San Luis is strategically located at the southwest corner of Arizona along the U.S.-Mexico border with Sonora, Mexico. The community sits on an intersection of two countries and four states: California, Arizona, Baja California and Sonora. With access to a consumer market exceeding 53 million people within a 500-mile radius, San Luis is highly competitive for new business development. San Luis has experienced sustained population and commercial growth, making it one of Arizona’s fastest growing cities.

Principal Economic Activities

The agriculture, commercial, government and manufacturing sectors make up a large portion of the local economy. The San Luis Port of Entry I is one of Arizona’s busiest ports, with eight million people crossing the border on a yearly basis. San Luis Commercial Port of Entry II is the second largest commodities port of entry due to fresh produce imported from Mexico. Since the connection of the Arizona Service Highway to Interstate 8 and Highway 95, the city’s industrial base increased with two new major industrial parks subdivisions totalling 220 acres of shovel ready sites. San Luis has abundant natural resources like water and sun, making it an ideal location to locate your business.

Scenic Attractions

San Luis offers a variety of shopping opportunities in downtown, and the proximity to the border provides a tremendous opportunity to leverage binational recreational and cultural assets. As a binational region, tourism experiences binational events such as the Taco and Beer Festival, Tierra Sonora Concert, Fourth of July, Off-Road Expo and Sonora Rally Dakka events. Shopping in the Mexican border town is always a favorite, and the open-air market in this town offers Mexican souvenirs, while dentists, doctors and pharmacies are within walking distance from the border. San Luis is the gateway to the Sea of Cortez and the El Golfo de Santa Clara is merely 70 miles south of the border offering abundant recreational opportunities including driving, sailing and swimming as well as great seafood restaurants. The new coastal highway, La Costera toll road, connects Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) to El Golfo de Santa Clara while creating a safe passage for visitors wanting to experience beautiful beaches, quality resorts, cruises, deep-sea fishing and snorkeling.

Community Facilities

The city of San Luis offers abundant recreational facilities and a variety of community services targeting people of all ages. The senior center administers educational courses and activities to the senior population. The Cesar Chavez Cultural Center offers art, music and dance classes, as well as displaying the city mural. Art and music expos are held at the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center. The Joe Orduno Park is a central location that offers a variety of services including a youth center, an aquatic center, a gymnasium and recreational fields. The Joe Orduno Park hosts numerous special events including the famous Fourth of July and Off-Road Expo.

Basic Information

Founded 1930 Incorporated 1979
Elevation 100 ft. Location Yuma County
Distance to major cities:
Phoenix 206 miles San Diego 194 miles
Tucson 259 miles Los Angeles 294 miles
Las Vegas 318 miles  


2000 2010 2023 (est.)
San Luis 15,322 25,614 36,081
Yuma County 160,026 196,160 207,318
State of Arizona 5,130,632 6,401,569 7,285,370

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Arizona Dept. of Revenue & Arizona Tax Research Foundation


San Luis 4.00%
Yuma County 1.11%
State 5.60%

Arizona Dept. of Revenue & Arizona Tax Research Foundation

Labor Force

2000 2010 2022
Civilian Labor Force 5,188 12,693 16,846
Unemployed 1,834 3,996 4,890
Unemployment Rate 35.4% 31.5% 29.0%

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Workforce Education Attainment

Count Share
Less than high school 9,307 46.5%
High school or equivalent, no college 4,198 21.0%
Some college or Associate degree 4,812 24.1%
Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree 1,684 8.4%

American Community Survey

Industry (ranked by employment)

  Count Share
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, & mining 3,576 28.1%
Education, health care & social assistance 2,404 18.9%
Retail trade 1,117 8.8%
Construction 938 7.4%
Arts, entertainment, food & recreation services 802 6.3%
Manufacturing 753 5.9%
Public administration 663 5.2%
Transportation, warehousing, & utilities 604 4.7%
Professional, scientific, & administrative services 559 4.4%
Wholesale trade 531 4.2%
Other services, except public administration 515 4.0%
Information 162 1.3%
Finance, insurance & real estate 103 0.8%

American Community Survey

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

City of San Luis
Jenny Torres
1090 E. Union Street
San Luis, AZ 85349
Phone: 928-341-8584
Email: [email protected]
Greater Yuma Economic Development

Julie Engel
899 E. Plaza Circle, Ste. 2
Yuma, AZ 85366
Phone: 928-782-7774
Email: [email protected]
Yuma County Chamber of Commerce
180 W. 1st St., Suite A
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 928-782-2567
Email: [email protected]

Local First Arizona
407 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-956-0909
Email: [email protected]
Arizona Commerce Authority
Statewide Economic Development Group
100 N. 7th Ave., Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-845-1200
Email: [email protected]

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