Greer, Arizona

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Greer, Arizona
Aspens in Greer
Aspens in Greer
Greer is located in Arizona
Greer
Greer
Coordinates: 34°00′36″N 109°27′31″W / 34.01000°N 109.45861°W / 34.01000; -109.45861Coordinates: 34°00′36″N 109°27′31″W / 34.01000°N 109.45861°W / 34.01000; -109.45861
CountryUnited States
StateArizona
CountyApache
Area
 • Total0.53 sq mi (1.37 km2)
 • Land0.53 sq mi (1.37 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
8,356 ft (2,547 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total58
 • Density109.85/sq mi (42.42/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
FIPS code04-29850
GNIS feature ID29593

Greer is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Apache County, Arizona, United States. Located within the White Mountains of Arizona and surrounded by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Greer is the highest town in the state at an elevation of approximately 8,400 feet (2,560 m). As of the 2020 census it had a population of 58.[2] Greer was founded circa 1879 by Mormon settlers from Utah.[3] The Greer post office has the ZIP code of 85927.[4]

Geography[edit]

Greer is a town located near the towns of Springerville and Eagar in northeast Arizona, near the New Mexico border. Its position in the valley of the Little Colorado River near various lakes means that temperatures are significantly milder than surrounding areas. Sunrise Park Resort, a skiing resort, is located about half an hour's drive west.

Greer 2020

While Greer is a four hour drive from Phoenix and a four-and-a-half hour drive from Tucson, it remains one of the most popular summer vacation destinations in Arizona,[citation needed] as it is consistently 20-30 degrees[clarification needed] cooler than the deserts.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
202058
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

History[edit]

Greer was founded by Latter-day Saint Willard Lee and his family in 1879. A small community named Lee Valley gradually developed. The Post Office requested a shorter name, so Greer (after Americus Vespucius Greer, a town planner who had recently moved to the area) was settled on.[6][7]

On June 8, 2011, portions of the east side of town were overrun by the Wallow Fire. While some buildings were destroyed, most of the structures in town remain intact.

Climate[edit]

Greer has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) with warm summers coupled with chilly nights and cold, snowy winters.[8]

Climate data for Greer, Arizona[a] (1991–2020 normals, extremes 1916–2011)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 66
(19)
65
(18)
75
(24)
75
(24)
89
(32)
89
(32)
90
(32)
87
(31)
86
(30)
78
(26)
74
(23)
63
(17)
90
(32)
Mean maximum °F (°C) 55.2
(12.9)
54.9
(12.7)
62.0
(16.7)
69.9
(21.1)
76.7
(24.8)
83.0
(28.3)
84.9
(29.4)
80.6
(27.0)
75.6
(24.2)
70.8
(21.6)
61.4
(16.3)
55.6
(13.1)
85.6
(29.8)
Average high °F (°C) 42.6
(5.9)
44.7
(7.1)
50.2
(10.1)
57.4
(14.1)
66.0
(18.9)
75.9
(24.4)
76.0
(24.4)
73.4
(23.0)
69.9
(21.1)
61.0
(16.1)
51.5
(10.8)
42.9
(6.1)
59.3
(15.2)
Average low °F (°C) 13.5
(−10.3)
15.7
(−9.1)
21.5
(−5.8)
25.5
(−3.6)
33.0
(0.6)
41.0
(5.0)
46.8
(8.2)
45.9
(7.7)
40.8
(4.9)
30.2
(−1.0)
21.2
(−6.0)
13.8
(−10.1)
29.1
(−1.6)
Mean minimum °F (°C) −2.6
(−19.2)
1.1
(−17.2)
7.0
(−13.9)
14.6
(−9.7)
22.0
(−5.6)
31.6
(−0.2)
41.7
(5.4)
41.8
(5.4)
31.8
(−0.1)
16.1
(−8.8)
6.3
(−14.3)
−4.6
(−20.3)
−8.0
(−22.2)
Record low °F (°C) −24
(−31)
−21
(−29)
−15
(−26)
−4
(−20)
8
(−13)
24
(−4)
33
(1)
30
(−1)
20
(−7)
6
(−14)
−13
(−25)
−20
(−29)
−24
(−31)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.22
(31)
1.32
(34)
0.92
(23)
0.50
(13)
0.67
(17)
0.49
(12)
4.05
(103)
4.79
(122)
2.37
(60)
1.29
(33)
1.09
(28)
0.57
(14)
19.28
(490)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 18.7
(47)
16.7
(42)
16.3
(41)
6.1
(15)
1.3
(3.3)
0.2
(0.51)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.25)
2.5
(6.4)
9.1
(23)
18.8
(48)
89.9
(228)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 6.0 6.1 4.5 3.3 3.9 3.5 14.5 17.1 8.1 5.1 3.9 5.1 81.1
Source 1: NOAA[9]
Source 2: The Western Regional Climate Center (snowfall)[10]

Note[edit]

  1. ^ Station Elevation 8,275ft

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Greer Ranger Station, 1924

The United States Postal Service operates the Greer Post Office.[11]

Education[edit]

The Apache County Library District operates the Greer Memorial Library.[12]

Attractions[edit]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  2. ^ "Greer, Arizona Population 2022 (Demographics, Maps, Graphs)". worldpopulationreview.com. Retrieved 2022-07-26.
  3. ^ "Arizona Mogollon Rim - Payson AZ - Greer Arizona - - tucson.com". Archived from the original on 2008-10-20.
  4. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ Byrd H. Granger (1960). Arizona Place Names. University of Arizona Press. p. 12. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  7. ^ The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, Volumes 9-10. 1918. p. 184.
  8. ^ "GREER, ARIZONA - Climate Summary". wrcc.dri.edu. Retrieved 2020-07-21.
  9. ^ "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  10. ^ "Seasonal Temperature and Precipitation Information". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  11. ^ "Post Office™ Location – Greer Archived 2012-08-26 at the Wayback Machine." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on January 30, 2011.
  12. ^ "Greer Memorial Library Archived 2010-08-22 at the Wayback Machine." Apache County Library District. Retrieved on January 30, 2011.

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