Payson is located inside of Gila County on Hwy 87 about two hours north and slightly east of Phoenix. Payson is in the geographic center of Arizona. It is 75 miles from Phoenix and 90 miles from Flagstaff. It has a population of 15,301 residents and covers over 20 square miles of land.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,638, and the median income for a family was $38,713. Males had a median income of $30,900 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,513. About 6.5% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.