The 5 C’s
In the early years before Arizona statehood, the five C’s (Copper, Cattle, Citrus, Cotton and Climate) played an important role in the economy, providing many jobs in agriculture, ranching, and mining. In fact, they still do!
People have been digging for metals in Arizona for a long time. In the 1860’s one in every four Arizonan’s worked in the mining industry. We are the Copper State for a reason.
We have a copper star on our flag, a copper dome on our state capitol building and a miner on our state seal.
Arizona is number two in production of non-fuel minerals in the nation. Additionally, Arizona is the number one copper producer in the nation; providing 68 percent of the America’s copper.
Arizona ranks fourth overall in world production of copper.
Today we mine 10 times more copper than in the 1950s due to increasing demand. This is due-to-the fact that it is a key metal necessary for renewable energy initiatives and technological advancements. The good news is today’s mining is safer and more environmentally sensitive than ever before because these materials are critical for our future and national defense.
There are approximately 60,000 jobs created by the mining industry.
Here’s something to think about…
All mining in Arizona creates a total direct and indirect economic impact of approximately $15 billion dollars to the great state of Arizona. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful mineral and natural resource endowment in our state. That said, we would like to thank all of the employees of mining or supplier companies who directly and indirectly support the industry and provide us with the exceptional quality of life we currently enjoy.
Join the Miami Vandals football team on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at Ragus Field for a tribute to the copper industry and what it means to our community
The Vandals will be wearing copper to repressent them and say thank you to Freeport, 5D Mining, Dalmolin, D2 Surveying and the Arizona Mining Association.
Thank you for sharing copper appreciation night with us and GO Vandals!