Sun Valley, Arizona

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Population in July 2007: 1,562.
Males: 774  (49.6%)
Females: 788  (50.4%)
Median resident age:  44.4 years
Arizona median age:  34.2 years

Zip codes: 85541.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $32,444 (it was $27,375 in 2000)
Sun Valley:

$32,444
AZ:

$47,826
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $23,521 (it was $19,414 in 2000)

Sun Valley CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $90,926 (it was $67,700 in 2000)
Sun Valley:

$90,926
AZ:

$151,500
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $199,150; Detached houses: $349,619; Mobile homes: $108,380; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $52,231
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Sun Valley races chart
  • White alone - 1,342 (87.4%)
  • Hispanic - 158 (10.3%)
  • Two or more races - 20 (1.3%)
  • American Indian alone - 10 (0.7%)
  • Asian alone - 4 (0.3%)
  • Black alone - 1 (0.07%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 1 (0.07%)

Races in Sun Valley detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Sun Valley: 151.5 (very high, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (16.1%), Irish (15.5%), English (14.5%), United States (8.8%), Scottish (5.1%), Italian (4.8%).

Current Local Time: MST (no DST) time zone

Land area: 6.35 square miles.

Population density: 246 people per square mile   (very low).

Sun Valley,AZ real estate house value index trend

Sun Valley, Arizona map

For population 25 years and over in Sun Valley:

  • High school or higher: 85.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.5%
  • Unemployed: 8.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Sun Valley CDP:

  • Never married: 12.1%
  • Now married: 55.1%
  • Separated: 2.1%
  • Widowed: 13.3%
  • Divorced: 17.4%

48 residents are foreign born (1.7% Latin America, 1.0% Europe, 0.5% North America).

This place:  3.1%
Arizona:  13.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Sun Valley CDP:  1.3% ($852)
Arizona:  0.9% ($962)
Sun Valley satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Scottsdale, AZ (58.7 miles , pop. 202,705).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (68.8 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities: Star Valley, AZ (0.2 miles ), Mesa del Caballo, AZ (1.8 miles ), Payson, AZ (2.0 miles ), Freedom Acres, AZ (2.2 miles) , Round Valley, AZ (2.3 miles ), Flowing Springs, AZ (2.5 miles) , Beaver Valley, AZ (2.6 miles ), Oxbow Estates, AZ (2.6 miles ).

Latitude: 34.25 N, Longitude: 111.26 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 928

Sun Valley household income distribution Sun Valley home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

8.6%
Arizona:

7.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (32%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (13%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (6%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (24%)
  • Public administration (14%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Health care (9%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (8%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (6%)
  • Repair and maintenance (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (11%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (10%)
  • Supervisors of construction and extraction workers (7%)
  • Carpenters (6%)
  • Fire fighting and prevention workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Cashiers (12%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (11%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (11%)
  • Secondary school teachers (9%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)

Work and jobs in Sun Valley: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Sun Valley, Arizona

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Sun Valley-area historical earthquake activity is near Arizona state average. It is 394% 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 301.7 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 296.1 miles away from Sun Valley center
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 265.1 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 281.6 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 271.5 miles away from Sun Valley center
On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 443.6 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 Gila County (18) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 9, Fires: 6, Flash Flood: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Sun Valley topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Sun Valley:

  • PAYSON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 5 miles away; PAYSON, AZ)
  • PAYSON CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; PAYSON, AZ)
  • RIM COUNTRY DIALYSIS (DVA) (Dialysis Facility, about 5 miles away; PAYSON, AZ)
  • RIM COUNTRY HEALTH AND RETIREMENT COMMUNITY (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; PAYSON, AZ)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sun Valley:

  • Paradise Valley Community College (about 60 miles; Phoenix, AZ; Full-time enrollment: 5,259)
  • Scottsdale Community College (about 63 miles; Scottsdale, AZ; FT enrollment: 6,030)
  • Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc-Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Division (about 64 miles; Phoenix, AZ; FT enrollment: 2,976)
  • Northcentral University (about 64 miles; Prescott Valley, AZ; FT enrollment: 5,927)
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Scottsdale (about 64 miles; Scottsdale, AZ; FT enrollment: 2,123)
  • Arizona State University-Skysong (about 67 miles; Scottsdale, AZ; FT enrollment: 5,445)
  • Coconino Community College (about 68 miles; Flagstaff, AZ; FT enrollment: 2,090)

Private elementary/middle school in Sun Valley:

  • SUN VALLEY INDIAN SCHOOL (Students: 32; Location: 8450 S SUN VALLEY RD; Grades: 1 - 8)

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Notable locations in Sun Valley: Fox Farm (A), Hellsgate Fire Department Station 21 Diamond Star (B), Sun Valley Fire and Rescue (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Sun Valley include: Sun Valley Church of the Nazarene (A), Star Valley Southern Baptist Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Wagon Lake Tank (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: East Twin Wash (A), West Twin Wash (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Gila 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 27.5. This is significantly better than average.

City:

27.5
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 20.9. This is about average. Closest monitor was 4.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

20.9
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2007 was 9.38. This is about average. Closest monitor was 4.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.38
U.S.:

9.14
Average household size:
This place:  2.3 people
Arizona:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  62.2%
Whole state:  68.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  7.2%
Whole state:  6.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.1% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

9.7%
Whole state:

13.9%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

4.7%
Whole state:

6.2%

Sun Valley compared to Arizona state average:

  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Sun Valley travel time to work - commute Sun Valley mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (38%)
  • Electricity (28%)
  • Utility gas (24%)
  • Wood (10%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Sun Valley CDP (based on Gila County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 44.00%
Here: 44.0%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionAssemblies of GodWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Adherents33.3%18.6%18.4%5.9%5.8%
Congregations9.5%16.2%14.9%9.5%5.4%
NameUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaEvangelical Free Church of AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents3.0%2.1%1.5%1.3%10.0%
Congregations4.1%2.7%1.4%4.1%32.4%
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: 7
Gila County:

1.35 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

1.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Gila County:

0.39 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

0.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 25
Gila County:

4.81 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.47 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 51
Here:

9.82 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

11.4%
Arizona:

8.0%
Adult obesity rate:
Gila County:

27.1%
Arizona:

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

12.9%
State:

14.2%

6.76% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($42,679 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.76%
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 Maricopa County, AZ  2.56% ($40,824 average AGI)
from Pinal County, AZ  0.50% ($35,648)
from Pima County, AZ  0.34% ($24,817)


6.83% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,678 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.83%
Arizona average:

5.60%

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

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Maricopa County, AZ  2.59% ($32,731 average AGI)
to Pinal County, AZ  0.66% ($43,557)
to Pima County, AZ  0.33% ($40,105)

Strongest AM radio stations in Sun Valley:

  • KMOG (1420 AM; 3 kW; PAYSON, AZ; Owner: FARRELL ENTERPRISES L.L.C.)
  • KMIA (710 AM; 50 kW; BLACK CANYON CITY, AZ; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KFNX (1100 AM; 50 kW; CAVE CREEK, AZ; Owner: NORTH AMERICAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • KMIK (1580 AM; 50 kW; TEMPE, AZ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • KPXQ (1360 AM; 50 kW; GLENDALE, AZ; Owner: COMMON GROUND BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KFNN (1510 AM; 22 kW; MESA, AZ; Owner: CRC BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KFLT (830 AM; 50 kW; TUCSON, AZ; Owner: FAMILY LIFE B/CING SYSTEM, INC.)
  • KTNN (660 AM; 50 kW; WINDOW ROCK, AZ; Owner: THE NAVAJO NATION)
  • KXEM (1010 AM; 15 kW; TOLLESON, AZ; Owner: JAMES CRYSTAL ENTERPRISES OF PHOENIX, INC.)
  • KAZM (780 AM; 5 kW; SEDONA, AZ; Owner: TABBACK BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KUAZ (1550 AM; daytime; 50 kW; TUCSON, AZ; Owner: ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS)
  • KHAC (880 AM; 43 kW; TSE BONITO, NM; Owner: WESTERN INDIAN MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KTAR (620 AM; 5 kW; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Sun Valley:

  • KAJM (104.3 FM; PAYSON, AZ; Owner: SIERRA H. BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K294AN (106.7 FM; PAYSON, AZ; Owner: FAMILY LIFE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KNRJ (101.1 FM; PAYSON, AZ; Owner: SIERRA H. BROADCASTING,INC.)
  • K220GI (91.9 FM; CAMP VERDE, AZ; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KRXS-FM (97.3 FM; GLOBE, AZ; Owner: LINDA C. POTYKA)
  • KVJC (91.9 FM; GLOBE, AZ; Owner: CSN INTERNATIONAL)
  • KVRD-FM (105.7 FM; COTTONWOOD, AZ; Owner: YAVAPAI BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KKLD (98.3 FM; PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ; Owner: W. GRANT HAFLEY)
  • KMRR (100.3 FM; GLOBE, AZ; Owner: HBC LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KGCB (90.9 FM; PRESCOTT, AZ; Owner: GRAND CANYON BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KZGL (95.9 FM; COTTONWOOD, AZ; Owner: YAVAPAI BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • K201CQ (88.1 FM; PRESCOTT, AZ; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KAHM (102.1 FM; PRESCOTT, AZ; Owner: SOUTHWEST FM BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • KAFF-FM (92.9 FM; FLAGSTAFF, AZ; Owner: GUYANN CORPORATION)
  • KVNA-FM (97.5 FM; FLAGSTAFF, AZ; Owner: YAVAPAI BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KMGN (93.9 FM; FLAGSTAFF, AZ; Owner: GUYANN CORPORATION)
  • KJTA (89.9 FM; FLAGSTAFF, AZ; Owner: JOY PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KQST (102.9 FM; SEDONA, AZ; Owner: ROCKET RADIO CORPORATION)
  • KSED (107.5 FM; SEDONA, AZ; Owner: RED ROCK COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • KNAU (88.7 FM; FLAGSTAFF, AZ; Owner: NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY)

TV broadcast stations around Sun Valley:

  • KPSN-LP (Channel 22; PAYSON, AZ; Owner: MULTIMEDIA HOLDINGS CORPORATION)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: KB7VVX
    Grant Date: 06/15/1993, Expiration Date: 06/15/2003, Cancellation Date: 06/16/2005
    Registrant: Elizabeth R Nicholson, C/O Twis Box 4013, Sun Valley, AZ 86029
  • Call Sign: KC7EBS
    Grant Date: 07/14/1994, Expiration Date: 07/14/2004, Cancellation Date: 07/15/2006
    Registrant: Danny C Robbins, Sun Valley, AZ 86029-4013

Sun Valley on our top lists:

  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Motor vehicle and parts dealers"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Social scientists and related workers"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Repair and maintenance"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Librarians, curators, and archivists"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest differences between daily high and daily low temperatures"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Secretaries and administrative assistants"
  • #78 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Nonmetallic mineral products"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest average snowfall in a year"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Sulfur Oxides 24-hour air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2003 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
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