Community Profile | La Paz County

Western Arizona Economic Development District

La Paz County

Background

On January 1, 1983, Yuma County residents voted to split their county into two sections - forming La Paz County. It is the 15th of Arizona's 15 counties, with Parker the county seat. La Paz, which means "the peace" in Spanish, has historical significance as the name of a boomtown on the Colorado River.

Founded in 1862, the Colorado River town formed after discovering rich gold deposits nearby. By 1863, 5,000 men worked in the gold mines, making La Paz one of the largest settlements in what was to become the Arizona Territory. Two factors caused the decline of La Paz – the mines dried up, and the Colorado River gradually changed its course, which hurt trade in the area.

In addition to Parker, the river towns of Ehrenberg and Bouse, and inland communities of Quartzsite and Salome/Wenden in McMullen Valley make up La Paz County. The county's rugged landscape and the Colorado River attract thousands of visitors annually, making tourism the county's largest industry.

La Paz County encompasses 4,518 square miles and has 30 square miles of water. It is the third smallest of Arizona's counties and has the lowest population density, with almost five people per square mile. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management controls 58 percent of the land; the state of Arizona, 9 percent; other public lands, 20 percent; and 5 percent of the land is owned privately or by corporations. The Colorado River Indian Tribe owns 8 percent of the land.

Local Resources

La Paz Economic Development

Phone: 573-694-3785
Website: La Paz Economic Development

La Paz County Economic Development

Phone: 928-669-8272
Website: La Paz County Economic Development

Town of Parker, Community Development

Phone: 928-669-9265
Website: Town of Parker, Community Development

Town of Quartzsite

Phone: 928-927-4333
Website: Town of Quartzsite

Local First Arizona

407 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-956-0909
Email: Local First Arizona
Website: Local First Arizona

Arizona Commerce Authority

Statewide Economic Development Group
100 N. 7th Ave., Suite 400
hoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 02-845-1200
Email: Arizona Commerce Authority Information
Website: Arizona Commerce Authority Home Page

Last Updated by Arizona Commerce Authority: 10/1/2018 (used with permission - 2020)

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