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Most rural counties in Arizona


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Most rural counties in Arizona

A surprising number of U.S. counties have 100% rural land-702, in fact. Stacker compiled a list of the most rural counties in Arizona using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the percent of land area that is rural, as of the 2010 Census, with ties broken by residents per square mile, according to 2019 5-year population estimates.

According to the Census Bureau, rural land encompasses any land that isn’t an urban area. To be considered an urban area, a place has to have a densely settled core of census tracts or blocks and count at least 2,500 people, at least 1,500 of whom must be residents of non-institutional buildings. Areas with 50,000 people or more are considered urbanized areas, while areas with between 2,500 and 50,000 people are considered urban clusters.

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#15. Maricopa County

– Rural area: 87.0% (8,005 square miles)
– Urban area: 13.0% (1,196 square miles)
– Total land area: 9,200 square miles
— #5 largest county in state, #27 nationwide

– Population density: 470.5 people / square mile (4.3 million residents)
— #15 lowest density county in state, #2,866 nationwide



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#14. Pima County

– Rural area: 95.7% (8,791 square miles)
– Urban area: 4.3% (396 square miles)
– Total land area: 9,187 square miles
— #6 largest county in state, #28 nationwide

– Population density: 111.8 people / square mile (1.0 million residents)
— #14 lowest density county in state, #2,334 nationwide



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#13. Pinal County

– Rural area: 97.8% (5,246 square miles)
– Urban area: 2.2% (120 square miles)
– Total land area: 5,366 square miles
— #10 largest county in state, #69 nationwide

– Population density: 80.7 people / square mile (432,793 residents)
— #13 lowest density county in state, #2,101 nationwide



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#12. Santa Cruz County

– Rural area: 97.8% (1,210 square miles)
– Urban area: 2.2% (27 square miles)
– Total land area: 1,237 square miles
— #15 largest county in state, #493 nationwide

– Population density: 37.6 people / square mile (46,480 residents)
— #11 lowest density county in state, #1,408 nationwide



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#11. Yuma County

– Rural area: 98.8% (5,445 square miles)
– Urban area: 1.3% (69 square miles)
– Total land area: 5,514 square miles
— #9 largest county in state, #65 nationwide

– Population density: 38.0 people / square mile (209,468 residents)
— #12 lowest density county in state, #1,424 nationwide

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#10. Yavapai County

– Rural area: 98.9% (8,031 square miles)
– Urban area: 1.1% (92 square miles)
– Total land area: 8,123 square miles
— #7 largest county in state, #34 nationwide

– Population density: 28.1 people / square mile (228,067 residents)
— #10 lowest density county in state, #1,155 nationwide



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#9. Cochise County

– Rural area: 99.3% (6,122 square miles)
– Urban area: 0.7% (43 square miles)
– Total land area: 6,166 square miles
— #8 largest county in state, #56 nationwide

– Population density: 20.4 people / square mile (125,867 residents)
— #9 lowest density county in state, #907 nationwide



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#8. Mohave County

– Rural area: 99.3% (13,218 square miles)
– Urban area: 0.7% (93 square miles)
– Total land area: 13,311 square miles
— #2 largest county in state, #17 nationwide

– Population density: 15.6 people / square mile (207,695 residents)
— #8 lowest density county in state, #758 nationwide



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#7. Navajo County

– Rural area: 99.6% (9,907 square miles)
– Urban area: 0.4% (43 square miles)
– Total land area: 9,950 square miles
— #4 largest county in state, #24 nationwide

– Population density: 11.0 people / square mile (109,270 residents)
— #6 lowest density county in state, #605 nationwide



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#6. Gila County

– Rural area: 99.6% (4,738 square miles)
– Urban area: 0.4% (19 square miles)
– Total land area: 4,758 square miles
— #11 largest county in state, #88 nationwide

– Population density: 11.3 people / square mile (53,546 residents)
— #7 lowest density county in state, #612 nationwide

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#5. Graham County

– Rural area: 99.7% (4,609 square miles)
– Urban area: 0.3% (14 square miles)
– Total land area: 4,623 square miles
— #12 largest county in state, #92 nationwide

– Population density: 8.2 people / square mile (37,996 residents)
— #5 lowest density county in state, #504 nationwide



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#4. Coconino County

– Rural area: 99.7% (18,571 square miles)
– Urban area: 0.3% (47 square miles)
– Total land area: 18,619 square miles
— #1 largest county in state, #11 nationwide

– Population density: 7.6 people / square mile (141,274 residents)
— #4 lowest density county in state, #473 nationwide



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#3. Greenlee County

– Rural area: 99.8% (1,840 square miles)
– Urban area: 0.2% (3 square miles)
– Total land area: 1,843 square miles
— #14 largest county in state, #317 nationwide

– Population density: 5.2 people / square mile (9,522 residents)
— #2 lowest density county in state, #372 nationwide



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#2. Apache County

– Rural area: 99.9% (11,180 square miles)
– Urban area: 0.2% (17 square miles)
– Total land area: 11,198 square miles
— #3 largest county in state, #19 nationwide

– Population density: 6.4 people / square mile (71,511 residents)
— #3 lowest density county in state, #429 nationwide



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#1. La Paz County

– Rural area: 99.9% (4,494 square miles)
– Urban area: 0.1% (6 square miles)
– Total land area: 4,500 square miles
— #13 largest county in state, #99 nationwide

– Population density: 4.6 people / square mile (20,793 residents)
— #1 lowest density county in state, #355 nationwide

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