Tucson is the second-largest city in the state of Arizona. Tucson has slightly cooler temperatures than its desert cousin, Phoenix.Tucson has always been a crossroads. Until recently, water was relatively plentiful in Tucson, in spite of its location in the middle of a desert. This made it an important travel route, an agricultural center, and a communications nexus, so if you like desert sunsets are into the outdoors and have an unapologetic passion for food and cuisine, welcome to Tucson.
Located only 60 miles away from US-Mexico border and 108 miles southeast of Phoenix, this relatively small town gives a promise of a big city vibe. The most commonly used nickname of Tucson is Optics Valley, which is logical given that almost 150 local companies are involved in design and manufacturing of optics. It’s a good location for business, but not only. This place is calling for outdoor activities and sporty lifestyle. Imagine a city surrounded by breathtaking mountains, picturesque national parks, and forests on all sides. Now add to that over 300 days of the sunshine per year, and you’ll get a taste of what it’s like to live in Tucson.
Much of Tucson's economic development has been centered on the development of the University of Arizona, which is currently the second largest employer in the Tucson. Private within the advanced technology industry include Raytheon Missile Systems, Texas Instruments, IBM, Intuit Inc., Universal Avionics, Honeywell Aerospace, Sunquest Information Systems, Sanofi-Aventis, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., and Bombardier Aerospace all have a significant presence in Tucson. Roughly 150 Tucson companies are involved in the design and manufacture of optics and optoelectronics systems, earning Tucson the nickname "Optics Valley.”
Tucson has a desert climate, with two major seasons, summer and winter and is almost always cooler and wetter than Phoenix because of its higher elevation. The most obvious difference of climate from most other inhabited regions is the hot and sunny climate. It is highly recommended in Tucson to remember to wear sunscreen.
Tucson became one of six Creative Cities in the United States, and the only one selected for Gastronomy. Mexican food has had a long heritage in Tucson and the range of restaurants are also great. Hacienda del Sol, El Charro Cafe, Mr. An's Teppan Steak and Sushi, Angelo's, The Dish Bistro, BOCA Tacos y Tequila and Taqueria Pico De Gallo are all recommended food places in Tucson.
There are dozens of cultural attractions in Tucson. Arizona Historical Society, Fort Lowell Museum, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography, DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, Titan Missile Museum, Centennial Hall, Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Arizona Opera.
With an estimated population of 531,641 the racial composition of Tucson was 47% White, 42% Latino, 5% African-American, 3% Native American, 2% Asian and 1% Pacific Islander.
In 1699, Father Eusebio Kino, S.J., established the Mission San Xavier del Bac, southwest of present-day Tucson. Over the next 100 years, other missions were established in the area, but European presence was minimal. In 1821, Tucson became part of the new country of Mexico, and in 1853 it became part of the United States as a result of the Gadsden Purchase. In 1863, Arizona became a US territory, and by 1880, its population was around 8,000. In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state to enter the union.
In order to get the full grasp of Tucson doesn't miss out on seeing the various landmarks, it has to offer. Sabino Canyon, Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Gates Pass, University of Arizona, Fox Theatre of Tucson, 4th Avenue, St. Augustine Cathedral, Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, Pima County Courthouse, and San Pedro Chapel.
Tucson offers a combination of chill and classy nightlife options. Rialto Theater, Club Congress, Plush, The Barrio Brewing Company, The Meet Rack, Lookout Bar and Grille, The Shanty, and 1702 are recommended nightlife places in Tucson.
Tucson is easy to get around. With an extensive metropolitan bus system, main highways, street car and bike-friendly community, it is a very easy to get you around the main areas of Tucson.
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Sam Hughes is one of those central Tucson neighborhoods that outsiders don’t expect. Turn-of-the-century territorial style houses and mission-style bungalows painted in browns and purples and sage greens sit on quiet, tree-lined streets, all within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and parks. It’s also close to the University of Arizona and Downtown, and there is plenty of apartments for rent. You can expect to find everyone from university professors to starving students, lawyers and civic leaders to artists, young families to professional sports stars.
Located at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains north of the Tucson, the foothills offer some of the best views of downtown and are still only a 10- to 15-minute drive away. Rather than pave and concrete the desert landscape, the area has a minimalist feel with few sidewalks and narrow streets that wind through the hills. The mix of Southwest-style custom homes and subdivisions painted in muted browns and creams have been built to blend with the natural desert landscape. The area is home to the best school district in the Tucson, which has made it popular with families. This neighborhood has plenty of available apartments for rent and it’s also got some of the Tucson’s best restaurants and a growing number of art galleries and shops, all housed in upscale shopping centers.
This central neighborhood is sometimes called the Beverly Hills of Tucson, both for its well-heeled residents and its California-inspired landscaping and layout. Palm, citrus and eucalyptus trees line curving streets of lushly landscaped homes on one-acre lots. House styles range from Moroccan to Spanish and Italian Mediterranean. The central location has made it a popular neighborhood for University of Arizona professors and administrators.
This newer environmentally-friendly neighborhood has attracted younger families and the socially conscious to the less trendy southeast side of town. The energy-efficient adobe and Sonoran-style homes and apartments for rent in desert hues are relatively affordable and many residents have added solar power upgrades taking advantage of Tucson’s 350 days of sun.
Dove Mountain is just to the north of Tucson with easy freeway access, making it popular with people who work in other parts of Tucson. Like the foothills, houses are spread out on rugged lots in the hills and valleys. The southwest style stucco houses have been built to complement the desert landscape with muted tones and saguaro-lined streets. There are also several major residential developments with plenty of apartments for rent.