Parker, Arizona


Parker, Arizona
The Bluewater Resort and Casino in Parker, Arizona

On January 6, 1871, the Parker Post office was established on the Colorado River Indian Reservation. It was named so in honor of General Ely Parker, Commissioner of Indian Affairs when the Colorado River Indian Reservation was established by Congress in 1865.

A railroad was built through the area in 1905 and the Parker Post Office was then moved 4 miles upstream to the railroad. The townsite of Parker wasn't surveyed and platted until 1909. The survey was done by a railroad location engineer named Earl H. Parker. The Federal Government started auctioning building lots in Parker in 1910. In those days Parker served as a railroad stopover and watering and shipping station. The town grew up to serve mining and agricultural interests in the area. Slowly the mining died out and agriculture grew more and more important. Parker Dam was built in 1928, creating a reservoir that was mostly to feed water to the southern California cities. Headgate Rock Dam was built in 1941 and that led to a stable source of irrigation water for the local area. By 1955, some 38,000 acres were being irrigated and farmed. Cotton was the big crop and cotton gins were built in Parker.

Technically, Parker consists of two non-contiguous pieces of land: one developed area within the Colorado River Indian Reservation, the other was annexed into Parker in 1980 and is to the south and east, a roughly rectangular 13,000-acre area of mostly undeveloped land just east of the Colorado River Indian Reservation boundary.

The population of Parker is down about 5% since 2000.

A view in downtown
In downtown Parker
Fast Facts about Parker, Arizona
Parker, La Paz County, AZ 85344
Latitude: 34.1446°N
Longitude: 114.2897°W
Founded: 1908; Incorporated: 1948
Elevation: 423'

Education:
High School or Higher: 70.4%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 15.5%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 5.4%
Cost of Living Index for Parker: 84.4

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $39,600
Median Home Value: $136,900
Median Resident Age: 32.8 Years
Major Industries:
Educational Services, Government, Lodging & Food Services, Health Care, Arts, Entertainment & Recreation, Agriculture, Social Services, Construction, Utilities, Finance & Insurance Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 9.7%
 
2010 Population Demographics
Total Population
3,083
Males
1,615
Females
1,468
Population by Age
Under 18
847
18 & over
2,236
20-24
255
25-34
448
35-49
533
50-64
594
65 & over
315
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
1,293
Non Hispanic or Latino
1,790
Population by Race
White
1,370
African-American
44
Asian
26
Native American
635
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
2
Other
813
Two or more
193
 
La Paz County Pages