Pima, Arizona

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Pima is a town in Graham County, Arizona, United States. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town is 1,965.[1] It is part of the Safford Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Pima was founded by Mormon settlers in 1879. It was originally named Smithville. The first settlers had been living in Forrest Dale, but then were told they had to leave because the location was on Indian land. Unlike other Mormon settlements of the era, Smithville was not planned by the leaders of the church.[3]

Joseph K. Rogers was the first branch president at Pima, being appointed to this office before any of the settlers arrived.[4] The branch was organized into a ward in 1880.[5] In 1930 the ward had 666 members. Pima had a population of 980, and a total of 1,260 people resided within the boundaries of the Pima ward.[6] In 1990 Pima had 1,725 residents.[7]

In 1882 Jesse N. Smith predicted that a Mormon temple would one day be built in Pima.[8] The Gila Valley Arizona Temple is currently at a site between Pima and Thatcher.[9]


Pima is located at 32°53′19″N 109°49′42″W / 32.88861°N 109.82833°W / 32.88861; -109.82833 (32.888631, -109.828279).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.6 km²), all of it land.


2006 Census estimates placed Pima's population at 1,970.[7]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 1,989 people, 663 households, and 521 families residing in the town. The population density was 787.0 people per square mile (303.5/km²). There were 735 housing units at an average density of 290.8/sq mi (112.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.03% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.75% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 9.85% from other races, and 2.11% from two or more races. 20.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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