Gisela, Arizona

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Gisela is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gila County, Arizona, United States. The population was 532 at the 2000 census.

Gisela was named after the heroine in the book COUNTESS GISELA by E. Marlitt. The town schoolteacher was reading the book to her students when she was asked by her husband, the postmaster, to help name the little settlement. She asked the school children what names they liked, and they voted to name their new town Gisela. They didn't know how to pronounce the name correctly, so they called it Guy-SEE-la.[1]



Gisela is located at 34°6′7″N 111°17′7″W / 34.10194°N 111.28528°W / 34.10194; -111.28528 (34.101809, -111.285194).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²), all of it land.

Tonto Creek flows through Gisela on its way to Roosevelt Lake.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 532 people, 225 households, and 161 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 184.8 people per square mile (71.3/km²). There were 295 housing units at an average density of 102.4/sq mi (39.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.36% White, 0.19% Native American, 2.26% from other races, and 3.20% from two or more races. 5.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 225 households out of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males.

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