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Payson is a town in northern Gila County, Arizona, United States. Its location puts it almost exactly in the geographic center of Arizona. It has been called "The Heart of Arizona"[citation needed]. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town is 15,257.
Located at 34°14′22″N 111°19′39″W / 34.23944°N 111.3275°W / 34.23944; -111.3275 (34.239462, -111.327456), at an elevation of 4,921 feet (1,500 m), the town has a total area of 19.5 square miles (50.4 km²). The Mogollon Rim lies to the north; there are a few small lakes in the area.
Nearby communities include Star Valley, Pine, Strawberry and Rye, all within Gila County.