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Mohave County, Arizona
Kingman courthouse.jpg
Mohave County Courthouse in Kingman
Seal of Mohave County, Arizona
Seal
Map of Arizona highlighting Mohave County
Location in the state of Arizona
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arizona
Arizona's location in the U.S.
Founded November 9, 1864
Named for Fort Mohave
Seat Kingman
Largest city Lake Havasu City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

13,461 sq mi (34,864 km²)
13,311 sq mi (34,475 km²)
150 sq mi (388 km²), 1.1%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

213,267
Congressional districts 1st, 4th
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7
Website www.mohavecounty.us

Mohave County is in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of the 2020 census, its population was 213,267.[1] The county seat is Kingman,[2] and the largest city is Lake Havasu City. It is the fifth largest county in the United States (by area).

Mohave County includes the Lake Havasu City–Kingman, Arizona Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Las Vegas-Henderson, Nevada-Arizona Combined Statistical Area.

Mohave County contains parts of Grand Canyon National Park and Lake Mead National Recreation Area and all of the Grand Canyon–Parashant National Monument. The Kaibab, Fort Mojave and Hualapai Indian Reservations also lie within the county.

History[]

Mohave County was the one of four original Arizona Counties created by the 1st Arizona Territorial Legislature. The county territory was originally defined as being west of longitude 113° 20' and north of the Bill Williams River.[3] Pah-Ute County was created from it in 1865 and was merged back into Mohave County in 1871 when much of its territory was ceded to Nevada in 1866. The county's present boundaries were established in 1881. The county is also notable for being home to a large polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints sect located in Colorado City.

Mohave County has had five county seats: Mohave City (1864–1867), Hardyville (1867–1873), Cerbat (1873–1877), Mineral Park (1877–1887), and Kingman (1887–present).[4]

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 13,461 square miles (34,860 km2), of which 13,311 square miles (34,480 km2) is land and 150 square miles (390 km2) (1.1%) is water.[5] It is the second-largest county by area in Arizona and the fifth-largest in the contiguous United States.

The county consists of two sections divided by the Grand Canyon, with no direct land communication between them. The northern section, smaller and less populated, forms the western part of the Arizona Strip, bordering Utah and Nevada. The larger southern section borders Nevada and California across the Colorado River, which forms most of the county's western boundary. The southern section includes Kingman, the county seat, and other cities, as well as part of the Mojave Desert.

Adjacent counties[]

Mohave County and its adjacent counties form the largest such block of counties outside of Alaska. Their combined land area is 89,567.34 square miles (231,978.3 km2), or larger than that of the state of Idaho. They include the #1 (San Bernardino), #2 (Coconino), #5 (Mohave), and #7 (Lincoln) largest counties outside of Alaska.

National protected areas[]

  • Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Grand Canyon National Park (part)
  • Grand Canyon–Parashant National Monument
  • Havasu National Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Kaibab National Forest (part)
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area (part)
  • Pipe Spring National Monument

There are 18 official wilderness areas in Mohave County that are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Most of these are managed by the Bureau of Land Management, but some are integral parts of the preceding protected areas, or have shared jurisdiction with the BLM. Some extend into neighboring counties (as indicated below) All wilderness areas within Grand Canyon–Parashant National Monument are managed by BLM, although the National Monument shares management with the National Park Service:

  • Arrastra Mountain Wilderness (BLM) partly in Yavapai County, Arizona, and La Paz County, Arizona
  • Aubrey Peak Wilderness (BLM)
  • Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness (BLM) partly in Washington County, Utah
  • Cottonwood Point Wilderness (BLM)
  • Grand Wash Cliffs Wilderness (Grand Canyon–Parashant NM) managed by BLM
  • Havasu Wilderness (Havasu NWR) partly in San Bernardino County, California
  • Kanab Creek Wilderness (Kaibab NF / BLM) mostly in Coconino County, Arizona
  • Mount Logan Wilderness (Grand Canyon–Parashant NM) managed by BLM
  • Mount Nutt Wilderness (BLM)
  • Mount Tipton Wilderness (BLM)
  • Mount Trumbull Wilderness (Grand Canyon–Parashant NM) managed by BLM
  • Mount Wilson Wilderness (BLM)
  • Paiute Wilderness (partly in Grand Canyon–Parashant NM) managed by BLM
  • Rawhide Mountains Wilderness (BLM) mostly in La Paz County, Arizona
  • Swansea Wilderness (BLM) mostly in La Paz County, Arizona
  • Upper Burro Creek Wilderness (BLM) mostly in Yavapai County, Arizona
  • Wabayuma Peak Wilderness (BLM)
  • Warm Springs Wilderness (BLM)

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 179
1880 1,190 564.8%
1890 1,444 21.3%
1900 3,426 137.3%
1910 3,773 10.1%
1920 5,259 39.4%
1930 5,572 6.0%
1940 8,591 54.2%
1950 8,510 −0.9%
1960 7,736 −9.1%
1970 25,857 234.2%
1980 55,865 116.1%
1990 93,497 67.4%
2000 155,032 65.8%
2010 200,186 29.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2020[1]

2000 census[]

As of the 2000 census, there were 155,032 people, 62,809 households, and 43,401 families living in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (4/km2). There were 80,062 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 90.1% White, 0.5% Black or African American, 2.4% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 4.0% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. 11.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 62,809 households, out of which 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.1% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 98.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,521, and the median income for a family was $36,311. Males had a median income of $28,505 versus $20,632 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,788. About 9.8% of families and 13.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.4% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[]

As of the 2010 census, there were 200,186 people, 82,539 households, and 54,036 families living in the county.[10] The population density was 15.0 inhabitants per square mile (5.8 /km2). There were 110,911 housing units at an average density of 8.3 per square mile (3.2 /km2).[11] The racial makeup of the county was 86.9% white, 2.2% American Indian, 1.1% Asian, 0.9% black or African American, 0.2% Pacific islander, 6.0% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 14.8% of the population.[10] In terms of ancestry, 23.1% were German, 16.2% were Irish, 15.6% were English, 5.7% were Italian, and 4.5% were American.[12]

Of the 82,539 households, 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.5% were non-families, and 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.86. The median age was 47.6 years.[10]

The median income for a household in the county was $39,785 and the median income for a family was $47,530. Males had a median income of $36,222 versus $28,060 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,523. About 11.6% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.7% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.[13]

Politics, government, and infrastructure[]

Since 2008, Mohave has taken over from Graham and Yavapai as the “reddest” county in the state, and in 2016 it stood as such by twenty percentage points. No Democratic presidential nominee has carried Mohave County since Lyndon Johnson, who, despite the home state advantage of Arizona native Barry Goldwater, did so in 1964, by a margin of only 152 votes. In recent elections it has become common for Democratic nominees to receive less than thirty percent of the county's vote, and Hillary Clinton in 2016 received less than 22 percent. In 2020 Donald Trump received nearly 75% of the vote in Mohave County.

United States presidential election results for Mohave County, Arizona[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 78,535 74.88% 24,831 23.67% 1,517 1.45%
2016 58,282 72.90% 17,455 21.83% 4,206 5.26%
2012 49,168 69.91% 19,533 27.77% 1,627 2.31%
2008 44,333 65.20% 22,092 32.49% 1,570 2.31%
2004 36,794 63.53% 20,503 35.40% 618 1.07%
2000 24,386 55.25% 17,470 39.58% 2,285 5.18%
1996 17,997 43.33% 16,629 40.04% 6,907 16.63%
1992 13,684 33.69% 13,255 32.63% 13,677 33.67%
1988 17,651 62.40% 10,197 36.05% 438 1.55%
1984 17,364 69.26% 7,436 29.66% 272 1.08%
1980 13,809 68.86% 4,900 24.43% 1,345 6.71%
1976 7,601 51.92% 6,504 44.43% 535 3.65%
1972 6,755 68.92% 2,588 26.41% 458 4.67%
1968 3,208 51.64% 2,109 33.95% 895 14.41%
1964 2,091 48.19% 2,243 51.69% 5 0.12%
1960 1,641 55.59% 1,303 44.14% 8 0.27%
1956 1,523 60.99% 968 38.77% 6 0.24%
1952 1,746 62.09% 1,066 37.91% 0 0.00%
1948 1,167 43.03% 1,499 55.27% 46 1.70%
1944 974 42.64% 1,303 57.05% 7 0.31%
1940 1,198 37.16% 2,024 62.78% 2 0.06%
1936 609 24.08% 1,814 71.73% 106 4.19%
1932 537 23.52% 1,660 72.71% 86 3.77%
1928 1,127 60.33% 728 38.97% 13 0.70%
1924 738 38.00% 475 24.46% 729 37.54%
1920 996 57.97% 722 42.03% 0 0.00%
1916 643 28.89% 1,335 59.97% 248 11.14%
1912 69 8.56% 320 39.70% 417 51.74%



The Mohave County Administration Building is located in downtown Kingman at 700 West Beale Street. The old County Complex, which the Administration Building replaced, was located adjacent to the courthouse on Spring Street and 4th Street. The Mohave County Superior Courthouse, built in 1915, is an Art Deco/Streamline Moderne building on the National Register of Historic Places. The county jail is adjacent to the County Administration Building at 501 S. Highway 66.

Arizona State Prison - Kingman, a privately run prison of the Arizona Department of Corrections, is located in unincorporated Mohave County near Golden Valley and Kingman.[15][16]

Education[]

The following school districts and colleges serve Mohave County

Unified school districts[]

  • Colorado City Unified School District
  • Kingman Unified School District
  • Lake Havasu Unified School District
  • Littlefield Unified School District
  • Peach Springs Unified School District
  • Kingman Academy of Learning

High school districts[]

  • Colorado River Union High School District

Elementary school districts[]

  • Bullhead City Elementary School District
  • Hackberry School District
  • Mohave Valley Elementary School District
  • Owens-Whitney Elementary School District
  • Topock Elementary School District
  • Valentine Elementary School District
  • Yucca Elementary School District

Colleges[]

  • Mohave Community College
  • Arizona State University Lake Havasu City Campus

Public libraries[]

The Mohave County Library has ten branches. The branches in Bullhead City, Kingman and Lake Havasu City are open 56 hours a week. The branch in Mohave Valley is open 40 hours a week. Branches in Chloride, Dolan Springs, Golden Shores, Golden Valley, Meadview and Valle Vista are open 15 hours a week.

Transportation[]

Major highways[]

State Route 389 in Mohave County

  • I-15 (AZ).svg Interstate 15
  • I-40 (AZ).svg Interstate 40
  • US 66.svg Historic U.S. Route 66
  • US 93.svg U.S. Route 93
  • Arizona 66.svg State Route 66
  • Arizona 68.svg State Route 68
  • Arizona 95.svg State Route 95
  • Arizona 389.svg State Route 389

Airports[]

The following public use airports are located in Mohave County:

  • Bullhead CityEagle Airpark (A09)
  • Bullhead City – Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport (IFP)
  • Bullhead City – Sun Valley Airport (A20)
  • Colorado CityColorado City Municipal Airport (AZC)
  • KingmanKingman Airport (IGM)
  • Lake Havasu CityLake Havasu City Airport (HII)
  • MeadviewPearce Ferry Airport (L25)
  • Peach SpringsGrand Canyon West Airport (1G4)
  • Temple BarTemple Bar Airport (U30)

Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Bullhead City
  • Kingman (county seat)
  • Lake Havasu City

Towns[]

  • Colorado City

Census designated places[]

  • Antares
  • Arizona Village
  • Beaver Dam
  • Cane Beds
  • Centennial Park
  • Chloride
  • Clacks Canyon
  • Crozier
  • Crystal Beach
  • Desert Hills
  • Dolan Springs
  • Fort Mohave
  • Golden Shores
  • Golden Valley
  • Grand Canyon West
  • Hackberry
  • Kaibab
  • Katherine
  • Lazy Y U
  • Littlefield
  • McConnico
  • Meadview
  • Mesquite Creek
  • Moccasin
  • Mohave Valley
  • Mojave Ranch Estates
  • New Kingman-Butler
  • Oatman
  • Peach Springs
  • Pine Lake
  • Pinion Pines
  • Scenic
  • So-Hi
  • Topock
  • Truxton
  • Valentine
  • Valle Vista
  • Walnut Creek
  • White Hills
  • Wikieup
  • Willow Valley
  • Yucca

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Nothing

Ghost towns[]

  • Alamo Crossing
  • Aubrey Landing
  • Camp Beale Springs
  • Cedar
  • Cerbat
  • Cottonia
  • Cyclopic
  • Fort Mohave
  • Frisco
  • Germa
  • Golconda
  • Gold Basin
  • Goldflat
  • Goldroad
  • Grand Gulch
  • Grasshopper Junction
  • Greenwood City
  • Hardyville
  • Henning
  • Lincolnia
  • Liverpool Landing
  • Lost Basin
  • Macnab
  • McCracken
  • Mellen
  • Mineral City
  • Mineral Park
  • Mockingbird
  • Mohave City
  • Mount Trumbull
  • Old Trails
  • Pearce Ferry
  • Polhamus Landing
  • Powell
  • Pyramid
  • Sandy
  • Santa Claus
  • Signal
  • Snowball
  • Stockton
  • Tuweep
  • Virginia City
  • Vivian
  • Willow Ranch
  • Wolf Hole

Indian communities[]

  • Fort Mojave Indian Reservation
  • Kaibab Indian Reservation
  • Hualapai Indian Reservation

County population ranking[]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Mohave County.[17][18]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Population (2010 Census) Municipal type Incorporated
1 Lake Havasu City 52,527 City 1978
2 Bullhead City 39,540 City 1984
3 Kingman 28,068 City 1952
4 Fort Mohave 14,364 CDP
5 New Kingman-Butler 12,134 CDP
6 Golden Valley 8,370 CDP
7 Colorado City 4,821 City 1913 (founded)
8 Mohave Valley 2,616 CDP
9 Desert Hills 2,245 CDP
10 Golden Shores 2,047 CDP
11 Dolan Springs 2,033 CDP
12 Beaver Dam 1,962 CDP
13 Valle Vista 1,659 CDP
14 Scenic 1,643 CDP
15 Centennial Park 1,264 CDP
16 Meadview 1,224 CDP
17 Peach Springs 1,090 CDP
18 Willow Valley 1,062 CDP
19 Arizona Village 946 CDP
20 Walnut Creek 562 CDP
21 So-Hi 477 CDP
22 Cane Beds 448 CDP
23 Lazy Y U 428 CDP
24 Mesquite Creek 416 CDP
25 White Hills 323 CDP
26 Littlefield 308 CDP
27 Crystal Beach 279 CDP
28 Chloride 271 CDP
29 Pinion Pines 186 CDP
30 Clacks Canyon 173 CDP
31 Pine Lake 138 CDP
32 Oatman 135 CDP
33 Truxton 134 CDP
34 Wikieup 133 CDP
t-35 Antares 126 CDP
t-35 Yucca 126 CDP
36 Kaibab (partially in Coconino County) 124 CDP
37 Katherine 103 CDP
38 Moccasin 89 CDP
39 McConnico 70 CDP
40 Hackberry 68 CDP
41 Mojave Ranch Estates 52 CDP
42 Valentine 38 CDP
43 Crozier 14 CDP
44 Topock 10 CDP
45 Grand Canyon West 2 CDP

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Mohave County, Arizona
  • Upper Burro Creek Wilderness

Notes[]

References[]

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  12. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP02/0500000US04015. 
  13. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP03/0500000US04015. 
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/. 
  15. ^ "Arizona State Prison - Kingman (MTC)". http://www.azcorrections.gov/prisons/Zoya_kingman1.aspx. 
  16. ^ "Golden Valley CDP, Arizona Script error: No such module "webarchive".." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 13, 2010.
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