Chino Valley, Arizona
Looking across Chino Valley to Granite Mountain
Chino Valley was actually the first Territorial Capital of Arizona before the capital was moved to Prescott in 1864. For many years after the narrow gauge line to Jerome was completed in 1895, this was basically a railroad junction between the United Verde & Pacific Railroad and the Prescott & Arizona Central. But by 1925, most of the site and business of "Jerome Junction" had been absorbed into the community of Chino Valley.
Since Chino Valley was incorporated in 1970 it has experienced almost explosive population growth, with a 33% surge in population between 2000 and 2009. Part of what the folks are coming for is the clean air and the wide open spaces... but because so much of the housing growth is developer driven, the mortgage crisis with the bank failures and market crash of October 2008 is causing some problems.
On the other hand, between 2010 and 2014, the growth curve continues on its upward trend with the population of Chino Valley up more than 40% (since 2000).
High School or Higher: 84.5%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 14.3%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 5.5%
Cost of Living Index for Chino Valley: 91.3
Median Household Income: $39,700
Median Home Value: $142,900
Median Resident Age: 44.8 Years
Construction, Health Care, Educational Services, Lodging & Food Services, Government, Light Manufacturing, Social Services, Transportation Services, Finance & Insurance Services, Retail Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 8.8%