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Though Somerton's economy depends primarily upon agriculture, tourism and light industry is becoming important. Many residents are employed in citrus and vegetable growing and processing. Somerton also has a small commercial service sector that is developing at a fast rate.
Major employers within the city are the Somerton School District, City of Somerton, Regional Center for Border Health and Sunset Community Health Center. Somerton is the native region of the Cocopah Nation which is a large employer with seven different entertainment, lodging and cultural attractions-The Cocopah Casino, The Cocopah Resort & Conference Center, The Cocopah Rio Colorado Golf Course, The Cocopah Museum, Cocopah RV and Golf Resort, Cocopah Speedway and Wild River Family Entertainment Center.