Bullhead City is one of the largest cities in Mohave County, Arizona. Boasting a population of 39,540 during the 2010 census, it is the center of the relatively densely populated region that spans western Arizona, southeastern California, and the southern tip of Nevada. When you include the nearby suburbs along Route 95 south to Needles, California, and Laughlin to the north, the population in the “Tri-State Area” eclipses 100,000. This congregation of people is in spite of the fact that the weather in the area averages over 100 degrees Fahrenheit from June through September.
According to CityData, Bullhead City has several characteristics that set it apart from other places in Arizona.
The residents in Bullhead City are generally older than in the rest of the state, with a median age of 51.4, compared to the state's median of 37.4. However, the increased affluence that often comes with an advanced career has not come: The median household income in Bullhead City was $38,208 in 2015, 26% lower than the state's median of $51,492. Nearly one in five residents in Bullhead City lives beneath the poverty line.
Crime in Bullhead City, though, is still on par with the national average. This was not always the case, though. In 2004, Bullhead City was much less safe than it is now, and the current crime rates took the better part of a decade to achieve. Now, Bullhead City's police force is at the level one would expect in the state, with 1.86 full-time law enforcement officers for every 1,000 residents, a ratio right in line with the state's average.