Town of Chino Valley

Chino Valley is a “sleeper” in every sense of the word. Its population doubled from 4,837 in 1990 to 8,205 in 2002 and is continuing to grow.

Chino Valley has annexed 30 sections of land – 19,200 acres – including 5,100 acres of the two ranches owned by Arizona Eco Development L.L.C.  The city’s primary growth path is through these ranches.

This is a city on the move and its numbers don’t begin to reflect its potential growth. The city has built a major wastewater treatment plant and groundwater recharge system, to accommodate its anticipated growth.

Chino Valley is extremely attractive to retirees, due to its climate – a year-round average of 72 degrees – and picturesque setting.  Affordable housing and recreational opportunities are equally abundant and a local community college also serves residents in this area.


The economy is based on a mix of retail, commercial and government activities, plus active agricultural producers.

“Chino” is Spanish for the abundant, curly grama grass in the area, and farmers have grown corn and alfalfa for decades. There is significant cattle ranching in the area.

From 1990 to 2000, its labor base grew from 1,751 to 3,127.

In terms of growth indicators, taxable sales quadrupled from $25 million to $102 million during the same period, while net assessed valuation nearly tripled from $15 million to $41 million.


Chino Valley was founded in 1871 by pioneer settlers, but not incorporated until 1970. It was the first Territorial Capital of Arizona until it was moved to Prescott in 1864.

A narrow-gauge branch of the United Verde and Pacific Railroad was completed to Jerome in 1895, establishing Jerome Junction.  Between 1900 and 1925, the activities of Jerome Junction were absorbed by Chino Valley.

Town of Chino Valley

To learn more about Chino Valley and all that it offers, visit the Town of Chino Valley’s website!