McNary, Arizona

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McNary, Arizona
Location in Apache County and the state of Arizona
Location in Apache County and the state of Arizona
McNary, Arizona is located in the United States
McNary, Arizona
McNary, Arizona
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°4′36″N 109°51′17″W / 34.07667°N 109.85472°W / 34.07667; -109.85472Coordinates: 34°4′36″N 109°51′17″W / 34.07667°N 109.85472°W / 34.07667; -109.85472
CountryUnited States
CountiesApache, Navajo
 • Total5.57 sq mi (14.41 km2)
 • Land5.49 sq mi (14.23 km2)
 • Water0.07 sq mi (0.19 km2)
7,316 ft (2,230 m)
 • Total528
 • Estimate 
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
ZIP code
Area code928
FIPS code04-43430
GNIS feature ID0031683

McNary (Western Apache: Cha'Bii'Tu) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Apache and Navajo counties in the U.S. state of Arizona. The population was 528 at the 2010 census.[3] It is a 30-minute drive from Show Low and a 10-minute drive from Pinetop-Lakeside.


McNary is located at 34°4′36″N 109°51′17″W / 34.07667°N 109.85472°W / 34.07667; -109.85472 (34.076687, -109.854674).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.4 km2), of which 5.5 square miles (14.2 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 1.30%, is water.[3]

At an elevation of 7,316 feet (2,230 m), it is the second highest community in Arizona after Alpine.


The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, McNary has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.[5]


The community was originally named Cluff Cienega by European Americans after Benjamin Cluff, a Mormon bishop who harvested hay here in 1879 and 1880 for use at Fort Apache. In 1919, the name was changed to Cooley in honor of Corydon Cooley (d. March 18, 1917), a famous hotelier of Show Low. In 1924, the land was purchased by the McNary Lumber company and was renamed after the company.[6]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 349 people, 91 households, and 73 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 63.5 people per square mile (24.5/km²). There were 101 housing units at an average density of 18.4/sq mi (7.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 82.81% Native American, 8.31% White, 2.58% Black or African American, 2.87% from other races, and 3.44% from two or more races. 11.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 91 households out of which 63.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 31.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.7% were non-families. 16.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.84 and the average family size was 4.18.

In the CDP, the age distribution of the population shows 48.7% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 9.5% from 45 to 64, and 3.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 19 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $4,375. Males had a median income of $36,875 versus $18,375 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $2,917. About 78.9% of families and 86.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 96.6% of those under age 18 and 100.0% of those age 65 or over.


McNary is served by the McNary Elementary School District, and by the Blue Ridge Junior High School, and Blue Ridge High School in nearby Pinetop-Lakeside.[9]

See also[edit]


  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): McNary CDP, Arizona". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ Climate Summary for McNary, Arizona
  6. ^ Byrd H. Granger (1960). Arizona Place Names. University of Arizona Press. p. 15. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ "Blue Ridge Jr High School - Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ". Retrieved 2019-03-17.