Pinal County, Arizona

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Pinal County, Arizona
Pinal county courthouse.jpg
Pinal County Courthouse in Florence, Arizona
Seal of Pinal County, Arizona
Seal
Map of Arizona highlighting Pinal County
Location in the state of Arizona
Map of the United States highlighting Arizona
Arizona's location in the U.S.
Founded February 1, 1875
Seat Florence
Largest city Casa Grande
Area
 • Total 5,374.09 sq mi (13,919 km2)
 • Land 5,369.59 sq mi (13,907 km2)
 • Water 4.50 sq mi (12 km2), 0.08%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 387,365
 • Density 72/sq mi (27.8/km²)
Congressional districts 1st, 3rd, 4th
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7
Website www.pinalcountyaz.gov

Pinal County is located in the central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. Founded in 1875, it is the third most populous county in the state with an estimated population of 387,365 as of July 1, 2012.[1] The county seat is Florence.

Pinal County contains parts of the Tohono O'odham Nation, the Gila River Indian Community and the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, as well as the entirety of the Ak-Chin Indian Community.

Because Pinal County is located between Arizona's two largest metropolitan regions, Phoenix and Tucson, suburban growth southward from greater Phoenix has begun to spread into the northern parts of the county; similarly, growth northward from Tucson is spreading into the southern portions of the county. The Pinal County cities of Maricopa and Casa Grande, as well as many unincorporated areas, have shown accelerated growth patterns in recent years; such suburban development is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

History[edit]

Pinal County was carved out of neighboring Maricopa County and Pima County on February 1, 1875. Pinal County was the second fastest growing county in the U.S. between 2000 and 2010.[2]

In 2010 CNN Money named Pinal County as the 2nd fastest growing county in the USA.[3]

Transportation[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Geography[edit]

Picketpost Peak, a prominent landmark above Superior.
Spring wildflowers in the Sonoran Desert National Monument.

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 5,374.09 square miles (13,918.8 km2), of which 5,369.59 square miles (13,907.2 km2) (or 99.92%) is land and 4.50 square miles (11.7 km2) (or 0.08%) is water.[4]

Mountain ranges[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 3,440
1890 4,251 23.6%
1900 7,779 83.0%
1910 9,045 16.3%
1920 16,130 78.3%
1930 22,081 36.9%
1940 28,841 30.6%
1950 43,191 49.8%
1960 62,673 45.1%
1970 67,916 8.4%
1980 90,918 33.9%
1990 116,379 28.0%
2000 179,727 54.4%
2010 375,770 109.1%
Est. 2012 387,365 3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

2010[edit]

Whereas according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:

2000[edit]

As of the 2000 census, there were 179,727 people, 61,364 households, and 45,225 families residing in the county. The population density was 34 people per square mile (13/km2). There were 81,154 housing units at an average density of 15/sq mi (6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 70.42% White, 2.76% Black or African American, 7.81% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 15.66% from other races, and 2.67% from two or more races. 29.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.86% reported speaking Spanish at home, while 1.44% speak O'odham and 0.02% speak Apache.[7]

There were 61,364 households out of which 29.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.90% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.30% were non-families. 21.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 114.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 117.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,856, and the median income for a family was $39,548. Males had a median income of $31,544 versus $23,726 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,025. About 12.10% of families and 16.90% of the population were below the poverty threshold, including 25.50% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

As of 2010 the Corrections Corporation of America-operated Saguaro Correctional Center,[8] located in Eloy in Pinal County,[9] houses the majority of Hawaii's male prison inmate population.[8]

Communities[edit]

Map of incorporated areas and Indian reservations in Pinal County.
Native copper with cuprite from the Ray Mine near Kearny

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other[edit]

Ghost Towns[edit]

Elected officials[edit]

  • Pete Rios (D) Board of Supervisors, District 1
  • Cheryl Chase (R) Board of Supervisors, District 2,
  • Stephen Miller (R) Board of Supervisors, District 3, Chairman
  • Anthony Smith (R) Board of Supervisors, District 4, Vice Chairman
  • Todd House (R) Board of Supervisors, District 5,
  • Virginia Ross (R) County Recorder
  • Jill Broussard (R) County School Superintendent
  • Lando Voyles (R) County Attorney
  • Paul Babeu (R) County Sheriff
  • Douglas Wolf (R) County Assessor
  • Dodie Doolittle (D) County Treasurer
  • Hon. Boyd T. Johnson Division 1
  • Hon. Gilbert V. Figueroa Division 2
  • Hon. Stephen McCarville Division 3
  • Hon. Gilbert V. Figueroa Division 4 - Juvenile Court Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Kevin D. White Division 5
  • Hon. J. Rudy Georgini Division 6
  • Hon. Robert Carter Olson, Division 7 Presiding
  • Hon. Brenda Oldham Division 8
  • Hon. Steven J. Fuller Division 9
  • Hon. Daniel A. Washburn Division 10
  • Hon. Chad A. Roche (R) Clerk of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Roger Valdez Casa Grande Justice Court
  • Hon. Marie A. Lorona Eloy Justice Court
  • Hon. Andrew Ramirez Florence Justice Court
  • Hon. Arnold Estrada Mammoth Justice Court
  • Hon. Robert Kent Oracle Justice Court
  • Hon. Larry Bravo Superior Justice Court
  • Hon. Shaun Babeu Apache Junction Justice Court
  • Hon. Scott Sulley Maricopa Justice Court

*Justice Court Constables

  • Ronald LeDuc Apache Junction Justice Court
  • Ben Crow Casa Grande Justice Court
  • Virginia Duarte-Salazar Eloy Justice Court
  • David E. Irvin, Jr. Florence Justice Court
  • George Hoffman Maricopa Justice Court
  • Henry Velasquez Mammoth Justice Court
  • Robert H. Henderson Oracle Justice Court
  • Richard Elliott Superior Justice Court

Appointed Positions[edit]

  • Greg Stanley County Manager
  • Leo Lew Assistant County Manager for Administrative Services
  • Assistant County Manager for Development Services
  • Todd Zweig Director of Adult Probation
  • Director of Budget Office
  • Director of Building Safety
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Information Technology
  • Jerry Stabley Director of Planning & Development
  • Director of Public Works
  • Stephanie Jordan Deputy Administrator, Superior Court
  • Internal Audit Officer

Salaries for county elected officials are set by the Arizona Revised Statutes. All county elected officials (except the Sheriff and the County Attorney) make a salary of $63,800 along with county benefits and compulsory participation in the Arizona State Elected Official Retirement Plan.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/04/04021.html
  2. ^ "PopulationDistributionandChange:2000to2010" (PDF). UnitedStatesCensusBureau. March 2011. p. 9. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  3. ^ "Fastest Growing U.S. Counties". CNN Money. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Language Map Data Center". Mla.org. 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  8. ^ a b Brady, Kat. "Using private prisons costs more than it seems." (editorial) Honolulu Star Advertiser. June 18, 2010. Retrieved on September 29, 2010.
  9. ^ "Saguaro Correctional Center." Corrections Corporation of America. Retrieved on September 30, 2010.
  10. ^ "Arizona Revised Statutes". Azleg.gov. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 

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Coordinates: 32°59′13″N 111°19′38″W / 32.98694°N 111.32722°W / 32.98694; -111.32722