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Graham County, Arizona (AZ)


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County population in 2012: 37,416 (54% urban, 46% rural); it was 33,489 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 4,570
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,519
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 7,402
Renter-occupied apartments: 3,031 (it was 2,714 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

34%

Land area: 4629 sq. mi.
Water area: 11.8 sq. mi.
Population density: 8 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Graham County: 82.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (25.6%), Retail trade (14.1%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (13.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 69%
  • Government: 26%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 5%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Graham County, Arizona:


Median resident age:  31.0 years
Arizona median age:  35.0 years

Males: 19,977  (47.6%)
Females: 17,243  (52.4%)

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Graham County,AZ real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Graham County:

3.0 people
Arizona:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $35,656 ($29,668 in 1999)
This county:

$35656
Arizona:

$48745

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $470 (lower quartile is $303, upper quartile is $602)
This county:

$470
State:

$732


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $93,936 (it was $72,800 in 2000)
Graham County:

$93,936
Arizona:

$187,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $59,492 - $150,884

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $229,711
Here:

$229,711
State:

$269,393

Townhouses or other attached units: $173,343
Here:

$173,343
State:

$194,032

In 2-unit structures: $203,935
Here:

$203,935
State:

$162,043

Mobile homes: $86,974
Here:

$86,974
State:

$51,746

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $54,198
Here:

$54,198
State:

$39,763
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,250
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $269

Institutionalized population: 3,458

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


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Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $659 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $461 (0.5%)


Graham County household income distribution in 2009 Graham County home values distribution


Graham County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 18.9%
(11.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 66.6% for Black residents, 19.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 40.1% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 14.8% for other race residents, 30.1% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 31 years old
(Males: 31 years old, Females: 31 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 34 years old, Black residents: 35 years old, American Indian residents: 23 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28 years old, Other race residents: 29 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

23.0%
Whole state:

13.9%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

10.1%
Whole state:

6.2%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Graham County is $502 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $562 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $777 a month.

Cities in this county include: Safford, Thatcher, Bonita-Klondyke, Swift Trail Junction, Pima, Bylas, Cactus Flats, Central, San Jose, Solomon.

Graham County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2005 air pollution in Graham County:

Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour: 46 µg/m3(standard limit: 150 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.


Local government website: www.graham.az.gov

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Graham County: One Hundred Eleven Ranch (A), Froelich Ranch (B), Tule Tubs (C), P Ranch (D), Turkey Spring Corral (E), Pace Ranch (F), Paddy Lynch Windmill (G), Gillespie Ranch (H), Gilman Ranch (I), Goat Camp (J), Angle Orchard (K), Park Creek Cabins (L), Gold Gulch Corral (M), U B Rangeline Cabin (N), Arcadia Campground (O), Upper Lee Trail (P), Arsenic Tubs (Q), Ash Creek Ranch (R), Hackberry Ranch (S), Hanks Corral (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Graham County include: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (A), Safford Church of Christ (B), New Testament Baptist Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Kennedy Cemetery (1), Ashurst Cemetery (2), McEuen Cemetery (3), Hubbard Cemetery (4), Rest Haven Memorial Gardens (5), Artesia Cemetery (6), Sanchez Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Chatfield Pond (A), Bigler Ponds (B), Roper Lake (C), Deer Tank (D), Devil Tank (E), Dial Tank (F), Don Tank (G), Dons Tank (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Ninemile Creek (A), Bear Wallow Creek (B), Shoat Tank Wash (C), Dry Prong (D), Deer Creek (E), Graveyard Wash (F), Sheep Camp Wash (G), Malay Creek (H), Sevenmile Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Graham County include: West Canyon Picnic Grounds (1), Soldier Creek Recreation Area (2), Snow Flat Boy Scout Camp (3), Shannon Recreation Area (4), Noon Creek Picnic Grounds (5), Marijilda Picnic Grounds (6), Hospital Flat Recreation Area (7), Arcadia Recreation Area (8), Riggs Flat Recreation Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Apache County , Cochise County , Gila County , Greenlee County , Navajo County , Pima County , Pinal County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 2,540
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 75.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 11.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 882 (50% naturalized citizens)

Graham County:

2.6%
Whole state:

12.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 78.1%

Graham County marital status for males
Graham County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Graham County with a mortgage: 2,743 (243 second mortgage, 297 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,998

Here:

57.9% with mortgage
State:

74.9% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 67.08%
Here67.1%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 22,465
Total congregations: 54

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchAssemblies of God
Adherents10,665 (47.5%)8,614 (38.3%)864 (3.8%)516 (2.3%)453 (2.0%)
Congregations7 (13.0%)25 (46.3%)4 (7.4%)2 (3.7%)3 (5.6%)
NameWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaChurches of ChristSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchOther
Adherents413 (1.8%)253 (1.1%)150 (0.7%)120 (0.5%)417 (1.9%)
Congregations2 (3.7%)2 (3.7%)1 (1.9%)1 (1.9%)7 (13.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Graham County - Safford, Thatcher, Bonita-Klondyke, Swift Trail Junction, Pima

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
This county:

1.72 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

1.36 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Graham County:

0.57 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

0.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 13
This county:

3.72 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

2.47 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 14
Graham County:

4.00 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

6.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.2%
Arizona:

8.0%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.7%
Arizona:

22.8%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Graham County:

11.4%
State:

14.2%


Agriculture in Graham County:

Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $295,666
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $2412.25
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 4.87%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $232,861
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 100.00%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $110,210
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 81.23%
Average age of principal farm operators: 59 years
Corn for grain: 6321 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 379 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 18831 harvested acres
Vegetables: 668 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 1,161 acres

Earthquake activity:

Graham County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Arizona state average. It is 98% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/8/2007 at 07:15:40, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 MW, 3.5 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 81.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Graham County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 7, Floods: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Tornado: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (17%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Health care (15%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Social assistance (7%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Child care workers (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Graham County (%):





Graham County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 7,476 (71%)
  • Carpooled: 2,011 (19%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 26 (0%)
  • Taxi: 4 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 62 (1%)
  • Bicycle: 46 (0%)
  • Walked: 394 (4%)
  • Other means: 122 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 376 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Graham County, Arizona in 2000:

People in group quarters in Graham County, Arizona in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $42,715.

8.56% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($36,160 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.56%
Arizona average:

8.20%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.54% relocated from other counties in Arizona ($23,701 average AGI)
3.02% relocated from other states ($12,459 average AGI)
Graham County:

3.02%
Arizona average:

6.09%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Maricopa County, AZ  2.09% ($42,265 average AGI)
from Pima County, AZ  0.98% ($34,263)
from Greenlee County, AZ  0.63% ($45,776)
from Gila County, AZ  0.41% ($20,875)
from Cochise County, AZ  0.39% ($28,433)
from Navajo County, AZ  0.22% ($21,824)
from Pinal County, AZ  0.22% ($37,529)


7.41% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($30,002 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.41%
Arizona average:

5.96%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.84% relocated to other counties in Arizona ($20,056 average AGI)
2.58% relocated to other states ($9,944 average AGI)
Graham County:

2.58%
Arizona average:

3.88%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Maricopa County, AZ  1.70% ($27,046 average AGI)
to Pima County, AZ  1.16% ($28,539)
to Greenlee County, AZ  0.52% ($37,800)
to Gila County, AZ  0.34% ($22,808)
to Cochise County, AZ  0.27% ($19,143)
to Navajo County, AZ  0.26% ($47,550)
to Apache County, AZ  0.14% ($44,364)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.1

Births per 1000 population in Graham County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Graham County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Graham County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 4,413 (3,726 aged, 687 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 108.2. This is less than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 33,469

Size of family households: 2,943 2-persons, 1,581 3-persons, 1,456 4-persons, 1,051 5-persons, 602 6-persons, 555 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,415 1-person, 369 2-persons, 65 3-persons, 58 4-persons, 18 5-persons, 3 6-persons, 4 7-or-more-persons.

76.3% of residents of Graham County speak English at home.
16.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (78% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (72% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (79% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).
6.4% of residents speak other language at home (59% speak English very well, 32% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $209,880,000 ($6361 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,600,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $73,965,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $34,321,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,128,000
Federal grants: $73,533,000
Federal procurement contracts: $4,310,000 ($155,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $17,623,000 ($44,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,254,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $11,419,000
Federal Government insurance: $32,204,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 2,336
Here:

71 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,310
Here:

40 per 1000 residents
State:

37 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +81
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+28 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -1,474
Here -45 per 1000 residents
State +69 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Graham County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 4.79 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.5
State:

5.7

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

3.7

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Graham County, Arizona
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 78
  • 2 rooms: 181
  • 3 rooms: 422
  • 4 rooms: 948
  • 5 rooms: 2,093
  • 6 rooms: 1,668
  • 7 rooms: 1,040
  • 8 rooms: 533
  • 9+ rooms: 439
  • 1 room: 103
  • 2 rooms: 193
  • 3 rooms: 430
  • 4 rooms: 673
  • 5 rooms: 737
  • 6 rooms: 366
  • 7 rooms: 138
  • 8 rooms: 51
  • 9+ rooms: 23
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Graham County, Arizona
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 107
  • 1 bedroom: 483
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,540
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,861
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,141
  • 5+ bedrooms: 270
  • no bedroom: 132
  • 1 bedroom: 548
  • 2 bedrooms: 942
  • 3 bedrooms: 827
  • 4 bedrooms: 225
  • 5+ bedrooms: 40
Cars and other vehicles available in Graham County, Arizona in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 414
  • 1 vehicle: 2,123
  • 2 vehicles: 2,994
  • 3 vehicles: 1,333
  • 4 vehicles: 388
  • 5+ vehicles: 150
  • no vehicle: 441
  • 1 vehicle: 1,255
  • 2 vehicles: 750
  • 3 vehicles: 185
  • 4 vehicles: 51
  • 5+ vehicles: 32

59% of Graham County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 47% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 64% lived in Arizona.

Graham County:

59.0%
State average:

46.0%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $76,500


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Graham County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (67.3%)
  • Electricity (15.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (10.5%)
  • Wood (5.4%)
  • Utility gas (56.4%)
  • Electricity (28.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (11.6%)
  • Wood (2.5%)
  • No fuel used (0.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 192
Here:

4.0%
Arizona:

6.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 210
Here:

8.3%
Arizona:

6.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 132
Here:

5.6%
Arizona:

13.2%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Graham County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Graham County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Graham County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Graham County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Graham County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Graham County, AZ among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William11174.6 years
John10072.0 years
Robert9371.4 years
Mary9177.7 years
James8576.1 years
George7378.6 years
Charles5775.1 years
Frank5276.1 years
Joseph3875.3 years
Edward3473.9 years
Most common last names in Graham County, AZ among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith6375.7 years
Johnson4376.6 years
Garcia4371.7 years
Williams3874.9 years
Nelson3879.3 years
Jones3777.1 years
Taylor3775.3 years
Morris3576.7 years
Lee3571.0 years
Sanchez3475.1 years
Businesses in Graham County, AZ
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Marriott1
Ace Hardware1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Arby's1McDonald's2
Ashley Furniture1Nike3
AutoZone1Papa John's Pizza1
Best Western1Quality1
Big O Tires1RadioShack2
Burger King1SONIC Drive-In1
Comfort Inn2Safeway1
Dairy Queen1Starbucks1
Days Inn1Super 81
Dennys1Taco Bell1
FedEx2U-Haul2
H&R Block1UPS3
Home Depot1Verizon Wireless1
KFC1Vons1
La-Z-Boy1Walmart1
Lane Furniture1

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