San Luis, Arizona

San Luis, Arizona

Mayor Gerardo SanchezGerardo Sanchez
Mayor, San Luis, Arizona
http://www.cityofsanluis.org

The City of San Luis was established in 1930.  It was a Port of Entry to the Sonoran town of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora.   San Luis was built largely by agricultural workers, with about half of the population hailing from Mexico.

San Luis was incorporated in 1979. By 1980 about 2000, residents resided in San Luis increasing to 15,000 by the 90’s. Currently the population is just under 30,000, which is projected to double in size over the next decade. San Luis is located at the Southwest corner of the state of Arizona and right at the border with San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora and California, a mere seventy miles from El Golfo de Santa Clara. Over 500,000 people live within an hour’s drive of the city.

Today, San Luis is the second busiest border crossing point in Arizona, that is proud of its new Commercial Port of Entry and Area Service Highway SR-195 that connects to Interstate-8. Directly connecting the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Sonora with major US markets, including Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix. San Luis City Hall

The City’s industrial base is expanding dramatically with the current amplification of the existing industrial park and the construction of a brand new park located at the new International Commercial Port of Entry in East San Luis. This new industrial complex will usher in new businesses, convenience stores, offices, apartment complexes, and other services. The local economy is transitioning from agriculture and food processing to construction, light manufacturing, warehousing and distribution. Manufactures on both sides of the border are taking advantage of the area’s Empowerment Zone designation.

The border region between Yuma County, Arizona and San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, is a thriving bi-national and bicultural area. With the extensive and updated support infrastructure, the border region is the prime location for bi-national industrial development.

San Luis’ appeal also extends to the abundance of affordable housing and a quality of life that is essential to attracting new business and industry.

San Luis has always had a great sense of community pride and enjoys its citizen’s involvement in community events.

San Luis’ rich heritage and cultural appeal makes this city a unique community.

Principal Economic Activities

Retail trade, agriculture and manufacturing form a large portion of the local economy.  Another significant segment is the light industry located on both sides of the US/Mexico border.  San Luis is an excellent site for labor intensive manufacturing and assembly plants.  A new 40 acre privately owned industrial park and a 40 acre commercial area are currently under construction in north San Luis along Highway 95 and pads are available for purchase or development.

Port of Entry Status

• San Luis II completed, start operations Q4 2010, Cost $42 million
• San Luis I needs funding, approx. $80 million in FY ‘12
• New connector road to I-8 completed ($90 million) and ADOT safety inspection completed ($11 million)

Direct Expenditures by Mexican Visitors

‘07-’08 – $735.3 million
(Source: Arizona Office of Tourism)

San Luis by the Numbers

1990

2000

2008

2012

Population

4,212

15,322

26,705

NA

Labor Force Data

Civilian Labor

2,578

5,182

6,834

NA

Unemployed

1,611

1,828

2,481

NA

Unemp. Rate

62.50%

35.30%

36.30%

NA

Growth Indicators

Taxable Sales

$35.1m

$65.3 m

$132 m

NA

Net Assessed Value

$4.8 m

$18.8 m

$63.1 m

NA

Sales Tax Revenue

Totals (‘08-’09)

$7.1 million (1)

Estimate from Mexican Shoppers

$3.55 million (2)

Estimate that 50% of sales tax is from Mexican Shoppers

Port of Entry Statistics (FY 2011)

 

Trucks

POVs

Pedestrians

Buses

Bus Pass.

Trains

Total People

San Luis

34,796

2,070,155

2,550,648

15

447

6,398,521