Chino Valley, Arizona

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Chino Valley, Arizona
Del Rio Springs historic marker
Del Rio Springs historic marker
Location of Chino Valley in Yavapai County, Arizona
Location of Chino Valley in Yavapai County, Arizona
Chino Valley, Arizona is located in Arizona
Chino Valley, Arizona
Chino Valley, Arizona
Location in Arizona
Chino Valley, Arizona is located in the United States
Chino Valley, Arizona
Chino Valley, Arizona
Chino Valley, Arizona (the United States)
Coordinates: 34°45′30″N 112°26′59″W / 34.75833°N 112.44972°W / 34.75833; -112.44972Coordinates: 34°45′30″N 112°26′59″W / 34.75833°N 112.44972°W / 34.75833; -112.44972
CountryUnited States
 • MayorDarryl Croft
 • Total63.43 sq mi (164.29 km2)
 • Land63.37 sq mi (164.13 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
4,707 ft (1,435 m)
 • Total10,817
 • Estimate 
 • Density177.53/sq mi (68.54/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
ZIP code
Area code(s)928
FIPS code04-12840
GNIS feature ID27601
WebsiteTown of Chino Valley
Chino Valley welcome sign

Chino Valley is a town in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 10,817.[2]


Chino Valley is located at 34°45′30″N 112°26′59″W / 34.75833°N 112.44972°W / 34.75833; -112.44972 (34.758381, -112.449758).[4] The town is located adjacent the southeast terminus of Chino Valley, about 9 miles (14 km) north at Paulden. The smaller north-trending Little Chino Valley lies just east of the townsite.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 63.4 square miles (164 km2), all of it land.


Chino Valley is the site of the first Territorial Capital of Arizona. The capital moved to Prescott, 15 miles (24 km) away, in 1864. U.S. Army Cavalry Lt. Amiel W. Whipple, while traveling through the area in 1854, gave the community its name. "Chino" is the Spanish name for the abundant curly grama grass growing in the area.

In 1895, a narrow gauge branch of the United Verde and Pacific Railroad to Jerome, joining the Santa Fe, Prescott, and Phoenix Railway, was completed, and Jerome Junction was established. In 1923, the activities of Jerome Junction were absorbed by Chino Valley.[5]

The town of Chino Valley was incorporated in 1970.

The town is in north-central Arizona, on state Highway 89, 15 miles (24 km) north of Prescott and 35 miles (56 km) south of Ash Fork, which is on Interstate 40. Chino Valley is at an elevation of about 4,750 feet (1,450 m).


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201611,250[3]4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,835 people, 3,030 households, and 2,172 families residing in the town. The population density was 421.6 people per square mile (162.8/km²). There were 3,256 housing units at an average density of 175.2 per square mile (67.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.07% White, 0.23% Black or African American, 0.94% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 2.59% from other races, and 1.94% from two or more races. 9.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,030 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,289, and the median income for a family was $35,013. Males had a median income of $27,160 versus $21,667 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,555. About 12.6% of families and 15.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.2% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.


Average weather in Chino Valley, Arizona

                       	Jan	Feb	Mar	Apr	May	Jun	Jul	Aug	Sep	Oct	Nov	Dec	Annual

Average Max. Temperature (F) 52.3 56.3 62.1 69.9 78.5 88.6 92.4 89.5 85.5 75.0 63.2 53.7 72.3

Average Min. Temperature (F) 21.5 24.1 28.3 34.4 41.7 49.8 59.0 57.2 49.1 38.0 27.3 21.3 37.6

Average Precipitation (in.) 0.95 0.93 0.92 0.56 0.34 0.28 1.81 2.01 1.27 0.81 0.64 0.97 11.50

Average Total SnowFall (in.) 2.2 1.4 1.3 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.5 7.1

Average Snow Depth (in.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


1917 Granite Creek Vineyards Barn
Abandoned 1924 Commercial building

The Chino Valley Unified School District presently operates four school facilities in the Town of Chino Valley. Territorial Early Education Center (Pre-K through Second Grade) and Del Rio Elementary (Third through Fifth Grades) students.

Heritage Middle School educates sixth through eighth graders in the district. Two County Teachers of the Year and Two Channel 3 Silver Apple Teacher award winners are on the HMS faculty.

Chino Valley High School partners with Yavapai College Campus for Agribusiness, Science & Technology, located in Chino Valley, where seniors may jointly enroll in CVHS and Yavapai for advanced study. The school's Aquaculture & Biotech Lab, Greenhouse and Livestock Facilities support the FFA program. CVHS houses five computer lab environments for students plus programs in music and art, and an FBLA program, along with the full component of extracurricular activities and sports programs.

The district operates under the supervision of a five-member governing board and one district superintendent. The district presently employs 7 administrators and 6 directors on a full-time basis, 158 certified teachers and 190 full- and part-time classified employees.

Chino Valley has two charter schools that operate in the town. Mingus Springs is a kindergarten - 8th grade school that services over 180 students. Excel Education Centers is a 6th grade - 12th grade school that services over 50 students.

Chino Valley also has a campus of Yavapai College. It is the home of The X Factor USA contestant Drew Ryniewicz.

Del Rio Springs[edit]

There is a Historical Marker in Chino Valley which has the following inscription[7]:

Del Rio Springs
Site of original Camp Whipple established December 1863
From January 22 to May 18, 1864 the offices of the Territorial Government of Arizona were operated from tents and log cabins here, before being moved to Prescott the first permanent capital.


Title Name
Mayor Darryl Croft
Vice Mayor Mike R. Best
Council Member Corey Mendoza
Council Member Lon Turner
Council Member Anne Lane
Council Member vacant
Council Member Jack Miller


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ Massey, Peter; Wilson, Jeanne (April 24, 2006). Backcountry Adventures Arizona: The Ultimate Guide to the Arizona Backcountry for Anyone With a Sport Utility Vehicle. Adler Publishing Co. pp. 65, 261. ISBN 1-930193-28-9. Retrieved July 31, 2010.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ [1]

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