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Overview

Introduction to Payson, Arizona

Payson, Arizona, in Gila county, is 59 miles NE of Scottsdale, Arizona and 62 miles NE of Mesa, Arizona.

Payson History

Payson was founded in 1882. At that time, the area was known as Green Valley. On March 3, 1884, the community was named 'Payson' after Illinois congressman, Louis Edwin Payson. This name was adopted at the suggestion of postmaster Frank C. Hise. Payson remained an isolated town for many years, as the town's mail was delivered by horseback until about 1914. During the 1930s, many roads were constructed. The paved road connecting the town with Phoenix was completed in 1959.

Payson and nearby Attractions

  • Shoo-Fly Indian Archaeological Site
  • Museum of the Forest
  • Northern Gila County Historical Society
  • Elephant Head Tank
  • Payson Rodeo Grounds
  • Tonto National Forest

Things To Do In Payson

While in Payson, one can visit the nearby historical sites and museums like the Shoo-Fly Indian Archaeological Site, the Museum of the Forest, the Rim Country Museum and the Northern Gila County Historical Society. One can also visit the nearby parks that offer a range of recreational opportunities. Among these are Rumsey Park, the Tonto National Forest and the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. The Tonto National Forest Seismological Observatory is another popular tourist destination. The town also hosts annual celebrations like Aero Fair, the Northern Gila County Fair and the Western Heritage Festival.

Payson Transportation

Flagstaff Pulliam is the nearest airport.

Payson Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are offered by Scottsdale Community College and Paradise Valley Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population15,297
Male Share of the Population47%
Female Share of the Population53%
Senior Citizens35.9%
Employed Population 16+5,166
Age of the Population57

Families

% of people married58.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.9%
Median Earnings25+$31,091
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,338
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,746

Wealth

Median Family Income$55,208
% Above Poverty Level88.1%
% Below Poverty Level11.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home8.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone29.1%
Median Gross Rent$911
Median House Value$207,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)21.2%
English14.1%
Irish13.2%
Italian5.5%
French Except Basque3.2%
Scottish2.6%
Dutch2.5%
Norwegian2.2%
Canadian1.3%
Polish1.2%
Danishn1%
Swedish1%
Portuguese0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Czech0.7%
Russian0.6%
Belgian0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Australian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Greek0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
African0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
German0.1%
Arab0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Payson Almanac

CategoryValue
County Gila County
Standard Zip Codes85541
P.O. Box Zip Codes85547
Phone Area Codes928
Time ZoneAmerica/Phoenix
Approximate Latitude34.25
Approximate Longitude-111.28

Payson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPAYSON
Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp25 to 54 F
Apr Temp35 to 71 F
Jul Temp58 to 93 F
Oct Temp40 to 75 F
Annual Precip22 inches
StationPUNKIN CENTER
Distance24 miles
Jan Temp31 to 61 F
Apr Temp44 to 79 F
Jul Temp70 to 102 F
Oct Temp48 to 83 F
Annual Precip18.2 inches
StationBARTLETT DAM
Distance34.2 miles
Jan Temp41 to 67 F
Apr Temp52 to 83 F
Jul Temp75 to 105 F
Oct Temp60 to 88 F
Annual Precip15.8 inches

Payson Public Libraries

Payson Public Library
328 NORTH MCLANE ROAD
Payson, Arizona
(928) 474-9260

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Payson Hospitals

Payson Regional
(Proprietary)
807 S. Ponderosa
(928) 474-3220

Payson Public Schools

Julia Randall Elementary School
902 W. Main
ZIP: 85541
Primary
Total Enrollment 610
Payson Center For Success High School
514 W Wade Lane
ZIP: 85541
High
Total Enrollment 65
Payson Education Center
112 W Cedar Lane, Unit 122
ZIP: 85541
High
Payson Elementary School
500 East Rancho Road
ZIP: 85541
Primary
Total Enrollment 458
Payson High School
301 South Mclane
ZIP: 85541
High
Total Enrollment 701
Payson Virtual Academy
902 W Main St
ZIP: 85541
High
Rim Country Middle School
304 South Meadow
ZIP: 85541
Middle
Total Enrollment 547
The Shelby School
249 W. Standage Drive
ZIP: 85541
Other
Total Enrollment 44

Payson Private Schools

Payson Community Christian School
213 S Colcord Rd
ZIP: 85541
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 54
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