Snowflake, Arizona

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Snowflake is a town in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. It was founded in 1878 by William Jordan Flake and Erastus Snow, Mormon pioneers and colonizers.[2] According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town is 4,958.[3]

Snowflake is 25 miles south of Interstate 40 (formerly U.S. Route 66) via Highway 77. The Apache Railway‎ provides freight service.

Recently, the town and surrounding area have experienced steady growth, primarily to the east, west and south. An additional 9-holes were added to the 18-hole golf course where the Snowflake Arizona Temple was built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2002. To the east of town, a substantial community of individuals suffering from multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome has grown since the 1980s.[4]

Snowflake experiences a four season climate with a warm (sometimes hot) summer, mild autumn, mild to cold winter and cool, windy spring. Typical high temperatures hover around 90 °F during July and August and 30 to 55 °F in December/January.



Snowflake is located at 34°30′40″N 110°4′59″W / 34.51111°N 110.08306°W / 34.51111; -110.08306 (34.511187, -110.082974).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 30.9 square miles (79.9 km²), of which, 30.8 square miles (79.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.16%) is water.


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 4,460 people, 1,312 households, and 1,070 families residing in the town. The population density was 144.8 people per square mile (55.9/km²). There were 1,536 housing units at an average density of 49.9/sq mi (19.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.24% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 6.93% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 3.00% from other races, and 2.00% from two or more races. 8.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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