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Area Description

The Tucson area enjoys the scenic beauty of several different mountain ranges that punctuate the enormously beautiful and mysterious Sonoran Desert. The Tucson region has a population of about one million people and is located just 60 miles north of the border with Mexico.

The University of Arizona, one of the few Tier-One research universities in the country, calls Tucson home.

With more than 320 days of sunshine, outdoor activities from backyard bar-b-ques to hiking to organized and recreational sports abound. In the winter, the southernmost skiing facility in the U.S. comes alive on Mt. Lemmon.

Tucson has a thriving downtown featuring many local restaurants and "the best 26 miles of Mexican food in the country". Arts, culture, shopping and people-watching abound in downtown Tucson. major downtown developments are on the drawing board to make the downtown area an even bigger draw.

Includes Cities/Towns: Sahuarita, Tucson.

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   Given Tucson's mild climate in the fall, winter and spring, local residents love to get outside for activities and recreation from hiking, biking, walking, sports of all kinds and even some skiing in the winter months.

Residents enjoy indoor and outdoor concerts, performing arts of all kinds, neighborhood activities and just visiting with neighbors...who are very easy to get to know if you are new.

The University of Arizona is home to the Wildcats, whose teams play NCAA Division I athletics in a wide variety of men's and women's sports.

Golf courses abound in the Tucson area and range from municipal to brand new championship facilities.


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Voted one of the top ten museums in the country, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum just outside Tucson is as educational as it is fun. Walking paths take visitors to live outdoor exhibits of mountain lions, prairie dogs, wolves, mountain sheep and many other species.

Old Tucson is a western movie set that doubles as a fun place to visit and relive the old west when movies aren't being shot.

The Pima Air and Space Museum near Davis Monthan Air Force Base is an aviation enthusiast's dream with foreign and domestic aircraft on display inside and outside. The one-of-a-kind Biosphere, Kartchner Caverns and Kitt Peak Observatory are other notable points of interest.

Downtown you'll find art museums and historic architecture. Arts and cultural opportunities abound on the University of Arizona campus and include visual and performing arts in a variety of theaters and auditoriums. The Rialto and Fox theaters feature regular appearances of well-known artists.

Public transportation




Tucson's bus system is called Sun Tran and has routes throughout the city. Tucson also has a sleek modern streetcar system that regularly cycles through downtown and the University of Arizona campus.

Medical Facilities


Tucson is well served with a number of medical facilities including trauma centers, medical centers and specialty clinics. Tucson is highly regarded for both its medical facilities and medical professionals thanks in large part to the Banner/University of Arizona Medical School in the Banner/University of Arizona Medical Center complex in the heart of the city. Other hospitals include Tucson Medical Center, Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital and Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, Northwest Medical Center and Oro Valley Hospital.

Tucson's Veterans Hospital is one of the most highly rated of its kind in the country.

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 Jan  37.9  51.7  65.4  1.2 "
 Feb  40.7  54.9  69.1  1.1 "
 Mar  44.3  59.1  73.8  1.1 "
 Apr  49.5  65.7  81.8  0.3 "
 May  57.8  74.2  90.7  0.2 "
 Jun  67.1  83.7  100.3  0.3 "
 Jul  73.2  86.7  100.3  2.0 "
 Aug  72.0  85.1  98.3  2.4 "
 Sep  67.0  80.9  94.9  1.3 "
 Oct  55.6  70.3  85.1  1.2 "
 Nov  43.5  58.5  73.4  0.8 "
 Dec  38.0  51.9  65.7  1.2 "


Despite its location in the magnificent desert Southwest, the Tucson area is really a four-season climate. Mild and lengthy fall and summer seasons make Tucson an ideal location to enjoy sunshine and forget about winter coats. Summers are warm and winters are cool. Visitors and new residents from other climates are amazed at how seeing the sun almost every day lifts their spirits. Sunrises and sunsets in the Southwest are unlike any others on earth for their beauty.

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Cost of Living for Tucson, AZ

Tucson, Arizona cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Tucson's moderate cost of living is largely driven by how affordable housing of all kinds is. There is a wide range of housing from flats to major custom home developments. Tucson also enjoys a network of local neighborhoods, each with its own history and character. There is a housing option for any budget in Tucson.

Senior Assistance in Tucson, AZ

Tucson, Arizona offers the following assistance for seniors:


Since Tucson is a major destination for snow birds (winter visitors) and retirees, great care has been taken to have the services, facilities and amenities appreciated most by seniors. No matter one's age, there is a housing choice and a service provider just right for seniors in Tucson.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

Whether its volunteering to read to a pre-school child or elementary school student, to be a Big Brother/Big Sister or to serve at the local humane society facility, Tucson is a city of big hearts and a big welcome mat for volunteers. Tucson has more non-profit organizations per capita than just about any city in the country.

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