Community Profile


Flagstaff, Arizona is a city with the charm of a small mountain town, with the resources of a much larger community. The rustic beauty of the area is in harmony with its sophistication as a university town. Keenly proud and respectful of its historic past, it also strives for the new and innovative.

Flagstaff is the hub of technological advancement in Northern Arizona, with a focus on biosciences, medical devices and renewable energy. In 2009, the respected put Flagstaff in its top 10 “Best Cities for Jobs” list, which focused on places that have stable employment plus the talent to create new, well-paying jobs.

Unlike its neighbors in the Valley of the Sun, Flagstaff is situated in the mountains 7,000 feet above sea level, and has four distinct seasons. Snow in the winter makes it a desirable destination for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and general snow play.

Flagstaff’s location is a top ranking asset when compared to other Western locales. Only 80 miles from the nation’s #1 National Park, The Grand Canyon. Phoenix is only two hours south, while Las Vegas and Albuquerque are within five hours east or west of Flagstaff.

It’s a vibrant educational center, home to one of the state’s three universities and a well-respected community college.

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Cost of Living Index (COLI)

The Greater Flagstaff Chamber gathers pricing information for a cost-of-living report every year which is compiled by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) to create the national cost of living index.

According to the cumulative report for the fourth quarter of 2014, the Flagstaff composite cost of living index was 118.2, or 18.2% more than the national average. The composite index reflects pricing in six categories: housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services.

Composite Index (Overall Cost of Living)

Flagstaff 118.2%
Prescott 97.4%
Phoenix 95.7%
National Average 100%


The Flagstaff, Arizona is a unique community with a diverse population with a wide range of ages, educational opportunities, and professionals. Click through to see more of our demographics.

Flagstaff Total Population


Flagstaff Population by Occupation

(Ages 16 and older, does not include government employment statistics)

Construction +
Farming Fishing Forestry
Management + Professional
Sales & Office

Flagstaff Population by Education

(Ages 25 and older)

Less than 9th Grade
9th-12th - No Diploma
High School Graduate
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Graduate or Professional Degree

Labor Statistics

The following employment data was provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (updated April 2015)

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in Flagstaff, AZ, a metropolitan statistical area in Arizona.

Flagstaff Unemployment Rate


Government Labor Force


Civilian Labor Force