Cities in Arizona
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.
- Cities: any incorporated community with a population of over 3,000 can be a city. The oldest city is Tucson, which was incorporated by the State Territorial Legislature in 1877. 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. Towns are similar to cities but have fewer powers.
Units of government:
- 15 counties
- 44 cities
- 47 towns
- 19 of the cities are chartered.
- In addition, there are 309 special districts and 244 independent school districts.
Initiative process availability
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|Laws Governing Ballot Measures|
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.
10 most populated cities
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Full List of Cities
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As of the 2010 Census, there are 91 incorporated cities and towns in Arizona. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.
|List of Cities and Population in Arizona|
|Lake Havasu City||52,935|
- Local Government Types and Numbers Research Spreadsheet
- City Data, Arizona-Local Government
- Tucson City Website, City Info
- Arizona State Statutes, 9-271. Procedure for change; city officers
- Arizona State Statutes, 9-276. Additional powers of cities
- Types and Numbers City I&R Research Spreadsheet
- The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 study of local governments
- US Census Bureau "City and Town Totals: Vintage 2011 (Population figures as of 2011 Census estimates)
- US Census, "March 2011 Estimate of Arizona cities"