About Thatcher


A growing and vibrant economic region

Located in the heart of the Gila River Valley, Thatcher is the geographic center of a growing and vibrant economic region. Combining location and transportation access, Thatcher boasts some of the best business sites in Graham County. Within the Thatcher retail zone (3-mile radius from the intersection of U.S. Highway 70 and 20th Avenue) there are abundant land parcels and developed site out-pads to meet a variety of commercial and retail development needs. The community is home to one of the most environmentally advanced copper mines ever built. Within Thatcher town limits is the tree-lined campus of Eastern Arizona College (founded in 1888 as a private academy, EAC was the first official public community college in the state). Housing options range from affordable starter units to spectacular luxury homes. Housing in Thatcher, while developing upscale, remains significantly lower-priced than many markets in Arizona today.

More than meets the eye

Thatcher is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise! From big game hunting to a quiet afternoon fishing at the lake, we’ve got you covered. But there’s more than meets the eye! Perhaps your taste is theater arts? Then Eastern Arizona College’s Lee Little Theater is just the ticket. From cowboy poetry to drama and music, the three performing arts centers in the valley fit the bill. For the athletically inclined, there are several fully equipped gyms within moments of town center. If golf is your game, the regional 18-hole public course is less than 2 miles from town hall. Archery, paintball, and all motorsports are available year-round. Not to be missed is nearby Mt. Graham: Towering over 10,000 feet in elevation, it's one of Arizona’s finest ‘sky-islands’ and provides an incredible venue for many outdoor activities. The Town of Thatcher maintains its commitment to the environment with its state-of-the-art wastewater facility, which has become a major attraction among bird watchers nationwide. Due to its proximity to the Sky Island of Mt. Graham, the facility is on the annual migratory route of hundreds of different species.

Thatcher Advantage!

Thatcher has some real advantages if you compare tax rates, sewer rates, garbage rates, electric rates, building permit fees, and ease of getting any type of permit. Our rates are the lowest and it's easier and simpler to do business in Thatcher!

Thatcher School District - Set to Soar!

Higher Education

Earn an associate degree from Eastern Arizona College, or bachelor degrees through EAC's extension programs from Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University

There's lots to do in Graham County!