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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Tucson is a city in Arizona with a population of 539,216. Tucson is in Pima County and is one of the best places to live in Arizona. Living in Tucson offers residents an urban suburban mix 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
539,216

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$146,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$825
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%
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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
    406.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    8.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    93.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    227.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    606.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,870.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    477.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    16%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Tucson

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$41,625
National
$55,322
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Tucson is beautiful. The desert landscape is unlike anywhere else! There are fantastic hiking trails surrounding the city. The weather is beautiful almost all year, with the exception of late May to August. I give Tucson only three stars though because the road system is terrible. It is impossible to go East and West in a timely manner because there is no loop. There aren't any plans for one either. Luckily, the I-10 takes you North and South pretty efficiently. Tucson likes to consider itself a "small town", but there are a million people here, more with the "snowbirds" who leave the northern US during the winter. Also, the night life is seriously lacking, especially given there is a University downtown. Aside from hiking, there isn't much else to do in Tucson. Phoenix has way more entertainment.
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I love the people who are so welcoming! Just like every other city Tucson has it's pros and cons. If you visit Tucson make sure to visit Tumamoc Hill, A mountain and Mt. Lemmon! Especially during winter time Mt. Lemmon is great for snow boarding, staying up in the cabins among other activities that can be interesting. The night life near the University of Arizona will be much more active than the local streets. We have some good bars and local breweries that are excellent. Mexican food is a must in Tucson. Especially Taco Giro or Little Mexico! We also have some hiking trails that are very useful and some of them have bike trails. Having said that, life is pretty affordable in Tucson and there is a large variety of job openings. Tucson is a call center city so rest assured there are always hiring on the spot. We also have great state jobs that you can apply for and their process is fairly quick depending on the position being applied for. You will enjoy Tucson if you visit any time!
Tucson offers the experience of living desert life! Desert life encircles Tucson; from the decor of front lawns of residents to the abundantly offered saguaros, mesquite trees, ocotillos, and cacti. There is richness to the diversity of communities here. With Mt. Lemmon just an hour drive away, an escape from the heat is always within reach.