Tubac is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States. The population was 1,191 at the 2010 census. The place name “Tubac” is an English borrowing from a Hispanicized form of the O’odham name, which translates into English as “rotten”. The original O’odham name is written Cuwak. The first syllable is accented. When first taken into Spanish speech, it was spelled Tubaca. Finally over time the last “a” was dropped. Tubac is situated on the Santa Cruz River.
Tubac is located at 31°37′32″N 111°3′7″W / 31.62556°N 111.05194°W / 31.62556; -111.05194 (31.625462, -111.051921).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.8 square miles (28.0 km), all land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,191 people residing in Tubac. The racial makeup of Tubac was 76.67% non-Hispanic White, 0.59% Native American, 0.42% Black or African American, 0.59% Asian, 6.47% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. 20.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
In Tubac 1.5% of the population was age 0-4, 4.7% from 5 to 17, 50.97% from 18 to 64, and 42.49% 65 years of age or older. The population of Tubac is 52.39% female and 47.61% male.
As of the census of 2000, there were 949 people, 481 households, and 303 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 115.9 people per square mile (44.8/km²). There were 569 housing units at an average density of 69.5 per square mile (26.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.72% White, 1.16% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 8.96% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 18.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 481 households out of which 12.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 2.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 2.45.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 12.3% under the age of 18, 2.5% from 18 to 24, 12.1% from 25 to 44, 37.8% from 45 to 64, and 35.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 58 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $39,444, and the median income for a family was $59,375. Males had a median income of $36,528 versus $30,268 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $46,643. About 2.1% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.