Whiteriver, AZ


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Whiteriver is a very small town located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 4,134 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Whiteriver is the 82nd largest community in Arizona.

Unlike some towns, Whiteriver isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Whiteriver are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Whiteriver is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Whiteriver who work in office and administrative support (16.59%), food service (11.17%), and personal care services (9.51%).

Of important note, Whiteriver is also a town of artists. Whiteriver has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Whiteriver’s character.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Whiteriver has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Whiteriver has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Whiteriver than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Whiteriver may be for you.

Despite the fact that it is a small town, Whiteriver has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the town for affordable transportation.

The population of Whiteriver has one of the lowest overall levels of education in the country: only 2.51% of people over 25 hold a college degree. The national average for all municipalities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Whiteriver in 2010 was $7,199, which is low income relative to Arizona and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $28,796 for a family of four. Whiteriver also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 50.38% of its population below the federal poverty line.

The people who call Whiteriver home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Whiteriver residents report their race to be Native American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Whiteriver include Irish, Danish, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Whiteriver is Native American languages. Other important languages spoken here include English and Spanish.

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