Profile for Tucson, Arizona, AZ
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"Sunshine City," "The Old Pueblo"
Tucson is a city in Pima County.
One tradition says the name derives from Papago for "black base." The Spanish built a garrison here called Presidio San Augustin del Tucson.
The latitude of Tucson is 32.221N. The longitude is -110.925W.
It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 2,490 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 507,658.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Tucson demographic reports
Tucson is on the Santa Cruz River, surrounded by the Santa Catalina, Rincon, Tucson, Santa Rita and Tortolita mountains.
Tucson Presidio established in 1775, to protect settlers from Apache raids.
The area was sold by Mexico to the United States in 1853.
Public transportation: Sun Tran (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 4,709. The number of murders and homicides was 47. The violent crime rate was 9.2 per 1,000 people.
Tucson received national attention for 1970 fire at the Pioneer International Hotel, in which 29 people died
Local foods: chimichangas, tamales
Filming location for:
· 1962 movie, "How the West Was Won"
· 1963 movie, "Lilies of the Field"
Well-known residents have included:
· Linda Ronstadt, singer
· Amanda Beard, Olympic gold medallist (swimming)
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include It's a Grind, Gloria Jean's, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Tucson Greek Festival - Sept. 20-23, 2007
- Ironwood Festival - May 5, 2007
- Meet Yourself Festival - Oct. 12-14, 2007
- Pima County Fair - April 19-22, 2007
- Spring Fling - Apirl 12-15, 2007
- Arizona International Fiilm Festival - April 20-29, 2007
- Tucson Folk Festival - May 5-6, 2007
- Waila Festival -
- Viva Tucson Latino Music Festival - April 13-14, 2007
Dates often change. Check Tucson web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Saguaro National Park, Catalina State Park
Tucson attractions: Biosphere 2, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson Botanical Gardens
Sports teams: Sidewinders (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Arizona State Museum, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, Fort Lowell Museum, Fremont House
Colleges and universities:
University of Arizona, Pima Community College, Tucson College, University of Phoenix-Tucson Campus
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 131
They would settle for the time being on Tucson, Arizona, a resort town for trust funders and rednecks both, with a symphony orchestra for ambitious violinists.
-- The Fool's Progress
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Ancestry & family history
13% of Tucson residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Tucson ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Tucson was $16,322, compared with $21,587 nationally.
23% of Tucson residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Tucson festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Pima County Fair - A
- Tucson Greek Festival - S
- Spring Fling - A
- Viva Tucson Latino Music Festival - A
- Arizona International Fiilm Festival - A
- Ironwood Festival - M
- Tucson Folk Festival - M
- Meet Yourself Festival - O
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Tucson include Armory Park Historic Residential District, Colonia Solana Residential Historic District, El Encanto Estates Residential Historic District, El Montevideo Neighborhood Residential Historic District, El Presidio Historic District, Iron Horse Expansion Historic District, Sam Hughes Neighborhood Historic District, Speedway - Drachman Historic District, West University Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Tucson, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $453. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $867.
Libraries in Tucson include Columbus Library, Dewhirst-Catalina Library, Dusenberry River Center Library, El Pueblo Library, El Rio Library, George Miller-Golf Links Library, Himmel Library, Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, Mission Library, Nanini Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Tucson include Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Citizen, Tucson Weekly
TV stations in Tucson include KGUN, KHRR, KMSB, KOLD, KTTU, KUAS, KUAT, KVOA.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KUAT-FM., KUAZ-AM., KUAZ-FM.
Pima County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Tucson political report.
Tucson restaurants taking online reservations include Acacia at St. Philips, Bistro Zin, Catalina Steakhouse at Starr Pass Country Club, Elle, Gold Room - Westward Look Resort, J BAR, Janos, JW Marriott Starr Pass - Primo, JW Marriott Starr Pass - Signature Room, Miguel's ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Tucson workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 159 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Tucson between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 3.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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