Sedona FAQ: Sedona Demographics
For full demographics visit US Census Bureau:
Sedona Zip Codes are 86336 and 86351
Sedona FAQ: Sedona Taxes
Sedona sits in two counties. Yavapai and Coconino. County seats are Prescott and Flagstaff respectfully. West Sedona, Village of Oak Creek and Big Park are in Yavapai. Uptown, Little Horse Park (Chapel Area) are in Coconino County.
2018 State Sales Tax: You’ll notice a disparity between the two sales tax rates. In Arizona, the cities generate revenue by sales tax. Since the Village of Oak Creek and Big Park are unincorporated in the County, they do not have any city sales taxes.
Zip code 86336, City of Sedona 9.85% combined (State 5.6%, County 0.75%, City 3.5%)
Zip code 86351, Village of Oak Creek & Big Park 6.35% combined (State 5.6%, County 0.75%)
We generally tell people to plan on 1% of value. Other factors can come into play besides just the tax rate.
Yavapai County Property Taxes Average tax rate is 0.727% of assessed value. Call the assessors office for more information.
Coconino County Property Taxes: Average tax rate is 0.645% of assessed value. Call the assessors office for more information.
Sedona FAQ: Utilities:
Sewer or Septic
Septic is pretty common throughout Arizona. If you purchase a home, the seller will have a septic inspection done. They will pump out the tank and inspect and certify it.
Sewer is may be public or private. If sewer is available, it’s frequently in a subdivision with an HOA and CC&R’s. A quick check just today in the MLS shows that for homes on the market, we have 300 on sewer and 166 on septic. Once you specify the home is in an HOA , then septic vs sewer is about even numbers. Much more likely to find sewer in an HOA.
Well Water or Private Water Company
Private well water can be found in many areas, particularly Big Park, Red Rock Loop and Oak Creek Canyon. Most of the wells are 300-600′ deep. See Arizona Department of Water Regulation (ADWR)
Sedona does not have public water. Two private water companies service the city, Arizona Water Company and Oak Creek Water Company. The Village of Oak Creek is serviced by Big Park Water Company. Private water companies have to meet the same standards as public water companies.
Sedona FAQ: Do You Have Water Shortages?
Sedona sits on the Colorado Plateau which has a large aquifer that touches four states. As such we have not had the water issues that much of southern Arizona has experienced. The Verde Valley has the only two year-round natural free flowing rivers left in Arizona. We’ve been here since 2010 and have not experienced any water shortages or restrictions.
Sedona FAQ: Things That May Be Hard to Find in a Sedona Home
- Difficult (not impossible) to find is RV parking or RV garage. Most, not all, HOA’s ban RV parking.
- Four (4+) bedroom homes. Two and three bedroom homes are the norm. Many people are buying Sedona homes with the idea of downsizing their lives or it’s a second home for weekends.
- Three car garages – They are out there along with the two car garage and a golf cart bay. Three car garages are more prevalent in Sedona luxury homes.
- Private swimming pools. Most place around Sedona the surface dirt is shallow and laying on top of a red rock base. This makes swimming pools difficult to put in unless you have a drop off and do a zero edge pool.
- Land is limited in Sedona. We’re surrounded by National Forest, which will always be National Forest so they won’t be making anymore land. Expect values to continue to increase as good building lots becomes scarce.
- Natural gas is not available in a lot of areas. Propane delivery is available everywhere.
- New(er) construction homes – Almost no homes were built from 2008 to 2017 due to the recession. New homes are being built in Sedona now but we are short of subcontractors in the area.
Sedona FAQ: What’s an Average Home in Sedona?
Average home in Sedona (April 2018) is a nice 650K, 3 bed 2 bath 2 car garage, 2500sqft on a 0.3 acre lot. See our Sedona market statistics for real estate for more in depth data.
Sedona FAQ: Weather
Weather in the summer can be hot. June is our hottest month typically. August is cooled off by the monsoon rains that blow in. Out of state tourism slows in the summer and we get people from Phoenix trying to get out of the unbearable heat in the valley. We do get snow although this year it was just once. Usually not more than 4 times a year. Sedona doesn’t have snow removal equipment, it’s usually melted by 10am. Flagstaff, 45 min north, gets a lot of snow and is the ski area.
Sedona FAQ: What’s The Busiest Time of Year?
Spring is probably our busiest season with the film festival, marathon, spring break..etc. Yet, you’ll notice is stays pretty busy all year long. Any holiday or 3 day weekend will produce a lot of visitors. In 2010 we had about 2 million visitors. Now we are running around 4 million. Check out the Sedona Visitors Bureau
Sedona FAQ: Are The Locals Friendly?
The vast majority of locals came from somewhere else. We moved here in 2010 and didn’t know anyone. We had no trouble meeting people and making friends. Plenty of activities and clubs in the area. For things to see and do, visit our weekly Kudos newspaper.