Navajo, New Mexico

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Navajo (Navajo: Niʼiijíhí) is a census-designated place (CDP) in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 2,097 at the 2000 census. Navajo is the most Navajo town in the United States, with 95.04% of residents having full or partial Navajo ancestry.


Navajo is located at 35°54′20″N 109°01′43″W / 35.90556°N 109.02861°W / 35.90556; -109.02861 (35.905617, -109.028733).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²), all of it land.

To the east of Navajo is Assayi Lake, and just north of Navajo is Red Lake, Wheatfields Lake, and Tsaile Lake. There is an old existing strata Volcano, Fuzzy Mountain, which in the winter gives radial sources of water to the environment. The area is rich with culture and traditions. Many of the water resources around Navajo leave the evidence of rushing streams and washes. The evergreen trees offer shading to many of the animals in the summer and provide shelter in the winter. Navajo, New Mexico had employed many Navajos at the sawmill, N.F.P.I. (Navajo Forest Products Industry). The mill has since gone out of business and left Navajo to struggle in the economic development. Many of the people left the Navajo area to relocate to places that had jobs readily available. Today the mill stands alone and empty. The large tin buildings are decorated with the "contemporary art" / graffiti of local adolescents. Still, Navajo exists because of the schools, the hometown market, the gas station, and the homes. It has become a town that commutes to outside jobs, and a refuge to those seeking a place to belong to.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,097 people, 475 households, and 406 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 928.1 people per square mile (358.3/km²). There were 560 housing units at an average density of 247.8/sq mi (95.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.42% Native American, 2.86% White, 0.48% from two or more races, and 0.24% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

There were 475 households out of which 68.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 37.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.5% were non-families. 12.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 0.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.41 and the average family size was 4.81.

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