La Paz County, Arizona
|La Paz County, Arizona|
Location in the state of Arizona
Arizona's location in the U.S.
|Founded||January 1, 1983|
4,513.36 sq mi (11,690 km²)
4,499.95 sq mi (11,655 km²)
13.40 sq mi (35 km²), 0.30%
4/sq mi (1.7/km²)
|Time zone||Mountain: UTC-7|
La Paz County is a county in the western part of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of the 2010 census, its population was 20,489. The county seat is Parker. The name of the county is the Spanish word for the peace, and is taken from the early settlement (now ghost town) of La Paz along the Colorado River.
La Paz County was established in 1983 after voters approved separating the northern portion of Yuma County, making it the first and only county to be established after Arizona became a state in 1912. The county did not have a large enough tax base to begin supporting a separate county government immediately and had to rely on state money at first. As a result Arizona laws were changed to make splitting other existing counties much more difficult.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 4,513.36 square miles (11,689.5 km2), of which 4,499.95 square miles (11,654.8 km2) (or 99.70%) is land and 13.40 square miles (34.7 km2) (or 0.30%) is water.
Adjacent counties 
- Mohave County, Arizona - north
- Yavapai County, Arizona - northeast
- Maricopa County, Arizona - east
- Yuma County, Arizona - south
- Imperial County, California - southwest
- Riverside County, California - west
- San Bernardino County, California - northwest
National protected areas 
- Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge (part)
- Cibola National Wildlife Refuge (part)
- Imperial National Wildlife Refuge (part)
- Kofa National Wildlife Refuge (part)
Major highways 
Avi Suquilla Airport (FAA LID: P20) is a public use airport located one nautical mile (1.8 km) east of the central business district of Parker, a town in La Paz County. It is owned by the Colorado River Indian Tribes.
Whereas according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:
- 69.8% White
- 0.6% Black
- 12.8% Native American
- 0.5% Asian
- 0.0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
- 3.7% Two or more races
- 12.6% Other races
- 23.5% Hispanic or Latino (of any race)
As of the 2000 census, there were 19,715 people, 8,362 households, and 5,619 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 15,133 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74.15% White, 0.79% Black or African American, 12.53% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 9.35% from other races, and 2.68% from two or more races. 22.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.90% reported speaking Spanish at home .
There were 8,362 households out of which 21.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.20% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.80% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.79.
In the county the population was spread out with 21.10% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 20.40% from 25 to 44, 26.60% from 45 to 64, and 25.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 105.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $25,839, and the median income for a family was $29,141. Males had a median income of $26,642 versus $20,965 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,916. About 13.60% of families and 19.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.50% of those under age 18 and 12.90% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and Towns (Population) 
CDPS (Population) 
- Parker Strip (3,302)
- Salome (1,690)
- Ehrenberg (1,357)
- Bluewater (730)
- Brenda (676)
- Bouse (615)
- Wenden (556)
- Poston (389)
- Cibola (172)
Unincorporated Cities 
Ghost Towns 
Natural history 
See also 
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- Forrest Shreve and Ira Loren Wiggins. 1964. Vegetation and flora of the Sonoran Desert, p 50 et seq., Stanford University Press, 1740 pages ISBN 0-8047-0163-6, ISBN 978-0-8047-0163-1.
- C. Michael Hogan. 2009. California Fan Palm: Washingtonia filifera, GlobalTwitcher.com, ed. Nicklas Stromberg
- County website
- "Bills tackle county growth", Arizona Republic, Feb. 10, 2005
- "Arizona County Formation", Arizona Association of Counties
||San Bernardino County, California||Mohave County||Yavapai County|
|Riverside County, California||Maricopa County|
|Imperial County, California||Yuma County|