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The 2000 Census showed that Santa Cruz County had a population of 38,381 people. This represented 0.75% of the total population of Arizona, making it the state's 12th most populous county (out of 15 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Santa Cruz had a population of 43,771 people. This is an increase of 14.04% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201047,420+23.55%+8.34% since 2009
200943,771+14.04%+1.48% since 2008
200843,133+12.38%+1.03% since 2007
200742,692+11.23%+1.55% since 2006
200642,040+9.53%+2.25% since 2005
200541,113+7.12%+2.33% since 2004
200440,177+4.68%+1.61% since 2003
200339,541+3.02%+0.64% since 2002
200239,288+2.36%+0.96% since 2001
200138,914+1.39%+1.39% since 2000
200038,381The Last Census

Santa Cruz County had 13,036 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Santa Cruz County has a total area<3> of 1,238 square miles [3,206 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (0.47 square miles [1.23 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Santa Cruz County had a population density of 31.01 people per square mile [11.97 people/km²], making it the state's 4th most densely populated county (out of 15 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Santa Cruz County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Santa Cruz and the state of Arizona.

Click here for the Santa Cruz County QuickFact (QF-04023).

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Santa Cruz County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
CochiseQF-04003   E129,518117,7559.99%
PimaQF-04019   N1,020,200843,74620.91%

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Santa Cruz. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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