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Overview

Introduction to Nogales, Arizona

Nogales, Arizona, in Santa Cruz county, is 61 miles S of Tucson, Arizona.

Nogales History

The city of Nogales was originally known as Isaacson. A trading post was built in this area by Russian immigrant Jacob Isaacson in 1880. The name was changed to Nogales in 1883, when a post office was set up in the area. The name "Nogales" is a Spanish term meaning "walnut" or "walnut tree." This name was chosen since there was once an abundance of large walnut trees in this region.

Nogales and nearby Attractions

  • Tumacacori National Monument
  • Old Tubac Schoolhouse
  • Pimeria Alta Historical Society
  • Old Nogales City Hall
  • Patgonia-Sonoita Creek Sanctuary
  • Nasib Karam Park

Things To Do In Nogales

A number of places in the city of Nogales have been listed in the National Register of Historic Sites. Among these are the Tumacacori National Monument and the Tubac Presidio, which was established by the Spanish in 1752. The Old Nogales City Hall, the Old Tubac Schoolhouse, the Santa Cruz County Courthouse and the Patagonia Railroad Depot are also all popular historic sites. Another popular tourist attraction is the Patgonia-Sonoita Creek Sanctuary, which is famous for its diverse bird life.

Nogales Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available at the Sierra Vista Municipal Airport.

Nogales Higher Education

For higher studies, one can enroll at Pima Community College or the University of Arizona.

People

Total Population 20,601
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 16.3%
Employed Population 16+ 7,101
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 45%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.1%
Median Earnings25+ $21,965
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,058
Median Earnings With High School Degree $17,808

Wealth

Median Family Income $32,997
% Above Poverty Level 67.3%
% Below Poverty Level 32.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.9%
Median Gross Rent $495
Median House Value $119,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 89.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 0.8%
Irish 0.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Nogales Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 61 miles S of Tucson, Arizona
County Santa Cruz
Standard Zip Codes 85621, 85648
P.O. Box Zip Codes 85628, 85662
Phone Area Codes 520
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.34
Longitude -110.933

Nogales Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station NOGALES 6 N
Distance 7.8 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 64 F
Apr Temp 38 to 78 F
Jul Temp 64 to 94 F
Oct Temp 44 to 82 F
Annual Precip 19 inches
Station TUMACACORI NATL MONUMENT
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 65 F
Apr Temp 42 to 80 F
Jul Temp 66 to 96 F
Oct Temp 48 to 83 F
Annual Precip 17.4 inches
Station CORONADO N M HDQTRS
Distance 40.4 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 58 F
Apr Temp 43 to 75 F
Jul Temp 61 to 90 F
Oct Temp 48 to 76 F
Annual Precip 21.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Nogales, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Fairbank (85621)

Rio Rico (85648)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Patagonia 708 $0

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Nogales Public Libraries

Library
Nogales City/santa Cruz County Public Library
518 N. GRAND AVE.
Nogales, Arizona
(520) 287-3343
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Nogales Hospitals

CARONDELET HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1171 WEST TARGET RANGE ROAD
(520) 285-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Nogales High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

NOGALES HIGH SCHOOL
1905 APACHE BLVD
520-377-2021
A Title I School.
Serves 1,666 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

KINO ACADEMY
2055 N. GRAND AVE
520-281-5109
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 164 students.

SANTA CRUZ ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL
451 N. ARROYO BLVD
520-287-0915
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 142 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.4

NOGALES SPECIAL PROGRAMS
310 W PLUM ST
520-287-0800
A Special Education School
Serves 59 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.1

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