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Tumacacori-Carmen, Arizona
Census-designated place
Tumacacori mission, 1947. Photo: George A. Grant
Tumacacori mission, 1947. Photo: George A. Grant
Location in Santa Cruz County and the state of Arizona
Location in Santa Cruz County and the state of Arizona
Country United States
State Arizona
County Santa Cruz
 • Total 2.0 sq mi (5.1 km2)
 • Land 2.0 sq mi (5.1 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 393
 • Density 199.6/sq mi (77.1/km2)
Time zone MST (no DST) (UTC-7)
FIPS code 04-77367

Tumacacori (O'odham: Cemagĭ Gakolig) is an unincorporated community in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States It abuts the community of Carmen, Arizona. Together, the communities constitute the Tumacacori-Carmen census-designated place (CDP). The population of the CDP was 393 at the 2010 census.


Tumacacori is the site of Mission San José de Tumacácori a Franciscan mission that was built in the late 18th century. It takes its name from an earlier mission site founded by Father Eusebio Kino in 1691, which is on the east side of the Santa Cruz River south of the national park. This Kino-period mission was founded at an extant native O'odham or Sobaipuri settlement and represents the first mission in southern Arizona, but not the first mission in Arizona. The remains of the native settlement are still extant and have been investigated and reported on by archaeologist Deni Seymour.

The later Franciscan mission, which is now a ruin preserved as Tumacácori National Historical Park, was never rebuilt after being abandoned after repeated Apache raids in the 19th century that killed farmers and ranchers in the area and put a stop to the growth of the area's economy. Nearby Tubac was besieged in 1861.


Tumacacori is located at 31°33′40″N 111°2′52″W / 31.56111°N 111.04778°W / 31.56111; -111.04778 (31.561157, -111.047810).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Tumacacori-Carmen CDP has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.1 km2), all of it land. The locale is in a valley cut by the Santa Cruz River.


As of the census of 2000, there were 569 people, 223 households, and 152 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 91.6 people per square mile (35.4/km²). There were 252 housing units at an average density of 40.6/sq mi (15.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 76.98% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 1.05% Native American, 1.58% Asian, 17.57% from other races, and 2.64% from two or more races. 58.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 223 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $35,938, and the median income for a family was $36,250. Males had a median income of $26,806 versus $18,594 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,607. About 10.1% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 26.3% of those age 65 or over.

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