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Fort Defiance, Arizona - Basic Facts

The Fort Defiance Census Designated Place had a population of 3,685 as of July 1, 2020. 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 35.7445 and longitude -109.0765 in Apache County. The formal boundaries for the Fort Defiance Census Designated Place 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.


Fort Defiance, AZ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 3,685 (100%)
Population in Households 3,682 (99.9%)
Population in Families 3,258 (88.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 3 ( 0.1%)
Population Density 606
Diversity Index2 20


Median Household Income $37,907
Average Household Income $52,359
% of Income for Mortgage4 4%
Per Capita Income $15,691
Wealth Index5 40


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,271 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 711 (55.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 380 (29.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 180 (14.2%)
Median Home Value $37,819
Average Home Value $54,255
Housing Affordability Index3 350


Total Households 1,091
Average Household Size 3.37
Family Households 815
Average Family Size 4
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.17% 0.14%
Households 0.29% 0.24%
Families 0.18% 0.2%
Median Household Income   1.77%
Per Capita Income   2.47%
Owner Occupied HU   0.28%


Fort Defiance, AZ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fort Defiance to the other 450 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Arizona by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 115 75th
Population Density # 103 77th
Median Household Income # 301 33rd
Housing Affordability Index # 435 97th
Per Capita Income # 316 30th
Diversity Index # 345 24th

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