Page, Arizona

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Page, Arizona
City
View of Lake Powell Boulevard in Page, Arizona
View of Lake Powell Boulevard in Page, Arizona
Motto: "The Center of Canyon Country"
Location in Coconino County and the state of Arizona
Location in Coconino County and the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 36°54′51″N 111°27′35″W / 36.91417°N 111.45972°W / 36.91417; -111.45972Coordinates: 36°54′51″N 111°27′35″W / 36.91417°N 111.45972°W / 36.91417; -111.45972
Country United States
State Arizona
County Coconino
Government
 • Mayor Bill Diak
Area
 • Total 16.6 sq mi (43 km2)
 • Land 16.6 sq mi (43.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 4,118 ft (1,255 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,247
 • Density 440/sq mi (170/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 86036, 86040
Area code(s) 928
FIPS code 04-51810
Website http://www.cityofpage.org/

Page is a city in Coconino County, Arizona, United States, near the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 7,247.[1]

Geography and climate[edit]

Page is located at 36°54′51″N 111°27′35″W / 36.91417°N 111.45972°W / 36.91417; -111.45972 (36.914296, -111.459717).[2] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.6 square miles (43 km2), of which 16.6 square miles (43 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.12%, is water.

Page has an arid climate (Köppen BWk) with hot, very dry summers and chilly winters with very little snow. It is located in the southern edge of the Great Basin Desert on the Colorado Plateau. It is very dry due to being in the rainshadow of the mountains of California and too far north to get consistent North American monsoons.

Climate data for Page, Arizona
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 64
(18)
72
(22)
82
(28)
91
(33)
102
(39)
107
(42)
109
(43)
106
(41)
100
(38)
93
(34)
77
(25)
66
(19)
109
(43)
Average high °F (°C) 43.1
(6.2)
50.3
(10.2)
59.5
(15.3)
68.5
(20.3)
78.5
(25.8)
90.2
(32.3)
95.1
(35.1)
92.0
(33.3)
83.5
(28.6)
69.7
(20.9)
53.8
(12.1)
43.7
(6.5)
69.0
(20.6)
Average low °F (°C) 26.3
(−3.2)
30.4
(−0.9)
37.0
(2.8)
43.6
(6.4)
52.6
(11.4)
62.3
(16.8)
68.3
(20.2)
66.4
(19.1)
58.4
(14.7)
46.6
(8.1)
34.7
(1.5)
27.1
(−2.7)
46.1
(7.8)
Record low °F (°C) −11
(−24)
6
(−14)
18
(−8)
25
(−4)
31
(−1)
44
(7)
56
(13)
46
(8)
40
(4)
24
(−4)
16
(−9)
1
(−17)
−11
(−24)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.61
(15.5)
0.48
(12.2)
0.65
(16.5)
0.50
(12.7)
0.40
(10.2)
0.14
(3.6)
0.58
(14.7)
0.69
(17.5)
0.66
(16.8)
0.99
(25.1)
0.56
(14.2)
0.48
(12.2)
6.74
(171.2)
Snowfall inches (cm) 2.1
(5.3)
1.2
(3)
0.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.5
(1.3)
1.4
(3.6)
5.4
(13.7)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 4.5 4.0 5.2 3.5 3.2 1.7 4.6 5.2 4.5 4.3 3.2 3.9 47.8
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.9 0.6 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0.6 2.6
Source: NOAA [3]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 6,809 people, 2,342 households, and 1,779 families residing in the city. The population density was 410.5 inhabitants per square mile (158.5 /km2). There were 2,606 housing units at an average density of 157.1 per square mile (60.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 67.32% White, 0.40% Black or African American, 26.69% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 1.62% from other races, and 3.11% from two or more races. 4.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,342 households out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the city the age distribution of the population shows 32.0% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 100.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,935, and the median income for a family was $54,323. Males had a median income of $42,040 versus $24,744 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,691. About 12.8% of families and 13.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.7% of those under age 18 and 1.3% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

Satellite photo showing Page, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam, Navajo Generating Station and Colorado River
Aerial view of Page from a plane
Colorado River, Page city area on the right and Navajo Generating Station in the background
Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge

Unlike other cities in the area, Page was founded in 1957 as a housing community for workers and their families during the construction of nearby Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. Its 17-square-mile (44 km2) site was obtained in a land exchange with the Navajo Nation. The city is perched atop Manson Mesa at an elevation of 4,300 feet (1,300 m) above sea level and 600 feet (180 m) above Lake Powell.

After the dam was completed in the 1960s, the city grew steadily to today's population of over 7,000. Because of the new roads and bridge built for use during construction, it has become the gateway to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell, attracting more than 3 million visitors per year. Page is also the home of two of the largest electrical generation units in the western United States. Glen Canyon Dam has a 1,288,000 kilowatts capacity when fully online. The other power plant to the southeast is the Navajo Generating Station, a coal-fired steam plant with an output capability of 2,250,000 kilowatts.

Films[edit]

Several films have been shot in the Page area including:

  • John Carter (2012)

Literature[edit]

Page appears as the main town in the 4th of the Sheriff Wyler Scott series novels title "Broken Canyon"

Page (and the surrounding areas of Glen Canyon) also appear in Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang.

Education[edit]

Page is served by the Page Unified School District.

Two public elementary schools, Desert View Elementary School and Lake View Elementary School, are located in the city and serve the city.

Page Middle School and Page High School are also located in the city.

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