Patagonia, Arizona

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Patagonia, Arizona
The post office in Patagonia
The post office in Patagonia
Location of Patagonia in Santa Cruz County, Arizona
Location of Patagonia in Santa Cruz County, Arizona
Coordinates: 31°32′22″N 110°45′22″W / 31.53944°N 110.75611°W / 31.53944; -110.75611Coordinates: 31°32′22″N 110°45′22″W / 31.53944°N 110.75611°W / 31.53944; -110.75611[1]
CountryUnited States
CountySanta Cruz
 • TypeCouncil–manager
 • BodyPatagonia Town Council
 • MayorAndrea Wood[2]
 • Vice MayorMike Stabile[2]
 • City Council
 • Total1.29 sq mi (3.35 km2)
 • Land1.29 sq mi (3.33 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation4,058 ft (1,237 m)
 • Total913
 • Estimate 
 • Density678.57/sq mi (262.09/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST (no DST))
ZIP code
Area code(s)520
FIPS code04-53490

Patagonia is a town in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States. As of the 2010 census Patagonia had a population of 913.[4] Patagonia developed in the mid-19th century as a trading and supply center for nearby mines and ranches. In the 21st century, it is a tourist destination, retirement community, and arts and crafts center.


The town is located in the valley of Sonoita Creek between the Santa Rita Mountains to the north and the Patagonia Mountains to the south. State route 82 passes through the town. Nogales lies to the southwest and Sonoita to the northeast.

The former mining camps (now ghost towns) of Harshaw, Duquesne and Lochiel lie to the southeast along the eastern margin of the Patagonia Mountains. The high San Rafael Valley also lies to the southeast. Patagonia Lake State Park, around Patagonia Lake, lies about six miles southwest of the town.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km2), all land.


Patagonia's Commercial Hotel in 1937.
Historic railroad depot built in 1900.
Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2019874[5]−4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

At the 2000 census there were 881 people, 404 households, and 239 families in the town. The population density was 738.7 people per square mile (285.8/km²). There were 498 housing units at an average density of 417.5 per square mile (161.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 86.49% White, 0.91% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 10.56% from other races, and 1.59% from two or more races. 39.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[8] Of the 404 households 22.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.8% were non-families. 35.1% of households were one person and 15.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.85.

The age distribution was 20.9% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 20.3% from 25 to 44, 32.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% 65 or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median household income was $25,795 and the median family income was $31,000. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $24,844 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,325. About 18.0% of families and 25.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.1% of those under age 18 and 17.2% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2010 Patagonia had a population of 913. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 55.9% non-Hispanic white, 0.2% African American, 2.2% Native American, 0.1% non-Hispanics reporting some other race, 1.1% reporting two or more races and 42.4% Hispanic or Latino.[9]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Patagonia, Arizona
  2. ^ a b c d e "Council Members". The Town of Patagonia Arizona.
  3. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-08-23.
  5. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  6. ^ Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme, 4th ed., 2001 ISBN 0-89933-325-7
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ 2010 population chart for Patagonia

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