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Cochise County

Cochise County, Arizona
Seal of Cochise County, Arizona
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Arizona's location in the U.S.
Founded February 1, 1881
Seat Bisbee
Largest city Sierra Vista
 • Total 6,218.77 sq mi (16,107 km2)
 • Land 6,169.45 sq mi (15,979 km2)
 • Water 49.32 sq mi (128 km2), 0.79%
Population (Est.)
 • (2011) 133,289
 • Density 21/sq mi (8.2/km²)
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Cochise County is a county located in the southeastern corner of the U.S. state of Arizona. The population was 131,346 at the 2010 census.[1] The county seat is Bisbee.[2] Cochise County is also considered the Sierra Vista-Douglas Metropolitan Area. This county borders southwestern New Mexico, southeastern Arizona, and northwestern Mexico's Sonora state.


Cochise County was created on February 1, 1881, out of the eastern portion of Pima County.[3] It took its name from the legendary Chiricahua Apache war chief Cochise.[4] The county seat was Tombstone until 1929 when it moved to Bisbee. Notable men who once held the position of County Sheriff were Johnny Behan, who served as the first sheriff of the new county, and who was one of the main characters during the events leading to and following the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Later, in 1886, Texas John Slaughter became sheriff. Lawman Jeff Milton and lawman/outlaw Burt Alvord both served as deputies under Slaughter.

A syndicated television series which aired from 1956 to 1958, Sheriff of Cochise starring John Bromfield, was filmed in Bisbee. The Jimmy Stewart movie Broken Arrow and subsequent television show of the same name starring John Lupton, which also aired from 1956 to 1958, took place (but was not filmed) in Cochise County.

J.A. Jance's Joanna Brady mystery series takes place in Cochise County, with Brady being the sheriff.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 6,218.77 square miles (16,106.5 km2), of which 6,169.45 square miles (15,978.8 km2) (or 99.21%) is land and 49.32 square miles (127.7 km2) (or 0.79%) is water.[5] Cochise County is as big as Rhode Island and Connecticut combined.

Adjacent counties and municipios


Major highways

  • Interstate 10
  • U.S. Route 191
  • State Route 80
  • State Route 82
  • State Route 90
  • State Route 92
  • State Route 186


Bisbee Municipal Airport is owned by the City of Bisbee and located five nautical miles (9 km) southeast of its central business district[6]

Sierra Vista Municipal Airport (IATA: FHU, ICAO: KFHU, FAA LID: FHU), a joint-use civil-military airport which shares facilities with Libby Army Airfield, is located on Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, a city and U.S. Army installation in Cochise County, Arizona, United States. The airport has three runways and one helipad. It is mostly used for military aviation for the surrounding military base.

There are no commercial flights out of Cochise County; the nearest commercial airport is at Tucson approximately 70 miles from Sierra Vista.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2012132,0880.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[8]


Whereas according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:


As of the [1].

There were 43,893 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.10% were married couples living together, 11.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 101.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,105, and the median income for a family was $38,005. Males had a median income of $30,533 versus $22,252 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,988. About 13.50% of families and 17.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.80% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

In 2000, the largest denominational group was the Catholics (with 25,837 adherents) and Evangelical Protestants (with 12,548 adherents).[9] The largest religious bodies were The Catholic Church (with 25,837 members) and The Southern Baptist Convention (with 5,999 members).[9]




Census-designated places

Other places

Protected areas

Military sites

See also

Arizona portal


External links

  • County website
  • Official Tourism Council Site

Coordinates: 31°52′50″N 109°45′13″W / 31.88056°N 109.75361°W / 31.88056; -109.75361

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