Tucson offers the best of both worlds, combining the progress and innovation of a metropolitan community with the friendly, caring atmosphere of a small town. The Tucson metropolitan area grows by almost 2,000 residents each month. Tucson possesses a rich cultural heritage that includes a unique blend of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo-American influences. Boasting the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert and an enviable climate of 360 sunny days a year, Tucson offers a unique lifestyle and quality of life.
Tucson has been continuously inhabited for more than 12,000 years, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. That's plenty of time to develop a diversity of culture, including many different types of architecture and events. Family fun and family-friendly activities abound, from miniature golf, bowling and go-carts to the Reid Park Zoo and the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium. There is even Biosphere 2, the world's largest glass enclosed "mini-world," and the world famous O.K. Corral. There is also a museum for every taste, including the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the International Wildlife Museum, the Pima Air and Space Museum (the largest one west of the Rockies) and the Titan Missle Museum, along with the Tucson Museum of Art and History Block and the Tucson Children's Museum.
World-class spas are found all over Tucson. Recognition by Zagat Survey as one of the nations's top spa destinations brings people in from all over the world. The Westin La Paloma and the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort and Spa are just a couple of the many options, and along with the mild climate and natural beauty, no other place offers this kind of relaxing and revitalizing atmosphere. Arts and entertainment in Tucson are highlighted by the Arizona Opera and the Arizona Theatre Company, along with the Sabino Canyon Tours, the Tucson Greyhound Park and the Desert Diamond Casino.
Heritage and culture surround Tucson, and can be seen in the Arizona Historical Society, the Arizona Sate Museum and the Jewish Heritage Center. If you like sports, Tucson is the place for you: Any outdoor sport you can imagine is available. Tucson is world-renowned for its annual El Tour de Tucson, a huge, multi-distance bike race that draws riders from all over the globe. Residents cheer on the University of Arizona Wildcats, and just up the road in Phoenix, there's professional football (the Arizona Cardinals) and baseball (the Arizona Diamondbacks). Known for the best Mexican and Southwestern cuisine, Tucson restaurants offer a great deal more; options range from quaint local to high-class. There is something for every taste imaginable, from French to American, and from Chinese to barbecue.
As the second-largest city in Arizona, Tucson is a hub of commerce and activity in southern Arizona. There are over 1,200 businesses that call Tucson home. Aside from the University of Arizona, the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, Tucson has a strong high-tech influence. Considered a "mega-trend" city for the 21st Century, Tucson has some major power players making a presence, such as Raytheon, Texas Instruments, IBM and Intuit, Inc. Roughly 150 companies are in the optics industry, earning it the nickname of "Optics Valley."
With an ever-increasing population, both employers and employees, with the help of the Tucson International Airport, are finding their options too good to pass up.
Tuscan offers first-class higher education opportunities. Headlined by the University Of Arizona, Tucson also boasts Pirma Community College, the University of Phoenix, Prescot College and Northern Arizona University.
Few markets can offer the diversity that Tucson can. With an ever-increasing population and a large tourism influence, Tucson is always building. Don't want to buy or build a new house? Rentals.com makes it easy to rent a home. Rental properties, apartments, condominiums, new developments, and classic communities are all available. There's always a great range for the new home buyer, the renter, and high-end living.
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