Thatcher & Safford

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Thatcher and Safford, Arizona, are located in a beautiful rural area about 125 miles northeast of Tucson and 165 miles southeast of Phoenix.

Graham County Chamber of Commerce Web Site



Approx. population of Thatcher and Safford: 16,000
Approx. population of Graham County: 39,000



Thatcher Aerial Photo The communities of Thatcher and Safford are the principal centers of population in the Upper Gila Valley in southeastern Arizona.

Farming is the chief economic contributor to the community. Cotton is the principal agricultural commodity. Another major contributor is the copper mining by the Freeport-McMoRan Corporation. Freeport is one of the largest copper producers in the world. Tourism has become the second largest industry in Graham County. Winter visitors are attracted to the climate and variety of natural resources, including hiking, swimming, fishing, hunting, bird watching, and rock hounding.





Climate Information:

Today's Weather


2929 ft.

Average Temperature for Spring

80 degrees

Average Temperature for Summer

98 degrees (a dry heat)

Average Temperature for Fall

83 degrees

Average Temperature for Winter

62 degrees

Average Temperature for the year

81 degrees

Average Yearly Precipitation

8.5 inches








Local High Schools:

Thatcher High School
Safford High School
Pima High School
Ft. Thomas High School

For more information, please contact:

Graham County Chamber of Commerce
1111 Thatcher Boulevard
Safford, AZ 85546
(928) 428-2511