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About Tucson

     New TUS ATCT September 2016

The City of 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 here.


Tucson is at 2,390 feet above sea level.

Incorporated Area

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

                                   City of Tucson Skyline


The 2017 population within the city limits of Tucson is estimated at 538,939, up 4,804 or .90% from 2016.. The  2017-population estimate for Pima County is 1,029,379, up 10,726 or 1.05 %, from 2016. City and County population estimates through 2050 can be found here.

Employment Statistics

The Tucson MSA employment estimates (preliminary for August 2017) are as follows: Civilian Labor Force, 470,900; Unemployment, 21,400; unemployment rate, 4.5%; and total employment, 449,500. The State of Arizona’s Unemployment Rate for the same period is 5.1 %. For more information on employment statistics, click here.


Tucson is famous for its dry and sunny climate, averaging more than 300 days of sunshine each year. Usually, the warmest month of the year is July and the coldest month of the year is December. On average, the high temperature is is 83.4 degrees Fahrenheit (28.6 Celsius) and the average low temperature is 53.8 degrees Fahrenheit (12.1 Celsius). Precipitation averages 11.15 inches per year. Sperling’s Best Places Comfort Index for Tucson is 78, which compares to the national Comfort Index of 54. More information on Tucson’s weather is here.

Cost of Living

According to Sperling’s Best place, Tucson enjoys a composite cost of living index of 95.2 compared to the national index of 100. Housing (83), utilities (88), Grocery (98.1) are specific categories that also fall below the national index. Information on Sperling’s Tucson Cost of Living index is here.

Housing Statistics

In September 2017 (most recent data) the Tucson Association of Realtors reported the Average Sale Price for a Tucson area home was $247,649 (unit sales of 1,212), up from $220,538 (unit sales of 1,331) in September 2016. Download the September 2017 report here.

In 2016, the total residential Tucson Sales Volume was 16.842 units. The average listing price was $222,659 and the average sales price was $216,867. Download the Tucson Association of Realtors 2016 Year in Review here. Visit the Tucson Association of Realtors’ website here.

Health Care

The Tucson region has seven major hospitals operated by four healthcare firms and one hospital operated by the U.S. government.

Banner Health, a nonprofit health system headquartered in Phoenix, operates two hospitals:

  • Banner University Medical Center-South, 2800 East Ajo Way Tucson, AZ 85713
  • Banner University Medical Center-Tucson, 1501 North Campbell Ave Tucson, AZ 85724

Carondelet Health Network System, a joint venture of Tenet Healthcare Corp, Dallas, is majority owner with Dignity Health, San Francisco; and Ascension, St. Louis: operates three southern Arizona hospitals, including two in Tucson:

  • Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, 350 North Wilmot Road Tucson, AZ 85711
  • Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital, 1601 West St Mary’s Road Tucson, AZ 85745

Community Health Systems, headquartered in Franklin, TN, owns two hospitals:

  • Northwest Medical Center, 6200 North La Cholla Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85741
  • Oro Valley Hospital, 1551 East Tangerine Road Oro Valley, AZ 85755

Tucson Medical Center is locally owned and operated:

  • Tucson Medical Center, 5301 East Grant Road Tucson, AZ 8571

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs operates one hospital:

  • Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, 3601 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85723


Pima Country has 17 kindergarten-12th grade public education school districts, including some that are among the highest-ranking school districts in Arizona. The region also has numerous public charter schools offering focused and rigorous curricula. Information about public education in Tucson is here.

Pima Community College has more than 44,500 students attending classes at campuses throughout the region. PCC offers a highly-regarded Aviation Technology Program at TUS at its Aviation Technology Center, 7211 S. Park Ave. Information about PCC is here.

The University of Arizona, founded in 1885, is Arizona’s Land Grant University. It has more than 33,700 undergraduate students and more than 7,800 graduate students enrolled in 128 Bachelor’s programs, 137 Master’s programs and 954 Doctoral programs. Information about the U of A is 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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