Best Neighborhoods in Tucson, Arizona

Tucson is the largest city in southern Arizona. Its also the county seat for Pima County. According to the 2010 US Census, Tucson has approximately 520,116 residents. Tucson is home to the University of Arizona and is frequently referred to as "Optics Valley" as there are more than 150 companies that work in the design and manufacture of optics and optic systems in the Tucson area. Tucson has a number of arts and cultural festivals including the Fourth Avenue Festival, the Tucson Folk Festival, the Gem and Mineral Show and the All Souls Procession Weekend modeled after the Day of the Dead parade. The All Souls Procession is one of the largest festivals in the city of Tucson.

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Temperature

Average High - 97.4, Average Low - 38.9

Sports

There are no professional teams in the city of Tucson.

Crime Rate

- Tucson has a high rate of crime predominantly in the metropolitan area.

Top Neighborhoods

Downtown is the economic, commercial and cultural center of Tucson. Downtown is currently being revitalized with new development inclusive of Rio Nuevo, a large community and retail center. Downtown is home to a number of historic attractions including the Art Deco Fox Theatre, the Rialto and Hotel Congress. The housing stock downtown consists of condos, high rise apartments and converted loft space. There are a host of restaurants, trendy shops, chic boutiques and bars for the residents of Tucson to enjoy.

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Midtown is one of the oldest parts of Tucson. Arizona Stadium, McHale Center and the University of Arizona are all residents of the city of Midtown. Reid Park Zoo, Tucson's largest park, is also located in the Midtown area. The Zoo occupies more than 17 acres and features more than 500 species of animals. There is a densely populated retail area in the Midtown area that offers a variety of shops, interesting stores, restaurants and galleries in the Midtown area. The El Con Mall is part of the Midtown community and provides the residents with high end shopping and fine dining opportunities.

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Southside is a community just one square mile south of downtown. The Southside occupies roughly 25 miles in the Tucson area. The Tucson Electric Park and the Tucson International Airport are residents of the Southside community. The Tucson Electric Park is the baseball stadium where the Diamondbacks, a minor league team, play all their home games. There are a number of Mexican restaurants and ethnic shops in the business district which reflects the residence of this colorful community.

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Northwest Tucson is a neighborhood that is both suburban and urban in nature. Northwest Tucson includes the foothills of the Tucson mountains and the banks of the Santa Cruz River. The International Wildlife Museum and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum are both residents of the Northwest Tucson community. Casas Adobas is located in the northwest neighborhood. The housing stock in Northwest Tucson varies in style location and affordability. There are a number of amenities in the area including golf courses, spas, and resorts call Northwest Tucson home.

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North Tucson is one of the most affluent areas in the Tucson community. North Tucson includes the suburban neighborhoods of Santa Catalina Mountains and the Catalina Foothills, as well as the urban neighborhoods of Flowing Wells and Amphitheater. North Tucson also has some of the city's most expensive homes, with a number of the homes being multi-million dollar estates. A great number of the city's high end and upscale shops, stores and fine dining restaurants are located in the North Tucson area. The DeGrazia of the Sun features an art gallery, museum and an eclectic chapel, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

East Tucson is an area that includes both urban and suburban development. The real estate values in East Tucson are some of the highest in the Tucson area. Saguaro National Park east is a resident of the East Tucson community. Saguaro National Park has over 91,000 acres of park space with more than 70,000 acres designated as wilderness. There are both long and short hiking trails in the Park. East Tucson is well known for "Restaurant Row" that true to its name, has a great number of eateries that represent a variety of cuisines and price points. East Tucson is an area considered very desirable to live in.

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