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Prescott, AZ

Nestled in the central mountains of Arizona, Prescott enjoys temperate weather throughout the year (but can receive an occasional snowfall!). The natural beauty of mountains and lakes, along with miles of forested trails, make the city a natural destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Prescott is over 5,000 feet above sea level, making breathing difficult for some visitors. The city, with a population of about 43,000, ranks second in Arizona for quality of life, right behind Tempe.

Gold was discovered in Prescott in the late 1800s, bringing the city national attention. The city was briefly the capital of the Arizona Territory, until it lost that designation to Tucson. Prescott is now the largest city and the county seat of Yavapai County.

The Yavapai-Prescott Indians have lived in the area for thousands of years, and their reservation is located partially within the borders of Prescott. Two casinos and a hotel are on reservation land near the city. The Yavapai people are known for their intricate basket designs, and their handicrafts are sold at various locations.

Prescott is pronounced presk-it, with the second syllable rhyming with the second syllable in biscuit. Historians say that the town was named after the Boston native William Hickling Prescott, and that the town name acquired his Boston accent.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Prescott is sparsely populated, with a number of attractive residential neighborhoods. The city is committed to the preservation of historical residences, working with homeowners to aid in their efforts to preserve the homes.

Whiskey Row is a historical street that once boasted over 40 saloons in one block. In 1900 the entire block was destroyed by a fire but was quickly rebuilt into a strip of brick and masonry buildings. The area is a still a popular nightspot, although with significantly fewer bars than during its heyday.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

The primary industry in Prescott is tourism. Top employers include county government offices and educational institutions.

The median household income in the city is approximately $37,000.

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Prescott's local newspapers are the Daily Courier and the Prescott Valley Tribune.


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