Sahuarita is a small town in the Pima County in the state of Arizona and covers an area of 30 square miles. This town is located 15 minutes south of Tucson and about 40 minutes north of the border to Mexico. The Tucson International Airport is a 20-minute drive away from Sahuarita.
It was first incorporated in 1994 and is known as the fifth youngest town in Arizona state, though people have lived here for about 12,000 years. Native Americans settled in the villages along the Santa Cruz river almost 4,000 years ago. The Spanish who arrived later in 1692 founded the Mission San Xavier del Bac in the region.
The town is known as the gateway to the Gardner and Madera. Also found in and around Sahuarita is the Titan Missile Museum, the ASARCO Mineral Discovery enter, the Whippie Observatory and Mount Wrightson— which is the tallest peak in the region, standing at 9,456 feet.
By the year 1994, the town had a small population of 1,900 people. As per the US Census Bureau estimates, the population as on July 1, 2017, stands at 29,318. The 2010 census recorded that there were 25,259 people in this town at the point.
The median age of the people of Sahuarita is 34.4 and children under the age of 18 make up 30 percent of the total population. The US national median age is 36.8 years, which means Sahuarita is a town of young people.
In the racial-ethnic demographic, the Hispanic and Latino population consists of 31.2 percent of the citizens, while white people make up about 60.8 percent, African Americans are 3.5 percent, the Asian population is at 2.2 percent, and mixed-race people add up to 3.7 percent of the population.
There are a total of 9,020 households in town. Among them, 78.9 percent are family households and 38.5 households have their own children.
Education, employment and income in Sahuarita
Among the people of Sahuarita who are 25 years and older (16,149 people), 20.3 percent have graduated high school while 29.5 percent among them went on to gain some education in college without a degree. About 21.7 percent of them have a bachelor's degree while 11.3 percent have graduate or professional degrees.
There are 16,808 people above the age of 16 in this town. Among them, 10,728 Sahuaritans are in the labor force. While 59.4 percent of the people above 16 years is employed, 3.6 remain unemployed and 124 people are part of the armed forces.
The median household income in this region is $ 69,425. The Production, transportation, and material moving industry is the biggest employer, hiring up to 42.6 percent of the labor force. Sales and office occupations account to 24.9 percent of the populace, while service occupations take up to 17.3 percent of the people.
Among the major daytime employers in Sahuarita and the green valley are the Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Mine which employs 1,270 people, the Sahuarita Unified School District that employs 721, the Asarco Mission Mine that employs 629, La Posada that employs 550, Farmer's Investment Company that employs 292, Pima County that employs 275, WalMart that employs 275, Caterpillar Proving Grounds that employs 180 and the Town of Sahuarita that employs 133 people.
Crime in Sahuarita
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) noted under the reports from the Unified Crime Reporting (UCR) programme of 2016 that the town of Sahuarita had 799 criminal incidences during the year. Among these, the major type of crime was property crime with 375 cases recorded in 2016.
This is closely followed by larceny-theft with 320 cases. Other types of crime reported include 42 cases of burglary, 30 cases of motor vehicle theft, 23 cases of violent crime, 19 cases of aggravated assault, 3 cases of rape, one case of robbery and one case of arson.