The geographic center, or that point on which a surface of uniform thickness would balance, for the state is located in Yavapai County, 88 km (55 mi) east-southeast of Prescott.
Arizona Statehood came about on 14 February 1912. "Arizona" is an Indian name reputed to mean "place of the small spring," first spelled "Arizonac" and then changed into a more Spanish-sounding word. The place became well known for rich finds of silver ore, and the name spread north to the surrounding country to be eventually adopted as the name of a Territory. (US-T131/1976/DOI - U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) News Release: Origin of Names of U S States)