Florence, Arizona

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Florence (O'odham: S-auppag) is a town in and the county seat of Pinal County, Arizona, United States.[3] The population was 17,054 at the 2000 census; according to 2008 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town had grown to 23,685.[1]

The largest Arizona State Prison complex, the Florence complex, is located in the city, and its preserved Main Street and open desert scenery was the setting of the major motion picture Murphy's Romance.

There are a total of 9 prisons from the county, state, federal and two private prisons. There are 3 state prisons located in Florence.

Florence is home to the annual "Country Thunder" music festival.[4]



Florence is located at 33°2′32″N 111°23′4″W / 33.04222°N 111.38444°W / 33.04222; -111.38444 (33.042204, -111.384521).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.5 km² (8.3 mi²), all land.



As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 17,054 people, 2,226 households, and 1,540 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,056.2 people per square mile (794.3/km²). There were 3,216 housing units at an average density of 387.7/sq mi (149.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 57.12% White, 9.17% Black or African American, 4.42% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 26.79% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. 35.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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