Golden Valley, Arizona

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Golden Valley, Arizona
—  CDP  —
Location in Mohave County and the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 35°13′23″N 114°12′54″W / 35.22306°N 114.215°W / 35.22306; -114.215Coordinates: 35°13′23″N 114°12′54″W / 35.22306°N 114.215°W / 35.22306; -114.215
CountryUnited States
StateArizona
CountyMohave
Area
 • Total28 sq mi (72.5 km2)
 • Land28.0 sq mi (72.6 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation2,805 ft (855 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total4,515
 • Density161.0/sq mi (62.2/km2)
Time zoneMST (UTC-7)
ZIP code86413
Area code(s)928
FIPS code04-28195
GNIS feature ID1866985
 
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Golden Valley, Arizona
—  CDP  —
Location in Mohave County and the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 35°13′23″N 114°12′54″W / 35.22306°N 114.215°W / 35.22306; -114.215Coordinates: 35°13′23″N 114°12′54″W / 35.22306°N 114.215°W / 35.22306; -114.215
CountryUnited States
StateArizona
CountyMohave
Area
 • Total28 sq mi (72.5 km2)
 • Land28.0 sq mi (72.6 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation2,805 ft (855 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total4,515
 • Density161.0/sq mi (62.2/km2)
Time zoneMST (UTC-7)
ZIP code86413
Area code(s)928
FIPS code04-28195
GNIS feature ID1866985

Golden Valley is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. The population was 4,515 at the 2000 census.

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Name

Golden Valley is named for the rare blooms of wild poppies and other wildflowers that carpet the desert floor after an exceptionally wet winter. The occurrence of this bloom for which the valley is named is very unusual, taking place perhaps only once every 25 years. The last occurrence was after the heavy winter rains of the 2004-2005 winter season.

Geography

The community of Golden Valley lies in the Sacramento Valley, separated from the larger neighboring cities of Kingman and Bullhead City by the surrounding mountain ranges. Arizona State Route 68 runs through the heart of Golden Valley, connecting it to Kingman and Bullhead City, which lie on each end of the route. Arizona 68 also functions as Golden Valley's "main street." At the eastern end of Golden Valley, Arizona 68 terminates at U.S. Route 93, which leads to Kingman to the south, or Las Vegas to the north.

Because of its close proximity to Kingman, and its residents' reliance on Kingman's grocery and retail stores for everyday necessities, Golden Valley can be considered part of the Kingman community. However, residents of Golden Valley also rely on employment in Bullhead City and Laughlin, linking Golden Valley to those communities as well.

Golden Valley is located at 35°13′23″N 114°12′54″W / 35.22306°N 114.215°W / 35.22306; -114.215 (35.223016, -114.214988).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 28.0 square miles (73 km2), all of it land. However, the actual community that is considered to be Golden Valley covers a larger area than the CDP defined by the Census Bureau.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,515 people, 1,822 households, and 1,288 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 161.0 people per square mile (62.1/km²). There were 2,175 housing units at an average density of 77.6/sq mi (29.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.00% White, 0.51% Black or African American, 0.95% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 1.82% from other races, and 1.84% from two or more races. 8.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,822 households out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 33.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 105.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $27,857, and the median income for a family was $30,662. Males had a median income of $26,319 versus $19,556 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,948. About 10.6% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.3% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure

Golden Valley is an unincorporated area and is administered directly by Mohave County. Police protection is provided by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office; fire protection is provided by the Golden Valley Fire Department. K-12 education is provided by Kingman Unified School District. One elementary school, Black Mountain Elementary, is located in Golden Valley, but students must be bused to Kingman for high school.

Arizona State Prison - Kingman, a privately run prison of the Arizona Department of Corrections, is located in unincorporated Mohave County, near Golden Valley.[3][4]

References

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Arizona State Prison - Kingman (MTC)". http://www.azcorrections.gov/prisons/Zoya_kingman1.aspx. 
  4. ^ "Golden Valley CDP, Arizona." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 13, 2010.

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