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St. Johns, Arizona
Navajo: Tsézhin Deezʼáhí
—  City  —
Motto: Town of Friendly Neighbors[1]
Location in Apache County and the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 34°30′7″N 109°22′18″W / 34.50194°N 109.37167°W / 34.50194; -109.37167Coordinates: 34°30′7″N 109°22′18″W / 34.50194°N 109.37167°W / 34.50194; -109.37167
Country United States
State Arizona
County Apache
 - Mayor Cristian R. Patterson
 - Total 6.6 sq mi (17.1 km2)
 - Land 6.6 sq mi (17.1 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 5,686 ft (1,733 m)
Population (2007)[2]
 - Total 3,592
 Density 494.8/sq mi (191.0/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
ZIP code 85936
FIPS code 04-62350

St. Johns (Navajo: Tsézhin Deezʼáhí[3][4]) is the only city in and the county seat of Apache County, Arizona, United States.[5] It is located along U.S. Route 180, mostly west of where that highway intersects with U.S. Route 191. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city was 3,538.[6]



St. Johns was first settled in 1873 by the Barth Brothers. They were bought out in 1879 by Ammon M. Tenney.[7]

St. Johns has been the county seat for almost all of the county's history. When the county was created on February 24, 1879, Snowflake was designated the county seat.[8] After the first election in fall 1879, county government was set up in St. Johns, though it was moved again in 1880, to Springerville; in 1882 St. Johns again became the county seat, and it has remained so ever since.[8]

One of the city's schoolchildren, an eight-year-old boy, was in the news in November 2008 when he was charged with two counts of premeditated murder, accused of killing his father and another man with a .22-caliber rifle.[9]


St. Johns is located at 34°30′7″N 109°22′18″W / 34.50194°N 109.37167°W / 34.50194; -109.37167 (34.501921, -109.371543)[10], near the White Mountains in northeast Arizona.[11] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 3,269 people, 989 households, and 805 families residing in the city. The population density was 494.8 people per square mile (190.9/km²). There were 1,392 housing units at an average density of 210.7/sq mi (81.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.48% White, 0.37% African American, 6.24% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 9.12% from other races, and 3.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.19% of the population.

There were 989 households out of which 44.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.6% were non-families. 15.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.19 and the average family size was 3.55.

In the city the population was spread out with 35.5% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 101.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,215, and the median income for a family was $37,478. Males had a median income of $38,477 versus $24,009 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,331. About 12.5% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.2% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.


St. Johns is home to the Apache County Historical Society Museum and has four National Register of Historic Places: Isaacson Building, Lower Zuni River Archeological District, Lyman Lake Rock Art Site, and Rattlesnake Point Pueblo. St. Johns is near the Placerias Quarry, the site where dozens of Placerias fossils were discovered in 1930 by Charles Camp and Samuel Welles, of the University of California, Berkeley.

St. Johns is along the shortest and most scenic route from Phoenix to Albuquerque, New Mexico.[11] Within an hour's drive from St. John's are Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest[13], Petrified Forest National Park, the Painted Desert, and Lyman Lake State Park, as well as Indian reservations such as the Navajo Nation, Fort Apache Indian Reservation, San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, and Zuni Indian Reservation.[11]

Notable residents

Udall family.


St. Johns is served by the St. Johns Unified School District. The city is served by Coronado Elementary School, St. Johns Middle School, and St. Johns High School.[14] The city is home to the St Johns Center of Northland Pioneer College.


  1. ^ Official website of St. Johns
  2. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Arizona". United States Census Bureau. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  3. ^ Wilson, A. Navajo Place Names Audio Forum 1995 ISBN 0-88432-825-2
  4. ^ Young, Robert W. and William Morgan, Sr. The Navajo Language. Revised Ed. Albuquerque, NM: 1987. p.732, column1, entry 27
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Arizona" (CSV). 2005 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. June 21, 2006. Retrieved November 15 2006. 
  7. ^ Andrew Jensen. Encyclopdic History of the Church. p. 732
  8. ^ a b Official website of Apache County, Arizona
  9. ^ Town stunned as 8-year-old charged in two killings an Associated Press news article via CNN
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ a b c St. Johns, Arizona from the Travel & Explore section of The Arizona Republic website
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ Recreation and Leisure from the city's official website
  14. ^

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