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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Tucson is a city in Arizona with a population of 527,586. Tucson is in Pima County. Living in Tucson offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Tucson there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Tucson and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Tucson are above average.
About Tucson...
Population
527,586

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$132,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$772
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%
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Tucson Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    431
    283
  • Murder
    9
    6
  • Rape
    94
    41
  • Robbery
    269
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    831
    500
  • Theft
    3,968
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    452
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$37,973
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

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Aside from the blinding summer heat, Tucson is one of the coolest cities. UNESCO designated Tucson as a World City of Gastronomy. There’s everything from a delicious hole-in-the-wall like Los Tacos Apson to fine dining with ever-changing menus like Cafe Poca Cosa. There are delectable eateries everywhere such as Cafe Desta (Ethiopian), TallBoys (breakfast and beer) or La Cocina - to name a few. Tucson has more than great food. We have beautiful scenery and access to any and all interests. Try visiting the Desert Museum or DeGrazia Gallery! We have great hiking, spelunking, ghost towns, artsy markets, the Titan Missile, airplane graveyard, talented local musicians and visual artists, historic venues, various museums, eclectic places to stay and play, beautiful sunsets and crested saguaros. Tucson has it all.
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I moved to Tucson from Chicago. I love the atmosphere and the people. I'm surrounded by so much natural beauty in a way that I never got to experience in Chicago. I happily give up the convenience of Chicago's public transportation for views of the mountains, the deserts, the sun setting... The only thing that concerns me about Tucson are the roads! I love everything about Tucson, but the amount of people and the lack of any real freeways causes a lot of accidents and traffics due to everyone having to travel by surface street. Still, I wouldn't trade having moved to Tucson for anything. I love the weather, the smells, and yes, even the heat sometimes.
While I personally have a decent job making a decent living, this would not be possible without going to school and getting my Associates degree. I find Tucson to be fairly expensive overall to live here. Due to our proximity to the border, insurance is very high as well as living in the heat makes utilities more expensive as well. On the other hand, vegetables and fresh fruits are very reasonable making food less expensive than other communities. One of the things I LOVE most about Tucson is the weather, with the exception of June, July and August is it really nice here. Tucson is one of the EASIEST towns I have ever lived in to get around. IF you are directionally challenged, you have a different mountain as a guide so you always know if you going the right direction. ONE thing I do wish they would do here in AZ not just in Tucson, UPGRADE your schools! They have the University of Arizona here in this city but don't prepare their students to attend this school.