The famous Rodeo-Chediski fire from Heber-Overgaard
Heber-Overgaard is a "Census Designated Place" that is actually two old settlements that are right against each other among the tall pines at the top of the Mogollon Rim (at about 6,500' elevation). This is inside the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest: lots of trees, lots of lakes, excellent fishing, good hiking trails, and huge views. It's also a lot cooler here about 2,000' above the southern Arizona desert floor.
Heber is named after Heber J. Grant, a prominent Mormon who settled here in the late 1870's. The first post office was established in 1890. Oklahoma Flats was just to the east but had its' name changed to Overgaard (after the owner of the first sawmill established there) in the 1930's.
These two settlements are at the junction of Route 260 and Route 277. This has become a reasonably high-end summer vacation/resort area, although the Rodeo-Chediski wildfire that consumed some 467,066 acres in June/July 2002 was a pretty hard hit on the area.
High School or Higher: 83.5%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 9.8%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 4.1%
2011 Cost of Living Index for Heber-Overgaard: 87.2
Estimated Median Household Income: $29,000
Estimated Median Home Value: $168,500
Median Resident Age: 48.3 Years
Construction, Lodging & Food Services, Forestry, Real Estate Services, Government, Health Care, Educational Services, Retail Services, Transportation Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 10.2%
2010 Population Demographics
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||2,270|
|65 & over||795|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||326|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||2,496|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||5|
|Two or more||71|