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Tucson 101

our beginnings

  • Longest continuously inhabited community in North America (4000 years)
  • San Xavier de Bac – site established in 1692 as part of Jesuit mission led by Father Kino
  • Tucson “officially” founded in 1775 by Spanish soldiers – still a part of Mexico (photo shows rendering of the Presidio; Credit:
  • Gadsden Purchase in 1854 – Tucson now in the United States
  • 1867 – 1877: Tucson is the capitol of the Arizona Territory
  • University of Arizona established in 1885
  • 5 “C”s of Arizona – Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus, Climate

key statistics

  • Tucson (pop. 547,000)
  • Casa Grande (pop. 57,000)
  • Oro Valley (pop. 46,000)
  • Marana (pop. 49,000)
  • Sahuarita (pop. 31,000)
  • South Tucson (pop. 5,700)

Education a priority

Higher Education

K-12 Education

The Tucson region is a family-friendly community. Catalina Foothills ranked #1 in Best Suburbs to Live in Arizona (Niche, 2020). Oro Valley ranked #2 in Best Suburbs to Live in Tucson Area (Niche, 2020).

diverse housing options

  • With a current median home price of $231,250 (Zillow, 2020), Tucson is ranked as one of the most affordable communities in the U.S.
  • Downtown Tucson is emerging with innovative new housing options including sites to build
  • Tucson offers a diverse range of urban and rural settings – from multi-acre lots to urban lofts

So much to do & see

350+ Days of Sunshine

  • With an average high temperature of 82 and a low of 54, Southern Arizona’s temperate climate invites outdoor activities year-round
  • With numerous mountains, canyons, lakes, golf courses, and other natural and man-made recreational amenities, the region is a great place to enjoy year-round hiking, biking, boating, camping, golf, tennis – even snow skiing in season
  • There are more than 40 exceptional golf courses in the area and three were ranked on the Condé Nast Traveler Golf Poll of the Top 100 Courses in the World

There’s So Much to Do

  • 4 mountain ranges for jogging, rock climbing, horseback riding, stargazing and birdwatching
  • 37,000 acres of parkland for hiking, camping and exploring
  • 800 miles of bike paths
  • University football, basketball, baseball, softball, women’s soccer and men’s ice hockey games at the University of Arizona
  • Over 30 museums to explore and enjoy including the world renowned Arizona-Sonora Desert MuseumReid Park Zoo and the Pima Air & Space Museum (Photo credit: David Jewell)

There’s So Much to See

  • The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, the largest in the Nation, includes thousands of participants and attendees at more than 40 sites around town (Jan – Feb)
  • The fourth largest literary event in the country, the Tucson Festival of Books attracts more than 400 authors and more than 120,000 participants (Mar)
  • El Tour de Tucson, America’s largest perimeter bicycling event, is for cyclists of all ages and abilities (Nov)
  • Second Saturdays – Arts, Crafts, Food & Music festival every second Saturday of the month downtown

kudos & accolades

a growing economy

Strength in healthcare

  • Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South, combines the best of University of Arizona academic medicine and Banner’s clinical excellence
  • Tucson Medical Center, licensed at over 600 beds, has been Tucson’s nonprofit local community hospital for over 70 years
  • Northwest Medical Center (NMC) is part of an integrated healthcare network providing everything from highly specialized cardiac care and surgical services to more routine primary care.
  • Carondelet (Tenet Healthcare) operates over 900 beds in three facilities throughout the region delivering a full spectrum of acute care
  • Diamond Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric medical facility in Arizona connected to an academic research facility — the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center

gateway to the u.s.

  • Tucson International Airport serves more than 3.8 million passengers annually through eight airlines, with 20 nonstop flights to destination airports and convenient connections beyond to more 345 cities (2020).
  • TIA nonstop destinations include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Provo, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle
  • Sky Harbor Airport (Phoenix) is a 1.5 hour drive from downtown Tucson and serves 105 non-stop markets

get involved!

  • Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) is a non-profit, non-partisan leadership organization dedicated to providing leadership education, community development and civic engagement
  • United Way’s Volunteer Center is a great resource for involvement opportunities
  • The Tucson Young Professionals Alliance connects ten young professional organizations from across Tucson to leverage their talent, resources and networks to make our community a place where young professionals can thrive
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