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Live in Flagstaff

Flagstaff, with its nearly 71,000 residents, has the charm of a small mountain town and the resources of a large community. The natural beauty of Northern Arizona blends well with the sophistication of this university town. Keenly proud and aware of its historic and gritty past, Flagstaff still strives for an improved and innovative future.

With focus on bio-science, medical devices and renewable energy, Flagstaff is the hub of technological advancement in Northern Arizona. In 2009, Kiplinger rated Flagstaff in the top 10 “Best Cities for Jobs” list; the list features locations that have stable employment and the talent to create new, well-paying jobs.

Unlike its neighbors in the Valley of the Sun, Flagstaff is situated at 7,000 feet above sea level and has four distinct seasons. Snowy winters make it a desirable destination for downhill and cross-country skiers and snowboarders.

Flagstaff’s location is one of its top ranking assets, as it rests only 80 miles from Grand Canyon National Park. Phoenix is only two hours south, while Las Vegas and Albuquerque are both less than a five hour drive away.  Flagstaff is home to Northern Arizona University, one of Arizona’s three public universities, as well as Coconino Community College, a highly-rated community college.

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Community Information

Cost of Living Index

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

According to the cumulative report averaging three quarters in 2023, the Flagstaff composite cost of living index was 114.1% of the national average. The composite index reflects pricing in six categories: housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services. Please note that the data does not take into account taxes.

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Composite Index (Overall Cost of Living)
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Flagstaff Labor & Education Statistics

The following employment data was provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (updated December 2023) These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in Flagstaff, AZ, a metropolitan statistical area in Arizona.

Flagstaff Population by Occupation

Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

Mining, Logging and Construction: 3%

Manufacturing: 3.8%

Trade, Transportation and Utilities: 9.8%

Information: 0.4%

Financial Activities: 1.7%

Professional and Business Services: 4.1%

Education and Health Services: 9.6%

Leisure and Hospitality: 16.9%

Other Services: 1.7%

Government: 19.2%


Flagstaff Population by Education

No schooling: .7%

9th – 12th Grade / No Diploma: 3.4%

High School Diploma: 14.9%

Some College: 29.7%: 1.7%

Bachelors Degree or higher: 51.3%

Higher Education Attainment

Associates degree: 13.5%

Bachelors degree: 51.9%

Masters degree: 22.6%

Doctorate degree: 6.9%

Professional School degree: 5.1%


Community Resources

Flagstaff enjoys a wide diversity of housing for its 70,000 residents. Accommodations range from studio apartments to estates in beautiful golf club communities.

The city abounds in fabulous assets, such as its convenient location, gorgeous mountain setting and a small-town university feel with the amenities of a big city.

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Flagstaff has healthcare options for everyone. Flagstaff Medical Center and North Country healthcare provide affordable, comprehensive healthcare and our many specialists, such as Northern Arizona Orthopedics, provide services for all of your medical needs.

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Transportation to and around Flagstaff is available in a multitude of ways. Flagstaff Pulliam Airport provides direct service to Phoenix Sky Harbor and will provide direct flights to LAX and DFW starting in the spring. Locals take advantage of the hybrid/electric bus system that provides service to the entire city. Active residents and visitors use the extensive and expanding Flagstaff Urban Trail System. The FUTS offers over 50 miles of finished trails in and around Flagstaff.

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An educated community builds a talented workforce, creates economic stability and cultivates an informed citizen base prepared to make decisions on complex issues.

With a thriving University, a community college that works to support businesses to support current snd emerging job markets and a culture of strong public and charter schools, Flagstaff is ranked among the top towns for education. Click to learn more about Flagstaff's schools.

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Other Services

Whether visiting Flagstaff or calling it home, the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce is here to provide the resources you need to connect with our incredible community. Browse below for other service listings and feel free to reach out directly if we can be of assistance!

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