Small Town Guide Mayer Az

Mayer, AZ is an unincorporated town in Yavapai County. It only has a population of 1400 people. Germans, English, Irish, Dutch, French are the main group that makes up the population. Most only have a high school education, though 12% have a college degree. Mayer has an elementary school, junior high and high school. The cost of living is less than in the rest of Arizona.

Job market

Men are mostly mechanics doing installation and maintenance and repair. Management is next. Other jobs include production, cleaning and maintenance, trucker drivers, supervisors and construction, postsecondary teachers. Women work in retail trade, health care and social assistance, hotel and restaurant services.


Mayer has a pleasant climate with average temperatures between 40F and 70F. This area only has the potential of having temperatures in 90 on the warmest days. They get quite a bit of snow during the winter with as many as 10 inches possible in December or January. The town’s elevation is nearly 4500.


As of 2011, houses cost under $60,000. Most families include just two people. Most people that move to Mayer stay there. This town does not have that many houses for sale. As of 2010, it had 19 houses for sale. Rent runs about $900 a month based on 2009 figures.


Arcosanti – Mayer is an area outside of Mayer that is an experimental town. Developers use a solar greenhouse, and compact structures show how living green is affordable and lessens the impact on the Earth. Plans are for 5,000 people to live there. The town uses ecology and architecture in its design. Daily tours provide visitors with a wealth of information on how the town works. They do ask for a $10 or $5 – $7 for students.

Mayer ghost town is another attraction. It has a number of historic buildings including an old brothel, old post office and a general store. Mayer began as a stage station. Joe Mayer discovered it in 1881. Wells Fargo Express made this a regular stop on its route from Phoenix. Hearty meals and friendly hospitality attracted people to this town. A large well at the store furnished the area. Mining was another crucial draw to the growth of the area. In 1890, disaster struck when a dam collapsed during a heavy storm. Joe and his wife Sadie worked to rebuild the town and seven years later it became a reality. In 1898, they added a railroad, the Eastern Railway. Mr. Mayer built the stage station/restaurant/store. Today, they are apartments. The schoolhouse still stands as Mayer elementary school.