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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
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This quirky coming of age film was adapted from the novel by Mark Poirier and tells the story of Ellis (Graham Phillips) a 15-year-old boy who is leaving his rather non-traditional home in Tucson ...
Posted By: Edie Jarolim
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Posted By: Teya Vitu
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Posted By: Edie Jarolim
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I’ve wanted to see this band since I was 15 years old. With a sound as melodic as it is guttural, Bring Me The Horizon has been at the forefront of the metal scene since they made their debut in ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
Living so close to Reid Park has some great benefits. This mid-town park contains both the Dell Urich and Randolph public golf courses, a driving range, tennis courts, the El Con Club ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
Look, I get it. Tucson is hot in the summer. But I still like to get out and mountain bike as much as possible. There are those who still brave the heat and ride during the day but honestly, I ...
Posted By: Laurie
My husband, Don, and I spent a weekend at Apache Spirit Ranch in Tombstone (about 2.5 miles west on Allen St., which turns into West Monument Rd-left a brochure in your mailbox). We had a truly ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
I found something out about myself on Sunday, March 25, 2012: I am not a runner. Let me back up a bit and explain. My good friend Matt, who had enough with his sedentary lifestyle, joined ...