Fort Defiance, Arizona

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Population in 2010: 3,624. Population change since 2000: -10.8%
Males: 1,862  (51.4%)
Females: 1,762  (48.6%)
Median resident age:  29.9 years
Arizona median age:  33.8 years

Zip codes: 86504.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $40,761 (it was $33,125 in 2000)
Fort Defiance:

$40,761
AZ:

$47,826
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $13,774 (it was $10,716 in 2000)

Fort Defiance CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $59,692 (it was $35,700 in 2000)
Fort Defiance:

$59,692
AZ:

$151,500
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $111,760; Detached houses: $120,163; Mobile homes: $96,005

Median gross rent in 2012: $669.

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Fort Defiance races chart
  • American Indian alone - 3,326 (91.8%)
  • Two or more races - 90 (2.5%)
  • White alone - 78 (2.2%)
  • Hispanic - 79 (2.2%)
  • Asian alone - 45 (1.2%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 4 (0.1%)
  • Black alone - 2 (0.06%)

Races in Fort Defiance detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Fort Defiance: 79.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 6830 feet

Land area: 6.07 square miles.

Population density: 597 people per square mile   (low).

Fort Defiance, Arizona map

For population 25 years and over in Fort Defiance:

  • High school or higher: 73.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 5.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.2%
  • Unemployed: 22.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Fort Defiance CDP:

  • Never married: 55.5%
  • Now married: 29.5%
  • Separated: 0.7%
  • Widowed: 2.0%
  • Divorced: 12.3%

2 residents are foreign born

This place:  0.0%
Arizona:  13.4%



According to our research of Arizona and other state lists there were 9 registered sex offenders living in Fort Defiance, Arizona as of May 23, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Fort Defiance to the number of sex offenders is 403 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $148 (0.1%)

Fort Defiance satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rio Rancho, NM (138.5 miles , pop. 51,765).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Albuquerque, NM (145.2 miles , pop. 448,607).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (229.7 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities: Window Rock, AZ (2.2 miles ), St. Michaels, AZ (2.4 miles ), Tse Bonito, NM (2.6 miles ), Navajo, NM (3.4 miles ), Sawmill, AZ (3.4 miles ), Nakaibito, NM (3.9 miles ), Rock Springs, NM (4.0 miles ), Twin Lakes, NM (4.1 miles ).

Latitude: 35.74 N, Longitude: 109.07 W

Area code: 928

Fort Defiance household income distribution Fort Defiance home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

17.8%
Arizona:

7.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Public administration (25%)
  • Construction (23%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Health care and social assistance (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Utilities (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (34%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Utilities (5%)
  • Retail trade (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (8%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (12%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (11%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (10%)
  • Registered nurses (7%)
  • Other protective service workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Business operations specialists (4%)

Work and jobs in Fort Defiance: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Fort Defiance, Arizona

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Earthquake activity:

Fort Defiance-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Arizona state average. It is 302% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 436.5 miles away from the city center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 425.3 miles away from Fort Defiance center
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 416.1 miles away from the city center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 12/31/1934 at 18:45:56, a magnitude 7.1 (7.1 UK) earthquake occurred 437.2 miles away from the city center
On 10/15/1979 at 23:16:54, a magnitude 7.0 (5.7 MB, 6.9 MS, 7.0 ML, 6.4 MW) earthquake occurred 426.6 miles away from Fort Defiance center
On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 562.3 miles away from the city center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Apache County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Fires: 2, Storms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Flash Flood: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Fort Defiance topographic map

Birthplace of: Rachel Feinstein (sculptor) - Sculptor, Jennifer Porter - Politician.

Hospitals and medical centers in Fort Defiance:

  • FORT DEFIANCE INDIAN HOSPITAL (Government - Federal, PO BOX 649)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Fort Defiance:

  • San Juan College (about 88 miles; Farmington, NM; Full-time enrollment: 5,112)
  • Fort Lewis College (about 126 miles; Durango, CO; FT enrollment: 3,631)
  • University of Phoenix-Albuquerque Campus (about 145 miles; Albuquerque, NM; FT enrollment: 2,335)
  • Central New Mexico Community College (about 146 miles; Albuquerque, NM; FT enrollment: 19,398)
  • University of New Mexico-Main Campus (about 146 miles; Albuquerque, NM; FT enrollment: 23,042)
  • Coconino Community College (about 151 miles; Flagstaff, AZ; FT enrollment: 2,090)
  • Northern Arizona University (about 152 miles; Flagstaff, AZ; FT enrollment: 22,494)

Public elementary/middle schools in Fort Defiance:

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Notable locations in Fort Defiance: Fort Defiance Trading Post (A), Navajo Nation Department of Fire and Rescue Services Station 12 Fort Defiance Fire Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Fort Defiance include: Good Shepherd Mission (A), Fort Defiance Presbyterian Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Bonito Creek (A), Slick Rock Wash (B), Black Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Apache County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 20.9. This is significantly better than average.

City:

20.9
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2009 was 24.4. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

24.4
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 3.22. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 22.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

3.22
U.S.:

9.14
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 41.9%
(0.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 59.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 44.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This place:  3.4 people
Arizona:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  75.6%
Whole state:  66.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  8.5%
Whole state:  7.8%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.5% of all households
3 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles in 2010

People in group quarters in Fort Defiance in 2000:

  • 15 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 12 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 6 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children

Fort Defiance compared to Arizona state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Fort Defiance travel time to work - commute Fort Defiance mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Wood (47%)
  • Utility gas (21%)
  • Electricity (20%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8%)
  • Other fuel (4%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Fort Defiance CDP (based on Apache County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 49.87%
Here: 49.9%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionEpiscopal ChurchAssemblies of God
Adherents57.7%25.8%3.2%3.0%2.8%
Congregations15.7%20.9%12.2%5.2%8.7%
NamePresbyterian Church (USA)Christian Reformed Church in North AmericaBaha'iChurches of ChristOther
Adherents1.4%1.1%0.6%0.6%3.7%
Congregations4.3%2.6%1.7%3.5%25.2%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 11
Apache County:

1.58 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

1.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
Apache County:

0.57 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

0.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 33
Apache County:

4.74 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.47 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 20
Here:

2.87 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.21 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

12.8%
Arizona:

8.0%
Adult obesity rate:
Apache County:

31.5%
Arizona:

22.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

10.2%
State:

14.2%

9.99% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($29,666 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.99%
Arizona average:

5.73%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from McKinley County, NM  1.96% ($25,450 average AGI)
from Maricopa County, AZ  1.72% ($30,479)
from Navajo County, AZ  1.55% ($27,807)


9.35% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($28,857 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.35%
Arizona average:

5.60%

0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($106 average AGI)
Apache County:

0.05%
Arizona average:

0.09%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to McKinley County, NM  2.04% ($23,221 average AGI)
to Maricopa County, AZ  1.53% ($29,666)
to Navajo County, AZ  1.35% ($27,548)

Strongest AM radio stations in Fort Defiance:

  • KHAC (880 AM; 43 kW; TSE BONITO, NM; Owner: WESTERN INDIAN MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KTNN (660 AM; 50 kW; WINDOW ROCK, AZ; Owner: THE NAVAJO NATION)
  • KGAK (1330 AM; 5 kW; GALLUP, NM; Owner: KRJG, INC.)
  • KKOB (770 AM; 50 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KMIA (710 AM; 50 kW; BLACK CANYON CITY, AZ; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KTHR (1230 AM; 1 kW; GALLUP, NM; Owner: MILLENNIUM MEDIA, INC.)
  • KENN (1390 AM; 10 kW; FARMINGTON, NM; Owner: WINTON ROAD BROADCASTING CO, LLC)
  • KFNX (1100 AM; 50 kW; CAVE CREEK, AZ; Owner: NORTH AMERICAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • KNZZ (1100 AM; 50 kW; GRAND JUNCTION, CO; Owner: M B C GRAND BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KFLT (830 AM; 50 kW; TUCSON, AZ; Owner: FAMILY LIFE B/CING SYSTEM, INC.)
  • KNDN (960 AM; 5 kW; FARMINGTON, NM; Owner: BASIN BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KRKE (1100 AM; 5 kW; MILAN, NM; Owner: CIBOLA RADIO COMPANY)
  • KPXQ (1360 AM; 50 kW; GLENDALE, AZ; Owner: COMMON GROUND BROADCASTING, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Fort Defiance:

  • KWIM (102.7 FM; WINDOW ROCK, AZ; Owner: WESTERN INDIAN MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KWRK (96.1 FM; WINDOW ROCK, AZ; Owner: THE NAVAJO NATION)
  • KGLX (99.1 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KXXI (93.7 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: MILLENNIUM MEDIA, INC.)
  • KGLP (91.7 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: GALLUP PUBLIC RADIO)
  • K289AD (105.7 FM; CHINLE, AZ; Owner: PROCLAIMING CHRIST'S LOVE MINISTRIES)
  • KYVA (103.7 FM; GRANTS, NM; Owner: MILLENNIUM MEDIA, INC.)
  • KKOR (94.5 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: MILLENNIUM MEDIA, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Fort Defiance:

  • K08HQ (Channel 8; CHINLE, AZ; Owner: KOB-TV, LLC)
  • K68BL (Channel 68; NAVAJO COMP STATION, AZ; Owner: KOB-TV, LLC)

Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2011 (per 100,000 population)

Fort Defiance, Arizona:
  • Fatal accident count: 16
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 18
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 2
  • Fatalities: 16
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 37
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 2
Arizona average:
  • Fatal accident count: 276
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 440
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 101
  • Fatalities: 298
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 783
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 50
See more detailed statistics of Fort Defiance fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 7
Total length: 21 meters (69ft)
Total costs: $746,000
Total average daily traffic: 31,984
Total average daily truck traffic: 3,210
Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic: 33,349

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1
  • Piney Hill, 11.2 Miles Wnw Of (Lat: 35.761139 Lon: -109.167861), Call Sign: KNKN208
    Assigned Frequencies: 869.040 MHz, 890.010 MHz, 824.040 MHz, 845.010 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/18/2009, Expiration Date: 10/01/2019
    Registrant: Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP, 8300 Greensboro Drive, Suite 1200, Mclean, VA 22102, Phone: (703) 584-8678, Fax: (703) 584-8694, Email:

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Fort Defiance, AZ)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

6
  • Call Sign: KB7LTK
    Grant Date: 10/09/1990, Expiration Date: 10/09/2000, Cancellation Date: 10/10/2002
    Registrant: Kellamay Kelly, Fha Hsng 15, Fort Defiance, AZ 86504
  • Call Sign: KC7BLF, Licensee ID: L00738647
    Grant Date: 03/17/2004, Expiration Date: 03/29/2014
    Registrant: Jennifer A Murga, Fort Defiance, AZ 86504
  • Call Sign: KC7BLG, Licensee ID: L00738645
    Grant Date: 03/17/2004, Expiration Date: 03/29/2014
    Registrant: Ricardo Murga, Fort Defiance, AZ 86504
  • Call Sign: N7XVN, Licensee ID: L00454192
    Grant Date: 01/23/2002, Expiration Date: 04/21/2012
    Registrant: Larry B Dunn, Fort Defiance, AZ 86504
  • Call Sign: N7ZNG, Previous Call Sign: KB7IOW
    Grant Date: 06/30/1992, Expiration Date: 06/30/2002, Cancellation Date: 07/01/2004
    Registrant: May Yuan, Box 27, Fort Defiance, AZ 86504
  • Call Sign: KD7LEN, Licensee ID: L00304736
    Grant Date: 09/16/2010, Expiration Date: 12/09/2020, Certifier: Patrick R Willie
    Registrant: Patrick R Willie, Fort Defiance, AZ 86504

Most common first names in Fort Defiance, AZ among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1376.6 years
Mary1274.7 years
Sam1083.5 years
James859.1 years
Nellie779.5 years
Rose777.0 years
Margaret778.8 years
Alfred771.2 years
Robert747.6 years
Louise680.5 years
Most common last names in Fort Defiance, AZ among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Begay3066.7 years
Wauneka2871.3 years
Yazzie2166.2 years
Nez1662.0 years
Tsosie1171.0 years
Shirley1175.8 years
Belone960.9 years
Chee979.0 years
Watchman980.8 years
Smith884.2 years

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  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Food preparation and serving related occupations:"
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  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse"
  • #31 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations:"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children"
  • #54 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Life and physical scientists"
  • #80 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Community and social services occupations:"
  • #96 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the greatest earthquake activity"
  • #10 (86504) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of residents speaking other language at home (pop 5,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 1990-1999 to 2000-2003 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2003 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Kerry (Democrat) in the 2004 Presidential Election, pop. 50,000+"
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