Young, Arizona

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Young is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gila County, Arizona, United States. The population was 561 at the 2000 census.



Young is located at 34°6′42″N 110°55′45″W / 34.11167°N 110.92917°W / 34.11167; -110.92917 (34.111688, -110.929208),[1] along Arizona State Route 288 (which becomes Gila County 512 to the north). SR 288 is paved within and north of the town, totaling about ten miles (16 km) of pavement. Young is surrounded by the Tonto National Forest.

There are two main roads in and out of Young, one north (from SR 260) and one south (from SR 188). From Arizona State Route 260 between mile markers 284 and 285 (east of Christopher Creek and west of Heber/Overgaard), go south along SR 288 for about 26 miles (42 km). SR 288's northern most 3 miles (4.8 km) have been paved (October 2010), leaving about 13 miles (21 km) of this road unpaved but regularly graded. The southern route starts at the intersection of SR 188 and SR 288 (near Roosevelt Lake) and continues north along SR 288 for approximately 50 miles (80 km). About 15–16 miles is unpaved but regularly graded. Thus, there is no fully paved road connecting Young to other highways. In 2008, the southern route has had several more miles paved, but it is unknown if or when the remaining dirt segment will be paved.

Young's nearest cities are Payson (about 60 miles (97 km) away) and Globe/Miami (about 65 miles (105 km) miles). From the Phoenix area, Young is about 130 miles (210 km) away and typically takes 2.5 to 3 hours by vehicle.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 42.0 square miles (108.8 km²), all of it land.


Young played a central part in the Pleasant Valley War between 1887 and 1897. In September 1887, Sheriff Mulvernon of Prescott, Arizona led a posse that pursued and killed John Graham and Charles Blevins during a shootout at "Perkins Store".


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 561 people, 250 households, and 171 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 13.4 people per square mile (5.2/km²). There were 446 housing units at an average density of 10.6/sq mi (4.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.08% White, 0.53% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 2.14% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 3.39% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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