Greenlee County, Arizona

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Greenlee County is located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of the 2000 census its population was 8,547. The county seat is Clifton. It is the least populous county in the state of Arizona, with the most populous county being Maricopa.

Greenlee County is part of the Safford Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Greenlee County was created in 1909 and named for Mason (Masin) Greenlee who was an early settler in the Clifton area. It was Arizona's 14th county and formed from part of Graham County, who opposed the formation because Graham County would lose considerable revenue. Clifton has always been the county seat.

Politics

Greenlee County is an historically Democratic county. The county is located in Arizona's 1st congressional district, which has a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+6 and is represented by Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick. In the Arizona House of Representatives it is represented by Republican Bill Konopnicki and Democrat Jake A. Brown.[1] In the Arizona Senate it is represented by Republican Sylvia Allen.[2]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,848 square miles (4,786.3 km2), of which 1,847 square miles (4,783.7 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.08%) is water.

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