Peridot, Arizona

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Peridot, Arizona
Spring wildflowers near Peridot
Spring wildflowers near Peridot
Location in Gila County and the state of Arizona
Location in Gila County and the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 33°18′14″N 110°27′18″W / 33.30389°N 110.45500°W / 33.30389; -110.45500Coordinates: 33°18′14″N 110°27′18″W / 33.30389°N 110.45500°W / 33.30389; -110.45500
Country United States
State Arizona
Counties Gila, Graham
 • Total 5.2 sq mi (13.5 km2)
 • Land 5.2 sq mi (13.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,625 ft (800 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,266
 • Density 243.5/sq mi (93.8/km2)
Time zone MST (no DST) (UTC-7)
ZIP code 85542
Area code(s) 928
FIPS code 04-54190
GNIS feature ID 0009325
Peridot in basalt, found near Peridot

Peridot (Western Apache: Tséé Dotłʼizh[1]) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gila and Graham counties in the U.S. state of Arizona. The population was 1,266 at the 2000 census.

Peridot is named for the mineral peridot, found in basalt flows nearby.


Peridot is located at 33°18′14″N 110°27′18″W / 33.30389°N 110.45500°W / 33.30389; -110.45500 (33.303884, -110.455046).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,266 people, 307 households, and 261 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 242.5 people per square mile (93.6/km²). There were 346 housing units at an average density of 66.3/sq mi (25.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 1.42% White, 97.95% Native American, and 0.63% from two or more races. 2.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Out of the town's Native Americans, 92.97% are Apache, making Peridot the most Apache community in the United States.

There were 307 households out of which 50.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 20.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.7% were non-families. 12.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.12 and the average family size was 4.50.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 40.4% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 5.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 101.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $18,194, and the median income for a family was $18,750. Males had a median income of $19,348 versus $17,102 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $5,765. About 49.4% of families and 58.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 69.9% of those under age 18 and 36.5% of those age 65 or over.


Nice specimens of the mineral peridot can be collected in the volcanic hills between Peridot and Globe, Arizona—or purchased at local rock shops.

After wet winters, the Peridot area often has fine displays of spring wildflowers.

Note that any travel off the main highways require a tribal recreation permit, available from the San Carlos Recreation and Wildlife department, and at local convenience and sporting-goods stores.

In 2011, the San Carlos Apache Tribe’s Language Preservation Program, located in Peridot, began its outreach to the "14,000 tribal members residing within the districts of Bylas, Gilson Wash, Peridot and Seven Mile Wash."[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ William J. de Reuse (2006), A Practical Grammar of the San Carlos Apache Language, Lincom Europa 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ Sandra Rambler (2011-11-09). "Arizona Silver Belt Tribe focuses on preservation of Apache language". Arizona Silver Belt. Retrieved 2012-12-02.