Cottonwood is located along the Verde River at the geographic center of Arizona, about 100 miles north of the Phoenix metropolitan area. It is characterized by the huge old cottonwood trees that flourish along the Verde River. Sedona’s Red Rocks and the Mogollon Rim are visible to the North and East, and the Black Hills and Mingus Mountains lie directly to the West.
Clarkdale was founded in 1912 by William A Clark, owner of United Verde Copper Company of Jerome, as a “company town.” It provided housing and services for the nearby smelter workers. Clarkdale was the first planned community in the State of Arizona. Mining operations ceased in 1953.
Today, the Town of Clarkdale is a bedroom community located on the banks of the Verde River. It is the gateway to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area in the beautiful Verde Valley. Clarkdale’s bungalow homes are a delight to view, and a testament to William Clark. Clarkdale offers numerous antique and specialty shops, restaurants, and is home to the Verde Canyon Railroad. The Yavapai College campus is located in Clarkdale and serves the entire Verde Valley with on-site classrooms and resources.
Clarkdale was incorporated in 1957. Its elevation is 3,546 feet. The land area is 7.33 square miles; with 559 people per square mile, the population density is low.
Approximately 4,097 people live in Clarkdale, with an estimated annual household income of $32,738.* The median single-family home sold in the fiscal year ending June, 2012, sold for $175,000; it was 2,172 square foot in size.
*The estimated median household income for Arizona is $48,745. Estimated income numbers are for 2009.