Hayden, Arizona

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Hayden, Arizona
Welcome to Hayden
Welcome to Hayden
Hayden, Arizona is located in Arizona
Hayden, Arizona
Hayden, Arizona
Hayden, Arizona is located in the United States
Hayden, Arizona
Hayden, Arizona
Coordinates: 33°00′17″N 110°47′07″W / 33.00472°N 110.78528°W / 33.00472; -110.78528Coordinates: 33°00′17″N 110°47′07″W / 33.00472°N 110.78528°W / 33.00472; -110.78528
CountryUnited States
2,044 ft (623 m)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST (no DST))
GNIS feature ID5646[1]

Hayden is a town in Gila County, Arizona, United States.[1] The mayor is Bob Smith. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 662.[2]


Hayden was a prosperous mining town founded in 1911, which is in the process of becoming a Ghost town. Hayden was founded in 1909 and owned by the Kennecott Copper Corp. In 1912, the company built a 1,000 feet smelter named the "Hayden Smelter". It is the tallest smelter chimney in Arizona.[3][4]

The mine veins began to dry out and was the cause of the town's devastating economic failure. Also in the case of Hayden the local government, businesses and younger generations turned their backs on the town. The town's crime rate rose and the residents began to move out to other towns. The town was also riddled with political scandals.[3][4]

The once prosperous businesses closed their doors and are boarded up. The churches, schools and houses are abandoned and some have even been burned to the ground. The Valley National Bank, the local bank abandoned its building which is now occupied by the Hayden Police Department. According to the mayor, Bob Smith, Hayden has more police cars then police officers.[3][4]


Hayden is adjacent to Winkelman.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2018633[5]−4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 892 people, 288 households, and 222 families residing in the town. The population density was 707.1 people per square mile (273.3/km²). There were 334 housing units at an average density of 264.8 per square mile (102.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 56.95% White, 0.45% Black or African American, 1.68% Native American, 0.56% Pacific Islander, 35.09% from other races, and 5.27% from two or more races. 84.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 288 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.10 and the average family size was 3.56.

In the town, the population was spread out with 33.2% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 20.5% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $24,293, and the median income for a family was $26,964. Males had a median income of $35,521 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $9,797. About 20.1% of families and 27.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.2% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.


The economic base of Hayden's economy is the Asarco Hayden Smelter.[8]

Notable people[edit]

  • Dick Tuck (1924-2018), politician consultant, was born in Hayden.[9]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hayden
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-08-23.
  3. ^ a b c Old mining town of Hayden sees its last days
  4. ^ a b c Hayden Arizona all American mining town
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ ASACO GRUPO MEXICO-Hayden Operations
  9. ^ 'Dick Tuck, Democratic prankster who targeted Nixon, dies at 94,' The Washington Post, Tom Hamburger, May 29. 2018

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