Tucson, Arizona

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Tucson Skyline
Tucson Skyline
Tucson Downtown
Tucson Downtown
Tucson Countryside
Tucson Countryside
Sun rays over Tucson Landscape
Sun rays over Tucson Landscape



Sunny Days: 350
45100 Affordability
80100 Schools
59100 Diversity
65100 Safety

Many people in Tucson, Arizona, USA, do not realize that they are living atop a 2,400’ mountain.
― Steven Magee

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Tuscon is great for outdoorsy people. It’s a biking city but there’s also hiking, climbing, running -- lots of fresh air and wide open space and, of course, mountains in every direction, the Sonoran Desert and the classic Saguaro Cactus. You can be in the city but feel far away at the same time. And, the downtown has undergone a pretty great revival recently (Rio Nuevo District -- which includes a streetcar). Hope you like ghost peppers! You get four seasons plus a bonus monsoon season -- think thunderstorms. If all that is not enough, if you’re a college sports fan, you’re in heaven and you will be a wildcat.

The Best Thing About Tucson?


Tucson comes alive in the evenings. It’s got some legit gastronomical cred and the blazing sun keeps most people indoors during the day so the city blooms at night.

Here's a local with a strong pov on Tucson:
- The U of A is in the center of town and is central to many in town. 40,000 students keep the kitchy area around the campus interesting. There are bars and clubs and such.
- The food is incredible. If you like Mexican food you can find it in any part of town. We have all other styles, as well. People here like to eat.
- We are not really impressed by celebrities. Many come here to escape, seek treatment, or have a home by the mountains with incredible views and a bit of privacy. Things here are a little slower and more casual. Shorts and flip-flops are acceptable attire most of the year.

For more reviews of what living in Tucson is like from locals check out: The Reviews

The Worst Thing About Tucson?


The summer temps are off the charts. Don’t buy the swamp cooler thing. And if you don’t like critters -- gila monsters, tarantulas, black widows, scorpions you might have a hard time.

Here's a transplant with a 4-yr history of dealing with the heat:
I’ve only lived here for four years, but this has also been my perception. June fing sucks, and June 2020 had me wanting to pack up and leave. But this summer? Downright tolerable, with some mornings even being pretty comfortable*

For more reviews of what living in Tucson is like from locals check out: The Reviews

Lifestyle Of Tucson

Tucson is one of these warmer climate cities with a crazy blend of college students and empty nesters/retirees. Both communities love the warm weather and low costs. The University of Arizona hoops teams are universally popular. Expect both students and locals in attendance. Pretty much everyone goes downtown. The Rio Nuevo District draws everyone looking for an arts scene, bars and restaurants, 2nd Saturdays concerts, food trucks and all sorts of music festivals. The Old Town Artisans district is another hot spot, loaded with boutique vintage clothing, healthy eats, and an artists mecca.

If you want to see what locals do for fun check out the Tucson calendar of events.

Worklife Of Tucson

Tucson has several major industries:

  • Education: The University of Arizona is the city's largest employer.
  • Defense: Raytheon Missile Systems, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, U.S. Border Patrol, and U.S. Army Intelligence are all steady employers although of course the Defense industry is generally not something you just jump into upon moving to a new city.
  • Health: UofA Health Network, Carondelet, and Tucson Medical Center are also big employers that reflect the needs of a growing population, one with a large share of boomers.

Like many relatively inexpensive southern cities, Tucson also gets its fair share of people who are in service industries and make the numbers work because of the lower cost of living. Finally, there are also a large number of work-from-homers already here, on their way, or thinking about making the move.

Why You Should Move Here Now?

It’s on the upswing.

Tucson is a growth city. But you should get while the getting is good. Relative to California, Colorado, Washington or Oregon or anywhere colder and/or more expensive, Tucson among other Arizona cities are increasingly popular and “filling up” fast.

Neighborhoods in Tucson

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West University

College Students

West University actually borders the University of Arizona so for convenience it is hard to beat. There is plenty of shopping and cheap, good grub and the streetcar runs through the neighborhood making it easy to getting downtown or into the University. Sam Hughes is another popular choice, centrally located between Downtown and the UofA, it’s a popular choice for the youngsters who want convenient access to the Downtown scene as much as school.

  • West University
  • Sam Hughes
  • Hedrick Acres
  • Starr Pass
  • Downtown


Young Professionals

Most young professionals will start their search in the City Center area. It’s a bit pricier than some of the more college-heavy neighborhoods but for those who want a walk/bike to work, tons of restaurants/bars and coffee shops, and a cool boutique shopping and arts scene this is going to be on your list. The aforementioned Sam Hughes is also popular. It’s kind of at the nexus of all sorts of different communities: plenty of college kids, young professionals, but also families drawn to the beautiful old homes.

  • Downtown
  • Sam Hughes
  • Armory Park
  • El Presidio

El Presidio

Young Families

One of the most interesting neighborhoods in Tucson is El Presidio. Multi-culturally diverse, and one of the few neighborhoods in America in which Native American languages are spoken, it has an interesting mix of long-time residents, new young professionals drawn to the art galleries and arts scene, and young families who appreciate the inexpensive housing and are looking for an interesting cultural experience. Another interesting option is Marana, a small town on the edge of the city. It has inexpensive but newly built, bigger homes. It also has a high percentage of college-educated residents, and tons of people who work in the burgeoning tech season. Commuting to downtown is an issue but you get easier access to the great outdoor scene.

  • El Presidio
  • Manana
  • Sam Hughes

Sam Hughes

Established Families

Catalina Foothills is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Tucson and with good reason. In addition to have the largest footprint homes in the city it also has some of the best schools, upscale shopping and arts scene, and an excellent safety score for parents who worry about their kiddos biking around the blocks.
Catalina Foothills

  • Sam Hughes
  • Civano
  • Dove Mountain

Dove Mountain

Empty Nesters/Retirees

Dove Mountain has become a hot destination for retirees due to the building of a beautiful new golf course and club at the base of the Tortolito Mountains. It’s just north of the city so access to downtown requires hitting the freeway but it is one of the most beautiful areas in all of Tucson being at the base of the mountains and plenty of hiking and biking trails in the neighborhood and easily accessible beyond. It also has mix of affordable and expensive homes, accommodating to whatever income, fixed or otherwise, people are depending on.

  • Dove Mountain