Tonto Basin, Arizona

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Population in 2010: 1,424.
Population change since 2000: +69.5%
Males: 669  (47.0%)
Females: 755  (53.0%)
Median resident age:

65.6 years
Arizona median age:

38.3 years

Zip codes: 85553.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $44,442 (it was $23,398 in 2000)
Tonto Basin:

$44,442
AZ:

$62,055

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $24,658 (it was $15,157 in 2000)

Tonto Basin CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $148,774 (it was $71,500 in 2000)
Tonto Basin:

$148,774
AZ:

$255,900

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $163,805; detached houses: $243,904; mobile homes: $189,131; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $7,616

Median gross rent in 2019: $575.

March 2019 cost of living index in Tonto Basin: 84.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 13.5%
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According to our research of Arizona and other state lists, there were 5 registered sex offenders living in Tonto Basin, Arizona as of September 27, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Tonto Basin is 302 to 1.


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Ancestries: German (37.4%), Irish (11.7%), Scottish (10.4%), Polish (9.2%), European (6.8%), French (4.2%).

Current Local Time: MST (no DST) time zone

Elevation: 2430 feet

Land area: 31.4 square miles.

Population density: 45 people per square mile   (very low).

Tonto Basin, Arizona map

16 residents are foreign born

This place:

0.9%
Arizona:

13.3%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Tonto Basin CDP:

1.0% ($719)
Arizona:

0.9% ($962)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: North Pinal, AZ (36.0 miles , pop. 59,965).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Scottsdale, AZ (39.2 miles , pop. 202,705).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (50.4 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities:

Tonto, AZ (3.4 miles ),
Jakes Corner, AZ (3.5 miles),
Roosevelt, AZ (3.8 miles),
Gisela, AZ (4.3 miles ),
Rye, AZ (4.4 miles),
Oxbow Estates, AZ (4.9 miles ),
Rio Verde, AZ (4.9 miles ),
Round Valley, AZ (4.9 miles )

Latitude: 33.84 N, Longitude: 111.28 W

Distribution of median household income in Tonto Basin, AZ in 2019
Distribution of house value in Tonto Basin, AZ in 2019
Tonto Basin satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

7.6%
Arizona:

7.6%
Most common industries in Tonto Basin, AZ (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (15.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (13.3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (10.8%)
  • Health care (8.3%)
  • Repair & maintenance (7.1%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (5.4%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (5.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (24.4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (10.1%)
  • Repair & maintenance (10.1%)
  • Public administration (7.6%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (6.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.7%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (5.0%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (19.8%)
  • Health care (13.2%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (11.6%)
  • Construction (5.8%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (5.8%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (4.1%)
  • Repair & maintenance (4.1%)
Most common occupations in Tonto Basin, AZ (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (11.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.8%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5.8%)
  • Construction laborers (3.8%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (3.3%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (3.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (11.8%)
  • Construction laborers (7.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.7%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6.7%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (5.9%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5.0%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (11.6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (9.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.6%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.0%)
  • Financial clerks, except bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks (5.0%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (4.1%)

Average climate in Tonto Basin, Arizona

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI NO2 Ozone
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 72.1. This is about average.

City:

72.1
U.S.:

74.2
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2006 was 1.66. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 16.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.66
U.S.:

5.56
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 43.3. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 8.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

43.3
U.S.:

33.3

Earthquake activity:

Tonto Basin-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Arizona state average. It is 2071% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 301.8 miles away from the city center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 298.4 miles away from Tonto Basin center
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 257.9 miles away from Tonto Basin center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 12/31/1934 at 18:45:56, a magnitude 7.1 (7.1 UK) earthquake occurred 270.9 miles away from the city center
On 10/15/1979 at 23:16:54, a magnitude 7.0 (5.7 MB, 6.9 MS, 7.0 ML, 6.4 MW) earthquake occurred 261.4 miles away from the city center
On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 447.3 miles away from Tonto Basin center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Gila County (19) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 9, Fires: 6, Flash Flood: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Tonto Basin topographic map

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Tonto Basin:

  • Scottsdale Community College (about 42 miles; Scottsdale, AZ; Full-time enrollment: 6,030)
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Scottsdale (about 43 miles; Scottsdale, AZ; FT enrollment: 2,123)
  • Arizona State University-Polytechnic (about 44 miles; Mesa, AZ; FT enrollment: 3,311)
  • Paradise Valley Community College (about 44 miles; Phoenix, AZ; FT enrollment: 5,259)
  • Arizona State University-Skysong (about 46 miles; Scottsdale, AZ; FT enrollment: 5,445)
  • Mesa Community College (about 46 miles; Mesa, AZ; FT enrollment: 14,726)
  • Arizona State University-Tempe (about 48 miles; Tempe, AZ; FT enrollment: 45,951)

Public school in Tonto Basin:

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Library in Tonto Basin:

  • TONTO BASIN PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $55,900; Location: 415 OLD HWY 188; 15,549 books; 58 audio materials; 2,622 video materials; 39 state licensed databases; 5 other licensed databases; 9 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Community Service Org. Tonto Basin Marine Corps League Detachment 818 Veterans of Forgin Wars Post 8807 Kiwanis of Tonto Basin Tonto Chamber of Commerce

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Tonto Basin: North Bay Estates (A), Tonto Basin Fire District Station 2 (B), Tonto Basin Fire District Station 5 (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Tonto Basin: Punkin Center Baptist Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Reservoir: Lann Tank (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Buena Vista Creek (A), Oak Creek (B), Reno Creek (C), Packard Wash (D), Park Creek (E), Greenback Creek (F), Cottonwood Creek (G), Lambing Creek (H), Walnut Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Gila County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Tonto Basin and their reported violations in the past:

PUNKIN CENTER COMMERCIAL (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In JUL-2005, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAY-25-2007)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
TONTO BASIN TRAILER PARK (Population served: 40, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
Average household size:
This place:

1.9 people
Arizona:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

59.4%
Whole state:

66.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

6.6%
Whole state:

7.8%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.1% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Tonto Basin:

Marital status in Tonto Basin, AZ
  • Never married: 18.5%
  • Now married: 50.7%
  • Separated: 0.3%
  • Widowed: 8.8%
  • Divorced: 21.6%

For population 25 years and over in Tonto Basin:

  • High school or higher: 81.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.1%
  • Unemployed: 4.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 36.9 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.4
Arizona average:

12.2

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Tonto Basin, AZ (based on Gila County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic8,51910
Evangelical Protestant5,41654
Other4,75617
Mainline Protestant1,45411
None33,452-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
Here:

1.35 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

1.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Gila County:

0.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 25
Here:

4.81 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.47 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 51
This county:

9.82 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.21 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Gila County:

11.4%
Arizona:

8.0%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

27.1%
Arizona:

22.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Gila County:

12.9%
State:

14.2%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

48.9%
Arizona:

49.0%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

46.4%
State:

47.3%

Average BMI:
Here:

29.1
Arizona:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Tonto Basin:

21.0%
Arizona:

20.8%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Tonto Basin:

15.7%
State:

10.2%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Tonto Basin:

7.0
Arizona:

6.8

Overweight people:
Tonto Basin:

44.9%
Arizona:

33.5%

General health condition:
Here:

50.5%
Arizona:

56.1%

Average condition of hearing:
Tonto Basin:

78.9%
Arizona:

79.4%

More about Health and Nutrition of Tonto Basin, AZ Residents

7.69% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($55,129 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.69%
Arizona average:

6.11%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Maricopa County, AZ  3.00% ($60,582 average AGI)
from Pinal County, AZ  0.50% ($47,407)
from Pima County, AZ  0.30% ($56,673)


6.18% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($43,827 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.18%
Arizona average:

5.15%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Maricopa County, AZ  2.34% ($37,506 average AGI)
to Pinal County, AZ  0.54% ($49,656)
to Pima County, AZ  0.27% ($44,250)

Businesses in Tonto Basin, AZ

  • U-Haul: 1

Strongest AM radio stations in Tonto Basin:

  • KFNX (1100 AM; 50 kW; CAVE CREEK, AZ; Owner: NORTH AMERICAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • KMIA (710 AM; 50 kW; BLACK CANYON CITY, AZ; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KMIK (1580 AM; 50 kW; TEMPE, AZ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • KPXQ (1360 AM; 50 kW; GLENDALE, AZ; Owner: COMMON GROUND BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KFNN (1510 AM; 22 kW; MESA, AZ; Owner: CRC BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KFLT (830 AM; 50 kW; TUCSON, AZ; Owner: FAMILY LIFE B/CING SYSTEM, INC.)
  • KXEM (1010 AM; 15 kW; TOLLESON, AZ; Owner: JAMES CRYSTAL ENTERPRISES OF PHOENIX, INC.)
  • KTAR (620 AM; 5 kW; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KUAZ (1550 AM; daytime; 50 kW; TUCSON, AZ; Owner: ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS)
  • KFYI (550 AM; 5 kW; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KKNT (960 AM; 5 kW; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: COMMON GROUND BROADCASTING, INC)
  • KXAM (1310 AM; 5 kW; MESA, AZ; Owner: EMBEE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KASA (1540 AM; 10 kW; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: KASA RADIO HOGAR, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Tonto Basin:

  • KRXS-FM (97.3 FM; GLOBE, AZ; Owner: LINDA C. POTYKA)
  • KAJM (104.3 FM; PAYSON, AZ; Owner: SIERRA H. BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KMRR (100.3 FM; GLOBE, AZ; Owner: HBC LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KVJC (91.9 FM; GLOBE, AZ; Owner: CSN INTERNATIONAL)
  • KCDX (103.1 FM; FLORENCE, AZ; Owner: DESERT WEST AIR RANCHERS CORPORATION)
  • K220GI (91.9 FM; CAMP VERDE, AZ; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • K294AN (106.7 FM; PAYSON, AZ; Owner: FAMILY LIFE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KMLE (107.9 FM; CHANDLER, AZ; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KLVK (89.1 FM; FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • K210CP (89.9 FM; MESA, AZ; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • K220HH (91.9 FM; MESA, AZ; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KEDJ (103.9 FM; GILBERT, AZ; Owner: NPR PHOENIX, LLC)
  • KSLX-FM (100.7 FM; SCOTTSDALE, AZ; Owner: CACTUS RADIO, INC.)
  • KNRJ (101.1 FM; PAYSON, AZ; Owner: SIERRA H. BROADCASTING,INC.)
  • KKLT (98.7 FM; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KZON (101.5 FM; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KKFR (92.3 FM; GLENDALE, AZ; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KESZ (99.9 FM; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KOOL-FM (94.5 FM; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • K206BL (89.1 FM; DREAMLAND, AZ; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)

TV broadcast stations around Tonto Basin:

  • KAET (Channel 8; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS)

Tonto Basin fatal accident list:

Oct 14, 2018 11:18 AM, S Ewing Trail, Lat: 33.831489, Lon: -111.275869, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Sep 19, 2016 09:28 AM, Sr-188, Lat: 33.851769, Lon: -111.310767, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1
Nov 4, 2004 04:18 PM, Sr-188, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 16Number of bridges
  • 118ft / 36.3mTotal length
  • 14,410Total average daily traffic
  • 1,605Total average daily truck traffic
  • 14,570Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic
New bridges in Tonto Basin, AZ - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 51970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 81990-1999
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Tonto Basin, AZ
Most common first names in Tonto Basin, AZ among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William1574.9 years
James1174.8 years
Charles1068.1 years
Robert771.8 years
George676.4 years
Edward670.7 years
John672.7 years
Mary676.3 years
Donald571.0 years
Kenneth573.4 years
Most common last names in Tonto Basin, AZ among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Cline682.8 years
Smith572.2 years
Wells574.2 years
Williams572.0 years
Clark469.0 years
Coffman375.7 years
First376.4 years
Hall370.0 years
Parrott379.3 years
Stephens380.7 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Tonto Basin, AZ
  • 68.8%Electricity
  • 23.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 2.5%Utility gas
  • 2.5%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Tonto Basin, AZ
  • 80.1%Electricity
  • 10.9%Utility gas
  • 9.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Tonto Basin compared to Arizona state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Tonto Basin on our top lists:

  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Spain (population 500+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
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Total of 1 patent application in 2008-2021.