Florence, Arizona

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Florence, Arizona

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.

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High Points

Florence strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Arizona):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Florence Well-Paid Single Men
Low Property Crime
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Florence Low Property Crime
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Florence Racial Diversity
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Florence Short Commute Times
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 15% Florence Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 18% Florence People in Middle Class or Better
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Florence Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Florence, Arizona

Comparing Florence to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Arizona (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 10 10
Age of the Population 4 6
Senior Citizens 2 3
Female Share of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 5
Average Household Size 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 6 9
People in Middle Class or Better 6 9
Median Family Income 4 7
College Educated Adults 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 9 8
Walking and Biking to Work 8 6
Working at Home 4 3
Public Transportation Use 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 9 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 6
Affordability of Rents 8 7
People Living Alone 5 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 10
Low Violent Crime 3 5

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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
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Florence Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 17,054 100%
Male 14,128 82.8%
Female 2,926 17.2%
Under 18 1,294 7.6%
18+ 15,760 92.4%
65+ 1,626 9.5%
Median Age 35.4
Average Family Size 2.8
White 9,741 57.1%
African-American 1,563 9.2%
Asian 141 0.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 753 4.4%
Other 4,568 26.8%
Mixed Race 279 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 6,041 35.4%

Estimated Florence Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 17,053
Growth -1
Growth % 0%

Florence Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.6%
German 9.7%
Irish 7.4%
English 6.9%
US/American 4.9%
Italian 2.7%
European 2.4%
French (except Basque) 2.3%
Austrian 1.4%
Norwegian 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Scottish 1.2%
African 0.9%
Swedish 0.9%
Danish 0.8%
Polish 0.7%
Dutch 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
Swiss 0.5%
Scandinavian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
British 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Florence 17,054 $41,959
Casa Grande 25,224 $40,827
Coolidge 7,786 $33,536
Eloy 10,375 $28,494
Queen Creek 4,316 $65,679
Superior 3,254 $31,250

Florence Public Libraries

Pinal County Library District
Florence, Arizona
(520) 868-6457
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Florence High Schools (2004)

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Serves 402 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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Serves 225 students.

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