Coolidge, Arizona

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Coolidge is a city in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 8,154.[2]

Arizona Highway 87 and Arizona Highway 287 pass through the town. Coolidge is 56 miles southeast of Phoenix, and 69 miles northwest of Tucson. It is 21 miles northeast of Casa Grande and 11 miles southwest of Florence. Picacho Reservoir is just 11 miles south of town.

Coolidge is home of the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. The monument was the first historic site to receive protected status by the United States Government in 1892. The ancient city was built about 1200 AD. by the Hohokam people.

Coolidge was incorporated as a city in 1945. It is named for Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States.

Coolidge is home to Central Arizona College.

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Geography

Coolidge is located at 32°58′38″N 111°31′23″W / 32.97722°N 111.52306°W / 32.97722; -111.52306 (32.977105, -111.522933).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13.0 km²), all of it land.

Waylon Jennings the famous country singer, song writer, worked at a radio station in coolidge and played one of his first gigs at the 21Club in Coolidge. The 21Club was originally a prohibition "key" club with 21 original members. As of 2001 you could ask Mamma Lou the owner of the 21Club to see the check used to pay Waylon for his show. It was hanging on the wall behind the original prohibition bar.

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 7,786 people, 2,585 households, and 1,938 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,549.1 people per square mile (597.7/km²). There were 3,212 housing units at an average density of 639.1/sq mi (246.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 57.85% White, 8.30% Black or African American, 5.63% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 23.58% from other races, and 3.88% from two or more races. 39.20% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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