Kingman, Arizona


Kingman, Arizona
The historic Brunswick Hotel, built in 1909

In 1857, Lt. Edward Fitzgerald Beale, a Naval officer in the service of the US Army, traveled through what is now the Kingman area, surveying a route for a government-funded wagon road that followed the 35th Parallel. Beale is most famous for having used camels instead of horses or mules for his pack animals. As much as camels could go days without water, could carry much heavier loads than mules and would eat stuff mules wouldn't touch, the practice just didn't catch on in the old West. Beale came back through again in 1859 with the crews that actually built the road. Eventually, that route became part of US Highway 66 and the I-40.

Kingman itself began as a railroad siding on the route of the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad near Beale's Springs. The location is in the Hualapai Valley between the Hualapai and Cerbat mountain ranges. Kingman was named in honor of Lewis Kingman, surveyor of the Atlantic & Pacific right-of-way between Albuquerque and Needles. Kingman also supervised construction of the railroad from Winslow to Beale's Springs.

Today, Kingman is somewhat of a retirement destination, located at a junction of roads leading southeast to Phoenix, northwest to Lake Mead and Las Vegas, west to Los Angeles and east to Flagstaff, Albuquerque and beyond.

The population of Kingman is up more than 40% since 2000.

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Fast Facts about Kingman, Arizona
Kingman, Mohave County, AZ
Zip Codes: 86401, 86402, 86409
Latitude: 35.2084°N
Longitude: 114.0257°W
Founded: 1882; Incorporated: 1952
Elevation: 3,333'

Education:
High School or Higher: 82.1%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 13.9%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 5.5%
Cost of Living Index for Kingman: 87.3

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $41,700
Median Home Value: $110,300
Median Resident Age: 41.7 Years
Major Industries:
Health Care, Educational Services, Construction, Government, Lodging & Food Services, Metal Products, Transportation Services, Professional Services, Utilities, Finance & Insurance Services, Social Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 9.3%
 
2010 Population Demographics
Total Population
28,068
Males
13,728
Females
14,340
Population by Age
Under 18
6,536
18 & over
21,532
20-24
1,586
25-34
3,069
35-49
5,002
50-64
5,790
65 & over
5,349
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
3,503
Non Hispanic or Latino
24,565
Population by Race
White
24,711
African-American
289
Asian
469
Native American
476
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
85
Other
1,178
Two or more
860
 
Mohave County Pages
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