Cottonwood, AZ | Cottonwood, Arizona

     Cottonwood, Arizona was founded in 1879 and was named for a circle of Cottonwood trees near the Verde River. Cottonwood began as a collection of farms and ranches which slowly blossomed into a township, while supplying the minThe town of Cottonwood is bordered to the West by Mingus Mountain and the Verde River to the East.  Many farms and ranches exist along the rich flood plains of the Verde River.ers in the nearby town of Jerome with fresh meat and vegetables. 
     Cottonwood and Jerome’s relationship continued to grow, and several of the mining facilities were located in Cottonwood, though the majority were in the Town of Clarkdale. Several bones of these old building remain along HWY 89A, with a handful currently in use as retail space. 
     A large slag pile still remains in the heart of Cottonwood, a remnant of mining operations which ceased operation in the 50’s after the price of copper fell, and the mines were no longer profitable. A reclamation company is currently applying for the necessary permits to remove the pile and reclaim remnant minerals while recycling the waste into materials to be used in future roads and roofing shingles.
     While Jerome became a literal ghost town in the late 1950’s, after the steep decline in the price of copper, residents of Cottonwood pursued a future for their town and incorporated in 1960. At this time, all business in town was conducted in Old Town Cottonwood, because that WAS town!
     A developer named Ned Warren came through the area, later that decade and put Cottonwood and the Verde Valley on the map as a retirement and “investment” destination, with the development of Verde Village, and other area subdivisions. Ned Warren is also the fella that called national attention to Arizona, as Warren was “The King Of Land Fraud,” selling hundreds of parcels over and over again to the same individuals.  
     Today, Verde Village is a healthy, thriving neighborhood and Verde Village is wherOld town Cottonwood.  A recent influx of restaurants and galleries are breathing new life back into Old Town Cottonwood, making it a destination for locals and tourists alike once again.e approximately half of Cottonwood’s “population” resides (Verde Village is unincorporated) , though new in-fill subdivisions are rapidly gaining new residents. Verde Village is about 95% built out.
      Cottonwood is undoubtedly the commercial center of the Verde Valley, and acts as a central hub for all Verde Valley communities. All “Big Box” stores in the Verde Valley are located in the City of Cottonwood, such as Office Max, Sears, Super Walmart, JCPenney and Home Depot.                                                  
     Most newcomers might be surprised to learn that about half of these stores were only built in the last 5 to 7 years. In fact, when I first moved to Cottonwood in 1997, it took six weeks just to get a phone line. I remember my inner New Yorker getting a little perturbed at the operator, when she finally just said,” Look Ma’am. You are just going to have to wait until somebody dies, or disconnects to get your line connected. There just ain’t any left!” Q-west has since come through and upgraded the capacity of the lines in the area and much of the community itself is following suit.
     Recent grants have revamped the look and feel of Old Town. The addition of lighting, landscaping, outdoor seating and upgrades and improvements to sidewalks have revitalized this historic city center. Currently, Hwy 260 and 89A, two of Cottonwood’s major roadways are undergoing widening projects, which will also include a series of roundabouts along select sections of roadway. 
     Verde Valley Medical Center is located in the City of Cottonwood and serves the major medical needs of all Verde Valley residents. VVMC has also been busy expanding and upgrading, with the recent completion of a 40,000 sq ft facility and a 20,000 sq ft oncology wing. During this expansion, VVMC also upgraded essential equipment within existing facilities. VVMC is one of the Verde VGeese and ducks are long established residents of the Verde Village Pond in Cottonwood AZ. alley’s major employers and has an insatiable appetite for qualified medical personnel.
     Cottonwood and the entire Verde Valley are undergoing what a recent Wall Street Journal article called the “Gentrification of Rural America,” reporting on an increasing trend among affluent Americans leaving cities and suburbs in droves in search for a slower place, in calmer and aesthetically pleasing locations. 
     Evidence of this trend in Cottonwood in recent years includes the opening of Alcantara Vineyards, Cottonwood’s first winery and a small boom of new bistros, restaurants, coffee shops and art galleries.   An explosion of high end and luxury homes has also occurred throughout the community in recent years.  

 


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Population
Total Population 23,319
Male Population (47.4 %) 11,059
Female Population (52.6 %) 12,259
Percent Change Since 2000 19.3 %
Percent Change Since 2010 1.5 %
Median Age 42.89
Employment
White Collar 6,393
Blue Collar 3,128
Households
Total Households 9,949
Family Households 6,012
Non-family Households 3,937
Households With Children 2,478
Households Without Children 7,470
Average People Per Household 2.32
Education (Number of people who have achieved the following levels of education)
No High School 622
Some High School 1,799
Some College 4,724
Associate Degree 1,213
Bachelors Degree 1,966
Graduate Degree 1,288
Marital Status (Number of people who have the following marital status)
Never Married 4,611
Married 8,062
Separated 696
Widowed 553
Divorced 2,466
Income/Financial
Average Household Income $48,740
Median Household Income $39,518
Median Income Under 25 $38,083
Median Income 25-44 $39,243
Median Income 45-64 $44,228
Median Income Over 65 $38,380
Percent Increase/Decrease in Income Since 2000 23.0 %
Percent Increase/Decrease in Income Since 2010 5.0 %
Average Household Net Worth $325,932
Median Home Sale Price $109,534
Sales Tax Rate 9.4 %
Sales Tax Type PL
Average Household Total Expenditure $42,880
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 36
Junior College YAVAPAI COLLEGE-VERDE VALLEY CAMPUS
Miles To Junior College 3
University NORTH CENTRAL UNIVERSITY
Miles To University 17
Sports Team Phoenix Coyotes
Miles To Sports Team 82
Lifestyle
The following values are represented as an index, where the value 100 represents the national average.
Below Average Above Average
Total Household Expenditure
 
 
77
Contributions
 
 
69
Insurance
 
 
71
Clothing
 
 
77
Education
 
 
68
Entertainment
 
 
76
Food
 
 
80
Healthcare
 
 
83
Household Furnishings
 
 
74
Shelter
 
 
77
Household Operations
 
 
71
Other
 
 
80
Personal Care
 
 
78
Reading
 
 
78
Tobacco
 
 
88
Transportation
 
 
79
Utilities
 
 
82
Gifts
 
 
72
Crime
The following values are represented as an index, where the value 100 represents the national average.
Below Average Above Average
Total Crime Risk
 
 
75
Personal Crime Risk
 
 
61
Murder Risk
 
 
48
Rape Risk
 
 
87
Robbery Risk
 
 
33
Assault Risk
 
 
85
Property Crime Risk
 
 
74
Burglary Risk
 
 
80
Larceny Risk
 
 
96
Automotive Theft Risk
 
 
64
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