naco

Naco, Arizona

Naco is a census-designated place (CDP) in Cochise County, Arizona, United States. Its population was 833 at the 2000 census. It is across the United States–Mexico border from Naco, Sonora. The Naco port of entry is open 24 hours per day.

The present-day town of Naco, Arizona was established in the early 1900s. The area was originally settled by Nahua and Opata Indians. Naco means "cactus" in the Opata language.

Geography

Naco is located at (31.337287, -109.944461). According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.7 km²), all of it land.

Attractions

Naco is home to the Turquoise Valley Golf Course, one of the oldest courses in Arizona. Its clubhouse dates to the 1930s.

Naco is also attractive to illegal immigrants seeking to enter the US from Mexico.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 833 people, 260 households, and 202 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 247.6 people per square mile (95.7/km²). There were 298 housing units at an average density of 88.6/sq mi (34.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 52.82% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 42.98% from other races, and 3.60% from two or more races. 82.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 260 households out of which 46.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 20.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.20 and the average family size was 3.71.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 38.8% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $22,045, and the median income for a family was $25,227. Males had a median income of $21,923 versus $15,882 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $9,169. About 33.0% of families and 34.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 46.1% of those under age 18 and 25.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents

Camp Naco

Camp Naco is a former tent city on the outskirts of Naco. Subsequent to Pancho Villa’s raid in Columbus, New Mexico in 1916, Camp Naco was a staging area for American troops protecting the border. It was the headquarters of the 1st Infantry Regiment of the Arizona National Guard.

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