Our City

Tucson has been continuously settled for more than 12,000 years. It celebrates a diversity of cultures, architecture, and people. Yet, it is one of the “Mega-Trend” cities of the 21st Century: the Optics Valley, premier health services center for the Southwest, the astronomy center of the world, home of a premier research institution – University of Arizona, and a tourism destination.

The City of Tucson is committed to providing quality municipal services which promote a healthy community, offer opportunities for participation and leisure and enable citizens to prosper at work and at home.

For comprehensive visitor information visit the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau.

County Pima
Government Council-Manager
Founded 1776
Incorporated 1877
Size 227.28 sq mi (588.65 km2)
Elevation 2,389 ft (728 m)
Average sunny days a year 350
Average precipitation 11.3 inches (28.7 centimeters)
Average yearly temperature 70°F (21°C)
Average yearly high 83.5°F (28.6°C)
Average yearly low 56.6°F (13.7°C)
Population (2010)
City 520,116
– Metro 1,020,200
– Density 2,793.6/sq mi (1,078.8/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Area code 520
Estimated median family income  $47,147 (ACS 2005-09)
Unemployment Rate 8.8% (Feb. 2011)
Average home list price $199,197 (2010)
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