Clarkdale, AZ | Clarkdale, Arizona

     Clarkdale began as mining camp and smelter town. Ore hauled from mines in Jerome went to Clarkdale for processing and many of the employees of the mine resided there. Lower Clarkdale housed the miners, while upper Clarkdale was reserved for those higher up in the corporation.
     Spring brings an explosion of color every year to Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Sedona.   Still, today Clarkdale retains it’s feel of a former company town and the City of Clarkdale and residents alike, are active in preserving and protecting that heritage. New construction has been slow to come to the outskirts of Clarkdale, but there are now two new home communities in the City of Clarkdale; Verde Highlands and Mountain Gate by Empire communities.  Unfortunately, both projects are currently halted and are not expected to resume construction anytime soon.
     Taking a trip through the neighborhoods in downtown Clarkdale is like taking a trip to yesteryear. Clarkdale homes are well built, in amazing condition, and highly sought after by those with a love affair for the coziness of a historic home. Brick bungalows with wrought iron fencing and neatly manicured lawns characterize the city of Clarkdale.
 
     Clarkdale comes alive around all holidays and the city shoves off the business of business in favor of families and good wholesome fun, closing Main Street for annual events such as Halloween, and the 4th of July Parade.   Thousands of children from all over the Verde Valley will come to Clarkdale for an old fashioned evening of trick or treating.  It is estimated that about 2000 children trick or treat in Clarkdale each year-  the city collects candy donations and offers them to local residents who try to outdo each other with elaborate holiday displays, mini haunted houses and colorful costumes.   If you think the good ole days are gone, come to Clarkdale during holiday festivities!
     The Verde River runs through the City of Clarkdale, but there is not a large availability of riverfront properties in Clarkdale. Large tracts of land in and around Clarkdale are still currently owned by mining corporations. 2002 population estimates for Clarkdale were approximately 4600 residents.
     Services are a little sparse in Clarkdale, however, being only 2 miles from Cottonwood allows residents of Clarkdale easy access to shopping and medical facilities.  Clarkdale does have 3 restaurants, 2 watering holes, a post office and a handful of local shops/services.  Although the business district in Clarkdale is only on a very short run on Main Street, Clarkdale is home to one of the Verde Valley's largest employers, Salt River Materials Group, which runs a cement plant on the North end of town.
    Many of the remnants of Clarkdale's Mining days still exist, with the most oThe Verde River Canyon, as seen from the Verde Canyon Railroad in Clarkdale, Arizonabvious being the slag pile on the Northeast end of town.  This slag pile is currently being processed to extract gold still remaining in the slag.  The leftover materials will be recycled in materials for asphalt and roofing shingles.
    Two of the Verde Valley's most well known tourist attractions are in Clarkdale:  Tuzigoot National Monument and the Verde Canyon Railroad.
Tuzigoot is a giganitc native ruin, perched strategically on a small knoll over the Verde River.  At least one other comparable ruin exists in Clarkdale, however, it has not been excavated.  Ruins are EVERYWHERE in the Verde Valley, the largest concentrations found along local rivers and streams.
     The Verde Canyon Railroad winds through the Verde River Canyon.  Bald Eagles are often sighted by passengers, especially along an area known to locals as Box Canyon.  Several Eagle nests are perched high up on forboding basalt cliffs, left over from ancient volcanic eruptions.  The train takes the same route in both directions, with the midway point being Perkinsville, now home to a handful of cattle ranchers. 
 

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Population
Total Population 5,239
Male Population (46.8 %) 2,454
Female Population (53.2 %) 2,785
Percent Change Since 2000 35.4 %
Percent Change Since 2010 1.5 %
Median Age 52.81
Employment
White Collar 584
Blue Collar 402
Households
Total Households 2,445
Family Households 1,507
Non-family Households 937
Households With Children 493
Households Without Children 1,952
Average People Per Household 2.14
Education (Number of people who have achieved the following levels of education)
No High School 61
Some High School 340
Some College 1,511
Associate Degree 269
Bachelors Degree 555
Graduate Degree 233
Marital Status (Number of people who have the following marital status)
Never Married 957
Married 2,477
Separated 101
Widowed 107
Divorced 432
Income/Financial
Average Household Income $48,944
Median Household Income $42,072
Median Income Under 25 $40,833
Median Income 25-44 $57,321
Median Income 45-64 $45,147
Median Income Over 65 $39,262
Percent Increase/Decrease in Income Since 2000 26.0 %
Percent Increase/Decrease in Income Since 2010 7.0 %
Average Household Net Worth $370,092
Median Home Sale Price $145,000
Sales Tax Rate 6.4 %
Sales Tax Type CO
Average Household Total Expenditure $43,114
Weather
Average High in January 49.90 °F
Average Low in January 35.10 °F
Average High in July 90.90 °F
Average Low in July 68.70 °F
Annual Precipitation 26.51 in.
Air Pollution Index 94
Other Amenities
Airport Flagstaff Pulliam
Miles To Airport 32
Junior College YAVAPAI COLLEGE-VERDE VALLEY CAMPUS
Miles To Junior College 9
University NORTH CENTRAL UNIVERSITY
Miles To University 21
Sports Team Phoenix Coyotes
Miles To Sports Team 92
Lifestyle
The following values are represented as an index, where the value 100 represents the national average.
Below Average Above Average
Total Household Expenditure
 
 
78
Contributions
 
 
71
Insurance
 
 
71
Clothing
 
 
77
Education
 
 
67
Entertainment
 
 
77
Food
 
 
80
Healthcare
 
 
83
Household Furnishings
 
 
75
Shelter
 
 
77
Household Operations
 
 
72
Other
 
 
80
Personal Care
 
 
78
Reading
 
 
78
Tobacco
 
 
87
Transportation
 
 
80
Utilities
 
 
81
Gifts
 
 
73
Crime
The following values are represented as an index, where the value 100 represents the national average.
Below Average Above Average
Total Crime Risk
 
 
49
Personal Crime Risk
 
 
32
Murder Risk
 
 
12
Rape Risk
 
 
40
Robbery Risk
 
 
10
Assault Risk
 
 
68
Property Crime Risk
 
 
54
Burglary Risk
 
 
94
Larceny Risk
 
 
45
Automotive Theft Risk
 
 
29
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