Sierra Vista is 75 miles southeast of Tucson and 15 miles north of the Mexico border with easy access via Interstate 10 and State Route 90. The city serves as the hub of Cochise County and northern Sonora, Mexico. The city has solidified its role as the regional center for health care and education. In April 2015, RegionalCare Hospital Partners opened its new $100 million, 175,000 square foot, 100-bed hospital in Sierra Vista. The newly named Canyon Vista Medical Center is a level three trauma center that offers additional beds, services and doctors. RegionalCare has committed $18 million to recruit 25 physicians during the next seven years and hired about 100 new employees when it opened. Headquartered in Sierra Vista, Cochise College was named one of the "Top 10 Community Colleges in the Country" by the Huffington Post in 2015. Additionally, the southern campus of University of Arizona is located here. At an elevation of 4,600 feet and an average daytime temperature of 74 degrees, Sierra Vista is a cool respite from hot climates and a delightful escape from winter’s chill.

Principal Economic Activities

As the largest military employer in the state, Fort Huachuca has long been an important economic driver for the city with more than 12,000 military and civilian employees. Cyber intelligence, security testing and security integration have a long and honorable history at Fort Huachuca. It is the headquarters for the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and School, as well as the Army Communications Command and Army Electronic Proving Council. Sierra Vista also features a private Unmanned Aerial Systems testing facility that covers 160 acres. The fort is the only place in the U.S. that can conduct high-power, full-frequency spectrum jamming as part of the critical cyber warfare testing mission.

With the opening of the Canyon Vista Medical Center and an expanding nursing program at Cochise College, Sierra Vista is seeing a surge in the medical sector. Visitors from the United States and Mexico are taking advantage of the improved facility and new medical office buildings. Retail opportunities abound as Sierra Vista offers a trade area that extends south of the border to the major population centers of Sonora and the entire southeastern-Arizona area.

Scenic Attractions

In Sierra Vista, travelers can discover award-winning wines and international cuisine, hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and historic sites dating back to 9,000 B.C. Explore the stunning Huachuca Mountains rising high above cool canyons and open grasslands. Along the way, delve into Fort Huachuca’s military heritage and find out how the Buffalo Soldiers stationed there helped tame the Wild West, or learn about the Fort’s current mission as a center for U.S. Army Intelligence training and communications.

Community Facilities

Sierra Vista offers a broad range of community facilities for all ages including a community center, library, indoor water park, skate and bike court, teen center and museums. There are many opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle with more than 25 miles of multi-use paths, 20 parks, a variety of sports fields and health clubs, golf courses and hiking trails. Cultural and artistic amenities include the symphony, weekly outdoor concerts and movies during the summer in a brand new performing arts pavilion and regular arts events in the parks. Weekly farmers markets occur year round in the city park.

Basic Information

Founded 1927 Incorporated 1956
Elevation 4,626 ft. Location Cochise County
Distance to major cities:
Phoenix 188 miles San Diego 482 miles
Tucson 74 miles Los Angeles 560 miles
Las Vegas 481 miles  


2000 2010 2023 (est.)
Sierra Vista 37,775 45,047 45,851
Cochise County 117,755 131,436 126,463
State of Arizona 5,130,632 6,401,569 7,285,370

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Arizona Dept. of Revenue & Arizona Tax Research Foundation


Sierra Vista 1.95%
Cochise County 0.50%
State 5.60%

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Labor Force

2000 2010 2022
Civilian Labor Force 15,336 20,791 18,060
Unemployed 416 1,646 692
Unemployment Rate 2.7% 7.9% 3.8%

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Workforce Education Attainment

Count Share
Less than high school 2,090 7.1%
High school or equivalent, no college 5,601 19.1%
Some college or Associate degree 12,310 42.0%
Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree 9,274 31.7%

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Industry (ranked by employment)

  Count Share
Education, health care & social assistance 3,287 21.2%
Public administration 3,132 20.2%
Professional, scientific, & administrative services 2,660 17.2%
Retail trade 1,576 10.2%
Arts, entertainment, food & recreation services 1,574 10.2%
Construction 915 5.9%
Finance, insurance & real estate 612 3.9%
Manufacturing 537 3.5%
Other services, except public administration 464 3.0%
Transportation, warehousing, & utilities 458 3.0%
Information 215 1.4%
Wholesale trade 48 0.3%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, & mining 23 0.1%

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

City of Sierra Vista
Tony Boone
1011 N. Coronado Dr.
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Phone: 520-439-2184
Email: [email protected]
Cochise County Economic Development
Sharon Gilman
1415 Melody Lane, Building G
[email protected]
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Phone: 520-432-9332
Email: [email protected]
Arizona Regional Economic
Development Foundation

Mignonne Hollis
750 E Bartow Dr., Suite 16
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Phone: 520-458-6948
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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