Tusayan, Arizona

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For the archeological site within Grand Canyon National Park, see Tusayan Ruins.
Tusayan, Arizona
Location in Coconino County and the state of Arizona
Location in Coconino County and the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 35°58′32″N 112°7′45″W / 35.97556°N 112.12917°W / 35.97556; -112.12917Coordinates: 35°58′32″N 112°7′45″W / 35.97556°N 112.12917°W / 35.97556; -112.12917
Country United States
State Arizona
County Coconino
Incorporated 2010
 • Total 0.23 sq mi (0.58 km2)
 • Land 0.23 sq mi (0.58 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 6,612 ft (2,015 m)
Population (2010)based on Tusayan CDP boundaries[1]
 • Total 558
 • Estimate (2013)[2] 573
 • Density 2,400/sq mi (960/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
ZIP code 86023
Area code 928
FIPS code 04-77490
GNIS feature ID 0042842
Website Town of Tusayan
A Tusayan Black on Red bowl from Grand Canyon National Park. Tusayan Pueblo is the namesake for the modern town.

Tusayan is a town, but was a census-designated place during the 2010 census.[3] It is located in Coconino County, Arizona, United States. It was incorporated in 2010. A resort town near the south entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, Tusayan is served by Grand Canyon National Park Airport. The population was 558 at the 2010 census.[4]


Tusayan is located at 35°58′32″N 112°7′45″W / 35.97556°N 112.12917°W / 35.97556; -112.12917 (35.975674, -112.129046).[5]

As an incorporated town, Tusayan has a land area of only 144 acres (58 ha), or 0.225 square miles (0.58 km2), making it the smallest town in Arizona by area.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the census-designated place (CDP) in 2000 had a total area of 28.6 square miles (74 km2), of which, 28.6 square miles (74 km2) of it is land and 0.04% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 562
2010 558 −0.7%
Est. 2013 573 2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[8]

As of the census of 2000, there were 562 people, 222 households, and 101 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 19.7 people per square mile (7.6/km²). There were 313 housing units at an average density of 11.0 per square mile (4.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 69.22% White, 15.84% Native American, 1.07% Black or African American, 11.57% from other races, and 2.31% from two or more races. 30.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 222 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.2% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 54.1% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the CDP the age distribution of the population shows 25.4% under the age of 18, 15.5% from 18 to 24, 36.5% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 2.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 128.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 125.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $34,917, and the median income for a family was $45,625. Males had a median income of $28,125 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,637. About 14.9% of families and 18.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.0% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


Tusayan is approximately two miles from the south entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. The town's businesses mainly serve tourists visiting the park.[citation needed]

Grand Canyon Airlines and Air Grand Canyon are headquartered on the grounds of Grand Canyon National Park Airport in Tusayan.[9][10][11]


Grand Canyon National Park Airport is in Tusayan.[10][11]

Arizona State Highway 64, coming from Williams and U. S. Highway 180, coming from Flagstaff serve Tusayan. They share a four-lane highway through town,[12] which becomes two lanes outside the business district. The route designations then split south of town at Valle.


Elk near Tusayan, in the Kaibab National Forest, which surrounds the town.

The community first explored incorporation in the early 1990s. Legislation passed to allow it, but was challenged and defeated as unconstitutional because it applied only to Tusayan. In 2003, new legislation was passed allowing any community of 500 or more to incorporate if located in proximity to a national park or monument. The Tusayan-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce appointed a task force of community leaders who studied the issue for four years. In June 2007, they made a neutral presentation to the community, offering revenue projections and an overview of pros and cons. In April 2008, about 30 voters signed a petition to put the question of incorporation on the September 2, 2008, ballot.[13] The measure was defeated by a vote of 78 to 62.[14]

Another vote, held on March 9, 2010, proved more successful when the measure was approved by a margin of 116 to 71, making Tusayan the 91st incorporated place in the state of Arizona. An interim town council appointed by the Coconino County Board of Supervisors held the town's first council meeting on April 7. Opposition to the town's incorporation have filed a lawsuit to overturn the election as fraudulent, with opening arguments in the case being scheduled for April 14.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  2. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  3. ^ http://www.census.gov/2010census/popmap/ipmtext.php?fl=04:0477490
  4. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Tusayan CDP, Arizona". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ a b Wagner, Dennis (2010-04-12). "Competing interests divide new Arizona town". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  7. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Locate Us." Air Grand Canyon. Retrieved on October 3, 2009.
  10. ^ a b "Our Location." Grand Canyon Airlines. Retrieved on October 3, 2009.
  11. ^ a b "Tusayan CDP, Arizona." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on October 3, 2009.
  12. ^ "AZ DOT Highway 64 Improvements Page". Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Incorporation group holds public meetings". Grand Canyon News. 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  14. ^ "Election summary report". Coconino County. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 

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