Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Quartzsite's online reviews...why we need change!
Pop. Change:3%
State: Arizona
Metro Area:No Metro Area
County: La Paz County
Zip Code:85344, 85346, ... 3 more
Real Estate:For Sale, Home Values
Map Of Quartzsite

City Overview

As of 2009, Quartzsite's population is 3,497 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 3.04 percent.
The median home cost in Quartzsite is $62,920. Home appreciation the last year has been -6.90 percent.
Compared to the rest of the country, Quartzsite's cost of living is 13.73% Higher than the U.S. average.
Quartzsite public schools spend $5,450 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $6,058. There are about 17 students per teacher in Quartzsite.
The unemployment rate in Quartzsite is 8.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 8.50%). Recent job growth is Negative. Quartzsite jobs have Decreased by 5.00 percent.

PeopleQuartzsite, AZUnited States
Pop. Density9580
Pop. Change3.04%5.88%
Median Age66.737.6
Household Size1.82.6
Male Population50.94%48.65%
Female Population49.06%51.35%
Married Population69.44%58.89%
Single Population30.56%41.11%

The 2009 Quartzsite, AZ, population is 3,497. There are 95 people per square mile (population density).
Family in Quartzsite, AZ
The median age is 66.7. The US median is 37.6. 69.44% of people in Quartzsite, AZ, are married. 12.83% are divorced.
The average household size is 1.8 people. 3.18% of people are married, with children. 1.76% have children, but are single.
Race in Quartzsite, AZ
94.22% of people are white, 0.23% are black, 0.29% are asian, 1.87% are native american, and 3.71% claim 'Other'.
5.61% of the people in Quartzsite, AZ, claim hispanic ethnicity (meaning 94.39% are non-hispanic).


HealthQuartzsite, AZUnited States
Air Quality (100=best)8748
Water Quality (100=best)4455
Superfund Sites (100=best)8971
Physicians per 100k76.4169.7

There are 76 physicians per 100,000 population in Quartzsite, AZ. The US average is 170.
Quartzsite, AZ Health Index
Air quality in Quartzsite, AZ is 87 on a scale to 100 (higher is better). This is based on ozone alert days and number of pollutants in the air, as reported by the EPA.
Water quality in Quartzsite, AZ is 44 on a scale to 100 (higher is better). The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators.
Superfund index is 89 on a scale to 100 (higher is better). This is upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts.


EconomyQuartzsite, AZUnited States
Unemployment Rate8.50%8.50%
Recent Job Growth-5.00%-3.10%
Future Job Growth21.50%26.40%
Sales Taxes9.10%6.00%
Income Taxes3.90%5.02%
Income per Cap.$18,623$24,020
Household Income$27,525$44,684
Income Less Than 15K23.12%13.64%
Income between 15K and 25K23.12%11.21%
Income between 25K and 35K20.02%11.46%
Income between 35K and 50K19.16%15.84%
Income between 50K and 75K9.45%19.28%
Income between 75K and 100K2.69%11.53%
Income between 100K and 150K1.52%10.70%
Income between 150K and 250K0.61%4.43%
Income between 250K and 500K0.25%1.31%
Income greater than 500K0.05%0.61%
Management, Business, and Financial Operations5.32%13.61%
Professional and Related Occupations13.30%20.24%
Sales and Office32.08%26.74%
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry0.63%0.74%
Construction, Extraction, and Maintenance11.11%9.48%
Production, Transportation, and Material Moving12.05%14.44%

The unemployment rate in Quartzsite, AZ, is 8.50%, with job growth of -5.00%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 21.50%.
Quartzsite, AZ Taxes
Quartzsite, AZ,sales tax rate is 9.10%. Income tax is 3.90%.
Quartzsite, AZ Income and Salaries
The income per capita is $18,623, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $27,525.


HousingQuartzsite, AZUnited States
Median Home Age2427
Median Home Cost$62,920$202,300
Home Appreciation-6.90%-4.60%
Homes Owned52.86%64.07%
Housing Vacant40.96%14.48%
Homes Rented6.33%21.45%
Property Tax Rate$9.32$13.28
Less Than $20,00030.85%3.01%
$20,000 to $39,99912.64%4.37%
$40,000 to $59,99912.58%5.74%
$60,000 to $79,99911.61%7.07%
$80,000 to $99,9998.42%8.41%
$100,000 to $149,99914.00%19.74%
$150,000 to $199,9996.43%14.06%
$200,000 to $299,9991.82%16.59%
$300,000 to $399,9990.97%8.21%
$400,000 to $499,9990.28%4.53%
$500,000 to $749,9990.40%4.75%
$1,000,000 or more0.00%1.86%
1999 to October 20059.18%10.15%
1995 to 19987.00%6.69%
1990 to 199411.15%6.70%
1980 to 198924.45%14.75%
1970 to 197933.15%17.11%
1960 to 19697.47%12.78%
1950 to 19593.80%11.64%
1940 to 19491.23%6.64%
1939 or Earlier2.57%13.55%

The median home value in Quartzsite, AZ, is $62,920. Home appreciation is -6.90% over the last year. The median age of Quartzsite, AZ, real estate is 24 years.
Quartzsite, AZ Apartments and Rentals
Renters make up 6.33% of the Quartzsite, AZ, population. 40.96% of houses and apartments in Quartzsite, AZ, are unoccupied (vacancy rate).


CrimeQuartzsite, AZUnited States
Violent Crime23
Property Crime33

Quartzsite, AZ, violent crime, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 10, is 2. Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The US average is 3.
Quartzsite, AZ, property crime, on a scale from 1 (low) to 10, is 3. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. The US average is 3.


ClimateQuartzsite, AZUnited States
Rainfall (in.)436.6
Snowfall (in.)025.2
Precipitation Days17101
Sunny Days307205
Avg. July High108.286.5
Avg. Jan. Low38.320.8
Comfort Index (higher=better)4444
UV Index6.14.3
Elevation ft.8771,062

Quartzsite, AZ, gets 4 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 0 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 17.
On average, there are 307 sunny days per year in Quartzsite, AZ. The July high is around 108 degrees. The January low is 38. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 44 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.


EducationQuartzsite, AZUnited States
School Expend.$5,450$6,058
Pupil/Teacher Ratio1715.9
Students per Librarian462907
Students per Counselor0546
2 yr College Grad.3.14%8.22%
4 yr College Grad.6.08%15.16%
Graduate Degrees3.78%7.16%
High School Grads.70.54%79.62%

Quartzsite, AZ, schools spend $5,450 per student. There are 17 pupils per teacher, 462 students per librarian, and 0 children per counselor in Quartzsite, AZ schools.


TransportationQuartzsite, AZUnited States
Commute Time17.427.4
Auto (alone)57.13%71.32%
Mass Transit0.00%2.00%
Work at Home6.25%5.46%
Commute Less Than 15 min.72.53%28.89%
Commute 15 to 29 min.11.26%36.08%
Commute 30 to 44 min.4.44%19.35%
Commute 45 to 59 min.7.68%7.57%
Commute greater than 60 min.4.10%8.12%

The average one-way commute in Quartzsite, AZ, takes 17 minutes. 57% of commuters drive their own car alone. 19% carpool with others. 0% take mass transit and 6% work from home.

Cost of Living

CostoflivingQuartzsite, AZUnited States

Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Quartzsite, AZ is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Quartzsite, AZ is more expensive.
Overall, Quartzsite, AZ cost of living is 113.73.


ReligionQuartzsite, AZUnited States
Percent Religious24.49%50.03%
Other Christian3.16%4.66%

24.49% of the people in Quartzsite, AZ are religious, meaning they affiliate with a religion. 7.60% are Catholic; 8.47% are Protestant; 4.17% are LDS; 3.16% are another Christian faith; 1.01% in Quartzsite, AZ are Jewish; 0.08% are an eastern faith; 0.00% affilitates with Islam.


VotingQuartzsite, AZUnited States
Independent Other0.079%0.066%
Independent Liberal0.059%0.475%
Independent Conservative0.890%0.447%

36.55% of the people in Quartzsite, AZ are registered as Democrats. 62.42% are registered Republican. Remaining are independent: 1.03%.

Quatrzsite is Not Worth the Trip - 2/10/2009

Have been going to Quartzsite for about 15 years for the flea market and shows and things have been going downhill at this yearly event in recent years. The town has been charging ever more money to vendors to set up their stalls in Quartzsite and over the last couple of years, there has been fewer and fewer vendors showing up. It just isn't worth the trip anymore.

Also, there is a police presence in Quartzsite that I'd not noticed in recent years. The town has become a police trap with the cops shaking down out of state tourists - no not me, but I heard complaints from others. There are better places to visit.  


  1. Even Sperling's knows Quartzsite water quality gets a failing grade. How embarrassing!

  2. You need to get out of town already..everyone is tired of your crap..

  3. "Everyone"? Gee, everyone I talk to seems to want me to become a permanent resident and run for office, LOL! There's just a very small group of self serving petty dissidents at Town Hall who probable own stock in that solar tower that wish I would leave. Too bad for them I'm coming back next fall...I love this town and the awesome people I've met here. Why let a handful of delusional people spoil it for the angry majority?

  4. I agree, stay where ever you are and don't bother coming back. We would like you to be someone elses headache. And take that idiot 2+2=Banana idiot with you.

  5. The Reform Slate IS the minority trying to stir up trouble. Even reading the Sperling Report is misconstrued. Did you actually 'read' the report correctly?

    We have a ratio of 17 children to a teacher. Do you know that in most cities the ratio is 28 or 30+ (some 35 to 40) to one teacher? Our Quartzsite children are getting more attention and service. The expenditures may be 10% less per student, but where they are spending more, they have many more services (ie: auditoriums, gyms, lunch halls, mulitple sports fields, etc). So for 10% less it appears the students are getting a lot of teaching and attention for the money. Yet, we will be constructing a new community center and a concession stand for all students, citizens and visitors.

    In such a recession as we have been having in the US, we have the same unemployment rate, no higher, no lower. Yet, future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 21.50% here in Quartzsite.

    The cost of housing is lower here, rent costs are lower, violent crime is less than the US average and that is because of the police presence.

    Our comfort rating of 44 equals the average of the entire country, north and/or south, east and/or west.

    If you do not like these types of facts, then please, you certainly do not have to live, here, visit here, or have a business here or with any combination thereof.

  6. I certainly read the report correctly!

    You can't credit the incumbents or the public school system for Quartzsite's education success. The scholars Academy is privately run and is doing a wonderful job considering what they have to work with.

    The "comfort level" is climate, and we all know that's why so many people come here.

    As far as the other numbers go, the Town seems to pretty well stagnant, and while there may be a predicted future job growth of 21.5 % over the next ten years, current job growth is - 5 %(There is also a predictable cost of living increase etc. over ten years...and Quartzsite is already 13.71 % higher than the national average).

    Homes have depreciated 6.9 % in value.

    Violent crime may be 1 point lower than the national average but Quartzsite's population is made up mostly of older folks, and violent crime is mostly attributed to young men between 15 and 25. However, property crime is the same (3).

    Quartzsite has a substantially greater percentage of residents living below the poverty level, and the income numbers show that is true for the four lowest income brackets.

    The point was that what we are currently doing is not good enough, and more of the same will certainly not yield improvement.

    As for the "reform slate" being the minority, I guess we will all know in a few more days...

  7. And my apologies for the fact that I can't seem to get the graphs to read right. The national average is chopped off of the right hand side. I always include the link to the original source so that readers may do their own investigation.

  8. AR says: You can't credit the incumbents or the public school system for Quartzsite's education success. The scholars Academy is privately run and is doing a wonderful job considering what they have to work with.

    Well, AR, when I wrote above, where did I say anything about the incumbents there?

    My comments were specifically about Sperling's Report. I gave the facts as they were presented in this report, nothing more, nothing less. These comments were to the public to show that this is a very nice place to visit, work, bring in a business, and/or live. I would appreciate that you do not falsify one's comments.

    As far as the current joblessness at -5%. Well Detroit is over -18%, Phoenix is over 12%, same for Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and the national average is -8%, so it appears we are doing better here during a severe recession.

    One reason that the violent crime is 1 point lower than the national average is exactly that this is a 'senior' retiree town and that the young criminals take advantage of exactly that. Yet, we are lower than the national average.

    Income Less Than 15K 23.12%
    Income between 15K and 25K 23.12%
    Income between 25K and 35K 20.02%
    Income between 35K and 50K 19.16%
    Income between 50K and 75K 9.45%

    Since you, AR, mentioned that this is a town of older folks (your words), you should also note that they are mostly on Social Security Income. Therefore, they would represent the lower income brackets (unfortunately). If this town had a broader breakdown and more diverse, the numbers would change accordingly. The higher brackets reflect those with businesses, are younger with paying jobs, and those that were fortunate to have other retirement funds such as pensions.

    Homes have depreciated 6.9% in value. Well, in most cities, homes have depreciated from 60% in the major-hit cities to at least 35% in most cities. I'd say we are very fortunate that it has only been 6.9% here.

    We are in a recession folks, a bad one, but we all know things will get better. This Town Council has nothing to do with the World Economy. They are doing their best to clean up this town, open up opportunities for more business and have this town safe, and self-sufficient. The report and the facts of this report are true, yet separate from everything else.

  9. "Anonymous", you numbers are wrong.
    Quartzsite United States
    Home Appreciation -6.90% -4.60%
    Homes Owned 52.86% 64.07%
    Housing Vacant 40.96% 14.48%
    Homes Rented 6.33% 21.45%
    Unemployment Rate 8.50% 8.50%
    Recent Job Growth -5.00% -3.10%
    Future Job Growth 21.50% 26.40%
    Sales Taxes 9.10% 6.00%
    "Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Quartzsite, AZ is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Quartzsite, AZ is more expensive."

    Overall, Quartzsite, AZ cost of living is 113.73.

  10. Like I said, Homes have depreciated 6.9% in value. Well, in most cities, homes have depreciated from 60% in the major-hit cities to at least 35% in most cities. I'd say we are very fortunate that it has only been 6.9% here.

    Below is from the LA Times:

    Los Angeles and Miami both had gains above 4%. But eight areas have seen their prices plunge more than 50% since reaching peak prices, including Merced, which has dropped 66%. Three others in the Central Valley have seen similar dives.

    In all, prices in 128 areas have slid more than 10% from their highest points.

    The largest declines in the third quarter were in Bend, Ore., with a 5.6% fall, and Las Vegas, with a 5% slump. Bend’s prices are now 33.5% below their peak in 2006, and prices in Las Vegas have dropped 56% overall.

    These were a few examples of how badly the recession has been for the last 2 years plus. Other cities like Detroit has lost more than 60% in value, and they have been in a recession since 2000. You cannot look at just what has happened in the last quarter but at how the recessive economy has hurt us all in the long run. Quartzsite has escaped most of what is happening elsewhere.

    And, for the cost of living. I can't disagree with that one point. If you of the opposing group do not stop creating such a problem here and let the infrastructure continue, we will never get supporting services to help lower the cost of living. There are no hospitals here, no grocery chains, no real drug stores, many other things that if they were here, you would have more proper pricing for things let alone health and dental care. Not having enough supportive services here and therefore not having competition and competitive pricing, is exactly "why" the cost of living is higher than the average. Let the forward progress continue and as the recession subsides, people will start coming back and growth will continue again.

  11. What idiot posted the facts above of 76 doctors being Quartzsite? You better get your math correct. And the only time there are ever 100,000 people in Quartzsite is during the winter and even then there are NOT 76 doctors in Q town.

  12. Where are you getting that there are 76 in Quartzsite? I read the entire thread above and can't see that. Are you sure you were in the right blog?


  14. ok so I posted something..friend of the sun-glass man