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Santa Cruz County, Arizona (AZ)


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County population in 2012: 47,303 (73% urban, 27% rural); it was 38,381 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 7,503
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,925
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 8,028
Renter-occupied apartments: 5,009 (it was 3,781 in 2000)
% of renters here:

32%
State:

34%

Land area: 1238 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.5 sq. mi.
Population density: 39 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Santa Cruz County: 84.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Retail trade (20.6%), Educational,health and social services (16.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 71%
  • Government: 20%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 9%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Median resident age:  35.0 years
Arizona median age:  35.0 years

Males: 22,559  (38.7%)
Females: 24,861  (61.3%)

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Santa Cruz County,AZ real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Santa Cruz County:

3.0 people
Arizona:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $35,707 ($29,710 in 1999)
This county:

$35707
Arizona:

$48745

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $540 (lower quartile is $384, upper quartile is $678)
This county:

$540
State:

$732


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $125,907 (it was $92,800 in 2000)
Santa Cruz County:

$125,907
Arizona:

$187,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $87,877 - $189,201

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $315,411
Here:

$315,411
State:

$269,393

Townhouses or other attached units: $370,170
Here:

$370,170
State:

$194,032

In 2-unit structures: $430,429
Here:

$430,429
State:

$162,043

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $689,549
Here:

$689,549
State:

$166,135

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $321,703
Here:

$321,703
State:

$174,859

Mobile homes: $131,782
Here:

$131,782
State:

$51,746

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $78,469
Here:

$78,469
State:

$39,763
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,384
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $289

Institutionalized population: 107

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Single-family new house construction building permits:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,140 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $942 (0.8%)


Santa Cruz County household income distribution in 2009 Santa Cruz County home values distribution


Santa Cruz County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 22.1%
(11.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 24.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 4.2% for American Indian residents, 83.9% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 29.2% for other race residents, 29.5% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 35 years old
(Males: 33 years old, Females: 37 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 38 years old, Black residents: 36 years old, American Indian residents: 37 years old, Asian residents: 44 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 30 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

24.5%
Whole state:

13.9%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

8.7%
Whole state:

6.2%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Santa Cruz County is $492 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $623 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $908 a month.

Cities in this county include: Nogales, Rio Rico, Rio Rico Northeast, Rio Rico Northwest, Rio Rico Southwest, Rio Rico Southeast, Tubac, Patagonia, Sonoita, Tumacacori-Carmen.

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

2005 air pollution in Santa Cruz County:

Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 57 µg/m3. Significanly above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour: 205 µg/m3(standard limit: 150 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 13.1 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) 24-hour: 33 µg/m3(standard limit: 35 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.


Local government website: www.governet.net/AZ/CO/SAC

Click to draw/clear Santa Cruz County borders

Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Santa Cruz County: Bagby Ranch (A), Bear Valley Ranch (B), Becker Ranch (C), Bercich Ranch (D), Bergier Ranch (E), Boss Ranch (F), Canelo Hills Ranch (G), Canelo Ranger Station (H), Clark Ranch (I), Corral Nuevo (J), Crittenden (K), Everhart Ranch (L), Ewing Ranch (M), Flying B Ranch (N), Flying R Ranch (O), Fortune Ranch (P), Greene Ranch (Q), Heady-Ashburn Ranch (R), Houston Ranch (S), Jones Ranch (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Black Oak Cemetery (1), Patagonia Cemetery (2), El Oro Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Bathtub Water (A), Buena Vista Lake (B), Patagonia Lake (C), Ruby Lakes (D), Stacey Lake (E), Upper Turner Tank (F), Baldwin Tank (G), Bat Cave Tank (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Mavis Wash (A), Cave Creek (B), Mowry Wash (C), Batamote Wash (D), Nogales Wash (E), Turkey Creek (F), Yellow Jacket Wash (G), Proctor Wash (H), Cherry Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Santa Cruz County include: Patagonia Lake State Park (1), Calabasas Picnic Area (2), Roundup Picnic Ground (3), Gooding Research Natural Area (4), Fray Marcos de Niza Historical Monument (5), Red Rock Picnic Area (6), Thumb Rock Picnic Area (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Cochise County , Pima County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 1,314
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 60.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 14,457 (46% naturalized citizens)

Santa Cruz County:

37.7%
Whole state:

12.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 86.3%

Santa Cruz County marital status for males
Santa Cruz County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Santa Cruz County with a mortgage: 4,419 (375 second mortgage, 372 home equity loan, 6 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 2,001

Here:

68.8% with mortgage
State:

74.9% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 66.06%
Here66.1%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 25,355
Total congregations: 31

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchAssemblies of GodConservative Baptist Association of America
Adherents22,464 (88.6%)493 (1.9%)425 (1.7%)422 (1.7%)280 (1.1%)
Congregations7 (22.6%)2 (6.5%)3 (9.7%)3 (9.7%)3 (9.7%)
NameEpiscopal ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchUnited Church of ChristOther
Adherents230 (0.9%)206 (0.8%)198 (0.8%)136 (0.5%)501 (2.0%)
Congregations1 (3.2%)2 (6.5%)2 (6.5%)1 (3.2%)7 (22.6%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Santa Cruz County - Nogales, Rio Rico, Rio Rico Northeast, Rio Rico Northwest, Rio Rico Southwest

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 10
This county:

2.35 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

1.36 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Santa Cruz County:

0.47 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

0.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
This county:

4.24 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

2.47 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 33
Santa Cruz County:

7.77 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

6.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

6.1%
Arizona:

8.0%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

21.6%
Arizona:

22.8%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Santa Cruz County:

15.8%
State:

14.2%


Agriculture in Santa Cruz County:

Average size of farms: 874 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $38,356
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $846.02
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 95.46%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $29,516
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.24%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 100.00%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $26,929
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 73.68%
Average age of principal farm operators: 59 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 8.73
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.08%
Vegetables: 51 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 244 acres

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Santa Cruz County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (12%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Food and beverage stores (7%)
  • Groceries and related products merchant wholesalers (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Health care (9%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Groceries and related products merchant wholesalers (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Santa Cruz County (%):





Santa Cruz County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 9,410 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 2,005 (16%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 107 (1%)
  • Motorcycle: 3 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 85 (1%)
  • Walked: 473 (4%)
  • Other means: 100 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 504 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Santa Cruz County, Arizona in 2000:

People in group quarters in Santa Cruz County, Arizona in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $41,411.

6.39% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($47,651 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.39%
Arizona average:

8.20%


0.39% of residents moved from foreign countries ($4,470 average AGI)
Santa Cruz County:

0.39%
Arizona average:

0.18%

3.12% relocated from other counties in Arizona ($18,385 average AGI)
2.88% relocated from other states ($24,796 average AGI)
Santa Cruz County:

2.88%
Arizona average:

6.09%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Pima County, AZ  2.01% ($35,886 average AGI)
from Maricopa County, AZ  0.74% ($33,748)
from Cochise County, AZ  0.24% ($58,294)
from San Diego County, CA  0.20% ($41,321)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.19% ($21,481)
from Riverside County, CA  0.09% ($46,000)
from San Bernardino County, CA  0.09% ($14,000)


5.70% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($38,494 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.70%
Arizona average:

5.96%


0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,172 average AGI)
Santa Cruz County:

0.08%
Arizona average:

0.10%

4.00% relocated to other counties in Arizona ($24,500 average AGI)
1.62% relocated to other states ($12,822 average AGI)
Santa Cruz County:

1.62%
Arizona average:

3.88%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Pima County, AZ  2.84% ($36,223 average AGI)
to Maricopa County, AZ  0.69% ($29,400)
to Cochise County, AZ  0.21% ($34,828)
to San Diego County, CA  0.12% ($31,294)
to Pinal County, AZ  0.08% ($36,545)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 23.4
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 19.4

Births per 1000 population in Santa Cruz County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 5.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 5.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Santa Cruz County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Santa Cruz County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 5,129 (4,595 aged, 534 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 29%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 26%

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 85.9. This is less than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 47,036

Size of family households: 3,956 2-persons, 2,515 3-persons, 2,477 4-persons, 1,675 5-persons, 809 6-persons, 560 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,936 1-person, 429 2-persons, 49 3-persons, 19 4-persons, 7 5-persons, 2 6-persons, 3 7-or-more-persons.

19.5% of residents of Santa Cruz County speak English at home.
79.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (50% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (70% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (48% speak English very well, 29% speak English well, 23% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $258,198,000 ($6331 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $6,245,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $73,123,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $30,626,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $669,000
Federal grants: $85,560,000
Federal procurement contracts: $4,752,000 ($2,240,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $63,467,000 ($178,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,140,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $27,025,000
Federal Government insurance: $68,288,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 4,088
Here:

97 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,020
Here:

24 per 1000 residents
State:

37 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +1,487
Here:

+35 per 1000 residents
State:

+28 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -856
Here -20 per 1000 residents
State +69 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Santa Cruz County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 8.77 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.4
State:

5.7

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.9
State:

3.7

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Santa Cruz County, Arizona
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 50
  • 2 rooms: 280
  • 3 rooms: 656
  • 4 rooms: 926
  • 5 rooms: 2,436
  • 6 rooms: 1,760
  • 7 rooms: 1,081
  • 8 rooms: 465
  • 9+ rooms: 374
  • 1 room: 150
  • 2 rooms: 573
  • 3 rooms: 722
  • 4 rooms: 1,101
  • 5 rooms: 701
  • 6 rooms: 338
  • 7 rooms: 109
  • 8 rooms: 24
  • 9+ rooms: 63
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Santa Cruz County, Arizona
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 100
  • 1 bedroom: 629
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,659
  • 3 bedrooms: 4,472
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,037
  • 5+ bedrooms: 131
  • no bedroom: 252
  • 1 bedroom: 988
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,550
  • 3 bedrooms: 777
  • 4 bedrooms: 185
  • 5+ bedrooms: 29
Cars and other vehicles available in Santa Cruz County, Arizona in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 402
  • 1 vehicle: 2,144
  • 2 vehicles: 3,516
  • 3 vehicles: 1,358
  • 4 vehicles: 502
  • 5+ vehicles: 106
  • no vehicle: 586
  • 1 vehicle: 1,675
  • 2 vehicles: 1,233
  • 3 vehicles: 231
  • 4 vehicles: 34
  • 5+ vehicles: 22

58% of Santa Cruz County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 71% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 51% lived in Arizona.

Santa Cruz County:

57.9%
State average:

46.0%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $128,900


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Santa Cruz County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (44.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (26.1%)
  • Electricity (25.6%)
  • Wood (2.3%)
  • Solar energy (0.6%)
  • Utility gas (55.4%)
  • Electricity (29.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (12.6%)
  • Wood (1.0%)
  • No fuel used (1.0%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 150
Here:

2.4%
Arizona:

6.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 111
Here:

3.7%
Arizona:

6.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 127
Here:

10.9%
Arizona:

13.2%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Santa Cruz County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Santa Cruz County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Santa Cruz County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Santa Cruz County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Santa Cruz County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Santa Cruz County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Santa Cruz County, AZ among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Maria22078.5 years
Jose12073.2 years
William7774.3 years
Manuel7573.9 years
John7575.8 years
Francisco6573.0 years
Robert6570.1 years
Mary5679.8 years
Jesus4973.5 years
George4776.5 years
Most common last names in Santa Cruz County, AZ among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Lopez7072.9 years
Martinez5776.4 years
Garcia5380.3 years
Smith3983.4 years
Valencia3875.7 years
Rodriguez3877.5 years
Valenzuela3770.2 years
Hernandez3474.3 years
Moreno3375.5 years
Ramirez2874.1 years
Businesses in Santa Cruz County, AZ
NameCountNameCount
AutoZone2McDonald's3
Best Western1Motel 61
Burger King1Nike7
Church's Chicken1Payless4
Dairy Queen1RadioShack1
Dennys1Rue211
FedEx9Sears1
Foot Locker1Sprint Nextel1
GNC1Starbucks1
GameStop1Super 81
H&R Block1T-Mobile2
Holiday Inn2Taco Bell1
Home Depot1True Value1
IHOP1U-Haul3
JCPenney2UPS8
Jack In The Box2Vons1
Jones New York2Walgreens1
KFC1Walmart1
Kmart1Wendy's1
Lane Furniture1
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