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Prescott is an attractive place to live! There is an array of housing options located throughout this scenic area. Housing prices tend to run somewhat higher than the national average, but residents here appreciate the quality of life values available to them, including the outdoor lifestyle, highly rated educational institutions, medical facilities, and shopping and dining establishments. Whether you are renting or owning, you’ll have many places from which to choose.
Prescott’s lifestyle has been repeatedly recognized by national publications and websites. For example, Prescott was named one of the “Seven Great Places to Live” by Bottom Line, as well as rated one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People” by America’s Promise—among several other significant accolades.
And, Prescott has been recognized as “One of the Top Five Places to Retire” by Money magazine and “One of the Top 10 Most Popular Retirement Towns” by TopRetirements.com Active retirees find the city’s master planned communities on one of the beautiful golf courses to be ideal for living the laid-back retirement years. Prescott is also home to numerous retirement communities, independent and assisted living facilities, and skilled nursing homes.
No matter whom you are, the City of Prescott, Arizona, is the place to be for visitors, residents, educational institutions, businesses and government! Its locality places it in the middle of the natural beauty of north central Arizona. Rock and mountain formations such as Thumb Butte, the Granite Dells and Granite Mountain are nearby, and the towering San Francisco Peaks of Flagstaff are easily seen from Prescott. Nearby lakes such as Watson, Willow, Lynx and Goldwater, coupled with many forested trails, provide ample opportunities for the outdoor enthusiasts.
Prescott also offers the modern features that you would expect to find in a growing community, such as a variety of shopping and dining establishments, quality housing, award-winning education and outstanding medical facilities. Still, its western roots are deep, and one only needs to be here each July at rodeo time to see just how deep they are! Prescott Frontier Days has the distinction of being the World’s Oldest Rodeo, and its week-long schedule includes rodeo performances, a parade, arts & crafts show, block dancing and more.
Prescott’s friendly people make visiting or living here a true experience, providing unsurpassed hospitality to all. With more than 40,000 already calling Prescott their home, it’s no wonder that this area is thriving.
Come and see for yourself why Prescott has been recognized over and over by national media as one of the premier places to visit, reside in and establish a business.
Prescott’s location at a mile-high elevation provides it with a perfect, mild four-season climate. Due to the breezes coming off the mountain, summer temperatures remain moderate, with daytime highs averaging in the 80s and nighttime lows ranging in the 50s. Prescott’s winters are just as moderate with daytime temperatures generally in the 50s and with occasional snowfall. While the area’s spring season may be a bit breezy at times, its autumns are beautiful.
Elevation — 5,347 feet
Latitude — 34 degrees N 32
Longitude — 112 degrees W 28
Month — Low — High — Precipitation — Snow
January — 23.3° — 50.9° — 1.58” — 4.1”
February — 25.6° — 54.2° — 1.87” — 4.6”
March — 29.7° — 57.9° — 1.91” — 5.7”
April — 35.2° — 65.2° — 0.76” — 1.5”
May — 42.8° — 73.8° — 0.64” — ----
June — 51.2° — 84.6° — 0.40” — ----
July — 58.5° — 88.3° — 2.87” — ----
August — 57.0° — 86.0° — 3.28” — ----
September — 50.1° — 80.8° — 2.07” — ----
October — 39.1° — 71.4° — 1.28” — ----
November — 28.5° — 59.6° — 1.25” — 1.4”
December — 23.3° — 51.7° — 1.28” — 2.7”
YEAR — 38.7° — 68.7° — 19.19” — 20.0”
The place-name Prescott, Arizona, did not exist when President Lincoln signed the bill that separated New Mexico from Arizona in 1863. Lincoln no doubt was familiar with the historian William Hickling Prescott, whose books on Mexico and Peru made the nearly blind Bostonian the David McCullogh of his day. Lincoln did know that any capital for the newly established Arizona territory would be located far from Confederate sympathizers in Tucson. With the discovery of gold that same year near the headwaters of the Hassayampa River by Joseph Walker and his men, it became strategic to locate the territorial capital in the Bradshaw Mountains, near that wealth. The Civil War was raging, and any western resources could help secure a Union victory.
The first presidential appointee as territorial governor of Arizona, John Gurley of Ohio, died in August of 1863, before the delegation left for the west. John Goodwin of Maine succeeded Gurley, traveling by train, riverboat and then by horseback over the Santa Fe Trail. The official party arrived at Navajo Springs, between the Puerco and Little Colorado rivers, just across the New Mexico line, in late December of 1863. On December 29, Richard McCormick of New York, the Secretary to the Territory, raised the U.S. flag and administered the oath of office to Governor Goodwin. After a few months of military garrison at Del Rio Springs in Chino Valley, the official party and the military headquarters relocated 20 miles to the south, along the banks of Granite Creek, in an open park-like setting of mature ponderosa pines and sheltering ridges.
During the fall of 1864, construction was being completed on many buildings of Fort Whipple, and on the Territorial Governor’s Mansion, still in its same location at the center of the Sharlot Hall Museum campus. In late May or early June of 1864, Prescott became the formal name of the territorial capital. Secretary McCormick brought a sizable library to the territory, including W. H. Prescott’s best-seller, “The Conquest of Mexico,” in which was proposed an origin of Aztecs and Toltecs in the region of Prescott. The many ancient ruins were thought to have an Aztec connection. While the territorial government and the new residents of Prescott were glorifying a nonexistent native people, they were simultaneously driving from the land the actual native people, the Yavapai. Settlers, miners and ranchers all complained about the “Indian troubles.” The perspective that the Yavapai might be having “Euro-American troubles” would have been foreign to the dominant newcomers. Ten years after the founding of Prescott, in February of 1875, all Yavapai were forcibly moved to the southeastern part of the territory, near San Carlos, where they lived alongside the Apache for 20 years. Upon their return in the early 1900s, the Yavapai lived in poverty, working as ranch hands or maids, confined to a small area near Fort Whipple, which became their reservation in 1935.
The period 1890-1920 may have been the most dynamic in Prescott’s history. The town square, Courthouse Plaza, surveyed by Robert Groom in 1864, was now the busy center of business and pleasure. Major retail outlets, such as the Bashford-Burmister Company and the mercantile enterprise of the Goldwaters, were going strong. The first courthouse was settling criminal cases, sometimes with a hanging on the square. The stretch of Montezuma Street along the western side of Courthouse Plaza was becoming known as Whiskey Row, due to the many saloons where a glass of “old popskull” could be had. The Row burned to the ground on July 14, 1900, but was quickly rebuilt. One famous gambler, Sheriff William “Buckey” O’Neill, did not witness the fire; he had been dead for two years, one of the Rough Rider casualties in Cuba. Behind Whiskey Row were the Chinese and brothel districts.
One two-story bordello was on the site of today’s modern parking garage. Chinatown was centered along Granite Street, adjacent to Granite Creek. As many as 500 Chinese immigrants passed through Prescott between 1870 and 1930, many of them returning to China with a hard-earned prosperity from their labors as gardeners, laundry workers and restaurant owners. If you were roaming the downtown area of Prescott in the early years, and looking for more refined entertainment than hard drink, prostitutes or opium dens, you would find such elegance at the Elks Opera House, built in 1905 and still in operation. By 1920, Fort Whipple had ceased to be a military facility, and had been transformed into a medical facility to treat the many victims of gas warfare in the trenches of Europe. In 1930, two more historic institutions had been added to the downtown area. The Hassayampa Inn opened for business in 1927, and Sharlot M. Hall opened her museum in the aforementioned Territorial Governor’s Mansion in 1928.
Sharlot Hall arrived in Prescott by covered wagon in 1882 at the age of 12, after three months of hard travel along the old Santa Fe Trail. Hall was a writer and poet from an early age and helped support her family with articles and poems about the West. Her first volume of verse, “Cactus and Pine,” was published two years after she was appointed Territorial Historian in 1909 (the first Arizona woman to hold territorial office). She was also an associate editor of Out West magazine.
Hall was a forward-thinking woman of vision and daring, living during an era when most women didn’t dare have any vision at all. She developed an intense fascination and love for Arizona, southwestern frontier life and history, and sought to conserve what she understood to be its vanishing heritage and traditions.
In 1924, as an elected delegate to the Electoral College in Washington D.C., she toured many private and public museums in the east and returned to Prescott determined to preserve Arizona’s pioneer and Native American history for subsequent generations. She secured a lease on the grounds where the first Territorial Governor's Mansion stood, restored the building and began gathering and preserving artifacts. The Sharlot Hall Museum stands today as a testament to this remarkable pioneer’s foresight and determination.
Nestled in the central mountains of Arizona, Prescott stands as the largest city within Yavapai County. Neighboring towns include Chino Valley, Prescott Valley and Dewey-Humboldt, making up what is more and more commonly referred to as the “Quad-Cities” of western Yavapai County. Its ideal location places it nearly 95 miles north of Phoenix and 95 miles south of Flagstaff.
Prescott is served by a number of major thoroughfares, including Arizona Highways 69, 89, 89A and 169, making travel in and out of Prescott very easy. Interstate 17, approximately 36 miles southeast of the community, can be reached via Arizona Highway 69 or 169. Additionally, Interstate 40 can be accessed through Highway 89, just 50 miles north of Prescott.
Prescott’s municipal airport, Ernest A. Love Field, offers general aviation services and daily commercial flights. As with many smaller airports, passenger air service changes occur regularly. Currently, Great Lakes Airlines has daily flights to Los Angeles (LAX), Farmington, NM, and Denver, CO. The airport, one of the busiest in Arizona for general aviation uses, is also utilized as the flight-training center for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Love Field can be accessed in the northern part of the community along Highway 89.
Domestic and international flights can be found less than two hours away at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Local shuttle bus services provide several trips daily to and from Sky Harbor.
DISTANCE TO MAJOR CITIES (in miles)
ALBUQUERQUE: — 400
DENVER: — 780
LAS VEGAS: — 268
LOS ANGELES: — 347
PHOENIX: — 95
SALT LAKE CITY: — 610
SAN DIEGO: — 410
TUCSON: — 212
The Prescott area is home to four of Arizona’s most prized museums. Visitors are invited to explore western culture and heritage through a variety of exhibits and events found at these unique and engaging sites.
THE SHARLOT HALL MUSEUM
415 W. Gurley Street
928-445-3122 • http://www.sharlot.org/
Sharlot Hall Museum is the crown jewel of history museums in Arizona. The museum is built around the site of the first Territorial Governor’s Mansion, which anchors nine historic buildings on a four-acre campus. An extensive collection of pioneer and Native American artifacts dating from Arizona’s territorial days brings the past to life for visitors, as do annual heritage festivals. Historical theater productions are presented in the
THE PHIPPEN MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART
4701 Highway 89 N.
928-778-1385 • http://www.phippenartmuseum.org/
An extensive permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings and additional artifacts is coupled with changing exhibits and educational programming at the Phippen Museum – all relating to the art and history of the American West. Visitors also have access to the museum’s library, which contains nearly 600 books, 60 professional videos and more. Situated on Highway 89, about 10 miles north of downtown Prescott, the fine art museum stands as the only one of its kind in the community. The museum expanded its building last year and now offers more exhibit space.
SMOKI MUSEUM OF AMERICAN INDIAN ART & CULTURE
147 N. Arizona Street
Learn about the early history of regional Native American tribes at the Smoki Museum of American Indian Art & Culture. Unique artifacts, ranging from pottery and jewelry to clothing and ornaments, are housed within the museum, as is an art collection composed of paintings, drawings, photographs and a substantial library. Events span the calendar year and there are plenty of chances to take advantage of the museum’s educational programs.
FORT WHIPPLE MUSEUM
Veterans Administration Complex - Building 11
500 N. Highway 89 • www.sharlot.org/home/fort-whipple
Located within a structure that originally stood as the officer’s quarters circa 1905, the Fort Whipple Museum gives visitors a glimpse of the military and medical history of the Arizona territory between 1864 and 1924. Fort Whipple Museum features entertaining and educational Living History Presentations on the third Saturday of each month from January through November.
HERITAGE PARK ZOOLOGICAL SANCTUARY
1403 Heritage Park Road
928-778-4242 • 877-778-6008
Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary is an ideal attraction for families in search of opportunities for recreation, education and entertainment in one. The wildlife sanctuary houses native and exotic animals in natural habitats and also offers a number of events and programs on a wide variety of topics. Heritage Park is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization funded by the community and visitors.
HIGHLANDS CENTER FOR NATURAL HISTORY
1375 S. Walker Road
928-776-9550 • http://www.highlandscenter.org/
The Highlands Center for Natural History is located on its 80-acre Lynx Creek site, which is home to the LEED-certified James Learning Center, the Kiwanis Amphitheatre and three miles of hiking trails, with one 3/4-mile loop that is handicap accessible. For more than three decades, the environmental education organization has been a top resource for outdoor science education. Year-round programming for youth and families is available, including hands-on field studies, lectures, workshops, summer day camps and more.
Whiskey Row is Prescott’s – not to mention one of Arizona’s – most famous streets. In its heyday, Whiskey Row was lined with saloons that welcomed many well-known cowboys and outlaws on a regular basis. In 1900, the entire block – along with three-quarters of the town – was destroyed by fire. But within days, new structures began to rise, most of fire-proof brick, and many of those buildings are still standing. Today, Whiskey Row is the ideal place for unique shopping, dining and plenty of entertainment.
Prescott is the perfect “hub” for those who like to explore other parts of Yavapai County. For example, the beautiful red rocks of Sedona are an hour away. Enjoy some local wines in Chino Valley, Jerome and the Verde Valley area. For more information on the Verde Valley Wine Trail, go to Verde Canyon Railroad, and, the Grand Canyon always beckons visitors! Drive up in the morning, have lunch at the Canyon and be back in Prescott by the evening.
Prescott’s lifestyle has been repeatedly recognized by national publications and websites. For example, Prescott was named last year as the second-best place in the U.S. to retire by Smart Money/Wall St. Journal, and has been called a top adventure town by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, among several other significant accolades.
Active retirees find the city’s master-planned communities on one of the beautiful golf courses to be ideal for living the laid-back retirement years. Prescott is also home to numerous retirement communities, independent and assisted living facilities and skilled nursing homes.
Prescott is characterized by a mild four-season environment, making it an exceptional year-round recreation destination. With a national park system, an active parks and recreation department, equestrian and hiking trails, seven challenging golf courses and much more, Prescott is certainly the place to be when it comes to outdoor activity.
PRESCOTT NATIONAL FOREST
Stretching over 1.25 million acres, the Prescott National Forest affords visitors more than 450 miles of recreation trails – including one National Recreational Trail (Granite Mountain Trail) and one National Historic Study Trail (General Crook Trail) – five lake areas, a host of campgrounds, seven picnic areas and an abundance of outdoor activities.
The Prescott area is a very popular destination for mountain bikers who enjoy hundreds of miles of diverse terrain, with trails for all levels of riders from beginner to pro! Prescott offers events such as duathlon, 12-hour and endurance mountain biking events. There are also many opportunities for road bikes, including numerous road routes and special events. In 2011, the 8th annual Whiskey Off-Road mountain bike competition attracted 1,500 bikers and more are expected in 2012. $20,000 in prize money awaited the winners in 2011. The event is held the last weekend in April each year.
PRESCOTT PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department offers an array of programs and events for youth/teen, adult and special needs residents, as well as facilities designed for a number of activities. The department oversees a host of public parks and lakes, which are equipped with everything including multi-purpose trails, picnic sites, tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts, playground equipment, skate parks, water sports and baseball, softball, football and soccer fields.
PRESCOTT YMCA OF YAVAPAI COUNTY
Since its establishment in the community in 1914, the Prescott YMCA has been an important resource for recreation, education and overall wellness for toddlers through seniors. The current facility, the Harold James YMCA Community Center, features such amenities as a 6,200-square-foot fitness and wellness center, a full-size gymnasium, group exercise studios, a gymnastics center, a 25-yard lap pool, an activity pool and more. On top of this is the YMCA’s full range of programming for youth/teen and adults. Sports leagues, before- and after-school programs, swimming lessons, scuba training, childcare and an array of special events are only some of the offerings available at the Prescott YMCA.
750 Whipple Street
928-445-7221 • http://www.prescottymca.org/
Antelope Hills Golf Course–North Course and South Course (Public)
1 Perkins Drive
Antelope Hills’ traditional North Course opened in 1956, with the city opening the second course, the South Course, in 1992. Both 18-hole championship courses are set in the beautiful scenery of this Arizona region and offer a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. The course also plays host to more than 200 tournaments and events each year.
ELKS OPERA HOUSE
117 E. Gurley Street
928-777-1366 • www.prescottelkstheater.com/
The 494-seat Elks Opera House is in a prominent structure on East Gurley Street, just one-half-block from the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza. The Elks Building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, and the Elks Opera House was the setting for the First Lady Laura Bush's PRESERVE AMERICA Award in 2004. The opera house is a significant venue for concerts, plays, political events, films, conferences and an array of special events including weddings, graduations and more. The theater has recently been restored to its 1905 glory, including opera boxes, new seats and complete paint and ceiling restoration as well as the proscenium arch above the stage.
PRESCOTT CENTER FOR THE ARTS
208 N. Marina Street
928-445-3286 • http://www.pca-az.net/
The Prescott Center for the Arts fosters the area’s cultural community by creating ample opportunities for expressing artistry through a number of events and programs throughout the year. The PCA produces a wealth of main stage performances – such as “Chicago,” “Pajama Game” and “Pippen” – concerts and family theatre productions, and houses an art gallery that is filled with exhibits and a variety of works of art, many by local artists.
PRESCOTT POPS SYMPHONY
P.O. Box 10232, Prescott
Since its creation as a community summer orchestra in 1992, the Prescott POPS Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Paul Manz, has emerged as Prescott’s premier performing orchestra with a unique contribution to the culture of our community: to provide the highest quality, dynamic and accessible symphonic entertainment to our audiences; to offer challenging and inspiring performance opportunities to our talented youth and our seasoned musicians; and to support the perpetual promotion of music as a vital part of our community through donations and scholarships to schools and students. The POPS is a nonprofit and completely volunteer organization.
YAVAPAI SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION
228 Alarcan Street, Prescott
For more than 40 years, the Yavapai Symphony Association (YSA) has focused on providing Prescott-area music lovers with classical music experiences by sponsoring a concert season with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra in Prescott from September to May. YSA sponsors scholarships and cooperates with Phoenix Symphony members in providing classes for aspiring local music students, thereby assuring the continuance of the appreciation of classical music in our part of Arizona.
The Yavapai Symphony Association also supports the Yavapai Symphony Guild as an auxiliary of YSA. The Guild sponsors two programs each year to accomplish their mission – the Young Musicians Scholarship Competition and the Music Memory Program. As part of the Music Memory Program, a concert is held at which more than 4,500 K-6 students from all over the county are in attendance.
RUTH STREET THEATRE
Prescott High School, 1050 N. Ruth Street
Located on the Prescott High School campus, the Ruth Street Players provides entertaining, affordable productions for the general public.
PRESCOTT VALLEY EVENT CENTER
3201 N. Main Street, Prescott Valley
928-772-1819/1-866-772-1819 (toll free)
Built in 2006, this modern multi-purpose venue stands as a premier site for concerts, sporting events, expos, stage shows and a variety of other special events. The nearly 135,000-square-foot Event Center is home to the Phoenix Suns D-League Team.
YAVAPAI COLLEGE PERFORMANCE HALL AND ART GALLERY
1100 E. Sheldon
928-776-2000/877-928-4253 (Box Office) http://www.yc.edu/
Numerous performances each year are offered at the Yavapai College Performance Hall, featuring an assortment of performers such as Bill Cosby, Itzhak Perlman, the Smothers Brothers and Garrison Keillor. The hall seats up to 1,100 guests, providing an intimate and overall enjoyable setting. Also situated within the hall is the Yavapai College Art Gallery, which is an excellent place to browse through interesting exhibits, as well as attend interesting presentations and cultural events throughout the year.
Prescott enjoys a growing economy thanks to an entrepreneurial spirit welcomed by the community. While it is predominantly a small business town, Prescott and the surrounding communities have attracted some notable bigger businesses, too. You may recognize such names as Ace Hardware, Sturm Ruger, Lockheed Martin, Midway Industrial, Pure Wafer, Cobham Avionics/Wulfsberg Electronics, MI Windows/Better Bilt and Printpack.
Tourism, of course, is key to the local economy. Some 1,800 guestrooms are available at local hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts.
PRESCOTT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Serving approximately 5,700 students in the area, Prescott Unified School District is a comprehensive K-12 public school district comprised of one preschool, five elementary schools (including one traditional school), two middle schools and one high school. PUSD has dedicated itself to developing advanced programming within its curriculum, and it has been recognized as a top school district in Arizona. The district’s award-winning schools boast test scores that continually exceed county, state and national averages. In addition, PUSD received the best overall academic performance labels in Northern Arizona in 2008-09 from the Arizona Department of Education.
EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY
Located on a 539-acre campus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) hails as the world’s leading higher learning institution specializing in the aviation and aerospace fields. Currently, approximately 1,700 students are enrolled on the Prescott campus, taking advantage of a dozen undergraduate programs, a master’s program in Safety Science and a number of non-degree programs, including summer camps and programs. ERAU operates a modern multi-million-dollar flight training center at Prescott’s Love Field Municipal Airport.
Prescott College is a national leader in education. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in Sustainability. Prescott College was founded in 1962 in part through the generous donations of Prescott residents. The college has recently been placed in the top 5 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. based upon its academic excellence and the education students receive.
YAVAPAI COLLEGE—PRESCOTT CAMPUS
Since 1966, Yavapai College at Prescott has provided students with some of the best educational opportunities in Arizona. Today, the institution offers more than 80 degree, certificate and transfer options in over 60 areas of study on five area campuses. Many unique technical and career education and non-credit enrichment and lifelong learning courses are also available at Yavapai College. One of the few community colleges offering residential housing on-site, YC is home to some nationally ranked sports teams – a combination that provides a quality life experience in a campus setting. Credits earned at Yavapai College may be applied toward advanced degrees at Northern Arizona University and other colleges and universities.
NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY–PRESCOTT CAMPUS
Distance learning through Northern Arizona University (NAU) is available on its Prescott Campus at Yavapai College. This program offers plenty of flexibility for students looking to stay in their hometown, and it offers undergraduate and graduate degrees on-site – with even more available online. NAU-Yavapai has also just started a three-year program through new facilities next to the library in Prescott Valley.
Community service and worship have been staples in the community since the birth of Prescott. There are more than 200 service organizations dedicated to providing the highest quality of life for residents.
Courtesy of CityData.com - Prescott Arizona Statistics
Population in 2013: 40,590 (91% urban, 9% rural). Population change since 2000: +19.6%
Males ……………..19,743 48.6%
Females ………….20,847 51.4%
Median Resident Age ……56.0 years
Estimated median household income in 2013: $41,043 (it was $35,446 in 2000)
Estimated per capita income in 2013: $26,411 (it was $22,565 in 2000)
Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $247,951 (it was $148,600 in 2000)
Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $272,952; Detached houses: $304,908; Townhouses or other attached units: $167,943; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $96,056; Mobile homes: $79,006; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $9,081
Median gross rent in 2013: $799.
Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Prescott: 93.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
For population 25 years and over in Prescott:
- High school or higher: 91.5%
- Bachelor's degree or higher: 35.7%
- Graduate or professional degree: 15.9%
- Unemployed: 8.0%
- Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.3 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Prescott city:
- Never married: 24.6%
- Now married: 46.0%
- Separated: 1.9%
- Widowed: 10.5%
- Divorced: 17.0%
According to our research of Arizona and other state lists there were 37 registered sex offenders living in Prescott, Arizona as of December 07, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Prescott to the number of sex offenders is 1,089 to 1.
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,365 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,283 (0.6%)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Deer Valley, AZ (60.5 miles , pop. 148,777).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Glendale, AZ (69.9 miles , pop. 218,812).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (75.2 miles , pop. 1,321,045).
Single-family new house construction building permits:
- 1997: 244 buildings, average cost: $166,400
- 1998: 313 buildings, average cost: $163,200
- 1999: 357 buildings, average cost: $167,100
- 2000: 470 buildings, average cost: $158,500
- 2001: 521 buildings, average cost: $162,400
- 2002: 636 buildings, average cost: $195,300
- 2003: 615 buildings, average cost: $202,400
- 2004: 660 buildings, average cost: $195,200
- 2005: 615 buildings, average cost: $231,800
- 2006: 521 buildings, average cost: $228,200
- 2007: 217 buildings, average cost: $245,900
- 2008: 115 buildings, average cost: $252,400
- 2009: 71 buildings, average cost: $306,900
- 2010: 53 buildings, average cost: $275,800
- 2011: 87 buildings, average cost: $264,500
- 2012: 144 buildings, average cost: $283,500
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 115 (70 officers). Officers per 1,000 residents here: 1.72
Unemployment in June 2014: 7.5%
Most Common Industries and Occupations
Retail trade (17%)
Health care and social assistance (14%)
Accommodation and food services (11%)
Educational services (9%)
Other services, except public administration (6%)
Food preparation and serving related occupations (12%)
Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (9%)
Management occupations (8%)
Sales and related occupations (7%)
Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
Office and administrative support occupations (6%)
Airports located in Prescott:
- Ernest A. Love Field Airport (Runways: 3, Commercial Ops: 1,087, Air Taxi Ops: 4,371, Itinerant Ops: 80,475, Local Ops: 177,371, Military Ops: 300)
Colleges/Universities in Prescott:
- Yavapai College (Full-time enrollment: 4,258; Location: 1100 E Sheldon St; Public; Website: www.YC.EDU)
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott (FT enrollment: 1,705; Location: 3700 Willow Creek Road; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.erau.edu; Offers Master's degree)
- Prescott College (FT enrollment: 1,033; Location: 220 Grove Ave; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.prescott.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)
- Empire Beauty School-Prescott (FT enrollment: 117; Location: 410 W Goodwin St; Private, for-profit; Website: www.empire.edu)
Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Prescott:
- Northcentral University (about 11 miles; Prescott Valley, AZ; Full-time enrollment: 5,927)
- Northern Arizona University (about 63 miles; Flagstaff, AZ; FT enrollment: 22,494)
- Coconino Community College (about 63 miles; Flagstaff, AZ; FT enrollment: 2,090)
- Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc-Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Division (about 65 miles; Phoenix, AZ; FT enrollment: 2,976)
- Paradise Valley Community College (about 69 miles; Phoenix, AZ; FT enrollment: 5,259)
- Arizona State University-West (about 69 miles; Glendale, AZ; FT enrollment: 3,454)
- Glendale Community College (about 71 miles; Glendale, AZ; FT enrollment: 12,533)
Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Prescott:
- Prescott High School (Students: 1880; Location: 1050 N. RUTH STREET; Grades: 9-10)
- Prescott Mile High Middle School (Students: 721; Location: 300 SOUTH GRANITE ST.; Grades: 6-8)
- Abia Judd Elementary School (Students: 656; Location: 1749 WILLIAMSON VALLEY RD.; Grades: KG-5)
- Granite Mountain Middle School (Students: 606; Location: 1800 WILLIAMSON VALLEY RD.; Grades: 6-8)
- Taylor Hicks School (Students: 542; Location: 1845 CAMPBELL AVE.; Grades: KG-5)
- Lincoln Elementary School (Students: 335; Location: 201 PARK AVE.; Grades: KG-5)
- Tri-City College Prep High School (Students: 199; Location: 5522 SIDE ROAD; Grades: 9-10)
- Skyview School (Students: 149; Location: 125 S. RUSH STREET; Grades: KG-8)
Private elementary/middle schools in Prescott:
- SACRED HEART SCHOOL (Students: 189; Location: 131 N SUMMIT AVE; Grades: PK - 8)
- CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF PRESCOTT (Students: 180; Location: 148 S MARINA ST; Grades: PK - 8)
- PRIMAVERA SCHOOL (Students: 142; Location: 1446 MOYER RD; Grades: PK - 5)
- ST LUKE'S SCHOOL (Students: 31; Location: 2000 SHEPARD LN; Grades: PK - KG)
- PRESCOTT ADVENTIST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 6; Location: 2980 WILLOW CREEK RD; Grades: KG - 7)
Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 54.0. This is better than average. (Lower is better)
American Lung Association (2015) - Cleanest U.S. Cities for Year-round Particle Pollution
#1 Prescott, AZ
#2 Farmington, NM
#3 Cheyenne, WY
#3 Casper, WY
#5 Flagstaff, AZ
#6 Duluth, MN-WI
#6 Salinas, CA
#6 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL
#6 Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI
#10 Rapid City-Spearfish, SD
#10 Anchorage, AK
#10 Bismarck, ND
Prescott / Best Town Lists - 2015