Pima County, Arizona

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Pima County, Arizona
Pima County Courthouse 10.JPG
Seal of Pima County, Arizona
Seal
Map of Arizona highlighting Pima County
Location in the U.S. state of Arizona
Map of the United States highlighting Arizona
Arizona's location in the U.S.
Founded November 9, 1864
Named for Pima people
Seat Tucson
Largest city Tucson
Area
 • Total 9,189 sq mi (23,799 km2)
 • Land 9,187 sq mi (23,794 km2)
 • Water 2.1 sq mi (5 km2), 0.02%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 1,016,206
 • Density 109/sq mi (42/km²)
Congressional districts 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7
Website www.pima.gov
Pima County Fair, 2007

Pima County /ˈpmə/ is a county in the south central region of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of the 2010 census, the population was 980,263,[1] making it Arizona's second-most populous county. The county seat is Tucson,[2] where nearly all of the population is centered. The county is named after the Pima Native Americans who are indigenous to this area.

Pima County comprises the Tucson, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Pima County contains parts of the Tohono O'odham Nation, as well as all of the San Xavier Indian Reservation, the Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ironwood Forest National Monument and Saguaro National Park.

The vast majority of the county population lies in and around the city of Tucson (2011 city population: 525,796), filling much of the eastern part of the county with urban development. Tucson, Arizona's second largest city, is a major commercial and academic center. Other urban areas include the Tucson suburbs of Oro Valley (population 41,335), Marana (population 35,232), Sahuarita (population 25,458), and South Tucson (population 5,695), a large ring of unincorporated urban development, and the growing satellite town Green Valley. The rest of the county is sparsely populated; the largest towns are Sells, the capital of the Tohono O'odham Nation, and Ajo in the county's far western region.

History[edit]

Pima County, one of the four original counties in Arizona, was created by the 1st Arizona Territorial Legislature with land acquired through the Gadsden Purchase from Mexico in 1853. The original county consisted of all of Arizona Territory east of longitude 113° 20' and south of the Gila River.[3] Soon thereafter, the counties of Cochise, Graham and Santa Cruz were carved from the original Pima County.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 9,189 square miles (23,800 km2), of which 9,187 square miles (23,790 km2) is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) (0.02%) is water.[5]

Topographic features[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties and municipalities[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan[edit]

The Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan (SDCP) is Pima County’s plan for desert conservation.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 5,716
1880 17,006 197.5%
1890 12,673 −25.5%
1900 14,689 15.9%
1910 22,818 55.3%
1920 34,680 52.0%
1930 55,676 60.5%
1940 72,838 30.8%
1950 141,216 93.9%
1960 265,660 88.1%
1970 351,667 32.4%
1980 531,443 51.1%
1990 666,880 25.5%
2000 843,746 26.5%
2010 980,263 16.2%
Est. 2016 1,016,206 [6] 3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790–1960[8] 1900–1990[9]
1990–2000[10] 2010–2016[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 census, there were 843,746 people, 332,350 households, and 212,039 families residing in the county. The population density was 92 people per square mile (35/km²). There were 366,737 housing units at an average density of 40 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 75.07% White, 3.03% Black or African American, 3.22% Native American, 2.04% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 13.30% from other races, and 3.21% from two or more races. 29.34% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.80% reported speaking Spanish at home.[11]

There were 332,350 households out of which 29.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.70% were married couples living together, 11.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.20% were non-families. 28.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 10.90% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,758, and the median income for a family was $44,446. Males had a median income of $32,156 versus $24,959 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,785. About 10.50% of families and 14.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.40% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 980,263 people, 388,660 households, and 243,167 families residing in the county.[12] The population density was 106.7 inhabitants per square mile (41.2/km2). There were 440,909 housing units at an average density of 48.0 per square mile (18.5/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 74.3% white, 3.5% black or African American, 3.3% American Indian, 2.6% Asian, 0.2% Pacific islander, 12.3% from other races, and 3.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 34.6% of the population.[12]

The largest ancestry groups were:[14]

  • 30.8% Mexican
  • 16.2% German
  • 10.6% Irish
  • 9.9% English
  • 4.5% Italian
  • 3.1% French
  • 2.8% American
  • 2.7% Polish
  • 2.4% Scottish
  • 1.8% Scotch-Irish
  • 1.7% Norwegian
  • 1.6% Dutch
  • 1.6% Swedish
  • 1.1% Russian

Of the 388,660 households, 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.4% were non-families, and 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.06. The median age was 37.7 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $45,521 and the median income for a family was $57,377. Males had a median income of $42,313 versus $33,487 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,093. About 11.2% of families and 16.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.6% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Metropolitan Statistical Area[edit]

The United States Office of Management and Budget has designated Pima County as the Tucson, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area.[16] The United States Census Bureau ranked the Tucson, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area as the 53rd most populous metropolitan statistical area of the United States as of July 1, 2012.[17]

The Office of Management and Budget has further designated the Tucson, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area as a component of the more extensive Tucson-Nogales, AZ Combined Statistical Area,[16] the 53rd most populous combined statistical area and the 59th most populous primary statistical area of the United States as of July 1, 2012.[17][18]

Politics[edit]

Pima County is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors who set ordinances and run services for the areas that do not fall within any city or town jurisdiction.

Pima County vote
by party in presidential elections
[19]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2016 39.7% 167,428 53.3% 224,661 7.0% 29,551
2012 45.6% 174,779 52.5% 201,251 1.9% 7,143
2008 46.2% 182,406 52.2% 206,254 1.6% 6,180
2004 46.6% 171,109 52.6% 193,128 0.9% 3,255
2000 43.3% 124,579 51.3% 147,688 5.4% 15,373
1996 39.4% 104,121 52.2% 137,983 8.5% 22,448
1992 34.5% 97,036 45.7% 128,569 19.9% 55,879
1988 50.3% 117,899 48.5% 113,824 1.2% 2,750
1984 56.9% 123,830 42.1% 91,585 1.0% 2,197
1980 49.8% 93,055 34.4% 64,418 15.8% 29,584
1976 49.8% 77,264 45.9% 71,214 4.3% 6,583
1972 45.4% 73,154 34.9% 56,223 19.7% 31,733
1968 50.6% 49,479 40.7% 39,786 8.7% 8,501
1964 46.4% 46,955 53.4% 54,120 0.2% 203
1960 52.4% 46,734 47.3% 42,171 0.3% 239
1956 62.5% 39,298 37.4% 23,536 0.1% 51
1952 60.2% 32,113 39.8% 21,237
1948 47.6% 16,968 49.7% 17,692 2.7% 965
1944 45.4% 10,850 54.4% 13,006 0.2% 57
1940 40.1% 9,445 59.6% 14,035 0.4% 82
1936 32.7% 6,079 65.9% 12,249 1.4% 262
1932 34.7% 6,152 62.4% 11,061 2.9% 514
1928 56.9% 6,635 42.7% 4,976 0.4% 42
1924 42.2% 3,559 30.7% 2,594 27.1% 2,286
1920 58.0% 3,392 42.0% 2,455
1916 53.2% 2,616 42.2% 2,079 4.6% 227
1912 19.6% 353 38.4% 693 42.0% 758

Districts[edit]

The Pima County Board of Supervisors is responsible for steering public policy in the region.

The five-member board provides direction to the County Administrator and the county’s various departments as they work to ensure safe communities, nurture economic development, sustainably manage natural resources and protect public health.

In addition to overseeing the delivery of a host of municipal services, from roads to parks and libraries and law enforcement, board members also are responsible for approving the county budget.

Elected to four-year terms, board members also set the amount of taxes to be levied.

Board of Supervisors[edit]

Party District Name First elected Area(s) represented Official Website
  Republican District 1 Ally Miller 2012 Oro Valley, Marana, Catalina Foothills District 1
  Democratic District 2 Ramon Valadez Appointed 2003 Tucson, Sahuarita, South Tucson District 2
  Democratic District 3 Sharon Bronson 1996 Tucson, Marana, Three Points, Sahuarita District 3
  Republican District 4 Steve Christy 2016 Tucson, Vail, Summerhaven, Green Valley District 4
  Democratic District 5 Richard Elias Appointed 2002 Tucson, Sahuarita, Green Valley District 5

[20]

Along with the Board of Supervisors the Arizona State Constitution allows for 7 other county elected officials.

Elected County Officials[edit]

Party Office Name First elected References
  Democratic Assessor Bill Staples 2004 [21]
  Democratic County Attorney Barbara LaWall 1996 [22]
  Democratic County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez 1992 [23]
  Democratic County School Superintendent Dustin Williams 2016 [24]
  Republican Sheriff Mark D. Napier 2016 [25]
  Republican Treasurer Beth Ford 2000 [26]
  Republican Clerk of Superior Court Toni Hellon 2013 [27]

Communities[edit]

Map of the incorporated and unincorporated cities and towns in Pima County. Also shown are the borders for the Indian Reservations in the county.
Astronaut photo of the open-pit copper mines adjacent to Green Valley, 2010. Note that north is to the left.

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Indian reservations[edit]

Other communities[edit]

County population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Pima County.[28][29]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Population (2010 Census) Municipal type Incorporated
1 Tucson 520,116 City 1775
2 Casas Adobes 66,795 CDP
3 Catalina Foothills 50,796 CDP
4 Oro Valley 41,011 Town 1974
5 Marana 34,961 Town 1977
6 Drexel Heights 27,749 CDP
7 Sahuarita 25,259 Town 1994
8 Green Valley 21,391 CDP
9 Tanque Verde 16,901 CDP
10 Flowing Wells 16,419 CDP
11 Tucson Estates 12,192 CDP
12 Vail 10,208 CDP
13 Picture Rocks 9,563 CDP
14 Valencia West 9,355 CDP
15 Catalina 7,569 CDP
16 Avra Valley 6,050 CDP
17 Corona de Tucson 5,675 CDP
18 South Tucson 5,652 City 1940
19 Three Points 5,581 CDP
20 Summit 5,372 CDP
21 Rincon Valley 5,139 CDP
22 Ajo 3,304 CDP
23 Sells 2,495 CDP
24 Arivaca Junction 1,090 CDP
25 Littletown 873 CDP
26 Arivaca 695 CDP
27 Pimaco Two 682 CDP
28 Santa Rosa 628 CDP
29 Elephant Head 612 CDP
30 Pisinemo 321 CDP
31 Topawa 299 CDP
32 Nelson 259 CDP
33 San Miguel 197 CDP
34 Gu Oidak 188 CDP
35 Why 167 CDP
36 Ali Chuk 161 CDP
37 Maish Vaya 158 CDP
38 Anegam 151 CDP
39 Cowlic 135 CDP
40 Ali Chukson 132 CDP
41 Wahak Hotrontk 114 CDP
42 South Komelik 111 CDP
43 Rillito 97 CDP
44 Haivana Nakya 96 CDP
45 Chiawuli Tak 78 CDP
46 Ali Molina 71 CDP
47 Charco 52 CDP
48 Ventana 49 CDP
49 Ko Vaya 46 CDP
50 Summerhaven 40 CDP
51 Nolic 37 CDP
52 Ak Chin 30 CDP
53 Comobabi 8 CDP
54 Willow Canyon 1 CDP

Tourist attractions[edit]

Yearly Events[edit]

Locations of Interest[edit]

Recreation Attractions[edit]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Wagoner, Jay J. (1970). Arizona Territory 1863–1912: A Political history. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. p. 58. ISBN 0-8165-0176-9. 
  4. ^ "History: Pima County". Pima County Justice Court (jp.pima.gov). September 27, 2000. Retrieved 2009-09-30.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 23, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
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  11. ^ "Language Map Data Center". Mla.org. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  16. ^ a b "OMB Bulletin No. 13-01: Revised Delineations of Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Micropolitan Statistical Areas, and Combined Statistical Areas, and Guidance on Uses of the Delineations of These Areas" (PDF). United States Office of Management and Budget. February 28, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012" (CSV). 2012 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. March 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Table 2. Annual Estimates of the Population of Combined Statistical Areas: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012" (CSV). 2012 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. March 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of United States Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  20. ^ "Board of Supervisors - Pima County". Pima.gov. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  21. ^ "Office of The Pima County Assessor". www.asr.pima.gov. Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  22. ^ "Pima County Attorney". www.pcao.pima.gov. Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  23. ^ "Pima County Recorder's Office - F. Ann Rodriguez". www.recorder.pima.gov. Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  24. ^ "Meet the Superintendent - Pima County Schools - Tucson, AZ". www.schools.pima.gov. Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  25. ^ "Pima County Sheriff's Department :: Welcome from Sheriff Napier". editorialmac.com. Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  26. ^ "Home". www.to.pima.gov. Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  27. ^ "Home". http://www.cosc.pima.gov/. Retrieved 2017-01-23.  External link in |website= (help)
  28. ^ Center for New Media and Promotions(C2PO). "2010 Census". census.gov. 
  29. ^ Geographic Products Branch. "2010 Census Block Maps - Geography - U.S. Census Bureau". census.gov. 

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Coordinates: 32°03′55″N 111°49′15″W / 32.06528°N 111.82083°W / 32.06528; -111.82083