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Overview
Population:65,660
Pop. Change:23%
State: Arizona
Metro Area: Flagstaff Metro Area
County: Coconino County
City:Flagstaff
Zip Code:86001, 86004, ... 3 total
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Flagstaff's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Flagstaff Metro Area

Profile: Small mountain city

Location: North-central Arizona, 50 miles south of Grand Canyon National Park

Elevation: 6993

Time zone: Mountain Standard Time (no daylight savings time)

PROCON
Nearby mountainsRising living costs
Low heat and humidityGrowth and sprawl
Attractive settingSome winter cold

Flagstaff is an old Route 66 railroad town, located in the high plateau of the San Francisco Mountains. The city has the second highest altitude among metropolitan areas, and thus escapes the desert heat associated with much of Arizona. Serving as a gateway for the Grand Canyon National Park, as well as an oasis and junction on east-west I-40, the predominant industry is tourism, supported by some relatively unattractive motel and restaurant strips. Downtown is clean with a strong Western feel. Downsides include a fairly undiversified economy, but the area’s recent popularity as a Sun Belt alternative has brought new business and Flagstaff has completely reversed its previous negative economic trends. Unfortunately, this growth has brought with it higher living costs. Northern Arizona University adds a college-town flavor, the population is the best educated in the state, and there’s an overall youthful spirit. The area, with its pleasant, healthy climate most seasons has become more of a retirement destination as well. Home prices, while reasonable for the region in general, have risen fast as they have through most of Arizona. The area has reversed some of its prior negatives and represents a good blend of lifestyle features, hence the dramatic jump in rankings. The negatives of growth and cost, however, bear watching.

The highest mountains in Arizona surround Flagstaff. Local vegetation is mainly desert scrub, grasses and small trees, with coniferous forests in the nearby mountains. The landscape is generally attractive but a bit sparse in the immediate city area. The climate is decidedly high-altitude semiarid. Cold nights prevail year-round—at 210 days per year, Flagstaff drops below freezing more often than any other metropolitan area. Summers are mild and pleasantly cool with moderate humidity and a considerable diurnal temperature range. Temperatures often rise above 80[dg]F and may reach 95[dg]F. Winters bring snow cover, clear skies, and below-zero temperatures. Two distinct precipitation seasons occur in winter and late summer. First freeze is late September, last is mid-June.

Interesting Facts about Flagstaff, Arizona

As of 2014, Flagstaff's population is 65,660 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 22.58 percent.

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The median home cost in Flagstaff is $267,600. Home appreciation the last year has been 8.10 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Flagstaff's cost of living is 19.40% Higher than the U.S. average.

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Flagstaff public schools spend $10,843 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 21 students per teacher in Flagstaff.

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The unemployment rate in Flagstaff is 4.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Flagstaff jobs have Increased by 1.86 percent.


Ranked #25 America's Most (and Least) Stressful Cities (117 Smallest Metro Areas)
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Ranked #244 2005 Best Places to Live
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Map Of Flagstaff

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Average Commute time is 15 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Flagstaff's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes