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Situated in the heart of northern Arizona at the southern gateway to the Colorado Plateau, Coconino County is the second largest county in the United States, covering a land area of 18,661 square miles.

Visitors from around the world are drawn to the region's natural beauty and cultural diversity. Attractions include Grand Canyon National Park, Oak Creek Canyon, Sunset Crater National Monument, Lake Powell, and the Navajo, Hopi, Hualapai and Havasupai Indian Nations.

12 percent of the land in Coconino County, or 2,326 square miles, is owned by individuals or corporations. About three-fourths of the private land is in large ranches held by about ten owners. Tribal lands comprise 38.4%, Forest Service 28.3%, Bureau of Land Management 5.0%, National Park Service 6.8%, and State 9.5%.

The City of Flagstaff (pop. ~62,000; elev. 7000 ft.) is the County’s economic, medical and transportation hub. Economic clusters include government, transportation, utilities, education, and leisure & hospitality. The central corridors of both Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff have been designated as Enterprise Zones.

With intersecting interstates and BNSF’s main east-west rail trunk line, Flagstaff is a major distribution center for companies such as Walgreens and Nestle Purina. Products and goods can be easily transported south to Phoenix and east or west to America’s largest population centers.

Flagstaff is well known for its remarkable achievements in the areas of astronomy, astrogeology and today’s modern science of genomics. It’s where scientists discovered Pluto, remotely explore Mars and the Moon, and make inroads to pathogen genomics and other bioscience breakthroughs. There is a strong employment base in the medical device industry as well as a growing R&D base in the biosciences, thanks to Northern Arizona University (NAU) and collaborators like TGen North, established companies like W.L. Gore and Machine Solutions, and emerging stars like SenesTech. Looking toward the future, NAU, Coconino Community College, the Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies and the Coconino County Sustainable Economic Development Initiative are working closely together to provide national leadership in sustainability and green economics. 

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Neal Young


Neal Young
Deputy County Manager


219 E. Cherry Ave.
Flagstaff, AZ  86001

Ph: (928) 679-7170

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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