Eloy, Arizona


The Southern Pacific Railroad built a switch and section house here in 1902 and named the settlement "Eloi" (which was shortly changed to Eloy after the Spanish word for "My God!"). In 1916, 3 former California cotton farmers came to the area and set up shop. They farmed their properties for a couple years, then decided to subdivide and promote a new community called "Cotton City." The Southern Pacific didn't like the new name and carried all mail addressed to Cotton City right on through. With that situation, the postal service also rejected the name Cotton City and stuck with Eloy. Today, Eloy is rated as the 4th fastest growing population center in Arizona and now covers more than 99 square miles. The official City of Eloy website says there is a major theme park slated for construction in the area (which development is being seriously challenged by the present economic situation), but for now, the largest single employer in Eloy is Corrections Corporation of America (and the prisoners they keep are included in the census figures). Eloy is also home to Skydive Arizona, the world's largest Skydive Dropzone.

Between 2000 and 2012 the population of Eloy rose more than 68%.

Fast Facts about Eloy, Arizona
Eloy, Pinal County, AZ 85231
Latitude: 32.765°N
Longitude: 111.6°W
Incorporated: 1949
Elevation: 1,555'

Education:
High School or Higher: 47.4%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 4.4%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 1.7%
Cost of Living Index for Eloy: 89.3

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $27,600
Median Home Value: $57,900
Median Resident Age: 32.7 Years
Major Industries:
Agriculture, Lodging & Food Services, Government, Educational Services, Construction, Health Care, Social Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 9.0%
 
2010 Population Demographics
Total Population
16,631
Males
11,639
Females
4,992
Population by Age
Under 18
2,984
18 & over
13,647
20-24
1,868
25-34
3,801
35-49
4,027
50-64
2,393
65 & over
1,088
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
9,648
Non Hispanic or Latino
6,983
Population by Race
White
6,856
African-American
1,685
Asian
755
Native American
571
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
958
Other
5,302
Two or more
504
 
Pinal County Pages
 


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