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Retirement Living In Tucson - Arizona

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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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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   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.

Cultural Activities

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.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Tucson, Arizona?

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.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  38  52  66
 Feb  41  55  69
 Mar  45  60  75
 Apr  51  67  83
 May  59  75  92
 Jun  68  84  101
 Jul  74  87  100
 Aug  73  85  98
 Sep  67  81  95
 Oct  56  71  86
 Nov  44  59  75
 Dec  37  52  66

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  6  0
 Feb  0  3  0
 Mar  1  1  0
 Apr  6  0  0
 May  20  0  0
 Jun  29  0  0
 Jul  30  0  0
 Aug  29  0  0
 Sep  25  0  0
 Oct  9  0  0
 Nov  0  2  0
 Dec  0  7  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  1 "  5  29 %
 Feb  1 "  4  30 %
 Mar  1 "  4  30 %
 Apr  0 "  2  28 %
 May  0 "  2  31 %
 Jun  0 "  1  37 %
 Jul  2 "  8  54 %
 Aug  3 "  9  59 %
 Sep  1 "  4  51 %
 Oct  1 "  3  39 %
 Nov  1 "  3  31 %
 Dec  1 "  5  29 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  0 "  0  0
 Feb  0 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
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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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Senior Housing Options

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.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Tucson Offer For Retirees?

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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