San Luis

San Luis, Arizona

San Luis (the Spanish language name of Saint Louis) is located in Yuma County, Arizona. The population was 25,505 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Yuma Metropolitan Statistical Area. San Luis, located in the southwest corner of the state directly adjacent to Mexico’s Federal Highway 2, was the second fastest-growing city or town in Arizona from 1990 to 2000.

The city was established in 1930 with the opening of a border-crossing station. In the last thirty years it has registered an accelerated population increase, going from 1,946 inhabitants in 1980, to approximately 26,000 in the year 2013. The city annexed over 16,000 acres (65 km2) of land between 2006 and 2012, thereby increasing the availability of land for residential, commercial and industrial growth in the eastern part of town.

Retail trade, agriculture and manufacturing form a large portion of the local economy. Another significant segment is the light industry located on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. San Luis is an excellent site for labor intensive manufacturing and assembly plants.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,966 and the median income for a family was $22,368. Males had a median income of $20,770 versus $14,149 for females. The per capita income for the city was $5,377. About 36.3% of families and 35.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.5% of those under age 18 and 44.3% of those age 65 or over.