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La Paz County, Arizona (AZ)


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County population in 2012: 20,281 (44% urban, 56% rural); it was 19,715 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,268
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 4,804
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 6,528
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,126 (it was 1,834 in 2000)
% of renters here:

22%
State:

34%

Land area: 4500 sq. mi.
Water area: 13.4 sq. mi.
Population density: 5 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in La Paz County: 83.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (18.3%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (14.7%), Public administration (14.4%), Retail trade (11.2%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (11.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 49%
  • Government: 40%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 11%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in La Paz County, Arizona:


Median resident age:  53.0 years
Arizona median age:  35.0 years

Males: 10,550  (49.4%)
Females: 9,939  (50.6%)

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La Paz County,AZ real estate house value trend



Average household size:
La Paz County:

2.0 people
Arizona:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $31,054 ($25,839 in 1999)
This county:

$31054
Arizona:

$48745

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $485 (lower quartile is $318, upper quartile is $618)
This county:

$485
State:

$732


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $83,967 (it was $54,000 in 2000)
La Paz County:

$83,967
Arizona:

$187,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $18,893 - $159,313

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $279,671
Here:

$279,671
State:

$269,393

Townhouses or other attached units: $1,476,387
Here:

$1,476,387
State:

$194,032

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $146,431
Here:

$146,431
State:

$166,135

Mobile homes: $107,789
Here:

$107,789
State:

$51,746

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $49,159
Here:

$49,159
State:

$39,763
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,262
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $260

Institutionalized population: 238

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


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


La Paz County, AZ map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $810 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $192 (0.3%)


La Paz County household income distribution in 2009 La Paz County home values distribution


La Paz County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 19.7%
(10.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 47.4% for Black residents, 30.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 44.6% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 30.1% for other race residents, 34.6% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 53 years old
(Males: 54 years old, Females: 53 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 62 years old, Black residents: 39 years old, American Indian residents: 29 years old, Asian residents: 44 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 27 years old)

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

19.6%
Whole state:

13.9%

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

8.3%
Whole state:

6.2%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in La Paz County is $477 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $572 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $809 a month.

Cities in this county include: Quartzsite, Parker Strip, Parker, Salome, Ehrenberg, Bluewater, Bouse, Wenden, Poston, Cibola.

La Paz 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 La Paz County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.080 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (8-hour): 0.071 ppm (standard limit: 0.08 ppm). Near U.S. average.


Local government website: www.co.la-paz.az.us

Click to draw/clear La Paz County borders

Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in La Paz County: Elkhart (A), Camp Bouse (B), Palmerita Ranch (C), Planet Ranch (D), Plomosa Windmill (E), Poston Two (F), Haynes Farm (G), Hoge Ranch (H), Rankin Ranch (I), Kofa Monument (J), Lincoln Ranch (K), Cibola Camp (L), Clip Mill (M), Colorado River Indian Tribes Administration (N), Conley Ranch (O), Swansea Pumping Station (P), Nords Ranch (Q), Kast Ranch (R), Wall (S), Kofa Cabin (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in La Paz County: Harvest Mission (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Harrisburg Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Nortons Lake (A), Adobe Lake (B), Cowbell Lake (C), Clear Lake (D), Island Lake (E), Eagletail Tank (F), Goodman Tank (G), Headquarter Tank (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Black Rock Wash (A), Seventy Wash (B), Colorado Wash (C), Scaddan Wash (D), Gould Wash (E), Mule Wash (F), Goodman Wash (G), Goodman Slough (H), Gonzales Wash (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in La Paz County include: Alamo Lake State Park (1), Manataba Park (2), Imperial National Wildlife Refuge (3), Alamo Wildlife Area (4), Bucksin Mountain State Park (5), Cibola National Wildlife Refuge (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Maricopa County , Mohave County , Yavapai County , Imperial County, California , Yuma County , Riverside County, California , San Bernardino County, California .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 437
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 69.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 8.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,917 (25% naturalized citizens)

La Paz County:

9.7%
Whole state:

12.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 86.2%

La Paz County marital status for males
La Paz County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in La Paz County with a mortgage: 1,107 (61 second mortgage, 74 home equity loan, 5 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,140

Here:

49.3% with mortgage
State:

74.9% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 24.49%
Here24.5%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 4,829
Total congregations: 27

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionAssemblies of GodChristian and Missionary Alliance
Adherents1,498 (31.0%)822 (17.0%)752 (15.6%)231 (4.8%)215 (4.5%)
Congregations4 (14.8%)3 (11.1%)1 (3.7%)4 (14.8%)1 (3.7%)
NameChristian Churches and Churches of ChristJewishConservative Baptist Association of AmericaUnited Methodist ChurchOther
Adherents202 (4.2%)200 (4.1%)196 (4.1%)155 (3.2%)558 (11.6%)
Congregations1 (3.7%)1 (3.7%)3 (11.1%)1 (3.7%)8 (29.6%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in La Paz County - Quartzsite, Parker Strip, Parker, Salome, Ehrenberg

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
This county:

3.98 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

1.36 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
La Paz County:

0.50 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

0.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
This county:

8.96 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

2.47 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 24
La Paz County:

11.95 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

6.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.2%
Arizona:

8.0%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.0%
Arizona:

22.8%



Agriculture in La Paz County:

Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $857,656
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $947.53
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.73%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $666,679
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 100.00%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $337,206
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 57.43%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
All wheat for grain: 5309 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 14613 harvested acres
Vegetables: 5,539 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

La Paz County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Arizona state average. It is 72.9 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

La Paz County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Arizona state average. It is 99% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/13/1998 at 01:09:34, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 ML, 3.6 ML, Depth: 2.4 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 97.8 miles away from the county center
On 12/12/1994 at 13:05:31, a magnitude 3.8 (3.6 ML, 3.8 ML, Depth: 2.9 mi) earthquake occurred 99.7 miles away from the county center
On 9/19/2005 at 23:00:16, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 ML, Depth: 5.9 mi) earthquake occurred 95.7 miles away from the county center
On 3/11/1994 at 16:46:00, a magnitude 3.7 (3.4 ML, 3.7 ML, Depth: 4.1 mi) earthquake occurred 99.4 miles away from La Paz County center
On 3/16/2004 at 00:33:33, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 ML, Depth: 1.4 mi) earthquake occurred 99.8 miles away from the county center
On 11/4/1993 at 00:36:53, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 ML) earthquake occurred 92.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in La Paz County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (13%)
  • Public administration (12%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (18%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Public administration (13%)
  • Health care (9%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (7%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)

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




Most common first ancestries reported in La Paz County (%):





La Paz County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,540 (70%)
  • Carpooled: 1,019 (16%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 20 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 61 (1%)
  • Walked: 444 (7%)
  • Other means: 122 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 247 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


255 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
25 people in homes for the physically handicapped

People in group quarters in La Paz County, Arizona in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $36,726.

11.28% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($34,189 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

11.28%
Arizona average:

8.20%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.99% relocated from other counties in Arizona ($7,477 average AGI)
8.29% relocated from other states ($26,712 average AGI)
La Paz County:

8.29%
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  1.18% ($20,000 average AGI)
from San Bernardino County, CA  0.96% ($40,500)
from Mohave County, AZ  0.76% ($33,711)
from Riverside County, CA  0.68% ($35,235)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.34% ($40,353)
from Pima County, AZ  0.30% ($26,733)
from San Diego County, CA  0.26% ($41,308)


10.32% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($33,561 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.32%
Arizona average:

5.96%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.55% relocated to other counties in Arizona ($15,297 average AGI)
5.76% relocated to other states ($18,262 average AGI)
La Paz County:

5.76%
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  1.55% ($29,091 average AGI)
to Mohave County, AZ  1.31% ($30,446)
to Riverside County, CA  0.48% ($54,583)
to San Bernardino County, CA  0.46% ($33,826)
to Yavapai County, AZ  0.44% ($56,273)
to Yuma County, AZ  0.36% ($50,611)
to Pima County, AZ  0.24% ($29,250)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 6.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.2

Births per 1000 population in La Paz County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 6.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.9

Deaths per 1000 population in La Paz County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in La Paz County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,801 (3,324 aged, 477 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 25%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 23%

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 224.7. This is less than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 20,101

Size of family households: 3,501 2-persons, 828 3-persons, 576 4-persons, 393 5-persons, 144 6-persons, 142 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,957 1-person, 593 2-persons, 37 3-persons, 18 4-persons, 8 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

78.4% of residents of La Paz County speak English at home.
18.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (61% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (92% speak English very well, 8% speak English well).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (51% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 35% speak English not well).
1.8% of residents speak other language at home (80% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $185,796,000 ($9337 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $76,641,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $58,508,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $4,256,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,666,000
Federal grants: $30,150,000
Federal procurement contracts: $75,701,000 ($73,820,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $10,516,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,233,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,301,000
Federal Government insurance: $40,410,000

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

Births: 1,103
Here:

55 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,103
Here:

55 per 1000 residents
State:

37 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +309
Here:

+15 per 1000 residents
State:

+28 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +249
Here:

+12 per 1000 residents
State:

+69 per 1000 residents

Population growth in La Paz County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.28 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

4.4
State:

5.7

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.1
State:

3.7

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in La Paz County, Arizona
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 243
  • 2 rooms: 824
  • 3 rooms: 954
  • 4 rooms: 1,409
  • 5 rooms: 1,661
  • 6 rooms: 825
  • 7 rooms: 360
  • 8 rooms: 156
  • 9+ rooms: 96
  • 1 room: 61
  • 2 rooms: 168
  • 3 rooms: 291
  • 4 rooms: 622
  • 5 rooms: 412
  • 6 rooms: 164
  • 7 rooms: 92
  • 8 rooms: 20
  • 9+ rooms: 4
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in La Paz County, Arizona
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 297
  • 1 bedroom: 1,750
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,206
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,876
  • 4 bedrooms: 319
  • 5+ bedrooms: 80
  • no bedroom: 75
  • 1 bedroom: 362
  • 2 bedrooms: 908
  • 3 bedrooms: 422
  • 4 bedrooms: 65
  • 5+ bedrooms: 2
Cars and other vehicles available in La Paz County, Arizona in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 262
  • 1 vehicle: 2,446
  • 2 vehicles: 2,613
  • 3 vehicles: 849
  • 4 vehicles: 261
  • 5+ vehicles: 97
  • no vehicle: 203
  • 1 vehicle: 923
  • 2 vehicles: 480
  • 3 vehicles: 180
  • 4 vehicles: 36
  • 5+ vehicles: 12

55% of La Paz County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 39% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 17% lived in Arizona.

La Paz County:

55.2%
State average:

46.0%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $51,800


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in La Paz County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (44.9%)
  • Electricity (34.3%)
  • Utility gas (17.2%)
  • Wood (1.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.7%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)
  • Electricity (45.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (29.8%)
  • Utility gas (20.6%)
  • No fuel used (1.9%)
  • Wood (1.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.8%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 42
Here:

2.2%
Arizona:

6.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 77
Here:

6.8%
Arizona:

6.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 27
Here:

7.6%
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

La Paz County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


La Paz County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


La Paz County government finances - Debt in 2002:


La Paz County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

La Paz 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 La Paz County, AZ among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John14673.9 years
William14074.0 years
Robert12071.1 years
James10572.0 years
Charles7677.7 years
George6973.6 years
Mary5576.7 years
Thomas5473.4 years
Richard5470.9 years
Donald4971.2 years
Most common last names in La Paz County, AZ among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith4773.2 years
Brown4475.4 years
Johnson3975.2 years
Williams3173.1 years
Miller2974.6 years
Jones2873.6 years
Davis2475.5 years
Scott2273.1 years
White2272.3 years
Taylor2170.3 years
Businesses in La Paz County, AZ
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Pizza Hut1
AutoZone1RadioShack1
Best Western1Safeway1
Burger King2Sears1
CVS1Starbucks1
Domino's Pizza1Taco Bell1
FedEx5True Value1
H&R Block1U-Haul2
KFC1UPS4
MasterBrand Cabinets1Vons1
McDonald's2Walmart1
Motel 61
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