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South Arizona Homes covers two of Arizona's largest counties, Pima and Pinal. Pima County. Some of their communities were established by the early settlers from Spain which began coming to New Spain to establish the territory in the 1520's. These were often Jesuit Priests. The Jesuit Priests began missions in the Sonoran Desert which encompasses much of southern Arizona and the State of Sonora in Mexico during the 1500s as well.

            Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, who began working in the Sonoran Desert in 1680s, established the first of what were to be over 20 mission churches in the area. Many of his churches were in the South Arizona in Pima County. Several of his missions (churches) are still standing and in use today. San Xavier del Bac (known as the White Dove of the Desert), perhaps the most noted one, is just 10 miles south of Tucson on the Tohono O’odham reservatioon. The present building was constructed it 1785 after Father Kino’s time.

            The Town of Sahuarita is another 5 miles south of San Xavier del Bac just off the Tohono O’odham reservation. It was established in 1994 and has at its north end Rancho Sahuarita beginning at Pima Mine Road, a master planned community. Bob Sharp, its developer, chose to use 16th century Spanish architectural style for all of its buildings in honor of the explorers and settlers of the times past who established the European exploration, presence, and western culture of the Sahuarita area, though it has had a long history both before and since the arrival of the Spanish in  the 17th century.

            Many of the other communities such as Tubac and Rio Rico have chosen to use the Spanish culture as the primary theme for their architectural style, though not the necessarily of the 16th century. All of them are of modern design in every way.Construction methods are comprised of very efficient designs to minimize electrical use in this hot and sometimes fiercely wet environment. Southern Arizona is known for its hot dry climate during the summer months often reaching 100 degree F°. What is not necessarily known is that during the months of late June, July, August, and early September a true monsoon season occurs where 1 to 2 inches of rain can fall in 30 to 60 minutes along with haboob dust storms with winds to 50 mph at times. Usually, these start on days with little or no warning on days with bright sunshine in the morning and few clouds in the morning sky.

We are currently developing this section of the community information. In the interim we have provided demographic information about several of the communites in South Arizona.
As we build this section we will add those areas so that you will have the information beyond that which is provided of the demographics of the specific county, city or town.


We are currently developing this section of the community information. In the interim we have provided demographic information about several of the communites in South Arizona.

As we build this section we will add those areas so that you will have the information beyond that which is provided of the demographics of the specific county, city or town.

  Vail, AZ


Vail, Arizona
—  CDP  —
Location in Pima County and the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 32°0′7″N 110°42′1″W / 32.00194°N 110.70028°W / 32.00194; -110.70028Coordinates: 32°0′7″N 110°42′1″W / 32.00194°N 110.70028°W / 32.00194; -110.70028
Country United States
State Arizona
County Pima
 - Total

Vail is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pima County, Arizona, United States. The population was 2,484 at the 2000 census. The area is known for the nearby Colossal Cave, a small cave system, and the Rincon Mountains District of Saguaro National Park, a top tourism spot within Arizona.

Vail was originally a station and water stop on the Southern Pacific Railroad. Vail was named after pioneer rancher Edward Vail, who established a ranch in the area in the late 19th century. Vail deeded a right of way across his ranch to the railroad. His brother Walter Vail owned the nearby Empire Ranch, now part of the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. [1]


Vail is located at 32°0′7″N 110°42′1″W / 32.00194°N 110.70028°W / 32.00194; -110.70028 (32.001939, -110.700286).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 18.2 square miles (47.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,484 people, 842 households, and 675 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 136.4 people per square mile (52.7/km²). There were 906 housing units at an average density of 49.8/sq mi (19.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.16% White, 0.64% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 7.45% from other races, and 3.70% from two or more races. 16.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 842 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.2% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.8% were non-families. 14.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.8% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 5.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 101.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $46,202, and the median income for a family was $53,958. Males had a median income of $37,418 versus $28,594 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,892. About 6.1% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

Rio Rico, Arizona 85648

 Rio Rico is a community cover 39,000 acres in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. I is located 10 miles north of the US/Mexican international border and 55 miles south of Tucson, Arizona. The area enjoys breathtaking view of the mountains and the Santa Cruz River valley.

  The community was established in 1969 and was originally part of the Baca Float Land Grant. The Luis Maria Baca family was granted 100,000 acres from the government of Spain. Subsequently granted by the Congress of the United States to the heirs of Luis Maria Baca, it was divided into approximately 25,000 lots known as Rio Rico in 1969. That was equal to one lot for every man, woman and child then living in the entire County of Santa Cruz. The area is ripe to be picked by businesses.

Geographical location adds to the Rio Rico business climate! At an elevation of 3500 ft. the community enjoys an excellent year round climate. The sun shines almost everyday and the golf courses seldom miss a day of play.

 Scenic Attractions

  Rio Rico is the an area where Spanish and Indian families lived generations before the American Revolution and where Arizona history began. Area attractions include Tumacacori National Monument, visited by Father Kino in 1691; Tubac Presidio, established in 1752 by the Spanish, the walking - equestrian "Anza Trail" along Juan Batista de Anza's route; Aliso Springs, a Mexican ranch site and the site of prehistoric occupation; Salero Mine, and Santa Rita Hacienda, a mining - ranching center during the Spanish and Mexican periods. Also nearby Fort Crittendon, Duquesne and Washington Camp ghost towns, Pena Blanca and Patagonia Lakes, Madera Canyon, Mt. Wrightson and Coronado National Forest. The Calabasas Mission Ruins, located in Rio Rico, were dedicated to the National Park Service in 1997.



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