South Tucson, Arizona


South Tucson, Arizona
A tiled wall mural in South Tucson, Arizona

South Tucson is a heavily Hispanic/Mexican enclave completely surrounded by the city of Tucson. When South Tucson was first incorporated in 1940, it was well outside the southern edge of Tucson but Tucson has grown by leaps and bounds since then, almost completely swallowing South Tucson.

South Tucson was incorporated almost purely to take advantage of certain provisions in the Arizona statutes that, at the time, allowed an incorporated city to issue more liquor licenses than county areas could have, and also allowed dog racing regulated by the city as long as the track was within the city limits. In the 1950's and 1960's, South Tucson also got a national reputation as a nasty speed trap. That led to a short section of the I-10 passing through the city limits of South Tucson with no on or off ramps in South Tucson. That eliminated the possibility of South Tucson Police Department activity on the highway.

South Tucson has also been fighting a long, uphill battle with crime rates that rival those of the highest crime cities in America (think Camden, New Jersey, in particular). For larceny, theft and aggravated assault, South Tucson ranks at about 4 times the national average. Various of the police departments involved have resorted to "wolf pack" saturation tactics that have slowly begun to make a dent in the problem. The state has also been vigorously enforcing liquor license laws while neighborhood activism has helped to reduce other illegal activities in the area.

Fast Facts about South Tucson, Arizona
South Tucson, Pima County, AZ 85713
Latitude: 32.1961°N
Longitude: 110.9689°W
Incorporated: 1940
Elevation: 2,425'

Education:
High School or Higher: 41.1%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 3.7%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 1.6%
Cost of Living Index for South Tucson: 88.7

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $20,600
Median Home Value: $92,500
Median Resident Age: 32.1 Years
Major Industries:
Construction, Health Care, Waste Management Services, Educational Services, Lodging & Food Services, Social Services, Arts & Entertainment, Professional Services, Light Manufacturing
Unemployed (August 2014): 7.6%
 
2010 Population Demographics
Total Population
5,652
Males
2,966
Females
2,686
Population by Age
Under 18
1,691
18 & over
3,961
20-24
389
25-34
727
35-49
1,105
50-64
934
65 & over
612
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
4,435
Non Hispanic or Latino
1,217
Population by Race
White
2,559
African-American
171
Asian
44
Native American
605
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
6
Other
2,043
Two or more
224
 
Pima County Pages