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THRIVE IN TUCSON

WHAT CAN SOUTHERN ARIZONA OFFER YOU?

Southern Arizona offers an unparalleled quality of life for today’s professional. With nearly 1.6 million people living in an expansive stretch of awe-inspiring and lush desert landscape, Southern Arizona is accomplishing a goal that many growing regions have abandoned—an ecologically sound and culturally sophisticated approach to growth and development.

1MM+

TUCSON MSA POPULATION
Census Bureau, 2019

$398K

MEDIAN HOME PRICE
Tucson Association of REALTORS ©, 6/2023

38.9

MEDIAN AGE
Census 2021

TUCSON AMONG TOP CITIES WITH INFLUX OF NEW RESIDENTS
TUCSON RANKED ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST PLACES 2023
TUCSON A TOP 10 FOOD CITY (TRAVEL & LEISURE)
52 PLACES TO GO IN 2023
TUCSON IS NO. 6 BEST U.S. CITY FOR GEN Z
TUCSON RANKS TOP 25 NEXT MARKET, TECH TALENT 2023
University of Arizona Ranks Again Top 20 Among Public Research Universities
Tucson ranked One of Ten Best Cities for Startup Costs
Tucson ranked in top 50 for tech salaries
Tucson among affordable cities where people want to live

URBAN ENERGY & CULTURE

DOWNTOWN TUCSON

Downtown Tucson has experienced a miraculous economic revitalization with unprecedented levels of investment, hundreds of new businesses, and thousands of new jobs resulting in a thriving Downtown environment. Geographically located in the heart of the city, Downtown Tucson has transformed itself from a government center to the region’s entertainment hub. There is an increasing variety of restaurants, nightlife and cultural arts venues, and scores of major events that attract more than a milion people annually.

Since 2008, Downtown business has shown steady growth and diversification. Commercial investments have led to new construction and renovations to a number of historic buildings, creating unique spaces for street-level businesses and office-based firms. New construction, primarily located near the Sun Link modern streetcar line, has re-established Downtown as a magnet for real estate development, and has been a major contributor to Tucson’s economy.

Learn the latest Downtown happenings through podcasts by https://www.lifealongthestreetcar.org/.

Founded in Tucson, Arizona, one of the most important, inclusive and authentic public ceremonies in North America today with over 100K participants.

Selected in 2015 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® attracts 65,000 attendees and has included exhibits from Smithsonian Institution and Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

THRIVE ON LESS IN TUCSON

Tucson is ranked one of the best cities for young professionals and remote workers. The city is ecologically and culturally diverse with big-city amenities at a much lower cost. Curious about your possible savings? Use our Cost of Living Calculator to discover how you can thrive on less in Tucson.

EXPLORE COMMUNITIES

Matched up with most major cities in the country, Tucson with all it has to offer still boasts one of the lowest costs of living.

Established in 1880, Vail has beautiful landscapes, great schools, and a friendly community with an ever-increasing population. Vail has experienced a roughly 400% increase in population since 2001. Vail traces its history back to the first railroad surveys and while the train no longer stops in Vail, the double set of railroad tracks that encompass the original town site are a reminder of the town’s roots as a railroad town.

Source: Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce

As a unique crossroads of culture, industry and innovation, Marana claims a rich and diverse history. Documented inhabitation of the region extends back over 13,000 years, when Native American tribes lived in the area. Now with more than 45,000 residents and 126 square miles of incorporated area, Marana is one of the most economically progressive communities in the region, and the future continues to look bright.

Source: Discover Marana

The Town of Oro Valley is six miles north of Tucson at the base of local landmark Pusch Ridge. With views of both the Tortolita Mountains and the Tucson skyline, the town is home to more than 45,184.

Source: Oro Valley & Visit Tucson

The Catalina Foothills area boasts legendary art galleries, spectacular golf courses, restaurants, and shopping, all right at the doorstep to Tucson’s greatest wonder – the Sonoran Desert. Possibly Tucson’s most iconic feature, the mountain peaks of the Santa Catalina Mountains are truly breathtaking, and in the Catalina Foothills you’ll have a front-row seat.

Source: Visit Tucson

Incorporated in 1994, Sahuarita is the fifth youngest town in the State with a rich cultural history and legacy established by the ancestors of Native American groups who still live there. Sahuarita is known for its FICO pecan orchards along Nogales Highway and the gateway to the sycamore and cottonwood canyons of Madera and Gardner.

Source: Sahuarita

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ENJOYING THE LIFESTYLE

As the 33rd largest city in the U.S. Tucson offers all the amenities of a big city while still retaining some of the charm of a small town. It is culturally diverse and that rich heritage is reflected in its architecture and its restaurants.

Tucson was ranked in the “Top 25 Arts Destinations” by American Style Magazine. There are more than 35 art galleries in just the downtown area alone and the region offers 30+ museums to explore and enjoy including the world renowned Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Reid Park Zoo. In 2018, Best Cities ranked Tucson in the Top 100 Cities in the World!

Professionals can live, work and play in Tucson with a variety of outdoors activities that can be enjoyed year-round thanks to Tucson’s dry, sunny climate.

Outside Magazine ranked Tucson as one of the “Best Places to Live in 2019” citing some of the great things about Tucson such as the food, the hiking trails, being able to live close to open space and newly completed 131-mile bike path circling the city.

FUN WITH NUMBERS

350+

days of sunshine per year

4

mountain ranges for jogging, rock climbing, horseback riding, stargazing and bird watching.

37,000

acres of parkland for hiking, camping and exploring

40+

golf courses to test the skills and relax the mind

800

miles of bike paths consistently place Tucson on the list as one of the nation’s most bike friendly cities

SPORTS

When Tucsonans aren’t outdoors enjoying their own favorite sports activities they can choose from a variety of major spectator sports such as:
University football and basketball games at the University of Arizona
Championship golf such as the Conquistadores Cologuard Classic, a cornerstone of the World Golf Championships
Internationally acclaimed “El Tour de Tucson” bicycle race
Arizona Cardinals football, Phoenix Suns basketball, Phoenix Coyotes ice hockey, and Arizona Diamondbacks baseball just up the road in Phoenix

SPAS AND RESORTS

The region has more than its share of world-class resorts – fantasy oases with spectacular golf courses and luxurious pools and spas including the world-renowned Miraval, consistently ranked as one of the best resorts in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, SpaFinder, and Travel & Leisure among others.

NOTABLE EMPLOYERS

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STRONG REGIONAL PRESENCE IN KEY GROWTH INDUSTRIES

Tucson offers high-skilled / high-wage jobs in industries working to solve the country’s biggest challenges.

EDUCATING THE NEXT GENERATION

Complemented by a K-12 public educational system with over 236,000 students, as well as 266 private and charter school choices, this well-developed education infrastructure maintains an open ear to the needs of individuals and families. Southern Arizona is home to a number of nationally recognized institutions for higher education.

When I moved to Tucson, I didn’t believe I would stay and then I found Startup Tucson, which opened the door to an amazingly beautiful community. Over the last three years, I have been amazed by the people in Tucson and the work that I get to do at Startup Tucson. We work to transform the region’s economy through entrepreneurship and with that I also work to democratize capital for our BIPOC community. Through the work I am doing here in Tucson, we are changing the region one entrepreneur at a time, and I could not see myself living anywhere else. Tucson is a special place, and if you can find a career here, know that it is a lifelong experience that will make you fall in love with an incredibly talented, open-minded community.

Keneshia Raymond
Startup Tucson
My decision to relocate to Tucson was due to a career opportunity that allowed me to transition from the automotive industry to the aerospace and defense industry. Over the years, I’ve found that Tucson is a thriving metropolis of natural beauty, abundance of sunshine and a rich culture that appeals to the personal and professional side of me. From the beautiful starry night skies to the rugged desert landscape to the artsy communities rich with history to a technology hub in the making, Tucson is a hidden gem that is vibrant in its own right. I stay because I found community, connection and purpose. My advice to newcomers is to immerse yourself in all the city has to offer and you will gain an appreciation just as I have over the years.
Rukiya Higgins
Raytheon

My initial decision to stay in Tucson came from a career opportunity that showed me the potential for success in wealth management and philanthropy. Tucson is the type of city that allows you to grow professionally while remaining one introduction away from the CEOs who help our business community thrive. My reasons for staying in Tucson have sown in other directions over time. I met my fiancée, Danielle Cesanek, a few years ago. Watching her career as a principal ballerina with Ballet Tucson flourish has helped me appreciate Tucson’s arts nonprofits. As we look toward our future, we envision raising a family, giving back, and cultivating our personal and professional lives in Tucson.

Gustavo Corte
RBC Wealth Management

As a native Tucsonan, I grew up surrounded by a strong community that provided a foundation for my future. Today, as a business owner, mother of five and active community member, I’ve made an intentional decision to raise our family and grow our business in Tucson. As a community, the focus on economic development and opportunities that encourage and promote growth for generations to come is commendable. I have watched the leadership in the business community grow and develop, bringing fresh and new ideas to complement the authentic character that makes our city so special.

Natalie Fernandez Lee
Meridian Wealth Management

As a college town, Tucson is a great place to work and live! While not everyone is a graduate of the University of Arizona, we can all appreciate the Bear Down spirit that fills our desert with abundant culture, activities and, of course, Wildcats!

Lacey John
Director, Alumni Career and Professional Development, UArizona

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