Graham County, Arizona

Graham County: County in Arizona, United States


Graham County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arizona. As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,220 and a population density of 3 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 39,211 inhabitants. Its county seat is Safford. The county was created 143 years ago in 1880.

Graham County is located in southeastern Arizona, with much of its eastern border formed by the Gila River. It was created from Apache lands in 1881 and named after mountain man James Graham. The county had early booms from mining and lumber industries.

Today, Safford serves as the county seat while ranching and agriculture dominate the economy.

Major Towns and Features

Some of the main Graham County towns and features include:

  • Safford - County seat that hosts an annual tamale festival and parade downtown.
  • Thatcher - Incorporated in 1909 and home to Eastern Arizona College.
  • Mount Graham - Highest mountain in the Pinaleño Mountains rising over 10,000 feet.
  • Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area - Protected area with cliff dwellings, hot springs, and recreation.

Things to See and Do

Top attractions and activities in Graham County include:

  • Hiking and camping in the spectacular Pinaleño Mountains.
  • Birdwatching along the San Carlos Lake and Gila River areas.
  • Stargazing and hiking at the Mount Graham International Observatory.
  • Exploring the Bingham Cienega and other riparian wetlands.
  • Learning about Southwest history at the Eastern Arizona Museum in Pima.

From spectacular scenery to historic small towns, Graham County encapsulates the spirit of the Old West. Its protected rivers and landscapes offer amazing recreation opportunities.

Graham County locator map
Location of Graham County on Arizona map.

Quick Facts about Graham County

Population : 39,211 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Arizona (United States)
Different from : Graham County, Graham County
Area : 12020 km2
Water as percent of area : 0.4%
Land as percent of area : 99.6%
Named for : Mount Graham
Altitude : 2,900 feet / 884 meters
Capital : Safford
Establishment : January 01, 1881
Time Zone : America/Phoenix
Local time : 13:35:11 (23rd February 2024)
Density : 3 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 5.08% (2010-2020)
GrahamCountyCourthouse image
GrahamCountyCourthouse image


Graham County is located at 32°55'58"N 109°53'15"W (32.9327200, -109.8874400). It has 7 neighbors: Cochise County, Gila County, Greenlee County, Navajo County, Pima County, Pinal County and Apache County.

Graham County map

The largest city of Graham County is Safford with a population of 9,951. . See all Graham County cities & populated places.

Graham County Populated Places

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Graham County.

City Name Population Title
Safford 9,951 City in and county seat of Graham County, Arizona, United States
Thatcher 5,264 Town in Graham County, Arizona, United States
Swift Trail Junction 2,935 Census designated place
Pima 2,588 Town in Graham County, Arizona, United States
Bylas 1,962 Census-designated place

Graham County has 7 neighbours.

  • Safford


The population of Graham County increased by 5.08% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 37,220 - census
2011 37,126 -0.25% estimation process
2012 37,015 -0.3% estimation process
2013 37,433 1.12% estimation process
2014 38,099 1.75% estimation process
2015 37,860 -0.63% estimation process
2016 37,807 -0.14% estimation process
2017 37,481 -0.87% estimation process
2018 37,995 1.35% estimation process
2019 38,837 2.17% estimation process
2020 39,211 0.95% estimation process

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People born in Graham County (1)

American businessman Melvin Jones was born in Graham County

Other places with the same name (3)

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Mesa 528,159 The fourth most populous city in Arizona and the center of the Mesa metropolitan area.
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Scottsdale 262,647 The fourth most populous city in Arizona and the center of the Scottsdale metropolitan area.
Gilbert 257,658 The fifth most populous city in Arizona.
Glendale 255,307 The second most populous city in Arizona.
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Yuma County 217,824 County in Arizona, United States
Mohave County 217,206 County in Arizona, United States
Maryvale 208,189 Urban village in Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Tempe 200,402 The third most populous city in Arizona.
Peoria 179,872 The second most populous city in Maricopa County, Arizona.