Mayer, Arizona

Coordinates: 34°25′9″N 112°14′59″W / 34.41917°N 112.24972°W / 34.41917; -112.24972
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Mayer, Arizona
"Welcome to Mayer, Arizona"
"Welcome to Mayer, Arizona"
Location in Yavapai County and the state of Arizona
Location in Yavapai County and the state of Arizona
Mayer, Arizona is located in the United States
Mayer, Arizona
Mayer, Arizona
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°25′9″N 112°14′59″W / 34.41917°N 112.24972°W / 34.41917; -112.24972
CountryUnited States
 • Total20.15 sq mi (52.19 km2)
 • Land20.15 sq mi (52.19 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
4,415 ft (1,346 m)
 • Total1,558
 • Density77.31/sq mi (29.85/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
ZIP code
Area code928
FIPS code04-45180
GNIS feature ID31605

Mayer is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. The population was 1,408 at the 2000 census. Mayer includes three sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Mayer Apartments, the Mayer Business Block, and the Mayer Red Brick Schoolhouse.


The place was originally called Wi:kidoʼyoʼ in Yavapai.[2] A local legend holds that the English name came from a runaway boy with the last name of Mayer.[citation needed] From May to June 1942, 245 Japanese Americans were confined at the Mayer Assembly Center, one of 17 temporary detention camps built to hold Japanese Americans removed from the West Coast after the U.S. entered World War II. The 69 families were mostly from Maricopa County's Salt River Valley area, and lived in military-style barracks on the converted Civilian Conservation Corps camp for just under a month before being transferred to the more permanent and isolated internment camp at Poston, Arizona.[3]

2017 wildfire[edit]

The Goodwin Fire sparked on June 24, 2017, in the Bradshaw Mountains near the town of Mayer, which days later led to the evacuations of more than 9,000 residents. The wildfire burned 28,516 acres of land. Highway 69 was closed between the towns of Mayer and Dewey-Humboldt. The fire destroyed approximately five structures and injured one firefighter.[4][5]


Mayer is located at 34°25′9″N 112°14′59″W / 34.41917°N 112.24972°W / 34.41917; -112.24972 (34.419154, −112.249779).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 20.1 square miles (52 km2), all land.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Mayer has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[7]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
Old Mayer fire engine

At the 2000 census there were 1,408 people, 585 households, and 379 families living in the CDP. The population density was 70.2 inhabitants per square mile (27.1/km2). There were 714 housing units at an average density of 35.6 per square mile (13.7/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94% White, 1% Native American, 3% from other races, and 2% from two or more races. 9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[9] Of the 585 households 26% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52% were married couples living together, 8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35% were non-families. 28% of households were one person and 13% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.4 and the average family size was 2.9.

The age distribution was 24% under the age of 18, 6% from 18 to 24, 23% from 25 to 44, 28% from 45 to 64, and 19% 65 or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males.

The median household income was $28,412 and the median family income was $33,988. Males had a median income of $38,304 versus $21,417 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,297. About 14% of families and 19% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13% of those under age 18 and 17% of those age 65 or over.


Most of Mayer CDP is in the Mayer Unified School District, while a small portion is in the Humboldt Unified School District.[10]

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

The following pictured properties in Mayer are listed in the National Register of Historic Places:[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  2. ^,%20Northeastern%20and%20Western%20Yavapai.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  3. ^ Masumoto, Marie. "Mayer (detention facility)" Densho Encyclopedia. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  4. ^ "One year anniversary of Goodwin Fire". Fox10. June 21, 2018. Retrieved April 24, 2021.
  5. ^ "Goodwin Fire Firefighter Injury". Conrad Walton. July 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ Climate Summary for Mayer, Arizona
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ "2020 Census - School District Reference Map: Yavapai County, AZ" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  11. ^ National Register of Historic Properties: Yavapai County

External links[edit]

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