Lake Havasu City, Arizona


Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Along the London Bridge Channel in Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City was built as a planned community by Robert P. McCulloch of McCulloch Chainsaw fame. McCulloch bought some 3,500 acres around an old mining town near Pittsburgh Point on the east side of Lake Havasu. McCulloch bought the "London Bridge" in 1968 when the City of London decided to replace an aging bridge across the Thames in that city. $2.5 million bought the bridge but it took another $7 million to disassemble it, ship it to Arizona and then reassemble it. The bridge now spans an 8' deep man-made canal (the London Bridge Channel) that separates Pittsburgh Point from the main part of the city.

While Lake Havasu City has been a retirement destination from its beginning, over the years the city has also become a well-known "spring break party town." Prime boating months on Lake Havasu are from March to September. Winter months see a large influx of "snow birds" from the northern states and Canada.

According to an article in Forbes Magazine (11/24/2008), Lake Havasu City has been ranked as the least educated city in America. As Lake Havasu City is located in between the I-40 and the I-10, the only road access to the city is via Arizona State Route 95.

The population of Lake Havasu City is up more than 25% since 2000.

London Bridge
London Bridge in Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu and Lake Havasu City from the air
An aerial view of Lake Havasu and Lake Havasu City
Fast Facts about Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Lake Havasu City, Mohave County, AZ
Zip Codes: 86403-86406
Latitude: 34.4915°N
Longitude: 114.31°W
Founded: 1964
Incorporated: 1978
Elevation: 735'

Education:
High School or Higher: 83.8%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 13.1%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 4.9%
Cost of Living Index for Lake Havasu City: 88.3

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $39,100
Median Home Value: $168,100
Median Resident Age: 50.3 Years
Major Industries:
Lodging & Food Services, Construction, Health Care, Educational Services, Arts & Entertainment, Government, Finance & Insurance Services, Transportation Services, Retail Services, Repair & Maintenance Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 9.6%
 
2010 Population Demographics
Total Population
52,527
Males
25,954
Females
26,573
Population by Age
Under 18
9,404
18 & over
43,123
20-24
2,194
25-34
4,674
35-49
8,765
50-64
12,353
65 & over
14,108
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
6,356
Non Hispanic or Latino
46,171
Population by Race
White
47,335
African-American
363
Asian
504
Native American
544
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
67
Other
2,483
Two or more
1,231
 
Mohave County Pages