Moving to Tucson, AZ

Thinking about moving to Tucson?

You’ll be in good company. Between 2010 and 2016, more than 10,590 people have moved to Tucson, an increase of 2.0%. New residents are attracted to Tucson’s year-round sunshine, charming neighborhoods, youthful energy, and outdoor adventures.

Where Are All the New Residents of Tucson Moving From?

Tucson might be a haven for “snowbirds,” retirees who spend their winters in the desert city, but the real economic engine of the city is all about preparing people for the work force. The University…


Tucson offers many of the same perks as its big brother Phoenix: lots of sun, warm winters, and affordable living. But Tucson one-ups Phoenix in a number of ways: it’s more historical, has more of a small-town feel, offers better access to nature, and is cheaper. Thanks to the University of Arizona, Tucson has a youthful edge, with all the hip bars, restaurants, and shopping you’d expect of a college town. Tucson is also a cultural melting pot, with American Indian, Mexican, and Anglo influences infusing its culture.

Living

Tucson is home to 530,706 Tucsonans. With an area of 226.7 square miles, Tucson has a population density of 2,341 persons per square mile, which makes it less dense than many other cities of comparable size.

The Tucson, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 1,016,206 people, of which Tucson proper’s population makes up 52%.

Housing

One of Tucson’s greatest strengths is its relatively affordable housing market. The median home value in Tucson is $165,500, -17% below the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in Tucson is $113. Over the past 5 years, home values in Tucson have increased by 6%.

Renters in Tucson will also have an easy time finding affordable housing. The median rent in Tucson is $1,150 per month, which is 20% lower than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in Tucson have increased by 10.0%.

Economy

Tucson’s economy has been a bit sluggish over the past few years. The Tucson metro area’s GDP shrank by 1% between 2010 and 2015, from $33 billion in 2010 to $32 billion in 2015, a total decrease of -$1 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $31,956. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Tucson, AZ is $46,162, 41% lower than the national median. Tucson’s unemployment rate is 4.9%.

Tucson, AZ Arts and Entertainment

The Quesadillas

2418 N Craycroft Rd Tucson, AZ 85712

Commoner & Co.

6960 E Sunrise Dr Ste 110 Tucson, AZ 85750

Bird Modern Provisions & Bar

7109 N Oracle Rd Tucson, AZ 85704

Teaspoon

7053 N Oracle Rd Tucson, AZ 85704

TallBoys

600 N 4th Ave Tucson, AZ 85705

The Coronet

402 E 9th St Tucson, AZ 85705

The Dutch Eatery & Refuge

943 E University Blvd Tucson, AZ 85719

Tumerico

2526 E 6th St Tucson, AZ 85716

The Drunken Chicken

429 N 4th Ave Tucson, AZ 85705

Contigo Latin Kitchen

3770 E Sunrise Dr Tucson, AZ 85718

Restaurants
The Quesadillas
Commoner & Co.
Bird Modern Provisions & Bar
Teaspoon
TallBoys
The Coronet
The Dutch Eatery & Refuge
Tumerico
The Drunken Chicken
Contigo Latin Kitchen

Tough Luck Club

101 East Pennington Street, Tucson, AZ 85701, United States

Scott & Co

49 N Scott Ave Tucson, AZ 85701

The Shelter Cocktail Lounge

4155 E Grant Rd Tucson, AZ 85712

Che's Lounge

350 N 4th Ave Tucson, AZ 85705

Plush

340 E 6th St Tucson, AZ 85705

The Shanty

401 E 9th St Tucson, AZ 85705

Tap & Bottle

403 N 6th Ave Ste 135 Tucson, AZ 85705

The Buffet

538 E 9th St Tucson, AZ 85705

Good Oak Bar

316 E Congress St Tucson, AZ 85701

Barrio Brewing Co

800 E 16th St Tucson, AZ 85719

Nightlife
Tough Luck Club
Scott & Co
The Shelter Cocktail Lounge
Che's Lounge
Plush
The Shanty
Tap & Bottle
The Buffet
Good Oak Bar
Barrio Brewing Co

Reid Park Zoo

1100 S Randolph Way Tucson, AZ 85716

Pima Air & Space Museum

6000 E Valencia Rd Tucson, AZ 85756

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

2021 N Kinney Rd Tucson, AZ 85743

Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 N Alvernon Way Tucson, AZ 85712

Arizona State Museum

1013 E Univ Blvd Tucson, AZ 85701

Tucson Museum of Art

140 N Main Ave Tucson, AZ 85701

University of Arizona Museum of Art

1031 N Olive Rd Tucson, AZ 85719

Museum of the Horse Soldier

6541 E Tanque Verde Rd Tucson, AZ 85715

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

1601 E University Blvd Tucson, AZ 85721

Museums
Reid Park Zoo
Pima Air & Space Museum
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Arizona State Museum
Tucson Museum of Art
University of Arizona Museum of Art
Museum of the Horse Soldier
Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

Weather

If hot weather isn’t your thing, you might want to think twice before moving to Tucson. Tucson winters are warm, with an average temperature of 56 degrees. Summers in Tucson are hot, with an average temperature of 85 degrees. The average temperature in Spring is 76 degrees and the average temperature in Fall is 61 degrees.

Don’t worry too much about packing your umbrella. Tucson only sees 48 rainy days per year on average and has an average annual rainfall of 12 inches. Tucson is relatively dry, with an average annual relative humidity of 38. And don’t foget to bring your sunglasses and tanning lotion! Tucson gets an average of 3,806 sunny hours per year and 193 sunny days, more than much of the rest of the country.

Crime

Tucson is a safe city, with a violent crime rate of only 656 incidents per 100,000 persons according to the FBI, a lower rate than average. Property crime rates in Tucson are relatively high, with a rate of 6,643 incidents per 100,000 persons, a higher rate than average.

Traffic

Traffic is not as big of a problem in Tucson as it is in many other US cities. According to a survey conducted by INRIX, the average commuter in Tucson spends 10.5 hours in traffic each year, with about 4% of their time commuting in a traffic jam, a lower portion than average among US cities.

Cost of Living

Tucson is a relatively affordable place to live with a low cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, Tucson has a regional price parity of 105.7, -3.5% below the average for US metro areas.

Education

Tucson’s workforce is not as educated as comparable cities. Only 16% is in possession of a Bachelor’s degree, and 13% of the population did not complete High School. Only 10% of the population has a Graduate or Professional degree.

Demographics

The median age in Tucson is 37.8 years. 49.2% of the population in the Tucson metro area is male, while 50.8% is female. 12.8% of the metro population is foreign born. In terms of racial demographics, Tucson is 79% white, 4% African American, and 3% Asian.

Plan Your Move to Tucson With SpareFoot

Planning a move to Tucson? SpareFoot can help. Use SpareFoot to find special deals and discounts on Tucson Moving Truck Rentals. If you need a storage unit as part of your move, SpareFoot makes it easy to find storage units in Tucson too.