The Tucson, Arizona community stretches from the fast-growing southern Arizona city of Green Valley/Sahuarita to the northern edges of unincorporated Catalina at the Pima/Pinal County lines. This region encompasses an incredibly wide variety of cultures and terrains, from high desert plains to rugged mountain peaks.
Tucson itself is a diverse 300-year old city, encompassing nearly 600 square miles. Habitation can be traced back to agricultural settlements along the Santa Cruz River dating from 1000 B.C.downtown-tucson
Surrounded entirely by four mountain ranges with heights above 9,000 feet, and the lushly vegetated Sonoran desert, Tucson features a distinctive southwestern appearance and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year. The almost perfect Tucson weather has for many years enticed visitors to remain!
Metro-Tucson has a population of approximately one million. Business and recreational opportunities abound. Just an hour away from the United States/Mexican border, Tucson’s population is both multicultural and international with influences reflecting the richness of the Southwest.
Describing Tucson, Arizona in 50 words or less is easy: exceptional landscapes, spectacular weather, rich culture, easy access to every leisure activity on land or water, casual lifestyle, a well-educated people, affordable quality housing, world-class healthcare, low cost of living and a thriving business environment!
A few interesting facts about Tucson, Arizona include:
Tucson is one of the top best cycling towns in the United States. Tucson was voted “friendliest city” and one of the top ten U.S. cities to visit High desert climate and surrounding mountains allow hiking, swimming, and skiing — all in the same day.
Tucson is one of the few U.S. cities its size that can boast of a ballet, symphony, opera and a number of live theater companies.
Tucson is conveniently located 97 miles from Phoenix, 204 miles from the magnificent beaches of Mexico, 257 miles from Sunrise Ski Resort in northern Arizona’s White Mountains, 338 miles from the Grand Canyon, and 409 miles from San Diego.
The cost of living in Tucson is estimated to be one-third less than in cities such as Los Angeles or San Francisco, and less than half that of New York. Tucson costs of living are slightly lower than, but comparable to living in Austin, San Antonio, or Albuquerque.
Tucson is the home of the University of Arizona, one of the nation’s top 20 public research institutions. The University of Arizona offers world class instruction in fields as diverse as business, astronomy, plant science, law, biomedical science, dance and muic.
Tucson, dubbed “Optics Valley”, has more than 1,200 high-tech cluster companies employing 50,000+ people and generating annual revenues greater than $6.0 billion, Evidence of Tucson’s high-tech activity includes its high ranking of its high-tech manufacturing output, placing Tucson ahead of San Diego, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, and Phoenix. Tucson’s business infrastructure is built to support any company and the low costs for labor, materials, utilities and more are among the lowest in the United States.
Tucson, Arizona is also known as the “mini-Mecca for the Arts”. This can be conveniently illustrated by the numerous arts organizations found all over the region.
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