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Arizona in United States
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Arizona is a state located in the Western United States. There are 91 incorporated cities and towns in the U.S. state of Arizona as of 2010. Incorporated places in Arizona are those that have been granted home rule, possessing a local government in the form of a city or town council. The 2010 census put 5,021,810 of the state's 6,392,017 residents within these cities and towns, accounting for 78.56% of the population. Most of the population is concentrated within the Phoenix metropolitan area, with an 2010 census population of 4,192,887 (65.60% of the state population).

The oldest incorporated place in Arizona is Tucson which incorporated in 1877 and the most recent was the town of Tusayan which incorporated in March 2010. As of 2010, Phoenix, the capital and largest city in Arizona, is ranked as the sixth most populous city in the United States. Other Arizona cities among the 100 most populous in the country are Tucson, Mesa, Glendale, Chandler, Gilbert and Scottsdale.

Municipal incorporation

Tucson Stone Ave year 1880
Photograph of a street near downtown Tucson, taken in 1880. Incorporated in 1877, Tucson is Arizona's oldest city.

The Arizona Constitution has, since its ratification in 1912, allowed for the creation of municipal corporations in any community with a population of 3,500 or greater. According to the constitution, a municipal charter cannot be created by special laws or by the legislature, but rather by the communities themselves as provided by general law. The population limit specified by the constitution was lowered by state law to a minimum of population of 1,500 for most locations, and further reduced to 500 for communities located within 10 miles (16 km) of a national park or national monument. State law further restricts the incorporation of new municipalities within urbanized areas, which are defined as a specific buffer zone surrounding existing cities and towns.

State law allows for the incorporation of a community as either a city or a town; the only additional requirement to incorporate as a city is a minimum population of 3,000. Cities and towns in Arizona function largely in an identical manner, but cities are provided with additional powers that a town charter does not provide, limited primarily to certain powers regarding the regulation of utilities and construction within the city limits. State law allows adjoining towns to merge and it allows a city to annex a town, but it does not allow cities to merge. Additionally, a town may change its form of government to a city upon reaching the minimum population of 3,000. There are, however, large communities that have remained incorporated as a town in spite of attaining a large population; Gilbert, with more than 200,000 residents, remains incorporated as a town.

Twenty Arizona municipalities were incorporated before 1912, when the state was admitted to the Union. As such, these cities and towns were incorporated by means other than those stipulated by current state law and the constitution. Phoenix, for example, was incorporated in 1881 by an act of the Territorial Legislature.

List of cities and towns

Bullhead City Arizona 7
Bullhead City
Downtown Phoenix Aerial Looking Northeast
Phoenix, Capital of Arizona
Name Type County Population
(2010)
Area (2010) Population density (2010) Incorporated
sq mi km2 /sq mi /km2
Apache Junction City Pinal 35,840 35.00 90.6 1,024.2 395.4 01978 1978
Avondale City Maricopa 76,238 45.65 118.2 1,672.0 645.6 01946-12-13Dec 13, 1946
Benson City Cochise 5,105 41.46 107.4 123.3 47.6 01924 1924
Bisbee City Cochise 5,575 5.16 13.4 1,080.3 417.1 01902 1902
Buckeye City Maricopa 50,876 375.39 972.3 135.6 52.4 01929 1929
Bullhead City City Mohave 39,540 60.18 155.9 665.9 257.1 01984 1984
Camp Verde Town Yavapai 10,873 43.15 111.8 252.0 97.3 01986 1986
Carefree Town Maricopa 3,363 8.81 22.8 382.2 147.6 01984-12-03Dec 3, 1984
Casa Grande City Pinal 48,571 109.67 284.0 442.9 171.0 01915 1915
Cave Creek Town Maricopa 5,015 37.92 98.2 132.3 51.1 01986 1986
Chandler City Maricopa 236,123 64.52 167.1 3,665.8 1,415.4 01920 1920
Chino Valley Town Yavapai 10,817 63.43 164.3 170.7 65.9 01970 1970
Clarkdale Town Yavapai 4,097 10.57 27.4 393.1 151.8 01957 1957
Clifton Town Greenlee 3,311 15.0 38.8 226.7 87.5 01909 1909
Colorado City Town Mohave 4,821 10.34 26.8 466.5 180.1 01985 1985
Coolidge City Pinal 11,825 56.58 146.5 209.3 80.8 01945 1945
Cottonwood Town Yavapai 11,265 16.41 42.5 686.5 265.1 01960 1960
Dewey-Humboldt Town Yavapai 3,894 18.59 48.1 209.5 80.9 02004 2004
Douglas City Cochise 17,378 9.98 25.8 1,741.0 672.2 01905 1905
Duncan Town Greenlee 696 2.16 5.6 323.0 124.7 01938 1938
Eagar Town Apache 4,885 11.24 29.1 434.9 167.9 01948 1948
El Mirage City Maricopa 31,797 10.09 26.1 3,170.7 1,224.2 01951 1951
Eloy City Pinal 16,631 111.57 289.0 149.1 57.6 01949 1949
Flagstaff City Coconino 65,870 63.91 165.5 1,031.3 398.2 01894 1894
Florence Town Pinal 25,536 52.49 135.9 486.9 188.0 01908 1908
Fountain Hills Town Maricopa 22,489 20.42 52.9 1,106.2 427.1 01989 1989
Fredonia Town Coconino 1,314 7.32 19.0 179.4 69.3 01956 1956
Gila Bend Town Maricopa 1,922 55.37 143.4 34.7 13.4 01962 1962
Gilbert Town Maricopa 208,453 68.15 176.5 3,067.2 1,184.3 01920 1920
Glendale City Maricopa 226,721 60.13 155.7 3,780.2 1,459.5 01910-06-18Jun 18, 1910
Globe City Gila 7,532 18.20 47.1 414.2 159.9 01907 1907
Goodyear City Maricopa 65,275 191.52 496.0 340.9 131.6 01946-11-19Nov 19, 1946
Guadalupe Town Maricopa 5,523 0.81 2.1 6,833.0 2,638.2 01975 1975
Hayden Town Gila 662 1.27 3.3 523.2 202.0 01956 1956
Holbrook City Navajo 5,053 17.37 45.0 291.3 112.5 01917 1917
Huachuca City Town Cochise 1,853 2.81 7.3 659.2 254.5 01958 1958
Jerome Town Yavapai 444 0.86 2.2 514.0 198.5 01889 1889
Kearny Town Pinal 1,950 2.81 7.3 706.0 272.6 01959 1959
Kingman City Mohave 28,068 34.82 90.2 806.1 311.2 01952 1952
Lake Havasu City City Mohave 52,527 44.48 115.2 1,182.1 456.4 01978 1978
Litchfield Park City Maricopa 5,476 3.34 8.7 1,653.7 638.5 01987 1987
Mammoth Town Pinal 1,426 1.04 2.7 1,372.6 530.0 01958 1958
Marana Town Pima 34,961 122.20 316.5 287.8 111.1 01977 1977
Maricopa City Pinal 43,482 47.57 123.2 916.0 353.7 02003 2003
Mesa City Maricopa 439,041 137.06 355.0 3,217.5 1,242.3 01883 1883
Miami Town Gila 1,837 0.88 2.3 2,085.8 805.3 01918 1918
Nogales City Santa Cruz 20,837 20.84 54.0 1,001.0 386.5 01893 1893
Oro Valley Town Pima 41,011 35.64 92.3 1,154.3 445.7 01974 1974
Page City Coconino 7,247 16.64 43.1 435.9 168.3 01975-03-01Mar 1, 1975
Paradise Valley Town Maricopa 12,820 15.46 40.0 830.9 320.8 01961 1961
Parker Town La Paz 3,083 21.99 57.0 140.3 54.2 01948 1948
Patagonia Town Santa Cruz 913 1.29 3.3 709.1 273.8 01948 1948
Payson Town Gila 15,301 19.47 50.4 786.0 303.5 01973 1973
Peoria City Maricopa 154,065 177.97 460.9 883.4 341.1 01954-06-07Jun 7, 1954
Phoenix City Maricopa 1,445,632 517.95 1,341.5 2,797.8 1,080.2 01881-02-05Feb 5, 1881
Pima Town Graham 2,387 5.93 15.4 405.7 156.6 01916 1916
Pinetop-Lakeside Town Navajo 4,282 11.37 29.4 379.1 146.4 01984 1984
Prescott City Yavapai 39,843 41.58 107.7 963.8 372.1 01883 1883
Prescott Valley Town Yavapai 38,822 38.65 100.1 1,004.4 387.8 01978 1978
Quartzsite Town La Paz 3,677 36.72 95.1 100.1 38.6 01989 1989
Queen Creek Town Maricopa 26,361 28.07 72.7 940.1 363.0 01989 1989
Safford City Graham 9,566 8.59 22.2 1,117.4 431.4 01901 1901
Sahuarita Town Pima 25,259 31.04 80.4 813.8 314.2 01994 1994
San Luis City Yuma 25,505 32.10 83.1 796.3 307.5 01979 1979
Scottsdale City Maricopa 217,385 184.40 477.6 1,182.0 456.4 01951-06-25Jun 25, 1951
Sedona City Yavapai 10,031 19.18 49.7 524.1 202.4 01988 1988
Show Low City Navajo 10,660 41.17 106.6 260.4 100.5 01953 1953
Sierra Vista City Cochise 43,888 152.54 395.1 288.2 111.3 01956 1956
Snowflake Town Navajo 5,590 33.58 87.0 166.8 64.4 01948 1948
Somerton City Yuma 14,287 7.30 18.9 1,959.8 756.7 01918 1918
South Tucson City Pima 5,652 1.04 2.7 5,423.1 2,093.9 01940 1940
Springerville Town Apache 1,961 11.69 30.3 170.1 65.7 01948 1948
St. Johns City Apache 3,480 26.08 67.5 134.3 51.9 01946 1946
Star Valley Town Gila 1,970 36.13 93.6 64.0 24.7 02005 2005
Superior Town Pinal 2,837 1.94 5.0 1,463.1 564.9 01976 1976
Surprise City Maricopa 117,517 105.87 274.2 1,111.3 429.1 01960 1960
Taylor Town Navajo 4,112 32.67 84.6 125.9 48.6 01966 1966
Tempe City Maricopa 161,719 40.19 104.1 4,050.1 1,563.8 01894-11-29Nov 29, 1894
Thatcher Town Graham 4,865 6.13 15.9 724.6 279.8 01899 1899
Tolleson City Maricopa 6,545 5.75 14.9 1,139.2 439.8 01929 1929
Tombstone City Cochise 1,380 4.31 11.2 319.9 123.5 01881 1881
Tucson City Pima 520,116 227.03 588.0 2,294.2 885.8 01877 1877
Tusayan Town Coconino 558 8.91 23.1 62.6 24.2 02010 2010
Wellton Town Yuma 2,882 28.93 74.9 99.6 38.5 01970 1970
Wickenburg Town Maricopa 6,363 18.77 48.6 339.1 130.9 01909 1909
Willcox City Cochise 3,757 6.28 16.3 611.0 235.9 01915 1915
Williams City Coconino 3,023 43.79 113.4 69.6 26.9 01901 1901
Winkelman Town Gila 353 0.75 1.9 473.9 183.0 01949 1949
Winslow City Navajo 9,655 12.35 32.0 785.1 303.1 01900 1900
Youngtown Town Maricopa 6,156 1.54 4.0 4,016.1 1,550.6 01960 1960
Yuma City Yuma 93,064 120.41 311.9 773.7 298.7 01914 1914

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