Show Low Arizona

Show Low was named after a marathon poker game played between two early settlers. They decided there wasn’t enough room for both of them in the community and agreed to let a game of cards decide who was to get the 100,000 acre ranch and who was to move on. According to the story, one of them said, “If you can show low, you win.” The other one turned up the deuce of clubs and replied, “show low it is.” Show Low got its name from that card game and Show Low’s main street is named “Deuce of Clubs” in remembrance.


Show Low is now the largest city in the White Montains of northeastern Arizona and is one of the fastest growing cities in northern Arizona. Show Low is also the business hub and marketing center of the area.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 201
1920 258 28.4%
1930 315 22.1%
1960 1,625
1970 2,129 31.0%
1980 4,298 101.9%
1990 5,019 16.8%
2000 7,695 53.3%
2010 10,660 38.5%
Est. 2014 10,841 1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,695 people, 2,885 households, and 2,117 families residing in the city. The population density was 859 people per square mile (106.6/km²). There were 7186 housing units at an average density of 155.7 per square mile (60.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.3% White, 0.4% Black or African American, 3.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.4% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. 9.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,885 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,356, and the median income for a family was $36,397. Males had a median income of $28,882 versus $24,590 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,536. About 11.7% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.6% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.


Show Low Regional Airport (IATA: SOWICAO: KSOW) provides passenger airline service through Great Lakes Airlines to Phoenix and to Denverthrough Farmington, New Mexico; the airport maintains a single passenger terminal for this purpose. The airport is also commonly used for air cargo, air-taxi, and as a fixed base operator for general aviation.

The city also maintains a minor public transportation operation in conjunction with neighboring Pinetop-Lakeside. Two shuttles service multiple retail, high-traffic, and government offices and also the airport and nearby Hon-Dah casino (57 stops in all).


Almost all of the city is a part of the Show Low Unified School District. A portion of the city is within the boundaries of the Blue Ridge Unified School District.

Schools that serve the SLUSD portion of the city include Linden Elementary, Nikolaus Homestead Elementary, Whipple Ranch Elementary, White Mountain Institute, Show Low Junior High School, and Show Low High School.

Show Low is home to one of Northland Pioneer College‘s four regional campuses, the White Mountain Campus.



Top employers

According to the City’s 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center 900
2 Walmart 490
3 Show Low Unified School District 300
4 Cellular One 187
5 City of Show Low 153
6 The Home Depot 150
7 Citizens Telecommunications Company of the White Mountains 125
8 Northland Pioneer College 110
9 Lowe’s 108
10 Tate’s Auto Group 70

Notable residents

  • From 1731 to 1734
  • Through the 1763
  • On March 20, 1764
  • From 1731 to 1734, the French constructed Fort St. Frédéric, which gave the French control of the New France/Vermont frontier region in the Lake Champlain Valley. With the outbreak of the French and Indian War in 1754, the North American front of the Seven Years’ War between the French and English, the French began construction of Fort Carillon at present-day Ticonderoga, New York in 1755. The British failed to take Fort St. Frédéric or Fort Carillon between 1755 and 1758. In 1759, a combined force of 12,000 British regular and provincial troops under Sir Jeffery Amherst captured Carillon, after which the French abandoned Fort St. Frédéric. Amherst constructed Fort Crown Point next to the remains of the Fort St. Frédéric, securing British control over the area.

  • Following France’s loss in the French and Indian War, through the 1763 Treaty of Paris they ceded control of the land to the British. Colonial settlement was limited by the Crown to lands east of the Appalachians, in order to try to end encroachment on Native American lands. The territory of Vermont was divided nearly in half in a jagged line running from Fort William Henry in Lake George diagonally north-eastward to Lake Memphremagog. With the end of the war, new settlers arrived in Vermont. Ultimately, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York all claimed this frontier area.

  • On March 20, 1764, King George III established the boundary between New Hampshire and New York along the west bank of the Connecticut River, north of Massachusetts, and south of 45 degrees north latitude. In 1770, Ethan Allen, his brothers Ira and Levi, and Seth Warner, recruited an informal militia known as the Green Mountain Boys to protect the interests of the original New Hampshire settlers against newcomers from New York.

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Show Low Arizona, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.