Chino Valley, Arizona

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Chino Valley is a town in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town is 10,503.[2]



Chino Valley is located at 34°45′30″N 112°26′59″W / 34.75833°N 112.44972°W / 34.75833; -112.44972 (34.758381, -112.449758).[3] The town is located adjacent the southeast terminus of Chino Valley, about 9 mi north at Paulden. The smaller north-trending Little Chino Valley lies just east of the townsite.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 18.6 square miles (48.1 km²), all of it land.


Chino Valley is the site of the first Territorial Capital of Arizona. The capital moved to Prescott, 15 miles away, in 1864. U.S. Army Cavalry Lt. Amiel W. Whipple, while traveling through the area in 1854, gave the community its name. "Chino" is the Mexican name for the abundant curly grama grass growing in the area.

In 1895, a narrow gauge branch of the United Verde and Pacific Railroad to Jerome, joining the Prescott and Arizona Central, was completed, and Jerome Junction was established. In 1923, the activities of Jerome Junction were absorbed by Chino Valley.[4]

The town of Chino Valley was incorporated in 1970.

The town is in north central Arizona, on state Highway 89, 15 miles north of Prescott and 35 miles south of Ash Fork, which is on Interstate 40. It is at an elevation of 4,750 feet.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 7,835 people, 3,030 households, and 2,172 families residing in the town. The population density was 421.6 people per square mile (162.8/km²). There were 3,256 housing units at an average density of 175.2/sq mi (67.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.07% White, 0.23% Black or African American, 0.94% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 2.59% from other races, and 1.94% from two or more races. 9.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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