Crownpoint, New Mexico

Coordinates: 35°43′02″N 108°08′35″W / 35.71722°N 108.14306°W / 35.71722; -108.14306
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Crownpoint, New Mexico
Crownpoint Post Office
Crownpoint Post Office
Location of Crownpoint, New Mexico
Location of Crownpoint, New Mexico
Crownpoint, New Mexico is located in the United States
Crownpoint, New Mexico
Crownpoint, New Mexico
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 35°43′02″N 108°08′35″W / 35.71722°N 108.14306°W / 35.71722; -108.14306
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
 • Total67.51 sq mi (174.85 km2)
 • Land67.51 sq mi (174.84 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation6,851 ft (2,088 m)
 • Total2,900
 • Density42.96/sq mi (16.59/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code505
FIPS code35-18940
GNIS feature ID2407689[2]

Crownpoint (Navajo: Tʼiistsʼóóz Ńdeeshgizh) is a census-designated place (CDP) on the Navajo Nation in McKinley County, New Mexico. The population was 2,500 at the time of the 2010 census.[4] It is located along the Trails of the Ancients Byway, one of the designated New Mexico Scenic Byways.[5]


In 1912, Crownpoint was founded by Samuel F. Stacher as an Indian Agency to serve the Navajo People in the Pueblo Bonito Agency of Northwestern New Mexico. A school house, agency office and power house were first built to accommodate future planned establishments.

Chief Becenti, a local Navajo headman, is one of the first documented leaders of the area. He resided north of Crownpoint, where later in the 1930s a small community would be named after him, called Becenti Lake.

In June 1965, Crownpoint was recognized as a local chapter government sub-unit of the Navajo Nation government. There are a total of 110 Navajo chapters across the Navajo Nation. The Crownpoint chapter serves as the center of Eastern Navajo Agency and many tribal offices are located in the community.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.0 square miles (18 km2), all land.[4]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6][3]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 2,630 people, 749 households, and 599 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 372.3 inhabitants per square mile (143.7/km2). There were 937 housing units at an average density of 132.6 per square mile (51.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.09% Native American, 8.78% White, 0.42% African American, 0.38% Asian, 0.23% from other races, 0.04% Pacific Islander, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 749 households, out of which 49.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 27.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.51 and the average family size was 4.03.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 39.7% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 3.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $29,792, and the median income for a family was $31,384. Males had a median income of $25,040 versus $24,704 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $9,964. About 26.1% of families and 27.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.8% of those under age 18 and 19.6% of those age 65 or over.

Languages (2000)[8] Percent
Spoke Navajo at home 64.33%
Spoke English at home 35.67%


It is in Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools.[9] District schools include Crownpoint Elementary School,[10] Crownpoint Middle School,[11] and Crownpoint High School.

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) operates T'iis Ts'ozi Bi'Olta' (Crownpoint Community School) in Crownpoint.[12]

There are other BIE schools that are located away from Crownpoint but which have Crownpoint post office addresses:

  • Lake Valley Navajo School[13]
  • Mariano Lake Community School[14]
  • Tse'ii'ahi' Community School - 18 miles (29 km) west of Crownpoint[15]

The main campus of Navajo Technical University is located in Crownpoint.

Diné College has a campus in Crownpoint.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Crownpoint, New Mexico
  3. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "2010 Census Gazetteer Files - Places: New Mexico". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  5. ^ Trail of the Ancients. Archived August 21, 2014, at the Wayback Machine New Mexico Tourism Department. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  8. ^ "Data Center Results". Archived from the original on May 25, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  9. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: McKinley County, NM" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  10. ^ "Home". Crownpoint Elementary School. Retrieved March 27, 2023.
  11. ^ "Home". Crownpoint Middle School. Retrieved March 27, 2023.
  12. ^ "Home". T'iis Ts'ozi Bi'Olta' (Crownpoint Community School). Retrieved March 27, 2023. State Hwy 371 Navajo Rt 9 Building 1771 Crownpoint, NM 87313
  13. ^ "Home". Lake Valley Navajo School. Retrieved March 27, 2023. N Hwy 371 CR 7750 Crownpoint, NM 87313 - BIE profile - NCES profile
  14. ^ "About". Mariano Lake Community School. Retrieved March 27, 2023. Navajo Route 49 Crownpoint, NM 87313 - BIE profile and NCES profile
  15. ^ "Tse'ii'ahi' Community School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 27, 2023. Navajo Route 9 (18 miles W of Crownpoin [sic] Crownpoint, NM 87313 - BIE profile
  16. ^ "Crownpoint". Diné College. Retrieved March 27, 2023.

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