|Motto: "The Heart of the Copper Basin"|
|Pinal County and the state of Arizona|
|• Mayor||Sam Hosler|
|• Total||2.8 sq mi (7.2 km2)|
|• Land||2.8 sq mi (7.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,860 ft (567 m)|
|• Density||987.5/sq mi (384.0/km2)|
|Time zone||MST (no DST) (UTC-7)|
Kearny is a town in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. The town was named after General Stephen Watts Kearny, who passed through the area on November 7, 1846 while leading 100 dragoons to California. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town is 2,765. The economic base of Kearny and nearby towns is the Ray mine and Hayden Smelter, both owned and operated by ASARCO.
Kearny was built by the Kennecott Mining Company in 1958 as a planned community to accommodate the populations of nearby Ray, Sonora and Barcelona, which were about to be swallowed by Kennecott's expanding open-pit copper mine. While many of houses in the town were newly built, some mine employees had their homes moved down the road. Kearny was officially incorporated in 1959.
Kearny is located at (33.054160, -110.908857).
The town sits near the Gila River in the Copper Basin area along with its sister cities, Hayden and Winkelman. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,249 people, 791 households, and 616 families residing in the town. The population density was 805.4 people per square mile (311.2/km²). There were 873 housing units at an average density of 312.6 per square mile (120.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 77.28% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 0.84% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 18.36% from other races, and 3.16% from two or more races. 38.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 791 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.0% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.25.
In the town the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $39,906, and the median income for a family was $42,313. Males had a median income of $40,056 versus $23,684 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,797. About 12.1% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 19.9% of those age 65 or over.
Kearny is part of the Ray Unified School District, made up of 3 schools: Ray High School, Ray Elementary School, and Ray Primary School.
Kearny has an airport used for daytime take off and landing only. It is the 2003 winner of the Airport of the Year award. It is located on the South part of town, just beyond the golf course. Coordinates are 33°02.75"N 110°54.62"W and it has a single concrete runway measuring 3400 X 60.
- "Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Arizona" (CSV). 2005 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. June 21, 2006. Retrieved November 15, 2006.
- "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Arizona". United States Census Bureau. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Town of Kearny Web site
- Ray Unified School District
- Copper Basin Chamber of Commerce
- History of the Kearny area
- How Kearny got its history