Bagdad, Arizona

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Bagdad, Arizona
Malachite-Quartz-Chrysocolla specimen from the Bagdad Mine
Malachite-Quartz-Chrysocolla specimen from the Bagdad Mine
Location in Yavapai County and the state of Arizona
Location in Yavapai County and the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 34°34′36″N 113°10′29″W / 34.57667°N 113.17472°W / 34.57667; -113.17472Coordinates: 34°34′36″N 113°10′29″W / 34.57667°N 113.17472°W / 34.57667; -113.17472
Country United States
State Arizona
County Yavapai
 • Total 7.9 sq mi (20.4 km2)
 • Land 7.9 sq mi (20.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,409 ft (1,039 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,578
 • Density 200.2/sq mi (77.3/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
ZIP code 86321
Area code(s) 928
FIPS code 04-05140
GNIS feature ID 0000949

Bagdad is a copper mining community and census-designated place (CDP) in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States, in the western part of the state. It is one of only two remaining company towns in Arizona. The population was 1,578 at the 2000 census.


Bagdad is located at 34°34′36″N 113°10′29″W / 34.57667°N 113.17472°W / 34.57667; -113.17472 (34.576604, -113.174832).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,876 people, 682 households, and 485 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 237.5 people per square mile (93.8/km²). There were 838 housing units at an average density of 106.1 per square mile (41.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 86.6% White, 0.5% Black or African American, 3.0% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 6.3% from other races, and 3.3% from two or more races. 24.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 682 households out of which 43.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 33.1% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 4.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 123.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 119.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $58,277, and the median income for a family was $61,850. Males had a median income of $50,000 versus $40,506 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $24,370. About 1.3% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.

Bagdad copper mine[edit]

Freeport-McMoRan (which acquired Phelps Dodge in 2007) operates the copper mine. Cyprus Mines Corporation formerly operated the copper mine until Cyprus merged with Phelps Dodge. This copper mine does open pit mining and currently runs on an around-the-clock schedule. The copper concentrate is either trucked to southern Arizona, or taken by semi to 20 miles outside of town to a small railroad community named Hillside.[citation needed]


Freeport-McMoRan owns all of the housing and commercial buildings in Bagdad.[1] The town has a main shopping center named Copper Plaza, with a small Bashas' grocery store and other businesses. Copper Plaza used to have a bank, but Stockmen's Bank pulled out due to lack of profits. However, the Arizona State Credit Union and the Bashas' Associates Federal Credit Union (BAFCU) both installed ATMs inside Bashas'.

The Bagdad Community Health Center operates a clinic and provides Bagdad with medical care. The clinic is operated by registered nurses and one doctor. The one doctor is out of the Prescott area is in charge of the facility. Fry's Food and Drug operates a pharmacy in this clinic as well.


The Bagdad Unified School District #20 consists of a high school, elementary school, and a junior high school. The Hillside Community School is not a member of this district. All schools of this district are now on one campus.

Bagdad High School consists of 6th through 12th grades. Bagdad Elementary School consists of preschool through 5th grades.

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According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bagdad has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[3]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "American Factfinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Climate Summary for Bagdad, Arizona

Further reading[edit]

Jarman, Max. Copper is lifeblood for Bagdad. Arizona Republic, May 28, 2005.

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