O'odham: Geʼe Ki:
The C. H. Cook Memorial Church, listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Location in Pinal County and the state of Arizona
|• Total||2.4 sq mi (6.1 km2)|
|• Land||2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,283 ft (391 m)|
|• Density||660.0/sq mi (259.7/km2)|
|Time zone||MST (no DST) (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||0010623|
Sacaton is located at (33.079911, -111.745784).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,584 people, 378 households, and 303 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 667.1 people per square mile (258.1/km²). There were 387 housing units at an average density of 163.0/sq mi (63.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 1.96% White, 95.01% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.63% from other races, and 2.34% from two or more races. 7.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 378 households out of which 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26.2% were married couples living together, 41.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.6% were non-families. 15.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.80 and the average family size was 4.12.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 38.4% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 16.0% from 45 to 64, and 5.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $18,276, and the median income for a family was $20,766. Males had a median income of $25,882 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $6,425. About 36.4% of families and 39.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.4% of those under age 18 and 31.1% of those age 65 or over.
Sacaton is one and a quarter miles west of the 1858-1861 location of the Socatoon Station of the Butterfield Overland Mail. The station was named for the nearby Maricopa village of Sacaton four miles down the Gila from the station. It was an adobe building established in 1858 on the Little Gila river also known as Capron's Rancho and was also a trading post.
- Ira Hayes - Pima Native American and United States Marine who assisted in raising the flag on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945, was born and raised in the Sacaton area.
- Mary Thomas - Governor of the Gila River Indian Community (1994–2000)
Gallery of historic structures and monuments
|Historic Sacaton, Arizona
(NRHP = National Register of Historic Places)
|Gila River War Relocation Center|
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- John P. Wilson, Peoples of the Middle Gila: A Documentary History of the Pimas and Maricopas, 1500's - 1945, Researched and Written for the Gila River Indian Community, Sacaton, Arizona, 1998 (revised July 1999) Report No. 77, Las Cruces, New Mexico, p.137
- "Mary Thomas Obituary". Azcentral.com. 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2014-10-05.