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Posted By: Lesley Kontowicz
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
Trying to decide where to bunk in Tucson? Consider this trio of bed & breakfasts. The Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast InnAdobe Rose InnAll allow you to sleep in a beautiful home and enjoy a ...
Posted By: Teya Vitu
There was no way for me to tell it was brimming with calcite, the primary building block for the spectacular cave formations around me. As I have quickly discovered, Kartchner Caverns, about 50 miles ...
Posted By: Edie Jarolim
Aquarius is ascendant in Tucson this summer. No matter what your sign-or budget-the stars predict a great watery getaway, from a discounted stay at a splashy resort to a free front row seat at one of ...
It's the first day of monsoon season, and the sky over Southern Arizona is celebrating in true desert fashion. Magnificent storm clouds collide with the mountains, rain pours down on the windshield ...
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 ...
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City of Tucson at a Glance


General Info

  • City Area: 227 Miles
  • Elevation: 2,643 feet (according to the FAA)
  • Sunshine: Yup! 350+ days (one of America's sunniest cities)
  • Population: 32nd largest U.S. city at 750,000 residents (2015); 996,554 in Pima County (2013)


Location & Geography

Tucson is part of the Sonoran Desert that straddles Northern Mexico and Southern Arizona. It's surrounded by five mountain ranges: the TucsonSanta CatalinaRinconSanta Rita, and Tortolita ranges.

The city lies between Catalina State Park to the north, Coronado National Forest to the northwest, Saguaro National Park East and West, and the Tohono O'odham Nation to the south.


Sales Tax

  • Arizona state sales tax is 6.1%
  • Tucson add 2%, for a total of 8.1%
  • Marana and Oro Valley add 2.5%, for a total of 8.6%


Bed Tax (Added to Accommodation Rates)

  • Tucson: 12.05% plus $2 per room per night
  • Marana: 12.05%
  • Pima County: 12.05%
  • Oro Valley: 14.55%


Housing (2013 Data)

  • Average Sale Price: $191,399
  • Total Units Sold: 14,819
  • Total Sales Volume: $2,836,342,803
  • Average Days on Market: 54
  • Total Units Listed: 28,301
Source: Tucson Association of Realtors, MLS, 2013 Year End


Bike Scene

  • 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


Top Employers (2014 Data)

  • The University of Arizona – 12,053 employees
  • Raytheon Missile Systems – 11,370 employees
  • Davis-Monthan Air Force Base – 10,869 employees
  • Pima County – 7,100 employees
  • U.S. Border Patrol – 6,800 employees
  • Tucson Unified School District – 6,467 employees
  • University of Arizona Health Network – 6,462 employees
  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. – 5,819 employees
  • U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence & Fort Huachuca – 5,096 employees
  • State of Arizona – 4,986 employees
  • Wal-Mart – 4,360 employees
  • City of Tucson – 4,348 employees
  • Carondelet Health Network – 3,594 employees
  • Fry’s Food Stores – 3,109 employees
  • Tucson Medical Center (TMC Healthcare) – 2,977


Mileage Chart

  From Tucson To: Miles KM
  Benson 46 74
  Bisbee 90 144
  Douglas 118 189
  Grand Canyon 338 541
  Green Valley 24 39
  Nogales 63 101
  Phoenix 115 184
  Sierra Vista 70 112
  Tempe 112 179
  Tombstone 70 112
  Tubac 44 70
  Yuma 240 384