Prescott attracts thousands of visitors annually and a significant percentage of once-vacationers become new Prescott residents each year. Whether you're traveling to Prescott for the first time or the hundredth, and whether you're traveling 100 miles away or 1,000 you'll find a feeling of being home in Prescott, AZ. Read on for interesting facts about Arizona's first capital, its first home and perhaps your future home.
Prescott, Arizona at-a-Glance
Location: Yavapai County (county seat), central Arizona, 100 miles northwest of Phoenix
Insider tip: Pronounce Prescott as "Press-kit" versus "Press-cot"
Claim to fame: Arizona's Territorial Capital
Known as: Everybody's Hometown, Where History Lives On, The Cowboy Capital of the World, Arizona's Bed & Breakfast
City, Arizona's Mile-High City, Arizona's Christmas City and repeatedly named in the media as a Best Place to Retire.
Population: 47,236 (229,640 in Yavapai County as of 2009). Third largest metropolitan area in Arizona (1-Phoenix, 2--Tucson, 4-Flagstaff)
Median age: 48
Median family income: $48,678
Median home price: $213,778
Altitude: 5,354 ft
City centerpiece: Courthouse Square and Whiskey Row. Find it between streets Gurley, Cortez, Goodwin and Montezuma
Signature annual events: World's Oldest Rodeo and Frontier Days - annually around July 4th; Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting - annually the first Saturday of December; Phippen Museum Western Art Show & Sale - annually in May; near nightly and weekly events on Courthouse Square from May through September.
Weather: Average spring/summer temperature: 81 F; average fall/winter temperature: 58 F. 277 sunny days per year.
Lodging: Nearly 50 hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, inns and vacation rentals
Things to Do: Outdoor recreation, museums, walking tours, lakes, hiking and walking trails, casinos, bars and nightlife, special events, farmers markets, tours, Sedona, Jerome and Grand Canyon