Chino Valley is located along State Route 89 which connects the area with I-40 which in turn connects with Flagstaff.
Chino Valley is located about 1.5 hours from Phoenix and about 1.5 hours from Flagstaff. Chino Valley is a short 20 minute drive to Downtown Prescott which boasts a thriving entertainment district, a state of the art medical center as well as a wide variety of medical specialists and is also close to Prescott Valley.
Today, Chino Valley has a population of approximately 16000 people and is experiencing growth in housing and retail establishments.
Chino Valley is located at 4707 feet above sea level and enjoys a mild 4 season climate.
History of Chino Valley:
The town was Incorporated in 1970 and received its name in 1854 from U.S. Army Cavalry Lt. Amiel W. Whipple.
Whipple was traveling through the area and took note of the plentiful gama grass growing in the region. The Mexican word for this grass was “chino”—thus the community’s name.
From January – May of 1864, the site of the first Territorial Capital of Arizona was established at Del Rio Springs in Chino Valley. Later that year, the Territorial Capital was moved to Prescott. Jerome Junction railroad was established in 1895 and really put Chino Valley "on the map". Afterward, from the 1920s to the late 1940s, most of the families of Chino Valley took up farming and ranching. In the 1950s and 1960s, dairy farming became a large source of revenue. Affordable housing, large plots of land and significant availability of services continue to draw residents and businesses to the area.
For folks who are looking for a more rural area in which to live, this may just be the right place!
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