Quartzsite, Arizona


Quartzsite, Arizona
An old mine site near Quartzsite, Arizona
Hadji Ali Monument, Quartzsite, Arizona

Quartzsite is a major "snowbird" destination on the I-10 in western Arizona. The area is heavy desert with a lot of old mine sites around. About 1.5 million visitors come to Quartzsite in January and February every year for 15 swap meets and 8 major gem & mineral shows.

Quartzsite is also the burial place of Hadji (Hi Jolly) Ali, a Greek-Syrian camel jockey who was a major player in the US Army experiments with using camels in the desert regions of the southwest back in the late 1800's.

The first settler in the area of Quartzsite was Charles Tyson. He built a fort here to protect his water supply from attacks by hostile natives. Shortly, Fort Tyson became a regular stopover on the Ehrenburg-to-Prescott stage route. When the stage stopped running, the site was abandoned.

Quartzsite itself came into existence in 1897 with a small mining boom that lasted into the 1960's. Then the Pow Wow Rock, Gem & Mineral Show began attracting rockhounds from all over North America in 1965. Now rockhounds, vendors and jewelers in thousands of RV's descend on Quartzsite every winter.

The population of Quartzsite is up almost 9% since 2000.

 
Quartzsite, Arizona
A typical desert scene around Quartzsite
Fast Facts about Quartzsite, Arizona
Quartzsite, La Paz County, AZ 85346, 85359
Latitude: 33.6651°N
Longitude: 114.2209°W
Founded: 1897
Incorporated: 1989
Elevation: 875'

Education:
High School or Higher: 70.0%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 10.0%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 3.8%
Cost of Living Index for Quartzsite: 82.3

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $30,200
Median Home Value: $19,100
Median Resident Age: 67.1 Years
Major Industries:
Lodging & Food Services, Transportation Services, Construction, Government, Retail Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 9.7%
 
2010 Population Demographics
Total Population
3,677
Males
1,867
Females
1,810
Population by Age
Under 18
254
18 & over
3,423
20-24
52
25-34
125
35-49
299
50-64
871
65 & over
2,052
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
246
Non Hispanic or Latino
3,431
Population by Race
White
3,403
African-American
11
Asian
10
Native American
71
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
0
Other
108
Two or more
74
 
La Paz County Pages