Kearny, Arizona


Kearny, Arizona

The Kennecott Mining Company had Kearny built in 1958 to accommodate the residents of the nearby towns of Barcelona, Ray and Sonora, which towns were about to be under-mined and swallowed whole by expansion at Kennecott's open pit copper mine. Some of the mine employees had their homes moved into Kearny but most construction in town was brand new at the time. The mine is now owned and operated by ASARCO (the American Smelting and Refining Company).

Kearny was named in honor of General Stephen Watts Kearny who traveled through the area on November 7, 1846 on his way to California during the Mexican-American War. Kearny declared the area "hostile and uninhabitable," which was kinda funny because Apaches had lived in this area for hundreds of years before the European invaders arrived. But for Kearny and the 100 dragoons traveling with him, the going was so hard that he sent word back to the Mormon Battalion that they should travel further south and make their way to California through the Mexican pueblo of Tucson.

The area has a long and colorful history in regards to the gold and silver prospectors, and the outlaws and scam artists that came with them. But copper was discovered in the area of Ray and underground mining of that started around 1905. The underground mining gave way to an open pit method in 1947 and that pit is still getting bigger and deeper today.

Between 2000 and 2014 the population of Kearny has dropped more than 10%.

ASARCO copper mine near Kearny, Arizona
The ASARCO open pit copper mine, Teapot Peak in the distance
Fast Facts about Kearny, Arizona
Kearny, Pinal County, AZ 85237
Latitude: 33.0542°N
Longitude: 110.9088°W
Incorporated: 1959
Elevation: 2,070'

Education:
High School or Higher: 81.3%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 9.4%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 2.7%
Cost of Living Index for Kearny: 84.5

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $44,300
Median Home Value: $79,800
Median Resident Age: 41.8 Years
Major Industries:
Mining, Educational Services, Lodging & Food Services, Government, Health Care, Construction, Social Services, Transportation Services, Retail Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 9.0%
 
2010 Population Demographics
Total Population
1,950
Males
962
Females
988
Population by Age
Under 18
507
18 & over
1,443
20-24
72
25-34
185
35-49
301
50-64
441
65 & over
385
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
811
Non Hispanic or Latino
1,139
Population by Race
White
1,623
African-American
9
Asian
8
Native American
15
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
1
Other
227
Two or more
67
 
Pinal County Pages