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Theba, Arizona
Location of Theba in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Location of Theba in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Theba, Arizona is located in Arizona
Theba, Arizona
Theba, Arizona
Location in Arizona
Country United States
State Arizona
County Maricopa
Area
 • Total 0.62 sq mi (1.61 km2)
 • Land 0.62 sq mi (1.61 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
728 ft (222 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 111
 • Density 178.46/sq mi (68.94/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
ZIP codes
85337
FIPS code 04-73490
GNIS feature ID 12385

Theba is a census-designated place in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. Its elevation is 728 feet (222 m). Theba is located along Interstate 8 and is served by Exit 106.

The Rowley Mine, a private copper mine known as a source of the mineral Wulfenite, is located near the settlement. The large Paloma Ranch was located near Theba before it was broken up. The area is frequently marked as Paloma on maps.

History

The area, which is in the Sonoran desert, was a farming area into the 1960s, and once had significant crops of melons, jojoba, and guar in the 1970s, which is used in the oil industry. The Southern Pacific Company once had a railroad station there, served by Wells Fargo. The population was estimated at 200 in 1960.

Theba is listed by the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as the nearest community to the Painted Rocks, a site of ancient petroglyphs that was listed on the National Register in 1977.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 158 people living in the CDP. The population density was 254.2 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the CDP was 37% White and 63% from other races. 96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Education

The Theba/Paloma area is served by the Paloma Elementary School District.

Theba Elementary School made headlines across the state of Arizona in 1977, when school administrators refused to sign a federal pledge agreeing not to discriminate against women. The school was one of the few in the country which refused to sign the agreement, disqualifying them from receiving federal funding. According to school administrators, the school refused to sign because they had never received federal funding anyway.

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