Moenkopi, Arizona

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Moenkopi (Hopi: Mùnqapi) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Coconino County, Arizona, United States, adjacent to the southeast side of Tuba City off U.S. Route 160. The population was 901 at the 2000 census.

A Hopi community, it was founded in 1870 as a summer farming area by people from the Hopi Third Mesa village of Oraibi, Arizona. It is forty miles west of Third Mesa and is divided into the villages of Upper Moenkopi and Lower Moenkopi. It lies in a 250.306 km² (96.644 sq mi) exclave of the Hopi Indian Reservation which is separated from the main part of the reservation which lies to the east. Both parts are surrounded by Navajo Indian Reservation territory. The smaller section comprises only 3.8 percent of the Hopi Reservation's land area and 13.2 percent (916 persons) of its population.



Located in the center of a wide valley,[citation needed] Moenkopi is located at 36°6′42″N 111°13′15″W / 36.11167°N 111.22083°W / 36.11167; -111.22083 (36.111741, -111.220699).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 901 people, 242 households, and 202 families residing in the CDP. The population density is 561.9 people per square mile (217.4/km²). There are 284 housing units at an average density of 177.1/sq mi (68.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 1.44% White, 96.67% Native American, 0.22% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population.

There were 242 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 28.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 14.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.72 and the average family size was 4.06.

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