Located in the Sun Corridor of southern Arizona—within the Greater Tucson region—Sahuarita has become a highly desirable place to live, work and play. Sahuarita offers numerous opportunities for economic growth and prosperity. The town population is 28,425.

Known as a family-oriented community, the town’s population is youthful, with a median age of 35.1, and educated, with 34 percent possessing a college degree. The median annual household income is $66,339. Along with easy access to an international airport and Interstates 19 and 10, Sahuarita offers a high quality of life to residents through affordable housing, scenic beauty, thriving businesses and a safe environment for raising children. Sahuarita’s schools have been recognized consistently for outstanding achievement.

Principal Economic Activities

The economic activities and industries that bolster the town are diverse including information technology, communications, mining, retail, tourism, hospitality, aerospace, defense, entrepreneurship, international trade and Mexican tourism. Residents are employed by several of the 10 major regional employers including Raytheon, the University of Arizona and Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc. Sahuarita’s Planning and Building and Public Works departments continue to streamline the development review process to offer a faster, more uniform and transparent experience. The BizHub, located in town hall, is a community workplace offering entrepreneurs and home-based businesses meeting rooms, resources, technology and small business assistance to aid local economic growth.

Scenic Attractions

Located in the beautiful Arizona Sonoran Desert, the areas surrounding Sahuarita provide a sublime outdoor environment for residents and visitors from around the world. Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Experimental Range and Wildlife Area and Coronado National Forest are respites from the heat of summer. Mt. Wrightson and Mt. Hopkins, the two most prominent peaks in the Santa Rita Mountain Range, have an extensive trail system for hiking and backpacking. The majestic Elephant Head formation and surrounding areas in the Santa Rita Mountains present many options for traditional rock climbing enthusiasts. Nearby attractions include Whipple Observatory, Gardner Canyon, Kitt Peak Observatory, the historic San Xavier del Bac Mission (built in 1797), Tumacácori National Historical Park, Titan II Missile Museum, Arivaca Lake and the Asarco Mineral Discovery Center. Sahuarita is also home to the Green Valley Pecan Company, one of the largest growers and processors of pecans.

Community Facilities

The town boasts 76 acres of public parks, as well as numerous private neighborhood parks. Sahuarita’s six public parks bring residents out to enjoy playgrounds, trails, gazebos, picnic areas, basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball, softball and soccer fields. The town also offers two dedicated off-leash dog parks, a skate area, an Urban Fishing Program at Sahuarita Lake and frequent special events at the Sahuarita Lake’s amphitheater. An aquatic center at the Copperview Elementary School Campus includes a competition pool. Other amenities include the town library and town municipal center with its fountain and sundial.

Basic Information

Founded 1911 Incorporated 1994
Elevation 2,844 ft. Location Pima County
Distance to major cities:
Phoenix 130 miles San Diego 427 miles
Tucson 15 miles Los Angeles 505 miles
Las Vegas 426 miles  


2000 2010 2023 (est.)
Sahuarita 3,242 25,347 35,588
Pima County 843,746 981,168 1,058,318
State of Arizona 5,130,632 6,401,569 7,285,370

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Arizona Dept. of Revenue & Arizona Tax Research Foundation


Sahuarita 2.00%
Pima County 0.50%
State 5.60%

Arizona Dept. of Revenue & Arizona Tax Research Foundation

Labor Force

2000 2010 2022
Civilian Labor Force 1,597 10,743 13,295
Unemployed 55 414 568
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 3.9% 4.3%

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Workforce Education Attainment

Count Share
Less than high school 1,031 5.2%
High school or equivalent, no college 3,248 16.4%
Some college or Associate degree 7,131 36.0%
Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree 8,388 42.4%

American Community Survey

Industry (ranked by employment)

  Count Share
Education, health care & social assistance 2,811 24.9%
Public administration 1,414 12.5%
Retail trade 1,246 11.0%
Professional, scientific, & administrative services 1,188 10.5%
Manufacturing 939 8.3%
Arts, entertainment, food & recreation services 833 7.4%
Finance, insurance & real estate 661 5.9%
Other services, except public administration 466 4.1%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, & mining 463 4.1%
Transportation, warehousing, & utilities 438 3.9%
Construction 345 3.1%
Wholesale trade 275 2.4%
Information 199 1.8%

American Community Survey

This profile was prepared by the Arizona Commerce Authority in cooperation with local sources. For further information, please contact:

Town of Sahuarita
Kelly Udall
375 W. Sahuarita Center Way
Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Phone: 520-822-8818
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.ci.sahuarita.az.us
Pima County Economic Development
130 W. Congress St., 11th Floor
Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: 520-724-8126
Website: www.webcms.pima.gov
Arizona Commerce Authority
Statewide Economic Development Group
100 N. 7th Ave., Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-845-1200
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.azcommerce.com

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