
A Vocational School
Serves 824 students.

CAMP VERDE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
830 S. MAIN ST.
928-634-7131
A Vocational School
Serves 341 students.

SEDONA-OAK CREEK JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
830 S. MAIN STE.
928-634-7131
A Vocational School
Serves 305 students.

AMERICAN HERITAGE ACADEMY
2030 E. CHERRY ST.
928-634-2144
A Charter School.
Serves 261 students.

EXCEL EDUCATION CENTERS COTTONWOOD LLC
1229 E. CHERRY STREET
928-634-2065
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 77 students.

EDWARDS HALL CHARTER SCHOOL
4476 BUTTE DR.
928-646-3156
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 45 students.

NEW VISIONS ACADEMY
125 SOUTH 6TH STREET
928-634-7320
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 45 students.

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