List of cities and towns in Arizona

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Arizona is a state located in the Western United States. According to the 2010 United States Census, Arizona is the 16th most populous state with 6,392,017 inhabitants and the 6th largest by land area spanning 113,990.30 square miles (295,233.5 km2) of land. [1] Arizona is divided into 15 counties and contains 91 incorporated cities and towns. Incorporated places in Arizona are those that have been granted home rule, possessing a local government in the form of a city or town council. These cities and towns cover only


Phoenix is the capital and largest city by population in Arizona with 1,445,632 residents, is ranked as the sixth most populous city in the United States, and land area spanning 517.95 sq mi (1,341.5 km2). The smallest municipality by population and land area is Winkelman with 353 residents in 0.75 sq mi (1.9 km2). [1] The oldest incorporated place in Arizona is Tucson which incorporated in 1877 and the most recent was the town of Tusayan which incorporated in March 2010. [2]

Municipal incorporation

The Arizona Constitution has, since its ratification in 1912, allowed for the creation of municipal corporations in any community with a population of 3,500 or greater. [3] According to the constitution, a municipal charter cannot be created by special laws or by the legislature, but rather by the communities themselves as provided by general law. [4] The population limit specified by the constitution was lowered by state law to a minimum of population of 1,500 for most locations, and further reduced to 500 for communities located within 10 miles (16 km) of a national park or national monument. [5] State law further restricts the incorporation of new municipalities within urbanized areas, which are defined as a specific buffer zone surrounding existing cities and towns. [6]

State law allows for the incorporation of a community as either a city or a town; the only additional requirement to incorporate as a city is a minimum population of 3,000. [7] Cities and towns in Arizona function largely in an identical manner, but cities are provided with additional powers that a town charter does not provide, limited primarily to certain powers regarding the regulation of utilities and construction within the city limits. [8] State law allows adjoining towns to merge and it allows a city to annex a town, but it does not allow cities to merge. [9] [10] Additionally, a town may change its form of government to a city upon reaching the minimum population of 3,000. [11] There are, however, large communities that have remained incorporated as a town in spite of attaining a large population; Gilbert, with more than 200,000 residents, remains incorporated as a town.

Twenty Arizona municipalities were incorporated before 1912, when the state was admitted to the Union. As such, these cities and towns were incorporated by means other than those stipulated by current state law and the constitution. Phoenix, for example, was incorporated in 1881 by an act of the Territorial Legislature. [12]

List of cities and towns

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NameType [13] County Population
(2010) [14]
Area (2010) [15] Population density (2010) [15] Incorporated [16]
sq mikm2
Apache Junction City Pinal 35,84035.0090.61978
Avondale City Maricopa 76,23845.65118.21946
Benson City Cochise 5,10541.46107.41924
Bisbee City Cochise 5,5755.1613.41902
Buckeye City Maricopa 50,876375.39972.31929
Bullhead City City Mohave 39,54060.18155.91984
Camp Verde Town Yavapai 10,87343.15111.81986
Carefree Town Maricopa 3,3638.8122.81984
Casa Grande City Pinal 48,571109.67284.01915
Cave Creek Town Maricopa 5,01537.9298.21986
Chandler City Maricopa 236,12364.52167.11920
Chino Valley Town Yavapai 10,81763.43164.31970
Clarkdale Town Yavapai 4,09710.5727.41957
Clifton Dagger-14-plain.pngTown Greenlee 3,31115.0391909
Colorado City Town Mohave 4,82110.3426.81985
Coolidge City Pinal 11,82556.58146.51945
Cottonwood City Yavapai 11,26516.4142.51960
Dewey-Humboldt Town Yavapai 3,89418.5948.12004
Douglas City Cochise 17,3789.9825.81905
Duncan Town Greenlee 6962.165.61938
Eagar Town Apache 4,88511.2429.11948
El Mirage City Maricopa 31,79710.0926.11951
Eloy City Pinal 16,631111.57289.01949
Flagstaff Dagger-14-plain.pngCity Coconino 65,87063.91165.51894
Florence Dagger-14-plain.pngTown Pinal 25,53652.49135.91908
Fountain Hills Town Maricopa 22,48920.4252.91989
Fredonia Town Coconino 1,3147.3219.01956
Gila Bend Town Maricopa 1,92255.37143.41962
Gilbert Town Maricopa 208,45368.15176.51920
Glendale City Maricopa 226,72160.13155.71910
Globe Dagger-14-plain.pngCity Gila 7,53218.2047.11907
Goodyear City Maricopa 65,275191.52496.01946
Guadalupe Town Maricopa 5,5230.812.11975
Hayden Town Gila 6621.273.31956
Holbrook Dagger-14-plain.pngCity Navajo 5,05317.3745.01917
Huachuca City Town Cochise 1,8532.817.31958
Jerome Town Yavapai 4440.862.21889
Kearny Town Pinal 1,9502.817.31959
Kingman Dagger-14-plain.pngCity Mohave 28,06834.8290.21952
Lake Havasu City City Mohave 52,52744.48115.21978
Litchfield Park City Maricopa 5,4763.348.71987
Mammoth Town Pinal 1,4261.042.71958
Marana Town Pima 34,961122.20316.51977
Maricopa City Pinal 43,48247.57123.22003
Mesa City Maricopa 439,041137.06355.01883
Miami Town Gila 1,8370.882.31918
Nogales Dagger-14-plain.pngCity Santa Cruz 20,83720.8454.01893
Oro Valley Town Pima 41,01135.6492.31974
Page City Coconino 7,24716.6443.11975
Paradise Valley Town Maricopa 12,82015.4640.01961
Parker Dagger-14-plain.pngTown La Paz 3,08321.9957.01948
Patagonia Town Santa Cruz 9131.293.31948
Payson Town Gila 15,30119.4750.41973
Peoria City Maricopa 154,065177.97460.91954
Phoenix Double-dagger-14-plain.pngCity Maricopa 1,445,632517.951,341.51881
Pima Town Graham 2,3875.9315.41916
Pinetop-Lakeside Town Navajo 4,28211.3729.41984
Prescott Dagger-14-plain.pngCity Yavapai 39,84341.58107.71883
Prescott Valley Town Yavapai 38,82238.65100.11978
Quartzsite Town La Paz 3,67736.7295.11989
Queen Creek Town Maricopa 26,36128.0772.71989
Safford Dagger-14-plain.pngCity Graham 9,5668.5922.21901
Sahuarita Town Pima 25,25931.0480.41994
San Luis City Yuma 25,50532.1083.11979
Scottsdale City Maricopa 217,385184.40477.61951
Sedona City Yavapai 10,03119.1849.71988
Show Low City Navajo 10,66041.17106.61953
Sierra Vista City Cochise 43,888152.54395.11956
Snowflake Town Navajo 5,59033.5887.01948
Somerton City Yuma 14,2877.3018.91918
South Tucson City Pima 5,6521.042.71940
Springerville Town Apache 1,96111.6930.31948
St. Johns Dagger-14-plain.pngCity Apache 3,48026.0867.51946
Star Valley Town Gila 1,97036.1393.62005
Superior Town Pinal 2,8371.945.01976
Surprise City Maricopa 117,517105.87274.21960
Taylor Town Navajo 4,11232.6784.61966
Tempe City Maricopa 161,71940.19104.11894
Thatcher Town Graham 4,8656.1315.91899
Tolleson City Maricopa 6,5455.7514.91929
Tombstone City Cochise 1,3804.3111.21881
Tucson Dagger-14-plain.pngCity Pima 520,116227.03588.01877
Tusayan Town Coconino 558 [lower-alpha 1] 8.9123.1 [lower-alpha 2] 2010
Wellton Town Yuma 2,88228.9374.91970
Wickenburg Town Maricopa 6,36318.7748.61909
Willcox City Cochise 3,7576.2816.31915
Williams City Coconino 3,02343.79113.41901
Winkelman Town Gila 3530.751.91949
Winslow City Navajo 9,65512.3532.01900
Youngtown Town Maricopa 6,1561.544.01960
Yuma Dagger-14-plain.pngCity Yuma 93,064120.41311.91914
Total Municipalities5,022,3684,357.7311,286.5
State of Arizona6,392,017113,990295,200

See also


  1. Because Tusayan was incorporated in 2010, its population was not included in the most recent Census estimates. The 2010 Census count for the now defunct Tusayan CDP was 558.
  2. Because the Tusayan was incorporated after the 2010 Census, its area is not reported by the Census Bureau. The 2010 area of the Census-designated place corresponding to Tusayan is 8.91 sq mi (23.1 km2). At its incorporation, Tusayan included an area of only 0.2 sq mi (0.52 km2), much smaller than its CDP counterpart.

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