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The Fort Defiance Census Designated Place had a population of 3,536 as of July 1, 2017. Fort Defiance ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Arizona. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Fort Defiance is located at latitude 35.7468 and longitude -109.0685 in Apache County. The formal boundaries for the Fort Defiance Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.1 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Apache County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 6,834 feet.

The Fort Defiance Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2408236) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Arizona is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Fort Defiance Census Designated Place is located within Fort Defiance Division of Apache County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Fort Defiance population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Fort Defiance, AZ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 3,536
Daytime Population: Workers 1,338
Daytime Population: Residents 2,407
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,745
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.06
Population in Households 3,533
Population in Familes 3,127
Population in Group Qrtrs 3
Population Density2 580
Diversity Index3 18


Median Household Income $44,303
Average Household Income $57,644
Per Capita Income $17,004


Total Housing Units 1,252 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 546 (43.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 482 (38.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 224 (17.9%)
Median Home Value $78,571
Average Home Value $104,945


Total Households 1,028
Average Household Size 3.44
Family Households 767
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.34% -0.6%
Households -0.42% -0.63%
Families -0.6% -0.71%
Median Household Income   2.42%
Per Capita Income   2.51%

Fort Defiance, AZ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fort Defiance to the other 451 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Arizona by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 116 75th
Population Density # 103 77th
Diversity Index # 349 23rd
Median Household Income # 141 69th
Per Capita Income # 289 36th

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