The Long And Short Of Tucson
If you are pondering a visit to Tucson or a move here, this review can help you, with its observations based on my nearly 18 years of residence and work in many parts of the city and its northwestern suburb of Marana. It includes recent verified statistics, superseding often self-contradictory and outdated figures provided by Best Places, and since it was first posted, it has been updated continually through June 28, 2019.
I sketch Tucson's natural surroundings and climate, some of its cultural resources and celebrations, the affordability and quality of its housing and neighborhoods, and its transportation infrastructure and crime trends. I also cover Tucson's job market, its main employers, and how much you need at a minimum to live here, as well as the city's economy and business environment, its schools, governance, and media, and its people – how they drive, what they like to do and eat, their health, and how they view their hometown and each other.