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Living in Tucson
The Tucson metropolitan area, with a population of approximately 800,000, is situated within the Sonoran Desert within Pima County. Tucson is the second-largest populated city in Arizona behind Phoenix. The city is located 108 miles southeast of Phoenix and 60 miles north of the U.S.–Mexico border. Tucson is the 33rd largest city and the 53rd largest metropolitan area in the United States.
The city is surrounded by four mountain ranges with peaks of nearly 10,000 feet. Tucson is the one of the sunniest city in the U.S with mild winters and summers that usually have cool mornings and evenings with low humidity with most of the rain falling during monsoon season, which runs between July and September. The city offers an abundance of cultural and recreational activities. There are art galleries, symphony, ballet, theater and major entertainers that perform in the Tucson metropolitan area. The Native American and Hispanic cultures are major influences in the community. There are a wide variety of restaurants that offers Mexcian, Asian, Italian, and traditional American dining.
The mountains surrounding Tucson provide opportunities for hiking, camping, rock climbing and picnicking. It's an approxmately an hour's drive to the southernmost ski resort in the U.S. at Mt. Lemmon (9200 feet). Between Tucson and Mt. Lemmon one passes through all the climatic/environmental zones encountered between the desert of northern Mexico and the towering pine and fir forests of Canada. The Sonoran desert surroinng Tucson can be explored in comfort throughout fall, winter, and spring months. The beaches of northern Mexico, Oak Creek Canyon, the White Mountains and the Grand Canyon are all accessible for short vacations.
Official Web Page of the City of Tucson
Official Web Page for Pima County