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-High desert climate
-Arts & culture
-Attractive setting


-High crime rates
-Growth and sprawl
-Economic cycles

What Bert Has To Say About Tucson Metro Area

Tucson is a large and growing Sun Belt city known for its attractive setting, pleasant climate, and cosmopolitan nature. It attracts retirees and a younger crowd. The area consists of an attractive, modern downtown with a small historic district, surrounded by suburbs laid out in a grid. The University of Arizona, about a mile north of the downtown, brings college-town feel (particularly on football weekends and during the basketball season). Tall, forested mountains surround the city up to an elevation of 9,000 feet. Into the mountains are numerous planned communities and higher-priced homes, many around golf courses.

The economy is mainly supported by the university, retirees, and high tech-industry. Several large companies including IBM, Raytheon, Intuit, and Texas Instruments have facilities in the area. Some of these businesses have proven to be cyclical in the past but are doing reasonably well now. The cost of living has been rising and is now above the U.S. average, and home prices have escalated rapidly.

The climate is close to ideal. The high altitude moderates the desert heat while the southerly location and dry surroundings moderate winter influences and create a generally pleasant atmosphere. The arts and culture scene is strong for a city its size. On the downside, the crime rate is persistently high, and some sprawl issues including relatively long commutes, poor air quality and areas of bland housing and commercial infrastructure are evident.

Located at the foot of the Catalina Mountains, Tucson lies in a broad, flat valley with many dry riverbeds and washes. The soil is sandy, and vegetation is mostly brush, cacti, and small trees. The climate is mid-altitude arid, characterized by a long hot season from April to October. Temperatures above 90 prevail from May through September, with 100 degree-plus temperatures an average of 41 days per year. Humidity is low and diurnal temperature ranges are high, often over 30 degrees F. Summer thunderstorms, which can flood otherwise dry washes, produce 50% of annual precipitation. Pacific storms provide more steady rain from December through March. Snow may fall in higher mountains, but is infrequent in the city. Clear, sunny days are commonplace with some dust and haze at times. First freeze is late November, last is late February.


  • Location: South-central Arizona, 60 miles north of the Mexican border
  • Country: United States
  • State: Arizona
  • County:
  • Metro Area: Tucson Metro Area
  • Profile: Mid-sized city/College town
  • Time zone: Mountain Standard Time (no daylight savings time)
  • Elevation: 2555
  • Real Estate: For Sale  For Rent
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  • Zip Codes: 85706, 85710, ... 49 total

Quick Facts About Tucson

    The unemployment rate in Tucson Metro Area is 5.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Tucson Metro Area jobs have Increased by 0.98 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Tucson Metro Area's cost of living is 2.10% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Tucson Metro Area's population is 981,048 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 16.27 percent.
    Average Commute time is 24 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Tucson Metro Area is $156,500. Home appreciation the last year has been 4.80 percent.
    Tucson Metro Area public schools spend $9,357 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 23.3 students per teacher in Tucson Metro Area.

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better yet, don't even come to the UA, you'll only get sucked into the muck, and lose any motivation for life. do yourself a favor go some where... (read more)
haha this is SO true!!!! Once you've gone to the things to do, it's so 2nd rate, not worth doing again. From someone who lives in this wasted space.... (read more)
Tucson is an amazing city and Im from the cooler east coast. Tucson has tons of culture and is way more interestig than anywhere I been. Eastcoasters are stuck up to me.... (read more)
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