Coolidge, Arizona

Coolidge, Arizona
Coolidge City Hall

Coolidge, Arizona was named for Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States. The Hohokam people built a large city (11 rooms, 4 stories tall) here and lived in it for about 700 years, finally abandoning the area around 1450 CE. What's left of that city was designated as the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in 1892 (America's first national historical/cultural preserve).

Coolidge itself was founded by Richard James Jones and his wife Myrtle. Jones owned 160 acres of land in the Gila Valley with the main line of the Southern Pacific Railroad running through it. After the completion of the Roosevelt Dam, Jones realized the value of his land, being as it was, about halfway between Phoenix and Tucson and downstream from that supply of adequate irrigation water that the Roosevelt Dam signified. In May and June of 1925, he platted 80 acres of his property into the original townsite of Coolidge. Then he platted out his other 80 acres as the Jones addition to the original townsite. He built the first few buildings and then moved onto the property in 1927. He designed and built the town's water system, then he built a power plant and installed an electrical distribution system (which he sold to Arizona Edison in 1929). Apparently, Jones knew what he was doing because within 5 years of beginning his project, there were 1,000 residents in Coolidge.

Between 2000 and 2012 the population of Coolidge rose about 52%.

Fast Facts about Coolidge, Arizona
Coolidge, Pinal County, AZ 85228
Latitude: 32.9771°N
Longitude: 111.5229°W
Incorporated: 1945
Elevation: 1,427'
Education:
High School or Higher: 66.0%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 8.4%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 3.0%
2012 Cost of Living Index for Coolidge: 89.6
2011 Estimates:
Estimated Median Household Income: $39,000
Estimated Median Home Value: $64,500
Median Resident Age: 31.2 Years
Major Industries:
Government, Educational Services, Construction, Health Care, Lodging & Food Services, Social Services, Agriculture, Retail Services, Waste Management Services
Unemployed (August 2012): 9.0%
2010 Population Demographics
Total Population 11,825
Males 5,746
Females 6,079
Population by Age
Under 18 3,790
18 & over 8,035
20-24 758
25-34 1,671
35-49 2,136
50-64 1,901
65 & over 1,213
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 4,962
Non Hispanic or Latino 6,863
Population by Race
White 7,418
African-American 928
Asian 115
Native American 670
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 13
Other 2,095
Two or more 586