Why Tucson?

This is a beautiful Tucson sunset

Tucson consistently ranks among the best cities to live it, especially for young professionals. The Old Pueblo invariably bucks Arizona stereotypes and offers a vibrant cultural, music, and culinary scene, with spectacular landscapes and among the lowest costs for U.S. cities of a million people.


Arts and Culture 

People travel from near and far to visit Tucson for such annual events as the All Souls Procession, the Gem and Mineral Show, and the Tucson Festival of Books.

Tucson is known for its support of local arts, with independent movie theaters such as The Loft and the Fox Theatre, and such world-renowned research centers and museums such as the Center for Creative Photography and the outdoor Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Restaurants and Entertainment

You will find a great selection of restaurant and entertainment choices throughout Tucson, especially in downtown Tucson, which has been revitalized over the last few years. A modern streetcar is set to be opening in 2014, connecting the university to downtown.

Music acts from around the globe perform regularly at the historic Hotel Congress and Rialto Theatre. You can also see live music, from jazz to Latin to rock, at such local haunts as La Cocina, Plush, and Sky Bar.

Tucson boasts the largest performing arts organization in the state, the Arizona Theatre Company. You can experience Broadway in Tucson at the Tucson Music Hall, and a variety of musical, theatrical, and comedic performances at Centennial Hall through UA Presents.

You can dine at a miriad of local restaurants from creative burgers at Lindy's on 4th to vegetarian fare at Sparkroot to Sonoran Mexican at El Charro, the oldest Mexican restaurant in the country.

Learn more about Downtown Tucson.


Tucson is set in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. With mild winters and 300 days of sunshine a year, you will enjoy spending time outdoors. See average weather and plants and animals local to the region.

There are plenty of opportunities to connect with the natural world at places like Tohono Chul Park and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Or explore our many hiking trails in the mountain ranges that surround our city.

Southern Arizona is also the "astronomy capital of the world." Find out about how to experience star gazing in some of the clearest skies in the country.

Environmental Consciousness

Tucson is known for being bike and pedestrian friendly. We are ranked 5th in the country for spending per capita for cyclists and pedestrians, and have more on-street bike lanes than any other city. We were one of only four cities to earn "Gold" bicycle and pedestrian-friendly status. See the story about this study.


Our public bus system, SunTran, won "America's Best Transit System" for 2005, and in 2012 received the state's Outstanding Transit Organization and Outstanding Training Program awards. More Sun Tran awards.

Tucson is consistently ranked as one of the least polluted cities in the country, ranked 4th cleanest city in 2012 for year-round particle pollution. See cleanest cities.

For information on environmental and sustainability programs in Tucson, see Sustainable Tucson, community solar energy programs, and City of Tucson water rebate and incentive programs.

Further Resources

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