Santa Cruz County, Arizona

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Santa Cruz County is in the south of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of 2007, its population was estimated to be 42,845, an increase of 4,464 people since the 2000 census count of 38,381.[1] The county seat is Nogales.[2]

Santa Cruz County contains Tumacácori National Historical Park.



Santa Cruz County, formed on March 15, 1899, out of what was then Pima County, is named after the Santa Cruz River which was named in the late 17th century by Father Kino. Santa Cruz means "holy cross" in Spanish. After that Father Kino built the famous mission which still stands today at the Tumacácori National Historical Park.[3][4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,238 square miles (3,207 km²), of which 1,238 square miles (3,205 km²) is land and 0 square miles (1 km²) (0.04%) is water. Although Santa Cruz County is the smallest county in the State of Arizona, it is still larger in area than the national average of 1,611 km² (622 sq. miles) (See County (United States).)

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