Kearny, Arizona

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Kearny is a town in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. The town was named after General Stephen Watts Kearny, who passed through the area on November 7, 1846 while leading 100 dragoons to California. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town is 2,765.[1] The economic base of Kearny and nearby towns is the Ray mine and Hayden Smelter, both owned and operated by ASARCO.

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History

Kearny was built by the Kennecott Mining Company in 1958 as a planned community to accommodate the populations of nearby Ray, Sonora and Barcelona, which were about to be swallowed by Kennecott's expanding open-pit copper mine. While many of houses in the town were newly built, some mine employees had their homes moved down the road. Kearny was officially incorporated in 1959.

Geography

Kearny is located at 33°3′15″N 110°54′32″W / 33.05417°N 110.90889°W / 33.05417; -110.90889 (33.054160, -110.908857).[3]

The town sits near the Gila River in the Copper Basin area along with its sister cities, Hayden and Winkelman. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.2 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,249 people, 791 households, and 616 families residing in the town. The population density was 805.4 people per square mile (311.2/km²). There were 873 housing units at an average density of 312.6/sq mi (120.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 77.28% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 0.84% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 18.36% from other races, and 3.16% from two or more races. 38.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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