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Location of Eloy in Pinal County, Arizona
Location of Eloy in Pinal County, Arizona
Eloy, Arizona is located in the United States
Eloy, Arizona
Eloy, Arizona
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Arizona
County Pinal
Incorporated 1949
Area
 • Total 113.74 sq mi (294.60 km2)
 • Land 113.68 sq mi (294.44 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Elevation
1,555 ft (474 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 15,635
 • Density 137.53/sq mi (53.10/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST (no DST))
ZIP code
85131
Area code(s) 520
FIPS code 04-22360
GNIS feature ID 4421
Website City of Eloy

Eloy is a city in Pinal County, Arizona, United States, approximately 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Tucson and about 65 miles (105 km) southeast of Phoenix. According to the U.S. Census estimates in 2019, the population of the city is 19,625.

Geography

Near Eloy, Pinal County, Arizona. Ten-year-old boy brings in his morning pick to the weighmaster at . . . - NARA - 522239
Near Eloy, Pinal County, Arizona. Ten-year-old boy brings in his morning pick to the weighmaster at the cotton wagon, photo by Dorothea Lange (November 1940)

According to the U.S. Census of 2000, the city has a total area of 98.9 square miles (256 km2). The city offers a varied range of community facilities for its citizens. Outside the city limits, the city has a planning area of almost 560 square miles (1,500 km2).

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 3,580
1960 4,899 36.8%
1970 5,381 9.8%
1980 6,240 16.0%
1990 7,211 15.6%
2000 10,375 43.9%
2010 16,631 60.3%
2020 15,635 −6.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2011, there were 16,964 people, 2,492 households, and 1,988 families residing in Eloy. The population density was 144.8 people per square mile (55.9/km2). There were 2,734 housing units at an average density of 38.1 per square mile (14.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 58% Hispanic or Latino, 5% Black or African American, 41% White, 4% Native American, 1% Asian, <1% Pacific Islander, 31% from other races, and 5% from two or more races.

There were 2,492 households, out of which 50.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 21.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 15.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.57 and the average family size was 3.94.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 33.7% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 15.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females, there were 137.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 154.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,518, and the median income for a family was $28,494. Males had a median income of $25,295 versus $21,088 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,194. About 27.9% of families and 31.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.6% of those under age 18 and 24.6% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

The largest employer is CoreCivic and those CoreCivic prisoners are included in the census. CoreCivic operates four facilities: Eloy Detention Center (opened 1994), Red Rock Correctional Center (opened 2006), Saguaro Correctional Center (opened 2007), and La Palma Correctional Facility (opened 2008). As of 2020 the CoreCivic-operated correctional centers house detainees from states including Hawaii, Nevada, Idaho, and Kansas.

Eloy-municipal-airport-aerial-view
Aerial view of the Eloy Municipal Airport, looking east

According to Eloy's 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer Employees
1 CoreCivic 1,756
2 Eloy Elementary School District 140
3 City of Eloy 121
4 TravelCenters of America 107
5 Schuff Steel 105
6 Skydive Arizona 95
7 Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District 73
8 Otto Industries 70
9 Iron Skillet Restaurant 51
10 Republic Plastics 46

Education

Eloy-Santa Cruz School -1913
Historic Santa Cruz School, built in 1913

The Eloy Elementary School District provides elementary education in grades kindergarten through 8 through its four schools:

  • Curiel Primary School (grades kindergarten through 3)
  • Eloy Intermediate School (grades 4 through 6)
  • Eloy Junior High School (grades 7 and 8)
  • Toltec Elementary School (grades 4 through 8)

Eloy has one public high school, Santa Cruz Valley Union High School, and some residents attend nearby Casa Grande Union High School.

Transportation

The closest major airports to Eloy are Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Tucson International Airport. Casa Grande Shuttle provides an airport shuttle to Sky Harbor.

The Eloy Municipal Airport is a non-towered airport located in Eloy.

Greyhound serves Eloy.

Notable people

  • Mossy Cade – former professional football player
  • Anna Maria Chávez – former CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Levi Jones – former professional football player
  • Benny Malone – former professional football player
  • Ricky Nelson – former professional baseball player
  • Paul Powell – former professional baseball player
  • Jeff Provenzano – professional skydiver
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