is located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state
. As of the 2000 census
its population was 8,547. The county seat
. It is the least populous county in the state of Arizona, with the most populous county being Maricopa
Greenlee County is part of the Safford Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Greenlee County was created in 1909 and named for Mason (Masin) Greenlee who was an early settler in the Clifton area. It was Arizona's 14th county and formed from part of Graham County, who opposed the formation because Graham County would lose considerable revenue. Clifton has always been the county seat.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total area of 1,848 square miles
), of which, 1,847 square miles (4,784 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (4 km²) of it (0.08%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 8,547 people, 3,117 households, and 2,266 families residing in the county. The population density
was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 3,744 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74.17% White
, 0.51% Black
or African American
, 1.66% Native American
, 0.15% Asian
, 0.04% Pacific Islander
, 20.02% from other races
, and 3.45% from two or more races. 43.07% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 25.19% reported speaking Spanish
There were 3,117 households out of which 39.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.26.
In the county the population was spread out with 31.70% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 9.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 109.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $39,384, and the median income for a family was $43,523. Males had a median income of $38,952 versus $23,333 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,814. About 8.00% of families and 9.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.10% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.