Clifton, Arizona

Clifton, Arizona
Town of Clifton, Arizona
—  Town  —
Old train depot, built 1913, now used by the Chamber of Commerce
Location in Greenlee County and the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 33°2′26″N 109°18′3″W / 33.04056°N 109.30083°W / 33.04056; -109.30083Coordinates: 33°2′26″N 109°18′3″W / 33.04056°N 109.30083°W / 33.04056; -109.30083
Country United States
State Arizona
County Greenlee
 – Total 15.0 sq mi (38.8 km2)
 – Land 14.9 sq mi (38.5 km2)
 – Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 3,478 ft (1,060 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 – Total 3,311
 – Density 221/sq mi (85.3/km2)
Time zone MST (no DST) (UTC-7)
ZIP code 85533
Area code(s) 928
FIPS code 04-14380
Clifton Mineral Hot Springs Bathhouse, built 1928

Clifton is a town in and the county seat of Greenlee County, Arizona, United States,[2] along the San Francisco River. The population of the town was 3,311 at the 2010 census.[1] It was a site of the Arizona Copper Mine Strike of 1983.

Clifton is part of the Safford Micropolitan Statistical Area. Clifton and Morenci, Arizona are considered to be an economic unit by the Arizona Department of Commerce.[3]



Clifton is located at 33°2′26″N 109°18′3″W / 33.04056°N 109.30083°W / 33.04056; -109.30083 (33.040536, -109.300882).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.0 square miles (39 km2), of which 14.9 square miles (39 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 0.80%, is water.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,596 people, 919 households, and 685 families residing in the town. The population density was 174.8 people per square mile (67.5/km²). There were 1,087 housing units at an average density of 73.2 per square mile (28.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 67.10% White, 0.96% Black or African American, 2.27% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 26.73% from other races, and 2.89% from two or more races. 55.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Historically, Clifton had populations of 2,840 in 1990 and 2,596 in 2000.[3]

There were 919 households out of which 41.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the town the population was spread out with 32.3% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 109.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $39,786, and the median income for a family was $41,820. Males had a median income of $39,813 versus $19,485 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,313. About 8.1% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.


Clifton is served by U.S. Route 191 and the Arizona Eastern Railway.


  1. ^ a b U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File: Arco, Idaho. From American FactFinder
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b Clifton-Morenci Community Profile at Arizona Department of Commerce
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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