Vail, Arizona

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Vail is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pima County, Arizona, United States. The population was 2,484 at the 2000 census. The area is known for the nearby Colossal Cave, a small cave system, and the Rincon Mountains District of Saguaro National Park, a top tourism spot within Arizona.

Vail was originally a station and water stop on the Southern Pacific Railroad. Vail was named after pioneer rancher Edward Vail, who established a ranch in the area in the late 19th century. Vail deeded a right of way across his ranch to the railroad. His brother Walter Vail owned the nearby Empire Ranch, now part of the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.[1]



Vail is located at 32°0′7″N 110°42′1″W / 32.00194°N 110.70028°W / 32.00194; -110.70028 (32.001939, -110.700286).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 18.2 square miles (47.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,484 people, 842 households, and 675 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 136.4 people per square mile (52.7/km²). There were 906 housing units at an average density of 49.8/sq mi (19.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.16% White, 0.64% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 7.45% from other races, and 3.70% from two or more races. 16.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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