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Somerton, Arizona
Somerton's 50,000-Gallon Water Tank - 1920
Somerton's 50,000-Gallon Water Tank - 1920
Flag of Somerton, Arizona
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Official seal of Somerton, Arizona
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Location of Somerton in Yuma County, Arizona
Location of Somerton in Yuma County, Arizona
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Coordinates: 32°35′50″N 114°42′44″W / 32.59722°N 114.71222°W / 32.59722; -114.71222Coordinates: 32°35′50″N 114°42′44″W / 32.59722°N 114.71222°W / 32.59722; -114.71222
Country  United States
State  Arizona
County Yuma
Area
 • Total 7.28 sq mi (18.87 km2)
 • Land 7.27 sq mi (18.84 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
105 ft (32 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 14,197
 • Density 1,951.75/sq mi (753.53/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST (no DST))
ZIP code
85350
Area code(s) 928
FIPS code 04-68080
GNIS 11548

Somerton is a city in Yuma County, Arizona, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 14,287. It is part of the Yuma Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Somerton was established in 1898 and incorporated in 1918. Somerton's economy is based on agriculture, medical services, and tourism.

Geography

Somerton is located at 32°35′50″N 114°42′44″W / 32.59722°N 114.71222°W / 32.59722; -114.71222 (32.597258, -114.712242).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 938
1930 891 −5.0%
1940 1,247 40.0%
1950 1,825 46.4%
1960 1,613 −11.6%
1970 2,225 37.9%
1980 3,969 78.4%
1990 5,282 33.1%
2000 7,266 37.6%
2010 14,287 96.6%
2020 14,197 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census, there were 7,266 people in 1,818 households, including 1,652 families, in the city. The population density was 5,483.2 people per square mile (2,109.3/km²). There were 1,967 housing units at an average density of 1,484.4 per square mile (571.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 44.5% White, 0.4% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.3% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 51.1% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. 95.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 1,818 households 59.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.9% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.1% were non-families. 7.8% of households were one person and 4.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 3.99 and the average family size was 4.21.

The age distribution was 38.9% under the age of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 14.4% from 45 to 64, and 7.2% 65 or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median household income was $26,544 and the median family income was $27,944. Males had a median income of $21,619 versus $16,677 for females. The per capita income for the city was $7,960. About 24.0% of families and 26.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.8% of those under age 18 and 27.9% of those age 65 or over.

Events

Tamale Festival

Somerton has an annual Tamale Festival that benefits students from the area who will be attending Arizona State University. More than 20,000 visitors attend the festival each year. The festival is put together by The El Diablito Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni chapter. The chapter was established by ASU graduates who have returned to work and live in the Yuma/Somerton/San Luis areas.

Education

Somerton is served by the Somerton Elementary School District, the Crane Elementary School District, and the Yuma Union High School District. PPEP TEC High Schools's José Yepez Learning Center is located in Somerton.

Transportation

Somerton is served by Yuma County Area Transit, which connects with Greyhound in Yuma.

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