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Coconino County, Arizona
Seal of Coconino County, Arizona
Map of Arizona highlighting Coconino County
Location in the state of Arizona
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arizona
Arizona's location in the U.S.
Seat Flagstaff
Largest city Flagstaff
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

18,661 sq mi (48,332 km²)
18,617 sq mi (48,218 km²)
44 sq mi (114 km²), 0.23%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

116,320
5/sq mi (2/km²)
Founded February 18, 1891
Old Coconino County Courthouse.jpg
Website coconino.az.gov

Coconino County is a county located in the north central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. It is part of the Flagstaff, Arizona Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 116,320 at the 2000 census; the 2007 estimated population is 127,450. [1] The county seat is Flagstaff.[2] It is the second largest county by land area in the 48 continguous United States, behind San Bernardino County, California, with its 18,661 square miles making it larger than each of the nine smallest states.

Coconino County contains Grand Canyon National Park, the Havasupai Nation, and parts of the Navajo Nation, Hualapai Nation, and Hopi Nation. It takes its name from Cosnino, a name applied to the Havasupai.

Coconino County was the setting for George Herriman's early 20th century Krazy Kat comic strip.

Coconino County has a relatively large Native American population at nearly 30% of the county's total population, being mostly Navajo with smaller numbers of Havasupai, Hopi, and others.

Contents

History

After the building of the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad in 1883 the region of northern Yavapai County began experiencing rapid growth. The people of the northern reaches had tired of the rigors of travelling all the way to Prescott for county business. They also believed that they were a significant enough entity that they should have their own county jurisdiction. Therefore, they decided in 1887 to petition for secession from Yavapai and the creation of a new Frisco County. They remained part of Yavapai, however, until 1891 when Coconino County was formed. The seat was at Flagstaff.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 18,661 square miles (48,332 km²), of which, 18,617 square miles (48,219 km²) of it is land and 44 square miles (113 km²) of it (0.23%) is water. It is therefore physically larger than Denmark, which has a population of 5.3 million people, and has more land area than Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, or Vermont.

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Adjacent Counties

Indian reservations

Coconino County has 18,498.79 km² (7,142.42 sq mi) of federally designated Indian reservation, second only to Apache County, Arizona. In descending order of area within the county, the reservations are the Navajo Indian Reservation, Hualapai Indian Reservation, Hopi Indian Reservation, Havasupai Indian Reservation, and the Kaibab Indian Reservation. The Havasupai Reservation is the only one that lies entirely within the county's borders.

National protected areas

Major Highways

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 116,320 people, 40,448 households, and 26,938 families residing in the county. The population density was 6 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 53,443 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 63.09% White, 28.51% Native American, 1.04% Black or African American, 0.78% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 4.13% from other races, and 2.36% from two or more races. 10.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.59% reported speaking Navajo at home, while 6.58% speak Spanish [1].

There were 40,448 households out of which 34.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.70% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.40% were non-families. 22.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 14.40% from 18 to 24, 29.20% from 25 to 44, 20.70% from 45 to 64, and 7.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 99.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,256, and the median income for a family was $45,873. Males had a median income of $32,226 versus $25,055 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,139. About 13.10% of families and 18.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.30% of those under age 18 and 13.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map showing the borders for incorporated and unincorporated areas in Coconino County. Also shown are borders for Indian reservations.

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Other communities

Economy

Grand Canyon Airlines and Air Grand Canyon are headquartered on the grounds of Grand Canyon National Park Airport in Tusayan.[4][5][6]

Transportation

Flagstaff in Coconino County is a major highway junction, with Interstate 40 extending to the east and the west (connecting with Williams and Winslow, Arizona, for example), and with Interstate 17 extending south from Flagstaff to Phoenix and Maricopa County. U.S. Routes 89 and 180 extend north from Flagstaff and connect it with the Grand Canyon National Park.

The Grand Canyon National Park Airport is a public airport located in Tusayan.[5][6], near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

The city of Flagstaff also has an airport, which at times has had regularly scheduled commercial aviation flights, and sometimes not. It is available for General Aviation use.

There is a Greyhound Bus Lines station in Flagstaff, with regular service east-west along Interstate 40, and also north-south service to Phoenix along Interstate 17.

AMTRAK has a passenger railroad station in Flagstaff, with daily service to the east towards Chicago, and to the west towards Los Angeles.

A tourist railroad train that links Williams, with the canyon's South Rim in the Grand Canyon National Park, with service most days of the week.

The Mountain Line provides public transportation bus service in the Flagstaff area.

See also

References

  1. ^ Coconino County QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "Locate Us." Air Grand Canyon. Retrieved on October 3, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Our Location." Grand Canyon Airlines. Retrieved on October 3, 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Tusayan CDP, Arizona." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on October 3, 2009.

External links

Coordinates: 35°37′43″N 112°05′37″W / 35.62861°N 112.09361°W / 35.62861; -112.09361


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