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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

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