Page, Arizona

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Page
View of Lake Powell Boulevard in Page
View of Lake Powell Boulevard in Page
Motto(s): 
"The Center of Canyon Country"
Location of Page in Coconino County, Arizona
Location of Page in Coconino County, Arizona
Page is located in the United States
Page
Page
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 36°54′51″N 111°27′35″W / 36.91417°N 111.45972°W / 36.91417; -111.45972Coordinates: 36°54′51″N 111°27′35″W / 36.91417°N 111.45972°W / 36.91417; -111.45972
CountryUnited States
StateArizona
CountyCoconino
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorLevi Tappan
Area
 • Total38.33 sq mi (99.27 km2)
 • Land38.18 sq mi (98.89 km2)
 • Water0.15 sq mi (0.38 km2)
Elevation
4,118 ft (1,255 m)
Population
 • Total7,247
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
7,529
 • Density197.19/sq mi (76.13/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (no DST/PDT)
ZIP codes
86036, 86040
Area code(s)928
FIPS code04-51810
GNIS feature ID9110
Websitecityofpage.org

Page is a city in Coconino County, Arizona, United States, near the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 7,247.[4]

History[edit]

Unlike other cities in the area, Page was founded in 1957 as a housing community for workers and their families during the construction of nearby Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. Its 17-square-mile (44 km2) site was obtained in a land exchange with the Navajo Nation. The city is perched atop Manson Mesa at an elevation of 4,300 feet (1,300 m) above sea level and 600 feet (180 m) above Lake Powell.

The city was originally called Government Camp, but was later named for John C. Page, commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, 1936–1943.

After the dam was completed in the 1960s, and was officially incorporated (March 1, 1975), the city grew steadily to today's population over 7,000. Because of the new roads and bridge built for use during construction, it has become the gateway to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell, attracting more than 3 million visitors per year. Page is also the home of two of the largest electrical generation units in the western United States. Glen Canyon Dam has a 1,288,000-kilowatt capacity when fully online. The other power plant to the southeast is the Navajo Generating Station, which ceased operations in 2019. It was a coal-fired steam plant with an output capability of 2,250,000 kilowatts.

In 1997, Antelope Canyon was discovered on Navajo land adjacent to Page. This natural slot canyon, formed by erosion, has created a steady increase in tourism for Page, as word spread of the beauty of the canyon. Several tour companies, all Navajo owned, now offer guided excursions into Antelope Canyon. Visitors are not allowed to explore on their own, and must be accompanied by a Navajo guide from one of the local tour companies. Another natural treasure that has recently increased in popularity is Horseshoe Bend Overlook. This dramatic view from above allows visitors to see the U-shaped turn in the Colorado River. Half of Horseshoe Bend Overlook is owned by the City of Page. The other half is on Navajo land and is privately owned. On the side owned by the city, visitors can pay a small parking fee, and walk about 20 minutes to the overlook.

Due to the popularity of social media, and the awareness of Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, the City of Page has grown significantly in recent years. Many new hotels and other services have opened to support the increase in tourism to the area. Although Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam have had a longer time to draw tourists, they now combine with these more recently known attractions to offer a multifaceted tourism destination.

Geography[edit]

Page is located at 36°54′51″N 111°27′35″W / 36.91417°N 111.45972°W / 36.91417; -111.45972 (36.914296, -111.459717).[5] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.6 square miles (43 km2), of which 16.6 square miles (43 km2) are land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.12%, is water. The city's elevation is 4,117 ft (1,255 m).

Climate[edit]

Page has an arid climate (Köppen BWk) with hot, very dry summers and chilly winters with very little snow. It is located in the southern edge of the Great Basin Desert on the Colorado Plateau. It is very dry due to being in the rainshadow of the mountains of California and too far north to get consistent North American monsoons.

Climate data for Page, Arizona
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 64
(18)
72
(22)
82
(28)
91
(33)
102
(39)
107
(42)
109
(43)
106
(41)
100
(38)
93
(34)
77
(25)
66
(19)
109
(43)
Average high °F (°C) 43.1
(6.2)
50.3
(10.2)
59.5
(15.3)
68.5
(20.3)
78.5
(25.8)
90.2
(32.3)
95.1
(35.1)
92.0
(33.3)
83.5
(28.6)
69.7
(20.9)
53.8
(12.1)
43.7
(6.5)
69.0
(20.6)
Average low °F (°C) 26.3
(−3.2)
30.4
(−0.9)
37.0
(2.8)
43.6
(6.4)
52.6
(11.4)
62.3
(16.8)
68.3
(20.2)
66.4
(19.1)
58.4
(14.7)
46.6
(8.1)
34.7
(1.5)
27.1
(−2.7)
46.1
(7.8)
Record low °F (°C) −11
(−24)
6
(−14)
18
(−8)
25
(−4)
31
(−1)
44
(7)
56
(13)
46
(8)
40
(4)
24
(−4)
16
(−9)
1
(−17)
−11
(−24)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.61
(15)
0.48
(12)
0.65
(17)
0.50
(13)
0.40
(10)
0.14
(3.6)
0.58
(15)
0.69
(18)
0.66
(17)
0.99
(25)
0.56
(14)
0.48
(12)
6.74
(171.6)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 2.1
(5.3)
1.2
(3.0)
0.2
(0.51)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.5
(1.3)
1.4
(3.6)
5.4
(13.71)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 4.5 4.0 5.2 3.5 3.2 1.7 4.6 5.2 4.5 4.3 3.2 3.9 47.8
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.9 0.6 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0.6 2.6
Source: NOAA[6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19602,960
19701,439−51.4%
19804,907241.0%
19906,59834.5%
20006,8093.2%
20107,2476.4%
Est. 20197,529[3]3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2010, 7,247 people, 2,518 households, and 1,822 families resided in the city. The population density was 426.3 inhabitants per square mile (164.6/km2). The 2,787 housing units averaged 163.9 per square mile (63.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 57.6% White, 0.3% African American, 34.0% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 2.1% from other races, and 5.0% from two or more races. About 7.3% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 2,518 households, 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were not families. Around 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87, and the average family size was 3.32.

In the city, the population was distributed as 29.6% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.9 males.

As of the 2015 American Community Survey,[9] the median income for a household in the city was $57,161, and for a family was $64,135. Males had a median full-time income of $47,779 versus $37,656 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,338. About 14.1% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.7% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over.

Satellite photo showing Page, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam, Navajo Generating Station, and the Colorado River
Aerial view of Page
Colorado River, Page city area on the right and Navajo Generating Station in the background
Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge

Education[edit]

Page is served by the Page Unified School District. The two public elementary schools are Desert View Elementary School and Lake View Elementary School; a middle school and a high school serve older students.

Economy[edit]

Top employers[edit]

According to Page's 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[10] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Aramark 700
2 Navajo Generating Station 498
3 Page Unified School District 436
4 Walmart 210
5 City of Page 180
6 Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits 165
7 Page Hospital 115
8 Safeway 100
9 Courtyard by Marriott 90
10 Page Steel 84
11 Canyonlands Community Health 54

Transportation[edit]

Page is located on U.S. Route 89. Arizona State Route 98 heads east into the Navajo Reservation. Page Shuttle provides 24/7, nonstop, door-to-door shuttle service between Page and any city in Arizona. Public transportation is provided by Helping Hands Agency, a local nonprofit, under the name Helping Hands Express.[11] Salt Lake Express provides a shuttle between Page and St. George, Utah.[12] National Park Express provides a daily shuttle between Page and Las Vegas.

Page Municipal Airport serves Page with scheduled, charter, and general aviation.

Media[edit]

The Lake Powell Chronicle is the weekly newspaper in Page.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-08-23.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Page city, Arizona". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Climatography of the United States No. 20 (1971–2000)" (PDF). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2004. Retrieved 2010-05-31.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
  10. ^ City of Page CAFR
  11. ^ Helping Hands Express
  12. ^ Salt Lake Express

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