Show Low, Arizona

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Show Low, Arizona
City
ShowLow AZ from northwest.jpg
Location in Navajo County and the state of Arizona
Location in Navajo County and the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 34°14′37″N 110°2′53″W / 34.24361°N 110.04806°W / 34.24361; -110.04806
Country  United States
State  Arizona
County Navajo
Founded 1870
Incorporated 1953
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Body Show Low City Council
 • Mayor Daryl Seymore
Area
 • Total 27.9 sq mi (72.3 km2)
 • Land 27.9 sq mi (72.1 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation [1] 6,345 ft (1,934 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 10,660
 • Estimate (2013)[3] 10,730
 • Density 382.08/sq mi (147.44/km2)
Time zone Mountain (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) no DST/PDT (UTC−7)
ZIP codes 85901, 85902, 85911
Area code(s) 928
FIPS code 04-66470
GNIS ID(s) 42850, 2411895
Website City of Show Low

Show Low is a city in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. It lies on the Mogollon Rim in east central Arizona, at an elevation of 6,345 feet (1,934 m). The city was established in 1870 and incorporated in 1953. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city was 10,660.[2]

Name and history[edit]

According to the legend, the city's unusual name[4][5] resulted from a marathon poker game between Corydon E. Cooley and Marion Clark. The two men decided there was not enough room for both of them in their settlement. The two men agreed to let a game of cards decide who was to move. According to the tale, Clark said, "If you can show low, you win." Cooley turned up the deuce of clubs (the lowest possible card) and replied, "Show low it is."[6] The stakes were a 100,000 acres (400 km2) ranch. Show Low's main street is named "Deuce of Clubs" in remembrance.[5]

In 2002, a large forest fire, the Rodeo-Chediski fire, threatened the city and forced an evacuation. The fire was extinguished less than a half mile from the city's border, and Show Low was completely spared. The city is near extensive forests, and is a popular recreational area.

Geography[edit]

Show Low is located at 34°14′37″N 110°2′53″W / 34.24361°N 110.04806°W / 34.24361; -110.04806 (34.243595, -110.048173).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 27.9 square miles (72 km2), of which, 27.9 square miles (72 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.25%) is water.

Climate[edit]

Winters in Show Low bring highs between 45°F (7°C) and 55°F (13°C), with lows usually below freezing between November and March, averaging in the 20s December through February, and in the low 30s for November and March.

In the summer, highs in Show Low average approximately 85°F (29°C), with an occasional day above 90°F (32°C) not uncommon for the city. As the sun sets in the summertime, temperatures plummet dramatically, sometimes upwards of 30 degrees. This nightly temperature swing results in summertime lows typically ranging between 50°F (10°C) and 60°F (16°C).

Show Low has reached below-freezing temperatures every month at least once in its history except July and August, where temperatures have only reached 38°F (3°C) and 37°F (3°C) respectively.

Show Low has twice reached 100°F (38°C), its record high temperature: once on May 31, 1969, and again on July 14, 2003. Show Low's record low temperature of -25°F (-32°C) was set on January 8, 1971.

Show Low averages about 18.3 inches (460 mm) of rain per year.

Climate data for Show Low Airport, Arizona
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 69
(21)
71
(22)
77
(25)
84
(29)
100
(38)
98
(37)
98
(37)
95
(35)
93
(34)
86
(30)
77
(25)
68
(20)
100
(38)
Average high °F (°C) 47.2
(8.4)
52.4
(11.3)
57.7
(14.3)
65.6
(18.7)
74.4
(23.6)
84.6
(29.2)
86.9
(30.5)
83.9
(28.8)
79.3
(26.3)
68.8
(20.4)
56.2
(13.4)
47.7
(8.7)
67.1
(19.5)
Average low °F (°C) 22.9
(−5.1)
26.4
(−3.1)
31.4
(−0.3)
36.4
(2.4)
44.7
(7.1)
53.2
(11.8)
59.4
(15.2)
57.7
(14.3)
51.4
(10.8)
40.1
(4.5)
29.9
(−1.2)
23.0
(−5)
39.7
(4.3)
Record low °F (°C) −25
(−32)
−3
(−19)
−7
(−22)
4
(−16)
14
(−10)
30
(−1)
38
(3)
37
(3)
25
(−4)
12
(−11)
−14
(−26)
−22
(−30)
−25
(−32)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.32
(33.5)
1.37
(34.8)
1.45
(36.8)
0.68
(17.3)
0.72
(18.3)
0.46
(11.7)
2.18
(55.4)
3.30
(83.8)
1.78
(45.2)
1.76
(44.7)
1.52
(38.6)
1.59
(40.4)
18.13
(460.5)
Snowfall inches (cm) 4.5
(11.4)
5.3
(13.5)
5.9
(15)
2.1
(5.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.6
(1.5)
2.5
(6.4)
5.6
(14.2)
26.5
(67.3)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 6.2 5.7 6.8 4.5 4.2 3.3 11.1 13.5 7.2 5.6 4.8 5.2 78.1
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 1.8 1.6 2.0 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0.9 1.7 8.9
Source: NOAA [8][9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 201
1920 258 28.4%
1930 315 22.1%
1960 1,625
1970 2,129 31.0%
1980 4,298 101.9%
1990 5,019 16.8%
2000 7,695 53.3%
2010 10,660 38.5%
Est. 2013 10,730 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2013 Estimate[3]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 7,695 people, 2,885 households, and 2,117 families residing in the city. The population density was 859 people per square mile (106.6/km²). There were 7186 housing units at an average density of 155.7 per square mile (60.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.3% White, 0.4% Black or African American, 3.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.4% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. 9.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,885 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,356, and the median income for a family was $36,397. Males had a median income of $28,882 versus $24,590 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,536. About 11.7% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.6% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation[edit]

Show Low Regional Airport (IATA: SOW, ICAO: KSOW) provides passenger airline service through Great Lakes Airlines to Phoenix and to Denver through Farmington, New Mexico; the airport maintains a single passenger terminal for this purpose. The airport is also commonly used for air cargo, air-taxi, and as a fixed base operator for general aviation.

The city also maintains a minor public transportation operation in conjunction with neighboring Pinetop-Lakeside. Two shuttles service multiple retail, high-traffic, and government offices and also the airport and nearby Hon-Dah casino (57 stops in all)[1].

Education[edit]

Almost all of the city is a part of the Show Low Unified School District. A portion of the city is within the boundaries of the Blue Ridge Unified School District.

Schools that serve the SLUSD portion of the city include Linden Elementary, Nikolaus Homestead Elementary, Whipple Ranch Elementary, White Mountain Institute, Show Low Junior High School, and Show Low High School.

Show Low is home to one of Northland Pioneer College's four regional campuses, the White Mountain Campus.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

Schools, Show Low Unified School District Retrieved July 24, 2009

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°14′37″N 110°02′53″W / 34.243595°N 110.048173°W / 34.243595; -110.048173