San Luis is in the southwestern corner of Arizona immediately

adjacent to both Mexico and California. Only 140 feet

above sea level, San Luis was established in 1930 with the opening

of the U.S. Port of Entry. Since incorporation in 1979, it has

experienced tremendous population and commercial growth

making it one of the fastest-growing communities of Yuma

County.

 

San Luis' sister city across the border, San Luis Rio Colorado,

Sonora, has a population estimated at more than 200,000.

Together, the two communities are ideally suited to take advantage

of increasing trade between Mexico and the United States.

 

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 U.S./Mexico border which

comprise the expanding maquiladora industry. San Luis is an

excellent site for labor-intensive manufacturing and assembly

plants.

 

A 26-acre Light Industrial Complex has been developed in San

Luis. Offsite improvements include water, sewer, electricity,

phone lines and paved streets. Most of the park has been

leased, and expansion of the industrial park is underway. A new

40-acre privately owned industrial park and 40-acre commercial

area are currently under construction in north San Luis along

state Highway 95. Parcels and pads are available for purchase

and development.

 

San Luis is a participant in the Arizona Rural Economic

Development Initiative (REDI) program. REDI is designed to build

capacity for economic growth by stimulating broad participation

in the local economic development organization, providing

training, and coordinating resources to enable more rapid

progress toward locally determined economic-development

goals.

 

Visitor attractions within a 30-minute drive of San Luis include

the old Territorial Prison, Fort Yuma and the 16th century St.

Thomas Mission. Laguna, Imperial and Morelos Dams and the

California sand dunes are also nearby. Fishing, water skiing and

swimming at lakes along the Colorado River attract residents of

the area and tourists alike.

 

Located across the border is San Luis, Sonora, Mexico, reputed

to be Mexico's fastest growing city with a population of approximately

200,000. This area has curio shops, nightclubs and various

other attractions for tourists.

 

South of San Luis (75 miles) is the small fishing village of El Golfo

de Santa Clara, Sonora, Mexico that has sandy beaches, boat

fishing, clam digging, swimming and a mild sunny climate. For

visits of 72 hours or less, Mexico requires no fees or tourist

cards.