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Life in Tucson

 

Life in Tucson

Tucson boasts the best of both worlds...the progress and innovation of a metropolitan community and the friendly, caring atmosphere of a small town. Tucson's rich cultural heritage centers around a unique blend of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo-American influences. Blessed with the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert and an unsurpassed climate of 360 sunny days a year, Tucsonans embrace a rare lifestyle and are committed to preserving that quality of life.

Tucson's climate varies from the 2400 foot desert basin to the 9100 foot forests of the Santa Catalina mountains. The City's dry desert air and winter sunshine make it a popular health and winter resort. The city is home to the Universityof Arizona and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The City's industries include electronics and missile production. Tucson is the seat of Pima County and has a Council-Manager form of government.

The Tucson metropolitan area supports over 950,000 residents. Today, Tucson is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the United States. The metropolitan area population continues to grow by nearly 2,000 new residents each month. With this growth, the community is retaining the rich charm which earned it the nickname, "The Old Pueblo."

Aside from Tucson's business advantages, the city's location and climate make it the home of many first-class destination resorts and the center of a substantial film and television industry. It is also the host city for the World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks, the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago White Sox spring training activities, the Triple-A baseball club Tucson Sidewinders, nationally televised PAC-10 intercollegiate sports, men's and women's golf tournaments, bowling tournaments and the world-famous Tucson rodeo, La Fiesta de los Vaqueros.

Through the Arts District, the Arizona Theatre Company, the Tucson Symphony Society, the Arizona Opera Company, the Tucson Jazz Society and various productions at the Tucson Convention Center, Pima Community College Center for the Arts and The University of Arizona's Centennial Hall, Tucsonans have a year-round menu of cultural activities. The world-famous Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, the Old Tucson movie location and studio, Biosphere II, the Arizona State Museum, the Center of Creative Photography, the Arizona Historical Society Museum, the University of Arizona and Tucson Museum of Art, the Berger Performing Arts Center at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind and other attractions add to the mix.

The Tucson area's five mountain ranges offer winter skiing within an hour's drive. Hiking, swimming, cycling, hunting, fishing, bird-watching and camping are also available in those mountains and in nearby national, state, county and city parks.

Since it costs less to enjoy the quality of life and raise a family in Tucson, the city is highly affordable. Tucson's new housing starts consistently rank high nationally, and prices are generally less than in many other major metropolitan areas.

Affordable housing, low utility rates and taxes, and low crime rates add to Tucson's position on the future's frontier. The city's business climate is matched only by its weather, desirable lifestyle and legendary hospitality.

Population

Year / Tucson Metropolitan Area

1980 - 531,443

1990 - 666,880

1995 - 751,331

2000 - 836,274

2005 - 955,815

2010 - 1,020,200

Climate
Tucson is renowned for its superb weather. Warm and sunny throughout most of the year, the air is remarkably dry, with a low relative humidity. It lies in the zone receiving more sunshine than any other section in the United States.

Tucson is located in the Sonoran Desert region of Southern Arizona; 110 miles south of Phoenix and 60 miles from the Mexican border. It is situated in a valley, surrounded by mountains that rise to heights of over 9,000 feet. The beautiful, lush Sonoran Desert vegetation is everywhere reaching into the city.

Tucson is well known for its fantastic year-round weather. The average high temperature is 81 degrees and the average low temperature is 54 degrees. With an average of 12 inches of rainfall and 86 percent sunshine. Tucson receives more than 50% of its annual rainfall during the months of July, August, and September.

 

Average Daily Temperature (F)

 
HIGH
LOW

January

65

39

February

67

40

March

71

43

April

80

49

May

89

57

June

98

67

July

98

74

August

95

72

September

93

67

October

84

57

November

72

45

December

65

39

Cost of Living

LOCATION

Average = 100

Tucson, AZ

91.1

Albuquerque, NM

104.9

Dallas, TX

104.9

Austin, TX

106.1

Denver, CO

107.8

Portland, OR

108.5

Las Vegas, NV

109.3

Chicago, IL

121.6

Los Angeles, CA

125.2

San Diego, CA

127.5

Boston, MA

135.6

More Information
More information on school districts, real estate, golf, tennis, things-to-do, job search and other information can be found at the following web address.http://www.visittucson.org/

 

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