Cities in Arizona

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This page contains a list of cities in Arizona, and other information about local governments.

Arizona allows municipal charter cities. There are 15 total counties in Arizona. All 15 of those counties are General law.[1]

There are 91 total municipalities in Arizona. Of those 91, there are 72 general law municipalities and 19 Charter/home-rule.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Arizona consists of:

  • Counties: Arizona counties have a sheriff, county attorney, county recorder, treasurer, assessor, superintendent of schools, and three or five supervisors, each elected to a four-year term.[2]
  • Cities: any incorporated community with a population of over 3,000 can be a city.[2] The oldest city is Tucson, which was incorporated by the State Territorial Legislature in 1877.[3] Arizona cities are either Charter cities or General law cities. Under Article XIII, Section 2.2 of the Arizona State Constitution any city with a population of over 3,500 can become a Charter city.
  • Towns: an incorporated community with a population of under 3,000 is a town. After the population of a town has increase beyond 3,000 it may become a city although many towns do not.[4] Towns are similar to cities but have fewer powers.[5]

Units of government:

15 counties
44 cities
47 towns
19 of the cities are chartered.[6]
  • In addition, there are 309 special districts and 244 independent school districts.[7]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Arizona
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The initiative and referendum powers for both ordinances and charter amendments are mandated and the procedures are partially set for all counties, cities, and towns by State Law.[6]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Arizona
City[8] Population City Type Next election
Phoenix 1,469,471 Charter N/A
Tucson 525,796 Charter N/A
Mesa 446,518 Charter N/A
Chandler 240,101 Charter N/A
Glendale 230,482 Charter N/A
Scottsdale 221,020 Charter N/A
Gilbert 211,951 General law N/A
Tempe 164,268 Charter N/A
Peoria 156,637 Charter N/A
Surprise 119,849 General law N/A

Full list of cities

See also: List of Arizona cities
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As of the 2010 Census, there were 91 incorporated cities and towns in Arizona. A full list of cities in Arizona is available here.

See also