Patagonia, Arizona


Patagonia, Arizona
Patagonia's Commercial Hotel, circa 1937
San Rafael Valley, Santa Cruz County, Arizona

Years ago, Patagonia was established as a supply center for local ranches and mines. Today, Patagonia has become a retirement community, arts and crafts colony and tourist destination. Part of what makes Patagonia popular (beyond the weather) is Patagonia Lake State Park and the adjacent Sonoita Creek Preserve (a cooperative arrangement between Arizona State Parks and the Nature Conservancy). These are internationally known birding destinations with more than 300 species either living here or passing through with the seasons. The scenery of the valley brings in lots of campers and, for hikers, the Arizona Trail passes right through town.

Patagonia offers several excellent restaurants, some very unique art galleries and shops, the Tin Shed Theatre (100 seats and live performances from all over the world) and a very active Creative Arts Association. Patagonia is one of those places where you can find out what's going on in the area just by hanging out at the post office for a while: sooner or later you'll meet everyone in town. Jim Harrison, an American poet, author and food critic, called Patagonia "preposterously beautiful."

East of Patagonia is the San Rafael Valley, a pristine, high desert grassland with huge views and almost no people. Once you get off State Route 82, most roads are gravel and well maintained. This is an area with several old mining ghost towns to explore. The movies Oklahoma and Tin Cup were filmed in the San Rafael Valley.

Fast Facts about Patagonia, Arizona
Patagonia, Santa Cruz County, AZ 85624
Latitude: 31.5417°N
Longitude: 110.7534°W
Incorporated: 1948
Elevation: 4,062'

Education:
High School or Higher: 78.5%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 24.5%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 9.0%
Cost of Living Index for Patagonia: 85.9

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $32,800
Median Home Value: $104,100
Median Resident Age: 48.8 Years
Major Industries:
Health Care, Construction, Lodging & Food Services, Educational Services, Government, Professional Services, Arts & Entertainment, Social Services, Retail Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 18.9%
 
2010 Population Demographics
Total Population
913
Males
428
Females
485
Population by Age
Under 18
198
18 & over
715
20-24
29
25-34
86
35-49
151
50-64
232
65 & over
207
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
387
Non Hispanic or Latino
526
Population by Race
White
801
African-American
2
Asian
0
Native American
20
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
0
Other
80
Two or more
10
 
Santa Cruz County Pages