Pima is a town in Graham County, Arizona, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the town was 2,387, up from 1,989 at the 2000 census. The estimated population in 2015 was 2,524. Pima is part of the Safford Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Pima was founded by Mormon settlers in 1879. It was originally named “Smithville”. The first settlers had been living in Forrest Dale, but then were told they had to leave because the location was on Indian land. Unlike other Mormon settlements of the era, Smithville was not planned by the leaders of the church.

Joseph K. Rogers was the first branch president at Pima, being appointed to this office before any of the settlers arrived. The branch was organized into a ward in 1880. In 1930 the ward had 666 members. Pima had a population of 980, and a total of 1,260 people resided within the boundaries of the Pima ward. In 1990 Pima had 1,725 residents.

In 1882 Jesse N. Smith predicted that a Mormon temple would one day be built in Pima. The Gila Valley Arizona Temple is currently at a site between Pima and Thatcher in Central, Arizona within the boundaries of the Pima Arizona Stake of the Church.

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Pima, Arizona

Pima is a town in Graham County, Arizona, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the town was 2,387, up from 1,989 at the 2000 census. The estimated population in 2018 was 2,512. Pima is part of the Safford Micropolitan Statistical Area. Pima was settled by Mormon settlers in 1879.


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