Community Profile | La Paz County
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.
La Paz Economic DevelopmentPhone: 573-694-3785
La Paz County Economic DevelopmentPhone: 928-669-8272
Town of Parker, Community DevelopmentPhone: 928-669-9265
Town of QuartzsitePhone: 928-927-4333
Local First Arizona407 E. Roosevelt St.
Arizona Commerce AuthorityStatewide Economic Development Group
Last Updated by Arizona Commerce Authority: 10/1/2018 (used with permission - 2020)