Sonoita, Arizona

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Sonoita is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States. The population was 826 at the 2000 census.

The name of the CDP is the O'odham Ṣon ʼOidag, which may be best translated as "spring field". (There are several places that the O'odham called Ṣon ʼOidag within 200 km of this place, all agricultural spots.) Sonoita has for many years been a popular place for wealthy Arizonans to establish vacation and retirement homes and ranches. Sonoita is presently experiencing significant growth.



Sonoita is located at 31°40′8″N 110°39′14″W / 31.66889°N 110.65389°W / 31.66889; -110.65389 (31.668862, -110.653964).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 45.6 square miles (118.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 826 people, 358 households, and 264 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 18.1 people per square mile (7.0/km²). There were 401 housing units at an average density of 8.8/sq mi (3.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.59% White, 0.48% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 6.54% from other races, and 2.54% from two or more races. 16.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 358 households out of which 20.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.65.

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