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Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Needles is approximately 5,302 (2009), 4844 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 2,551 (2000), 1918 (2010).
The amount of land area in Needles is 77.096 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Needles is 29.8 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 1.058 sq kilometers.
The distance from Needles to Washington DC is 2211 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 473 miles. (as the crow flies)
Needles is positioned 34.81 degrees north of the equator and 114.61 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Needles elevation is 495 feet above sea level.
Needles per capita income is $ 17,906 (2009).
Needles median income is $ 28,409 (2009).
The Needles median home price is $ 95,927 (2009).
Needles average annual precipitation is 5.11 inches peryear.
Needles average temperature is 74 degrees F.
The average low temperature is 61 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 87.0 degrees F.


in southeastern California along the Colorado River and the border with Arizona. It is about 100 miles southeast of Las Vegas Other nearby communities include Arizona Village, Willow Valley, Mojave Ranch Estates, Mohave Valley, Bullhead City, Mesquite Creek and Desert Hills, all in Arizona and Laughlin, Nevada.
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hot in the summer and nice in the winter with summer temperatures sometimes even reaching 120 degrees, though this is extreme. However, the average high temperature in August each year is 107 and in July 109, so be prepared for heat. The Colorado River plays a big part in cooling off during these hot months. The all-time high temperature for Needles was 125 degrees F. in 2005. Needles also had a record high for a low temperature when it only got down to 98 degrees for the low in 2006. Very little rain falls in Needles and snowfall is extremely rare, but it has fallen in the past. In 1949 there was 15 inches of snow! The area also has fairly strong thunderstorms during the spring and summer monsoon season.
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History & History Related Items

Needles began in 1883 as a way station for the Santa Fe Railroad. It is one of the oldest cities in the county. 15 miles away in Arizona are some needle-like peaks which the people could see. They named the town after these peaks. Its close proximity to the Colorado River and its recreation has helped Needles to grow in recent years. The city has many types of trees that are desert lovers, such as: cottonwoods, tamarisks, pepper trees and palm trees.

The Fort Mohave Indian Tribe lived in the area for thousands of years. The first person known to have come here in modern times was Father Francisco Garces in 1776. In 1859, Camp Colorado was build by the army to protect the new settlers coming here. It was later re-named Ft. Mohave.

In 1883, when the railroad came across the Colorado River from Arizona, the town of Needles was formed. The famous El Garces Hotel and Santa Fe Station were built here in 1908. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is being restored. The Colorado River plays a big part in the life of the city with tourism and recreation a major part of life here.

Needles is one of the stops on the Historic Route 66 just before crossing into Arizona.

Here is a history page for Needles.
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The founding of Needles


The incorporation of Needles

30 October 1913


Needles REgional Museum
929 Front Street
Needles, CA
Phone: 760-326-5678

Mojave National Preserve
a 1.6 million acre park in the desert between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Needles office: 760-255-8801

Mitchell Caverns
about 60 miles west of Needles in the Mojave National Preserve. Tours are available
Phon: 760-928-2586

Havasu National Wildlife Refuge located between Needles and Lake Havasu City along the Colorado River.
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Economy & Industry

Economic Planning department for the city of Needles.
817 Third Street
Needles, CA 92363
Phone: 760-326-5740
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Needles City Government

City of Needles
817 Third Street
Needles, CA 92363
Phone: 760-326-2113

Needles Chamber

Needles Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 705
Needles, CA 92363
Phone: 760-326-2050

Needles Community News

The Needles Desert Star
A local newspaper

Needles Organizations

Needles Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 705
Needles, CA 92363
Phone: 760-326-2050

Needles Libraries

Barstow Branch Library
304 E. Buena Vista St.
Barstow, CA 92311
Phone: 760-256-4850

Needles Schools

Needles Unified School District
1900 Erin Drive
Needles, CA 92363
Phone: 760-326-3891 Needles


The population of Needles was:
1920 - 2,807
1930 - 3,144
1940 - 3,624
1950 - 4,051
1960 - 4,590
1970 - 4,051
1980 - 4,120
1990 - 5,191
2000 - 4,830
2007 - 5,290
2009 - 5,302

Median Age:
2000 - 39 years

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 2,337
2000 - 2,551

Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 26,108
2009 - $ 28,409

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 15,156
2009 - $ 17,906

Median House Value:
2000 - $ 65,300
2009 - $ 95,927

Needles is located in the Pacific Time zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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