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Overview

Introduction to Somerton, Arizona

Somerton, Arizona, in Yuma county, is 10 miles SW of Yuma, Arizona and 142 miles E of San Diego, California. Part of the surrounding Yuma metro area, Somerton is home to some 7,266 residents.

Somerton History

The city of Somerton was established in 1898 and was named after Captain A.D Yocum's hometown. It was officially incorporated in 1918. Although the city's economy depends on agriculture, light industries are becoming important.

Somerton and nearby Attractions

  • Quechan Tribal Museum
  • Yuma Crossing State Historic Park
  • Sanguinettie House Museum & Garden
  • Imperial National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Somerton

The Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park operated for around 33 years in nearby Yuma. The first seven inmates were locked into cells they had built themselves. Visitors can see the cells, guard towers and the museum. The Imperial National Wildlife Refuge is also a popular local destination.

Somerton Transportation

Palm Springs International is the nearest major airport.

Somerton Higher Education

Arizona Western College and Imperial Valley College are accessible from Somerton.

People

Total Population 14,679
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 7.1%
Employed Population 16+ 5,179
Age of the Population 27

Families

% of people married 54.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 6.6%
Median Earnings25+ $20,480
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,972
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,436

Wealth

Median Family Income $32,217
% Above Poverty Level 67.8%
% Below Poverty Level 32.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 8%
Median Gross Rent $662
Median House Value $114,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 86.2%
US/American 0%
English 0.1%
Irish 0.8%

Somerton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles SW of Yuma, Arizona (center to center)
Nearest Large City 142 miles E of San Diego, California
County Yuma
Metro Area Yuma
Standard Zip Codes 85350
Phone Area Codes 928
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.596
Longitude -114.708

Somerton 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 YUMA CITRUS STATION
Distance 4.6 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 68 F
Apr Temp 52 to 86 F
Jul Temp 76 to 106 F
Oct Temp 58 to 90 F
Annual Precip 3.8 inches
Station YUMA MCAS
Distance 6.5 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 69 F
Apr Temp 59 to 86 F
Jul Temp 81 to 107 F
Oct Temp 64 to 90 F
Annual Precip 3.4 inches
Station EL CENTRO 2 SSW
Distance 51.3 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 70 F
Apr Temp 54 to 86 F
Jul Temp 76 to 107 F
Oct Temp 59 to 91 F
Annual Precip 2.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
San Luis 30,139 $32,633
Yuma 93,078 $47,664
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115 N. COLUMBIA AVENUE
928-627-9648
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Serves 130 students.

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