Heber-Overgaard, Arizona

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Heber-Overgaard is a census-designated place (CDP) in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. Situated atop the Mogollon Rim, the community lies at an elevation of around 6,500 feet (2,000 m). The population was 2,722 at the 2000 census.

Heber was founded in 1876 or 1877, by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and the town is named after Heber J. Grant, a prominent Mormon. The Heber post office was established in 1890.[1]

Overgaard was settled in the 1930s and was named after the owner of the first sawmill.[2] It was originally called Oklahoma Flats.[1]

Tourism, retirement and timbering are the foundations of Heber-Overgaard's economy.



Heber-Overgaard is located at 34°24′47″N 110°33′52″W / 34.41306°N 110.56444°W / 34.41306; -110.56444 (34.413157, -110.564393).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.9 square miles (18.0 km²), all of it land.

In 2002 the Rodeo-Chediski fire was a wildfire that burned in Heber-Overgaard beginning on June 18, 2002, and was not controlled until July 7. It was the worst forest fire in Arizona to date, consuming 467,066 acres (1,890.15 km2).


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,722 people, 1,154 households, and 808 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 391.4 people per square mile (151.2/km²). There were 3,178 housing units at an average density of 457.0/sq mi (176.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.89% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 2.31% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. 6.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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