Counties in Arizona

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There are 15 counties in Arizona.[1] There is also one defunct county: Pah-Ute County was formed in 1865 from Mohave County and returned in 1871. Four counties (Mohave, Pima, Yavapai and Yuma) were created in 1864 following the organization of the Arizona Territory in 1862. All but La Paz County were created by the time Arizona was granted statehood in 1912.

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
Ballot Law Portal
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.[6]

County website evaluations

See also: Evaluation of Arizona county websites

As of the end of 2008:

Ballotpedia compiled Ballot measure information on Arizona county websites in March 2012.

List of counties

Arizona counties
County County seat County website
Apache County St. Johns Apache County website
Cochise County Bisbee Cochise County website
Coconino County Flagstaff Coconino County website
Gila County Globe Gila County website
Graham County Safford Graham County website
Greenlee County Clifton Greenlee County website
La Paz County Parker La Paz County website
Maricopa County Phoenix Maricopa County website
Mohave County Kingman Mohave County website
Navajo County Holbrook Navajo County website
Pima County Tucson Pima County website
Pinal County Florence Pinal County website
Santa Cruz County Nogales Santa Cruz County website
Yavapai County Prescott Yavapai County website
Yuma County Yuma Yuma County website

External links

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