Pima County, Arizona

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Pima County
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Location within the U.S. state of Arizona
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Arizona's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 32°03′55″N111°49′15″W / 32.06528°N 111.82083°W / 32.06528; -111.82083 Coordinates: 32°03′55″N111°49′15″W / 32.06528°N 111.82083°W / 32.06528; -111.82083
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Arizona.svg  Arizona
FoundedNovember 9, 1864
Named for Pima people
Seat Tucson
Largest cityTucson
Area
  Total9,189 sq mi (23,800 km2)
  Land9,187 sq mi (23,790 km2)
  Water2.1 sq mi (5 km2)  0.02%%
Population
 (2010)
  Total980,263
  Estimate 
(2019)
1,047,279
  Density110/sq mi (41/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
Congressional districts 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Website www.pima.gov
Pima County Fair, 2007 Pima County Fair.jpg
Pima County Fair, 2007

Pima County ( /ˈpmə/ PEE-mə) 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.

Contents

Pima County includes the Tucson, Arizona 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 (2017 city population: 535,677), 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 Marana (population 44,792), Oro Valley (population 44,350), Sahuarita (population 29,318), and South Tucson (population 5,643), 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

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

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

Major highways

Adjacent counties and municipalities

National protected areas

Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan

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

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1870 5,716
1880 17,006197.5%
1890 12,673−25.5%
1900 14,68915.9%
1910 22,81855.3%
1920 34,68052.0%
1930 55,67660.5%
1940 72,83830.8%
1950 141,21693.9%
1960 265,66088.1%
1970 351,66732.4%
1980 531,44351.1%
1990 666,88025.5%
2000 843,74626.5%
2010 980,26316.2%
Est. 20191,047,279 [6] 6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census [7]
1790–1960 [8] 1900–1990 [9]
1990–2000 [10] 2010–2018 [1]

2000 census

As of the 2000 census, there were 843,746 people, 332,350 households, and 212,039 families living 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

As of the 2010 census, there were 980,263 people, 388,660 households, and 243,167 families living 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

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]

Government, policing, and politics

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.

Board of Supervisors and elected positions

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.

PartyDistrictNameFirst electedArea(s) representedOfficial Website
 RepublicanDistrict 1Ally Miller2012 Oro Valley, Marana, Catalina Foothills District 1
 DemocraticDistrict 2 Ramon Valadez Appointed 2003 Tucson, Sahuarita, South Tucson District 2
 DemocraticDistrict 3Sharon Bronson1996 Tucson, Marana, Three Points, Sahuarita District 3
 RepublicanDistrict 4Steve Christy2016 Tucson, Vail, Summerhaven, Green Valley District 4
 DemocraticDistrict 5Betty VillegasAppointed 2020 Tucson, Sahuarita, Green Valley District 5

[19]

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

PartyOfficeNameFirst electedReferences
 DemocraticAssessorBill Staples2004 [20]
 DemocraticCounty AttorneyBarbara LaWall1996 [21]
 DemocraticCounty RecorderF. Ann Rodriguez1992 [22]
 DemocraticCounty School SuperintendentDustin Williams2016 [23]
 RepublicanSheriffMark D. Napier2016 [24]
 RepublicanTreasurerBeth Ford2000 [25]
 RepublicanClerk of Superior CourtToni Hellon2013 [26]

Pima County sheriff

The Pima county sheriff's department provides court protection, administers the county jail, provides coroner service, and patrols the unincorporated parts of Pima County. It is the seventh largest sheriff's department in the nation. [27] Incorporated towns within the county with municipal police departments are Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, and Sahuarita.

Politics

Presidential elections results
Pima County vote
by party in presidential elections
[28]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2016 39.7% 167,42853.3%224,6617.0% 29,551
2012 45.6% 174,77952.5%201,2511.9% 7,143
2008 46.2% 182,40652.2%206,2541.6% 6,180
2004 46.6% 171,10952.6%193,1280.9% 3,255
2000 43.3% 124,57951.3%147,6885.4% 15,373
1996 39.4% 104,12152.2%137,9838.5% 22,448
1992 34.5% 97,03645.7%128,56919.9% 55,879
1988 50.3%117,89948.5% 113,8241.2% 2,750
1984 56.9%123,83042.1% 91,5851.0% 2,197
1980 49.8%93,05534.4% 64,41815.8% 29,584
1976 49.8%77,26445.9% 71,2144.3% 6,583
1972 45.4%73,15434.9% 56,22319.7% 31,733
1968 50.6%49,47940.7% 39,7868.7% 8,501
1964 46.4% 46,95553.4%54,1200.2% 203
1960 52.4%46,73447.3% 42,1710.3% 239
1956 62.5%39,29837.4% 23,5360.1% 51
1952 60.2%32,11339.8% 21,237
1948 47.6% 16,96849.7%17,6922.7% 965
1944 45.4% 10,85054.4%13,0060.2% 57
1940 40.1% 9,44559.6%14,0350.4% 82
1936 32.7% 6,07965.9%12,2491.4% 262
1932 34.7% 6,15262.4%11,0612.9% 514
1928 56.9%6,63542.7% 4,9760.4% 42
1924 42.2%3,55930.7% 2,59427.1% 2,286
1920 58.0%3,39242.0% 2,455
1916 53.2%2,61642.2% 2,0794.6% 227
1912 19.6% 35338.4% 69342.0%758

Communities

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

Cities

Towns

Ghost Towns in Pima County

Census-designated places

Indian communities

Other communities

County population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Pima County. [29] [30]

county seat

RankCity/Town/etc.Population (2010 Census)Municipal typeIncorporated
1Tucson 520,116City1775
2 Casas Adobes 66,795 CDP
3 Catalina Foothills 50,796CDP
4 Oro Valley 41,011Town1974
5 Marana 34,961Town1977
6 Drexel Heights 27,749CDP
7 Sahuarita 25,259Town1994
8 Green Valley 21,391CDP
9 Tanque Verde 16,901CDP
10 Flowing Wells 16,419CDP
11 Tucson Estates 12,192CDP
12 Vail 10,208CDP
13 Picture Rocks 9,563CDP
14 Valencia West 9,355CDP
15 Catalina 7,569CDP
16 Avra Valley 6,050CDP
17 Corona de Tucson 5,675CDP
18 South Tucson 5,652City1940
19 Three Points 5,581CDP
20 Summit 5,372CDP
21 Rincon Valley 5,139CDP
22 Ajo 3,304CDP
23 Sells 2,495CDP
24Arivaca Junction1,090CDP
25 Littletown 873CDP
26 Arivaca 695CDP
27Pimaco Two682CDP
28 Santa Rosa 628CDP
29Elephant Head612CDP
30 Pisinemo 321CDP
31 Topawa 299CDP
32Nelson259CDP
33San Miguel197CDP
34Gu Oidak188CDP
35 Why 167CDP
36Ali Chuk161CDP
37Maish Vaya158CDP
38Anegam151CDP
39 Cowlic 135CDP
40Ali Chukson132CDP
41Wahak Hotrontk114CDP
42South Komelik111CDP
43 Rillito 97CDP
44Haivana Nakya96CDP
45Chiawuli Tak78CDP
46Ali Molina71CDP
47Charco52CDP
48 Ventana 49CDP
49Ko Vaya46CDP
50 Summerhaven 40CDP
51Nolic37CDP
52Ak Chin30CDP
53Comobabi8CDP
54Willow Canyon1CDP

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Locations of Interest

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