Dennehotso, Arizona

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Dennehotso, Arizona
Census-designated place
Location in Apache County and the state of Arizona
Location in Apache County and the state of Arizona
Dennehotso, Arizona is located in the US
Dennehotso, Arizona
Dennehotso, Arizona
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 36°50′14″N 109°51′39″W / 36.83722°N 109.86083°W / 36.83722; -109.86083Coordinates: 36°50′14″N 109°51′39″W / 36.83722°N 109.86083°W / 36.83722; -109.86083
Country United States
State Arizona
County Apache
 • Total 9.96 sq mi (25.80 km2)
 • Land 9.95 sq mi (25.78 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 5,015 ft (1,529 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 746
 • Estimate (2016)[2] N/A
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code 86535
Area code 928
FIPS code 04-18580
GNIS feature ID 0003954

Dennehotso (Navajo: Deinihootso) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Apache County, Arizona, United States. The population was 746 at the 2010 census.[3]


Dennehotso is located at 36°50′14″N 109°51′39″W / 36.83722°N 109.86083°W / 36.83722; -109.86083 (36.837286, -109.860884).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.0 square miles (25.8 km2), all of it land.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
Languages (2000) [6] Percent
Spoke Navajo at home 96.40%
Spoke English at home 3.60%

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 734 people, 168 households, and 141 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 73.8 people per square mile (28.5/km²). There were 233 housing units at an average density of 23.4/sq mi (9.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.64% Native American, 0.82% White, and 0.54% from two or more races. 0.27% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 168 households out of which 56.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 24.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.5% were non-families. 14.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.37 and the average family size was 4.92.

In the CDP, the age distribution of the population shows 44.6% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 15.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $19,844, and the median income for a family was $21,944. Males had a median income of $27,143 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $5,445. About 37.0% of families and 40.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.9% of those under age 18 and 28.9% of those age 65 or over.


The area is a part of the Red Mesa Unified School District. The city is served by Red Mesa K-8 School and Red Mesa High School.[citation needed] Originally the territory was within the Chinle School District. In July 1983 the Red Mesa Unified School District formed, splitting from the Chinle School District.[8]

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) operates the Dennehotso Boarding School, serving grades K-8.[9] The two buildings are OFMC projects: a 46,545-square-foot (4,324.2 m2) school facility for 186 students and a 10,072-square-foot (935.7 m2) dormitory for 33 students. The scheduled groundbreaking was February 11, 2013. The previous buildings scheduled for demolition had a total of 78,626 square feet (7,304.6 m2) of space.[10]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Dennehotso CDP, Arizona". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
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  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "History of Red Mesa Schools." Red Mesa Unified School District. Retrieved on September 20, 2010.
  9. ^ "National Directory June 2015" (Archive). Bureau of Indian Education. Retrieved on June 16, 2015.
  10. ^ "Dennehotso Boarding School Replacement Gets Going Following Ground-breaking" (Archive). Bureau of Indian Affairs. p. 16/44. Retrieved on June 16, 2015.