- Thatcher, Arizona
official_name = Town of Thatcher, Arizona
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location in Graham County and the state of
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Graham
leader_name = Bob Rivera [ [http://www.thatcheraz.com/phonelist.htm Office and Contact Information] , Thatcher. Accessed
area_total_km2 = 11.3
area_total_sq_mi = 4.4
area_land_km2 = 11.3
area_land_sq_mi = 4.4
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
elevation_ft = 2910
elevation_m = 887
population_as_of = 2007
population_footnotes =cite web|url=http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/tables/SUB-EST2007-04-04.csv|title=Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Arizona|publisher=
United States Census Bureau|date=2008-07-10|accessdate=2008-07-14]
population_total = 4696
population_density_km2 = 364.7
population_density_sq_mi = 936.6
timezone = MST (no DST)
utc_offset = -7
latd = 32 |latm = 49 |lats = 58 |latNS = N
longd = 109 |longm = 45 |longs = 46 |longEW = W
website = http://www.thatcheraz.com/
postal_code = 85552
area_code = 928
GNIS_id = 12277
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 04-73420
Thatcher is a town in Graham County,
Arizona, United States. According to the 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town is 4,121.cite web | date = June 21 2006| url = http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/tables/SUB-EST2005-04-04.csv | title = Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Arizona | format = CSV | work = 2005 Population Estimates | publisher = U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division | accessmonthday = November 15 | accessyear = 2006] It is part of the Safford Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Thatcher is located at coor dms|32|49|58|N|109|45|46|W|city (32.832685, -109.762879)GR|1.
The town is centered in the Upper Gila River Valley with one of Arizona's famous
Madrean Sky Islandstowering to the south and the Gila Riverto the north.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.3 km²), all of it land.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 4,022 people, 1,281 households, and 927 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 919.4 people per square mile (355.4/km²). There were 1,427 housing units at an average density of 326.2/sq mi (126.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 84.73% White, 0.77% Black or African American, 1.84% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 9.87% from other races, and 2.19% from two or more races. 19.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,281 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.37.
In the town the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 22.8% from 18 to 24, 18.9% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $32,412, and the median income for a family was $40,392. Males had a median income of $35,815 versus $20,964 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $12,961. About 12.8% of the population and 20.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.6% of those under the age of 18 and 5.1% of those 65 and older.
Thatcher was originally settled by members of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Eastern Arizona Collegecan trace its history to the St. Joseph Stake Academy started by the church in Thatcher.
Spencer W. Kimball, former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although not born in this community, he lived here from the age of three until his 20's.
* [http://www.thatcheraz.com/scenic.htm Town website]
* [http://www.graham.az.gov County website]
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