Everything You Need to Know When Relocating to Tucson

Everything You Need to Know When Relocating to Tucson

Housing Market Stats

  1. In January 2014, the median sales price is $149,250.
  2. The average price per square foot was $107.
  3. The top 3 neighborhoods in Tucson are Rita Ranch, Sam Hughes, and Starr Pass.

Weather

Tucson is a great place to live because of our warm winters. In the winter, the daytime highs are between 64°F and 75°F. At night, our lows are between 30°F and 44°F. Our record high in January is 88°F.

Rarely do we get snow and when we do, we don’t get much! According to Wikipedia, “The most recent snowfall was on February 20, 2013 when 2.0 inches of snow blanketed the city, the largest snowfall since 1987.”

However, our summers can be brutally hot at times. We have over 300 days of sunshine each year. Our record high was on a toasty June day with a temperature of 117°F.

View our updated 10-day forecast.

Crime

  1. Property-related crime affects only .54% of Pima County vs. 4.63% in all of Arizona.
  2. Crime rates are considerably low in Tucson. For example, in January 2014, 110 crimes were reported. 11 were violent and 99 were nonviolent.
  3. Only .86% of the Tucson population is affected by violent crimes.

Cost of Living

Sperling’s BestPlaces rates cities using 100 as the US average cost of living score. Scores below 100 represent lower cost of living than the US average. On this scale, Tucson scores an overall score of 91, meaning the cost of living in Tucson is less than the US average.

You can see the gap between the cost of living in different cities using this calculator. This can be especially helpful if you are relocating.

Job Opportunities

People typically relocate because of a new job in a different location. However, if you are relocating to Tucson for other reasons, be assured that Tucson has a high employment rate. When data was last collected, in November 2013, 449,700 citizens were employed with only a 6.2% unemployment rate.

Schools

Living in Tucson, you’ll have access to great education from pre-kindergarten all the way through college. Check out these school districts in the Tucson area:

  1. Altar Valley Elementary District: http://altarvalleyschools.org/
  2. Amphitheater School District (Includes Oro Valley Schools): http://www.amphi.com/
  3. Catalina Foothills School District: http://www.cfsd16.org/public/home.aspx
  4. Flowing Wells School District: http://www.flowingwellsschools.org/
  5. Continental Elementary (Green Valley) School District (See our page on Green Valley Schools): http://www.continentalesd.org/
  6. Marana Unified School District: http://www.maranausd.org/
  7. Sunnyside Unified School District: http://www.susd12.org/
  8. Tanque Verde Unified School District: http://www.tanqueverdeschools.org/
  9. Tucson Unified School District: http://www.tusd.k12.az.us/
  10. Wildcat School: http://www.thewildcatschool.com/home
  11. Vail Unified School District (Named #1 school district in Arizona): http://www.vail.k12.az.us/ Check out our page with a summary of all of the Vail high schools!
Check out our page on all of the colleges and universities located in Tucson as well: Colleges in Tucson.

Entertainment

See our list of parks and museums. Check out this list of things to do in the Tucson area, as well.

Parks and Other Recreation Areas:

Tucson is home to over 130 parks. Visit https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks to find parks near a certain address or look for parks that feature certain amenities like a pool, a dog area, sports areas, restrooms, etc.

Breakers Water Park is just northwest of Tucson in Marana.
8555 W. Tangerine Road,
Marana, AZ 85658
(
520) 682-2304
www.breakerswaterpark.com

Reid Park Zoo is over 15 acres and is a non-profit zoo that cares for over 500 animals.
3400 E. Zoo Court,
Tucson, AZ 85716
(
520) 791-4022
www.reidparkzoo.org

Golf N’ Stuff is an amusement park featuring, bumper cars, laser tag, golf, an arcade, a batting cage and more!
6503 E Tanque Verde Rd,
Tucson, AZ 85715
(
520) 885-3569
www.golfnstuff.com

Funtasticks is a family fun park featuring 3-level laser tag, bumper cars, bumper boats, golf, an arcade and more!
221 E Wetmore Rd,
Tucson, AZ 85705
520-888-4653
www.funtasticks.com

Museums:

Tucson Museum of Art
140 N Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 624-2333
www.TucsonMuseumofArt.org

International Wildlife Museum
4800 W Gates Pass Rd, Tucson, AZ 85745
(520) 629-0100
www.thewildlifemuseum.org

Museum of Contemporary Art
265 S Church Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 624-5019
www.moca-tucson.org

Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum
2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743
(520) 883-2702
www.desertmuseum.org

Pima Air & Space Museum
6000 E Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ 85706
(520) 574-0462
www.pimaair.org

University of Arizona Museum of Art - Features Center for Creative Photography
1031 Olive Rd, Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 621 7968
www.creativephotography.org

Children’s Museum Tucson
200 S 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 792-9985
www.childrensmuseumtucson.org

Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 326-9686
www.tucsonbotanical.org

For more information about relocating to Tucson, check out our Relocating to Tucson Link Roundup!