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About Tucson

     New TUS ATCT September 2016

The City of Tucson (City or Tucson) is located in southern Arizona and serves as the Pima County seat. The City was founded in 1775, and incorporated in 1853. The City is divided into six wards, each ward is represented by one Council Member, together with the Mayor, the Council Members form the City Council. Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona and ranks in the top 35 of the largest cities in the nation. Tucson is home to internationally recognized University of Arizona, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, and the 162 Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard. Visit the City of Tucson’s website, by clicking here.


Tucson sits at an elevation of 2,390 feet above sea level.

Incorporated Area

Tucson’s encompasses nearly 277 square miles of land. The City is in the midst of an aggressive annexation initiative, for more information, click here.

                                   City of Tucson Skyline


The City of Tucson’s population, as estimated by the Us Census Bureau, is 531,641. This estimate was published July 1, 2015 (most current). From 2010, to 2015, Tucson’s population percent change was 2.1 percent. For more Census Bureau information on Tucson, click here.


Tucson enjoys a dry and sunny climate and averages over than 300 days of sunshine each year. The warmest month of the year is usually July, while the coldest month of the year is usually December. The average maximum temperature is 83.4 degrees. The average minimum temperature is 53.8 degrees. The average total precipitation is 11.15 inches. Sperling’s Best Places Comfort index for Tucson is 78 as compared to the nation’s Comfort Index of 54. For more information on Tucson’s weather, click here.

Cost of Living

According to Sperling’s Best place, Tucson enjoys a composite cost of living index of 95.20 as compared to the national average of 100. Housing (83), utilities (88), Grocery (98.1) are the specific categories also under the national average. For more information on Sterling’s Tucson Cost of Living index, click here.

Housing Statistics

In November 2016, as reported by the Tucson Association of Realtors (TAR) the Average Sale Price for a home in Tucson was $217,446 (unit sales of 1,266), up from $216,902 (unit sales of 1,259) In October 2016. To download the November 2016 report, click here. In 2015, total Tucson Sales Volume, was 15,060, of which the average listing price was $216,148, and the average sales price was 4209,631. To download the TAR 2015 Year in Review, click here. For more information on Tucson’s housing, visit the Tucson Association of Realtor’s website, by clicking here.

Health Care

Tucson has numerous hospitals, including Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, Banner – University Medical Center South, Banner – University Medical Center, Northwest Medical Center, Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and the Tucson Medical Center. They are located across the city.

  • Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, 350 North Wilmot Road Tucson, AZ 85711-2678
  • Tucson Medical Center, 5301 East Grant Road Tucson, AZ 85712-2874
  • Oro Valley Hospital, 1551 East Tangerine Road Oro Valley, AZ 85755
  • Banner University Medical Center-South, 2800 East Ajo Way Tucson, AZ 85713-6289
  • Banner University Medical Center-Tucson, 1501 North Campbell Ave Tucson, AZ 85724
  • Northwest Medical Center, 6200 North La Cholla Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85741-3599
  • Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital, 1601 West St Mary’s Road Tucson, AZ 85745-2682


Public Education (K-12). Pima County has 17 school districts. The Tucson unified District is the largest. For more information on public education in Tucson and Arizona, click here.

Pima Community College (PCC). PCC has over 44,500, students who attend classes at campuses located throughout the City, the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Education Center, an Adult Basic Education learning Center. In the case of the Aviation Technology Program, classes are held at TUS at PCC’s Aviation Technology Center, located at 7211 S. Park Ave. For more information on PCC, click here.

University of Arizona (U of A). The U of A was founded in 1885 and is Arizona’s Land Grant University. The university has over 33,700 undergraduate students and over 7,800 graduate students. U of A offers 128 Bachelor’s programs, 137 Master’s programs, and 954 Doctoral programs. For more information on the U of A, click here.

Public Safety/Fire Protection

Public Safety

The City of Tucson’s Police Department is divided in five-patrol division. The police headquarters is located at 270 South Stone Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85701-1917. For more information on the City’s police Department, click here.

Fire Protection

Tucson has 22 fire stations strategically located throughout the City. For more information on the City Fire Department click here.

The Business Assistance Unit/Hazardous Waste Disposal of the Fire Department is located at:
300 S. Fire Central, Tucson, Arizona 85701
Phone: (520) 791-4014
Fax: (520) 791-5346

Sports and Recreation

Tucson is well known for its sports and recreational activities. Among the sports programs at the U of A are the following: Baseball, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Football,  and Men’s and Women’s Golf. For more information on U of A sports, click here. The Tucson Roadrunners hockey team is the AHL affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes NHL team. For more information on the Roadrunners, click here. To visit the City of Tucson’s Parks and recreation information, click here.

Night Life

Downtown and University Blvd. are just two of Tucson’s exciting nightlife venues. Tucson’s nightlife opportunities range from bar and grills, to gourmet restaurants, to shopping and cultural events. In addition to Visit Tucson, information on Tucson’s nightlife can be obtained from the Downtown Tucson partnership, by clicking here.


Tucson is a nationally recognized vacation destination with numerous resorts dispersed across the region. Among Tucson’s highest rated resorts are the Forbes Five-Star Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, and the Four-Star, Casino Del Sol Resort.

Top Rated Things to Do/Places to Visit: According to U.S. News – Travel, among the best things to do in Tucson are visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum; Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway; Saguaro National Park;  Sabino Canyon Recreation Area; Mission San Xavier del Bac; Pima Air & Space Museum; Catalina State Park; University of Arizona Campus; Reid Park Zoo; Tucson Museum of Art & Historic Block; and Gaslight Theatre. For more information on things to do, places to visit in Tucson, click here to explore Visit Tucson’s website.

Air Service

Six airlines, including the four largest U.S. airlines: Delta, United, Southwest, and American operate from TUS, as well as Alaska Airlines and Aeromar. Together they provide nonstop service to 19 cities and some 350 connections worldwide. For more information on TUS’ air service, click here.

Immediate Assistance 

For immediate assistance on sites at TUS or RYN or to access TAA’s economic development services, please contact:

George W. Bootes III, CEcD, EDFP
Chief Economic Development Officer
Tucson Airport Authority
7250 S. Tucson Blvd., Suite #300
Tucson, Arizona  85756

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