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Bouse, Arizona
Gold on hematite from the old Dutchman Mine near Bouse
Gold on hematite from the old Dutchman Mine near Bouse
Location in La Paz County and the state of Arizona
Location in La Paz County and the state of Arizona
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Coordinates: 33°56′1″N 114°0′30″W / 33.93361°N 114.00833°W / 33.93361; -114.00833Coordinates: 33°56′1″N 114°0′30″W / 33.93361°N 114.00833°W / 33.93361; -114.00833
Country United States
State Arizona
County La Paz
Area
 • Total 136.18 sq mi (352.69 km2)
 • Land 136.18 sq mi (352.69 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
948 ft (289 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 707
 • Density 5.19/sq mi (2.00/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST (no daylight saving time))
ZIP code
85325
Area code(s) 928
FIPS code 04-07310
GNIS feature ID 1887

Bouse ( bowss rhymes with "house") is a census-designated place (CDP) in La Paz County, Arizona, United States. Founded in 1908 as a mining camp, the economy of Bouse is now based on tourism, agriculture, and retirees. The population was 996 at the 2010 census.

Geography

Bouse is located at 33°56′1″N 114°0′30″W / 33.93361°N 114.00833°W / 33.93361; -114.00833 (33.933657, -114.008268).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.1 square miles (26 km2), all of it land.

Camp Bouse, 20 miles east in Butler Valley, is the former site of a World War II US Army tank training camp. Although the buildings are gone, a few foundations remain, as do some of the tank tracks from World War II. There is a Camp Bouse memorial monument in Bouse.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 167
1930 427 155.7%
2000 615
2010 996 62.0%
2020 707 −29.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

Bouse first appeared on the 1920 U.S. Census as an unincorporated village, then in Yuma County. Although it did not appear separately as a village in 1930, the precinct it was located in, Bouse Precinct, had been contiguous with the village in 1920, and it did report a population of 427, which was majority White. With the combination of all Arizona county precincts into three districts each in 1940, it did not formally appear again until 2000, when it was made a census-designated place (CDP), now within La Paz County.

As of the census of 2010, there were 996 people, 547 households, and 303 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 60.9 people per square mile (23.5/km2). There were 562 housing units at an average density of 55.7 per square mile (21.5/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.6% White, 0.3% Black or African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.6% of the population.

There were 320 households, out of which 6.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.33.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 9.8% under the age of 18, 1.1% from 18 to 24, 8.5% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 51.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 65 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $19,479, and the median income for a family was $27,935. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $20,536 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,623. About 9.9% of families and 21.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.4% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

This area has a large amount of sunshine year round due to its stable descending air and high pressure. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bouse has a mild desert climate, abbreviated "Bwh" on climate maps.

Economy

An egg facility owned by Rose Acre Farms broke ground near Bouse on July 13, 2015. The facility was also planned to include a pullet farm, a rail spur from the Arizona and California Railroad, and a feed mill operation. According to the president of the La Paz Economic Development Corporation, it is the biggest economic development project ever taken in the county. In early 2017, it was reported by the mayor of Parker that the facility has hens and its first truckload of eggs was out.

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