Douglas, Arizona

Douglas, Arizona

Mayor Danny Ortega, Jr.Danny Ortega, Jr.
Mayor, Douglas, Arizona
http://www.douglasaz.org

Douglas, Arizona is in the County of Cochise situated on the US / Mexican border adjacent to the Mexican city of Agua Prieta. It is located 118 miles southeast of Tucson. Douglas has over 18,000 residents and was founded in 1901, and was later incorporated in 1905. Douglas was first established as a smelter site for the prosperous copper mines in Bisbee, Arizona. The town is named after mining pioneer James Douglas. Two copper smelters operated at the site.

The area also has a history of cattle ranching and agriculture dating back to the 1800’s that continues to thrive to this day. The region also figures prominently in the history of the old west. Cochise County was home to many famous historical figures such as Cochise, Geronimo, John Slaughter, Wyatt Earp, and Doc Holliday and their stories played out across the tapestry of the mountains and grasslands of Cochise County.
Douglas, AZ
The historic landmarks in Douglas itself include the Hotel Gadsden, Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, and Slaughter’s Ranch. If you enjoy the outdoors, the San Bernardino and Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Preserves are just minutes from town and they provide nature lovers a chance to observe over 283 species of wildlife. The Chiricahua Mountains, one of Arizona’s largest mountain ranges, is also located close by.

Douglas has experienced both residential and economic growth. Construction has completed on a new call center named Advanced Call Center Technologies (ACCT) which will bring a projected 700 new jobs to the city. Douglas has also seen construction of a new Carl’s Jr. and a Best Western 69-room three-story hotel which opened December 2009. One home project in Douglas is Rancho Perilla Estates, a 500-acre development for more than 1000 new homes, a gas station, and retail stores. Another home development is the Coronado Hills currently with about 60 homes. Over the past four years, 5th Street has been populated with fast food restaurants and retail shops.

Principal Economic Activities

Because of its location on the U.S.-Mexico border, international commerce is an important part of the local economy. Douglas has three manufacturing plants; and Agua Prieta has 33, many of the latter operating under the twin-plant concept. The lure of shopping and sightseeing in “Old Mexico” and nearness to several outdoor recreation areas have made tourism and retirement significant to Douglas’ economy.

Port of Entry Status

• Douglas Reconfiguration Project – $100 million in FY 2013
• Awaiting confirmation of transfer of land from Municipality of Agua Prieta to Mexican Federal government to finalize location of project

Direct Expenditures by Mexican Visitors

‘07-’08 – $466.4 million
(Source: Arizona Office of Tourism)

Douglas at a Glance

1990

2000

2008

2012

Population

13,137

14,312

18,207

NA

Labor Force Data

Civilian Labor

4,334

5,164

6,464

NA

Unemployed

584

362

528

NA

Unemp. Rate

13.5%

7.0%

8.2%

NA

Growth Indicators

Taxable Sales

$99.6 m

$162.7 m

$241 m

NA

Net Assessed Value

$22.9 m

$33.1 m

$57 m

NA

Sales Tax Revenue

Totals (‘08-’09)

$5.9 million (1)

Estimate from Mexican Shoppers

$4.13 million (2)

Estimate that 70% of sales tax is from Mexican Shoppers

Port of Entry Statistics (FY 2011)

 

Trucks

POVs

Pedestrians

Buses

Bus Pass.

Trains

Total People

Douglas

29,299

1,398,586

1,050,089

2,102

13,909

3,724,470