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San Manuel, Arizona
A view from Redington Rd SE of San Manuel with Galiuro Mountains in background.
"A Proud Past – An Epic Future"
Location in Pinal County and the state of Arizona
Location in Pinal County and the state of Arizona
San Manuel, Arizona is located in the United States
San Manuel, Arizona
San Manuel, Arizona
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Arizona
County Pinal
 • Total 20.75 sq mi (53.75 km2)
 • Land 20.75 sq mi (53.75 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
3,451 ft (1,052 m)
 • Total 3,114
 • Density 150.04/sq mi (57.93/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST (no DST))
ZIP code
Area code(s) 520
FIPS code 04-63540
GNIS feature ID 34022

San Manuel is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. The population was 3,551 at the 2010 census.

San Manuel was built in 1953 by Del E. Webb Construction Company as a company town to serve the then-new San Manuel copper mine, mill and smelter complex. In 1955 the San Manuel Arizona Railroad was built to connect with the Copper Basin Railway at Hayden. When copper prices fell in the late 1990s, BHP, the owner of the mine and smelter complex shuttered both operations in June 1999. The closing saw 2,500 people lose their jobs. The mine and smelter were permanently closed in 2003.

The community is on the edge of the Sonoran Desert with its saguaros and overlooks the San Pedro River valley and panoramic Galiuro Mountains. Today, San Manuel is a leisure destination popular for hunting, sightseeing, and is a hub for off-road adventure for dirt bikes, UTV's and ATV's. UTV rentals and guided tours are available in town. Several museums include a mining museum and a motorcycle museum. It is also a gateway city of The Arizona Trail. Nearby towns are Oracle and Mammoth. Both are within 10 mi (16 km) of San Manuel and make up a tri-community area.


San Manuel is located at 32°36′18″N 110°38′0″W / 32.60500°N 110.63333°W / 32.60500; -110.63333 (32.605048, -110.633340), in the San Pedro River Valley at an elevation of about 3,500 feet (1,100 m). San Manuel is about 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Tucson.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 20.9 square miles (54.1 km²), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 4,524
1970 4,332 −4.2%
1980 5,443 25.6%
1990 4,009 −26.3%
2000 4,375 9.1%
2010 3,551 −18.8%
2020 3,114 −12.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,375 people, 1,458 households, and 1,204 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 209.5 people per square mile (80.9/km2). There were 1,832 housing units at an average density of 87.7 per square mile (33.9/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 69.1% White, 0.4% Black or African American, 1.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 24.8% from other races, and 4.0% from two or more races. 46.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,458 households, out of which 43.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.3% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.4% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 32.6% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $40,019, and the median income for a family was $42,563. Males had a median income of $36,463 versus $21,304 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,534. About 10.3% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.4% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.

Off-road Adventure with UTV's at San Manuel, Arizona
Off-road adventure with UTV's at San Manuel, Arizona.
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JWJ Cycles - Motorcycle museum in San Manuel, Arizona
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