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Welcome to Arizona... Your New Home.

Arizona is both culturally diverse and rich in natural beauty and recreation resources. Residents enjoy gorgeous pink-and-purple sunsets, majestic mountain ranges, 300+ days of sunshine each year, and mild winters perfect for outdoor activities like cycling, hiking, and golfing.

Foodies, cyclists and the aesthetically inclined will find much to like in this desert city, home to a new bike-share system, adobe architecture and restaurants that reflect a mix of cultural influences.

Fast Facts
  • Tucson was founded on August 20, 1775, and became the first incorporated city in Arizona in 1877.  
  • Metro Tucson area is home to more than a million residents.
  • Tucson is located 115 miles south of Phoenix, 70 miles north of the US-Mexico border, and is surrounded by five mountain ranges: Tucson, Santa Catalina, Rincon, Santa Rita, and Tortolita.
  • Tucson gets more sun than any other city in the US with 350+ days each year.
  • In late 2015, Tucson was designated the United States’ first UNESCO Capital of Gastronomy.
  • Wall street journal dubbed Tucson “a mini mecca for the arts”
  • The city has more Saguaro cactus surrounding it than any other place in the world.
  • Cost of living is 8.5% lower than the national average.
Things To Do
  • Hike year-round at one of the many trails in Saguaro National Park or other local mountain ranges.
  • Check out original Ansel Adams prints at the UA’s Center for Creative Photography.
  • Cheer on the U of A Wildcats at a variety of college sports events throughout the year.
  • Attend the Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase in February, the largest rock and gem event in the world.
  • See a Broadway in Tucson show at Centennial Hall.
  • Visit the Arizona-Sonora Museum, rated one of America’s top zoos in the country.
  • Take a bike ride on Tucson’s 72 miles of shared use paths, over 100 miles of residential bike routes, and over 300 miles of mountain biking trails.
  • Play 18 holes at one of Tucson’s renowned golf courses.

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