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Mar 232011
 

By Tammy Gray-Searles –

Navajo County’s population increased by just under 10,000 people in the last 10 years, according to results of the 2010 Census.

Total population in the county is now 107,449, the census revealed. In 2000, the population was 97,470. Of those counted in the census in Navajo County, 75,476 were 18 years or older, indicating that the county has a population of 31,973 that are under 18.

A detailed breakdown of data is not yet available, but information regarding race, housing units, and population of cities and towns is.

In breaking down the population of the county by race, the 2010 Census used a method that raised a number of questions at the time it was conducted. The census data has two separate sections for race, one that includes Hispanic or Latino individuals, but does not denote their race, and a second section that separates Hispanics by race.

In the first section, where Hispanic or Latino residents are presumably counted as “White” or “Some Other Race,” the totals for Navajo County are 49.3 percent white, 43.4 percent American Indian or Alaska Native, 3.4 percent “some other race,” .9 percent black or African American, .5 percent Asian, .1 percent Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and 2.5 percent identified as “two or more races.” Percentages were rounded by the census bureau and do not total 100 percent.

According to the second breakdown, Navajo County’s population by race is 43.9 percent white, 42.4 percent American Indian or Alaska Native, 10.8 percent Hispanic or Latino, .8 percent black or African American, .5 percent Asian, .1 percent native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, and 1.5 percent identified as “two or more races.”

Countywide housing data collected through the census indicates that there are a total of 56,938 housing units in the county. Of those units, 35,658, or 62.6 percent, are occupied and 37.4 percent are unoccupied.

Cities and towns throughout Navajo County have continued to grow, according to the 2010 census.

Holbrook

Holbrook’s population is 5,053, compared to 4,917 in the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census indicates that 43.9 percent of the residents are white, 25.4 percent are Hispanic or Latino, 24.2 percent are American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.8 percent are two or more races, 2.4 percent are black or African American, 1.2 percent are Asian and .1 percent are “some other race.”

According to census results, there are 1,881 housing units in Holbrook, of which 1,636, or 87 percent, are occupied, and 245, or 13 percent, are vacant.

Winslow

Winslow’s population is 9,655, according to the 2010 Census, compared to 9,520 in the 2000 Census.

By race, Winslow census totals indicated that 34.5 percent are white, 32.8 percent are Hispanic or Latino, 23.7 percent are American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.2 percent are black or African American, 2.6 percent are two or more races, one percent Asian, .1 percent are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, and .1 percent are “some other race.”

The census indicates that there are 3,362 housing units in Winslow, with 2,914, or 86.7 percent, occupied and 448, or 13.3 percent, vacant.

Snowflake

A significant population increase was experienced in Snowflake, according to the census results. The 2010 Census reveals a population of 5,590, compared to 4,460 in 2000.

Breakdown by race indicates that Snowflake’s population is 80.3 percent white, 11.8 percent Hispanic or Latino, six percent American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.1 percent two or more races, .2 percent Asian, .2 percent Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, .1 percent black or African American, and .1 percent “some other race.”

A total of 2,074 housing units were counted in Snowflake, with 1,739, or 83.8 percent, occupied and 335, or 16.2 percent, vacant.

Taylor

The population of Taylor is 4,112, according to the 2010 Census, compared to 3,176 in the 2000 census, which also represents a significant increase.

Results indicate that in Taylor, the population is 80.3 percent white, 13.3 percent Hispanic or Latino, 4.5 percent American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.4 percent two or more races, .3 percent Asian, .2 percent black or African American, and .1 percent Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander.

Census officials identified 1,464 housing units in Taylor, of which 1,284, or 88.4 percent, are occupied and 170, or 11.6 percent, are vacant.

Southern County

Population changes in cities and towns such as Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside reveal that the southern portion of the county had the largest population increase.

The 2010 Census indicates that Show Low has a population of 10,660. In 2000, that total was 7,695.

Population in Pinetop-Lakeside is 4,282, according to the 2010 Census. The population count in the 2000 census was 3,582.

Local census totals will be used to determine federal funding, state sales tax shared revenues and grant eligibility, as well as voting and political district boundaries.

 

 

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