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Fact Sheet

General Information

  • Tucson is the 32nd largest city in the U.S.
  • Total area of Tucson is 227 miles
  • Elevation is 2,643 ft. (Source: FAA)
  • Tucson is surrounded by five mountain ranges; the Tucson, Santa Catalina, Rincon, Santa Rita, and Tortolita mountain ranges
  • Tucson is bordered by Catalina State Park, Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park East and Saguaro National Park West, and the Tohono O'odham Nation
  • Tucson is the sunniest city in the United States. See more weather >>
  • Sales Taxes:
    8.1% (State tax is 6.1%, plus 2% within Tucson city limits)
    Marana Sales Tax: 8.6%
    County Only Sales Tax: 6.1%
  • Bed Taxes:
    City Bed Tax: 12.05% plus a $2/per room/per night surcharge
    County Bed Tax: 12.05%
    Oro Valley Bed Tax: 14.05%
  • Bicycle friendly:
    630 miles of striped bike paths
    72 miles of shared use paths
    Over 100 miles of residential bike routes
    Over 300 miles of mountain biking trails
  • Housing - 2011:
    Average Sale Price: $163,527
    Total Units Sold: 13,418
    Total Sales Volume: $2,194,210,104
    Average Days on Market: 83
    Total Units Listed: 29,719
    Source: Tucson Association of Realtors, MLS, March 2012
  • Population: Tucson's mid-2010 population was 520,116 and the unofficial estimate for 2015 is 589,656. Pima County's 2015, population estimate is 1,132,440.


Tucson's Top Employers

  • Raytheon Missile Systems - 12,140 employees
  • University of Arizona - 10,363 employees
  • State of Arizona - 8,708 employees
  • Davis Monthan Airforce Base - 7,755 employees
  • Tucson Unified School District - 7,684 employees
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. - 7,192 employees
  • Pima County - 6,767 employees
  • U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca - 6,236 employees
  • City of Tucson - 5,399 employees
  • Phelps Dodge Mining Company - 4,900 employees
  • Carondolet Health Network - 3,746 employees
  • TMC HealthCare - 3,135 employees
  • University Medical Center Corp - 2,918 employees
  • CheckMate Professional Employer - 2,033 employees
  • University Physicians, Inc. - 1,460 employees
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
My family explores Reid Park and the Tucson Pops Summer "Music Under the Stars."
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Tips on keeping your knobby tires rolling during Tucson's summer season.

Posted By: Laurie
Laurie and her husband, Don, spend a weekend experiencing the Apache Spirit Ranch near Tombstone, Arizona.
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
An avid cyclist decides to try running for the first time, and signs up for the quarter-marathon Arizona Distance Classic.
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Joe Laing describes a fun and exciting 3-day itinerary around Tucson and Southern Arizona.
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I enjoy a fantastic meal and some savory cocktails when I attend a birthday party dinner celebration at Janos Wilder's Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails.
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Tucson residents Jared and Patrice Ross describe their easy experience with traveling from Los Angeles to Tucson via Amtrak train.
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A Tucson couple take in the sights and sounds of the Fourth Avenue Street Fair near downtown Tucson.
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitor Bureau staff, along with some friends, participate in Tucson Clean and Beautiful program.
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A few staff members of the Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau take a day trip to enjoy the Sunglow Ranch.