Show Low, Arizona


  • A view over the edge of the Mogollon Rim at Show Low, Arizona
  • City Park in Show Low
  • In downtown Show Low
  • In downtown Show Low
Show Low, Arizona

The area where Show Low is located was first homesteaded in 1870 by Corydon E. Cooley (a famous Indian scout) and Marion Clark as partners. They claimed some 100,000 acres and fenced it all with barbed wire. Several years later the partners had an argument and decided to settle it with a game of cards: "Seven-Up." The story goes that they played all night and when it came to the last hand, Cooley needed one more point to win. At that point, Clark is reported to have said, "You show low and you win!" Cooley cut the deck and showed the Deuce of Clubs (which is now the name of the main thoroughfare in Show Low). There's several versions of that story floating around, some with different characters, etc. but "Show Low" and Deuce of Clubs remain the same throughout.

Today, Show Low is a big summer vacation spot: sitting up on top of the Mogollon Rim it's a lot cooler than down below to the south... The town is in the pines and surrounded by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. That means good fishing streams and lakes are close by. Among the local fishing and camping spots is Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, Show Low Lake and Pintail Lake. The local population seems to about double in the summer time and the traffic can get pretty heavy.

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

Fast Facts about Show Low, Arizona
Show Low, Navajo County, AZ 85901,85902
Latitude: 34.2436°N
Longitude: 110.0482°W
Founded: 1870
Incorporated: 1953
Elevation: 6,347'

Education:
High School or Higher: 82.5%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 15.6%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 5.2%
Cost of Living Index for Show Low: 85.2

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $29,300
Median Home Value: $114,900
Median Resident Age: 42.4 Years
Major Industries:
Educational Services, Construction, Lodging & Food Services, Government, Health Care, Retail Services, Social Services, Finance & Insurance Services, Utilities, Transportation Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 12.9%
 
2010 Population Demographics
Total Population
10,660
Males
5,173
Females
5,487
Population by Age
Under 18
2,575
18 & over
8,085
20-24
538
25-34
1,167
35-49
1,767
50-64
2,294
65 & over
2,059
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
1,360
Non Hispanic or Latino
9,300
Population by Race
White
9,341
African-American
47
Asian
84
Native American
438
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
16
Other
447
Two or more
287
 
Navajo County Pages