Introduction to Florence, Arizona

Florence, Arizona, in Pinal county, is 32 miles SE of Gilbert, Arizona and 36 miles SE of Mesa, Arizona. The town is in the Phoenix area. There are 17,054 residents in Florence.

Florence History

Florence was platted in 1866 by Colonel Levi Ruggles. It went on to be developed as the agricultural center of the county. The 1870s saw significant progress as silver was discovered in the nearby Silver King Mine. This attracted many people who sought work in the mines to the area. Florence was incorporated in 1900.

Florence and nearby Attractions

  • McFarland State Historic Park
  • Pinal County Historical Museum
  • Brunenkant Building
  • Pinal Pioneer Parkway
  • Tom Mix Monument
  • Gila River

Things To Do In Florence

Florence is located in a naturally scenic area, so sightseeing and spending time outdoors is a popular pastime in the area. There are over one hundred buildings in Florence which are listed on the National Register of Historic places. The downtown area has not changed much from what it was in the 1880s, and its historical importance makes it a popular tourist spot.

Florence Transportation

Flights are available from the Williams Gateway Airport.

Florence Higher Education

Courses for higher studies are available at Central Arizona College, Chandler/ Gilbert Community College and Mesa Community College.


Total Population 30,770
Male Share of the Population 69.7%
Female Share of the Population 30.3%
Senior Citizens 17.5%
Employed Population 16+ 5,091
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 37.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $52,180
% Above Poverty Level 83.2%
% Below Poverty Level 16.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 28.2%
Median Gross Rent $905
Median House Value $111,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47.6%
US/American 0%
English 8.1%
Irish 8.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Florence Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 32 miles SE of Gilbert, Arizona (center to center)
Nearest Large City 36 miles SE of Mesa, Arizona
County Pinal
Metro Area Phoenix - Mesa
Standard Zip Codes 85232
P.O. Box Zip Codes 85279
Phone Area Codes 520
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.031
Longitude -111.386

Florence Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 66 F
Apr Temp 50 to 83 F
Jul Temp 76 to 102 F
Oct Temp 57 to 87 F
Annual Precip 10 inches
Distance 8.8 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 67 F
Apr Temp 48 to 86 F
Jul Temp 74 to 107 F
Oct Temp 53 to 90 F
Annual Precip 9.6 inches
Distance 20.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 67 F
Apr Temp 48 to 86 F
Jul Temp 75 to 107 F
Oct Temp 54 to 90 F
Annual Precip 8.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Casa Grande 49,796 $51,484
Coolidge 11,973 $45,417
Eloy 16,954 $36,571
Queen Creek 30,143 $88,750
Superior 2,868 $52,386

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Florence Public Libraries

Pinal County Library District
Florence, Arizona
(520) 868-6457
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Florence High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 402 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

350 S. MAIN ST
A Vocational School
Serves 225 students.

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