Quality of Life in Ambos Nogales

Beautiful weather, quality schools, abundant outdoor activities, and a family friendly environment are what make Nogales a great place to live, work, and play!


Nogales is significantly cooler than nearby metro areas such as Tucson and Phoenix. The winters are extremely pleasant and July and August are much more temperate thanks to the spectacular monsoon rains.

Average Temperatures

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Annual
Max F 63.9 67.1 71.3 78.3 86.2 95.7 94.2 92.2 90.2 82.1 71.6 64.5 79.8
Mean F 45.5 48.5 52.7 58.4 65.7 75.0 78.9 77.6 73.0 62.8 52.1 46.1 61.4
Min F 27.1 29.8 34.0 38.4 45.2 54.3 63.5 62.9 55.7 43.5 32.6 27.7 42.9

Average Precipitation

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Annual
Inch 1.31 1.09 1.00 0.49 0.32 0.54 4.27 4.24 1.68 1.84 0.78 1.47 19.03


Between 2012 and 203, Part 1 and Part 2 crimes decreased by 16% in Nogales, Arizona, and is comparatively lower than many of the surrounding Arizona metropolitan areas. In fact, Movoto recently ranked Nogales as the 15th safest place in Arizona, ahead of such places as Chandler, Sierra Vista, Tucson, and Flagstaff! So feel safe, knowing you are protected not only by our excellent local law enforcement agencies but also many other federal police agencies. Click below for a crime statistics report generated by the Nogales Police Department:

Questions also arise about safety in Nogales, Sonora, and we understand those concerns. Thousands of employees and tourists come to Nogales, and they feel safe and secure. You will too, but make sure to take necessary precautions to maximize your security. Stick to popular areas with plenty of people, limit movement at night, and be aware of your surroundings.

Click Here for 2013 NPD Crime Report


Nogales is a family-friendly community, with 31.8% of the population under 18 years. This up and coming generation is excited to work and make a difference in the community. 89.4% of Nogales households are bilingual English and Spanish!

Population Total Percentage
Total 21,580
Under 18 6,862 31.8%
Under 5 1,762 8%
Under 65 2,978 13.8%
18-65 10,013 46.4%

Recreation & Diversion

Nogales is surrounded by the great outdoors and infused with culture all around and on both sides of the border. Enjoy sightseeing the architecture and rich history of the cross border culture, or have your breath taken away by the high desert mountain views. Below is a list of activities and things to do in and around Nogales.


  • Pimeria Alta Historical Society Museum

  • Nogales, Sonora Art Museum
  • Hilltop Art Gallery
  • Mexican Consulate


  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Christmas Lights Parade
  • Memorial Day
  • Mariachi Festival
  • Independence Day
  • Beer Festival
  • Veteran's Day
  • Winterfest


  • Host of the 2014 Little League Regional World Series
  • Easy access to Spring Training in Phoenix area
  • Nogales, Sonora Fuerza Guinda Basketball


  • Patagonia Lake State Park
  • Anza Trail
  • Pena Blanca Lake Recreational Area
  • Las Cienegas National Conservation Area
  • Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve
  • Madera Canyon
  • Ghost Towns
  • Golfing
  • San Rafael Valley State Park
  • Wine Tasting
  • Tumacacori National Historical Park
  • Hunting


  • Historic downtown shopping district is complimented with nationally recognizable bix box stores throughout the community and on both sides of the border.


  • Nogales has a unique culture, where families, language, and cultures cross international boundaries. Nowhere can this be better seen than at the local downtown shops, coffee shops, and local museums.

Cost of Living

Nogales is one of the most affordable places to live in Arizona, with a cost of living well below that of Tucson and Phoenix, driven mostly by low housing costs. In Ambos Nogales, your dollar stretches a little further, making it an ideal place to live, work, and play!


Nogales is served by the Nogales Unified School District #1, Cochise Community College, and the University of Arizona Santa Cruz. Other surrounding school districts and their accountability scores are outlined below.

AZ Department of Education Letter Grade Accountability
Nogales Unified School District #1 B
Santa Cruz Valley Unified District B
Santa Cruz Elementary District A
Patagonia Elementary District B
Sonoita Elementary District B
Patagonia Union High School District B
Mexicayotl Academy, Inc A
Patagonia Montessori Elementary School A

Want more information about how to get your business started or expanded in Ambos Nogales? Contact the City of Nogales Economic Development Office at 520-287-6571 or via email at economicdevelopment@nogalesaz.gov