Lake Havasu City was established in 1963 by Robert P. McCulloch (of McCulloch Chainsaws) as a planned community. It incorporated in 1978.
A popular tourist attraction in Lake Havasu City is London Bridge, purchased from the city of London when the bridge was being replaced in 1968 for 2.5 million dollars. The bridge was disassembled, the stones marked, shipped to Lake Havasu City, and reassembled for another 7 million dollars. It opened again in October 1971.
Geography\nLake Havasu City is located at 34°29'24" North, 114°18'32" West (34.489969, -114.309019)1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 111.6 km² (43.1 mi²). 111.5 km² (43.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.07% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 41,938 people, 17,911 households, and 12,716 families residing in the city. The population density is 376.2/km² (974.4/mi²). There are 23,018 housing units at an average density of 206.5/km² (534.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 94.35% White, 0.31% Black or African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 2.51% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. 7.86% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 17,911 households out of which 22.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% are married couples living together, 7.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% are non-families. 22.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.32 and the average family size is 2.69.
In the city the population is spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 21.6% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 25.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 48 years. For every 100 females there are 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $36,499, and the median income for a family is $41,393. Males have a median income of $31,594 versus $21,576 for females. The per capita income for the city is $20,403. 9.5% of the population and 6.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 15.8% are under the age of 18 and 5.2% are 65 or older.