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|name = Tucson, Arizona
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'''Tucson''' ({{IPAc-en|icon|ˈ|t|uː|s|ɒ|n}} {{respell|TOO|son}}) is a city in and the [[county seat]] of [[Pima County, Arizona|Pima County]], [[Arizona]], [[United States]],{{GR|6}} and home to the [[University of Arizona]]. The [[2010 United States Census]] puts the city's population at 520,116,<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Fact Finder |publisher=U.S. Census |date= |accessdate=2012-01-22}}</ref> while the 2011 estimated population of the entire Tucson [[metropolitan area]] was 989,569.<ref>[]</ref> Tucson is the second-largest populated city in Arizona behind Phoenix, which both anchor the [[Arizona Sun Corridor]]. The city is {{GR|6}} located {{convert|108|mi}} southeast of [[Phoenix, Arizona|Phoenix]] and {{convert|60|mi|0|abbr=on}} north of the [[U.S.-Mexico border]]. Tucson is the [[List of United States cities by population|33rd largest]] city and the [[List of United States metropolitan areas|52nd largest]] metropolitan area in the United States. Roughly 150 Tucson companies are involved in the design and manufacture of optics and optoelectronics systems, earning Tucson the nickname [[Optics Valley]].
Major incorporated suburbs of Tucson include [[Oro Valley, Arizona|Oro Valley]] and [[Marana, Arizona|Marana]] northwest of the city, [[Sahuarita, Arizona|Sahuarita]] south of the city, and [[South Tucson, Arizona|South Tucson]] in an enclave south of downtown. Communities in the vicinity of Tucson (some within or overlapping the city limits) include [[Casas Adobes, Arizona|Casas Adobes]], [[Catalina Foothills, Arizona|Catalina Foothills]], [[Flowing Wells, Arizona|Flowing Wells]], [[Tanque Verde, Arizona|Tanque Verde]], [[Tortolita, Arizona|Tortolita]], New Pascua and [[Vail, Arizona|Vail]]. Towns outside the Tucson metro area include [[Benson, Arizona|Benson]] to the southeast, [[Catalina, Arizona|Catalina]] and [[Oracle, Arizona|Oracle]] to the north, and [[Green Valley, Arizona|Green Valley]] to the south.
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The English name ''Tucson'' derives from the Spanish name of the city, ''Tucsón'' {{IPA-all|tukˈson|}}, which was borrowed from the [[O'odham language|O'odham]] name {{Unicode|''Cuk Ṣon''}} {{IPA-azc|tʃʊk ʂɔːn|}}, meaning "(at the) base of the black [hill]", a reference to an adjacent volcanic mountain. Tucson is sometimes referred to as "The Old Pueblo."
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{{Main|History of Tucson, Arizona}}
Tucson was probably first visited by [[Paleo-Indians]], known to have been in southern Arizona by about 12,000 years ago. Recent archaeological excavations near the [[Santa Cruz River (Arizona)|Santa Cruz River]] have located a village site dating from 2100 BC.{{Citation needed|date=September 2011}} The floodplain of the Santa Cruz River was extensively farmed during the Early Agricultural period, circa 1200 BC to AD 150. These people constructed irrigation canals and grew corn, beans, and other crops while gathering wild plants and hunting animals. The Early Ceramic period occupation of Tucson saw the first extensive use of pottery vessels for cooking and storage. The groups designated by archaeologists as the [[Hohokam]] lived in the area from AD 600 to 1450 and are known for their vast irrigation canal systems as well as their red-on-brown pottery. {{citation needed|date=December 2011}}
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[[Society of Jesus|Jesuit]] missionary [[Eusebio Francisco Kino]] visited the Santa Cruz River valley in 1692, and founded the [[Mission San Xavier del Bac]] in 1700 about {{convert|7|mi|0|abbr=on}} upstream from the site of the settlement of Tucson. A separate Convento settlement was founded downstream along the then flowing Santa Cruz River, near the base of what is now "A" mountain. [[Hugo Oconór|Hugo O'Conor]], the founding father of the city of Tucson, Arizona authorized the construction of a military fort in that location, ''[[Presidio San Augustin del Tucson|Presidio San Agustín del Tucsón]]'', on August 20, 1775 (near the present downtown [[Pima County Courthouse]]). During the Spanish period of the presidio, attacks such as the [[Second Battle of Tucson]] were repeatedly mounted by [[Apache]]s. Eventually the town came to be called "Tucson" and became a part of Mexico after Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821. Tucson was [[capture of Tucson (1846)|captured]] by the [[Mormon Battalion]] during the [[Mexican-American War]], but later returned to Mexican control. Tucson was not included in the [[Mexican Cession]] – it was following the [[Gadsden Purchase]] in 1853 that Tucson became a part of the United States of America, although the American military did not formally take over control of the community until March 1856. In 1857 Tucson became a stage station on the [[San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line]] and in 1858 became 3rd division headquarters of the [[Butterfield Overland Mail]] until the line shut down in March 1861. The [[San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line|Overland Mail Corporation]] attempted to continue operations, however following the [[Bascom Affair]], devastating [[Apache]] attacks on the stations and coaches ended operations in August 1861. {{citation needed|date=November 2011}}
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From August 1861 to mid-1862, Tucson was the western capital of the [[Confederate States of America|Confederate]] [[Arizona Territory (CSA)|Arizona Territory]], the eastern capital being [[Mesilla, New Mexico|Mesilla]]. In 1862 the [[California Column]] drove the Confederate forces out of Arizona. Tucson and all of what is now Arizona was part of [[New Mexico Territory]] until 1863, when it became part of the new [[Arizona Territory]]. From 1867 to 1877, Tucson was the capital of the Arizona Territory. Southern Arizona was legally bought from Mexico in the Gadsden Purchase on June 8, 1854. Tucson was incorporated in 1877, making it the oldest incorporated city in Arizona.
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[[File:Tucson Stone Ave year 1880.jpg|thumb|left|<center>Tucson's Stone Avenue in 1880</center>]]
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From 1877 to 1878, the Tucson area suffered from a rash of [[stagecoach]] robberies. Most notably, however, were the two robberies committed by masked road-agent William Whitney Brazelton.<ref name=brazelton>{{cite journal |last=Wright |first=Erik J. |title='"Yes, Here I am Again! Tucson's Prize Bandit of 1878: William W. Brazelton'|journal=Wild West History Association: Journal |volume=3(5) |year=2010 |month=October |pages=43–48}}</ref> Brazelton held up two stages in the summer of 1878 near Point of Mountain Station approximately seventeen miles northwest of Tucson. [[John Clum]], of [[Tombstone, Arizona]] fame was one of the passengers and Brazelton would eventually be tracked down and killed on Monday August 19, 1878, in a [[mesquite]] [[bosque]] along the [[Santa Cruz River (Arizona)|Santa Cruz River]] three miles south of Tucson by Pima County Sheriff [[Charles A. Shibell]] and his citizen's posse. Brazelton had been suspected of highway robbery not only in the Tucson area, but also in the [[Prescott, Arizona|Prescott]] region and [[Silver City, New Mexico]] area as well. Brazelton's crimes prompted [[John J. Valentine, Sr.]] of [[Wells, Fargo & Co.]] to send special agent and future Pima County sheriff [[Robert H. Paul|Bob Paul]] to investigate.<ref name="brazelton" /> Fort Lowell, then east of Tucson, was established to help protect settlers from [[Apache]] attacks. In 1882, [[Frank Stilwell]] was implicated in the murder of [[Morgan Earp]] by [[The Cowboys (Cochise County)|Cowboy]] [[Pete Spence]]'s wife, Marietta, at the coroner's inquest on Morgan Earp's shooting. The [[coroner]]'s jury concluded that Spence, Stilwell, Frederick Bode, and Florentino "Indian Charlie" Cruz were the prime suspects in the assassination of Morgan Earp.<ref name=barra>{{cite journal |url= |title=Who Was Wyatt Earp? |first=Alan |last=Barra| publisher=American Heritage Magazine|date=December 1998 |volume=49 |issue=8}}</ref>
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{{rp|250}} Deputy U.S. Marshal [[Wyatt Earp]] gathered a few friends he could trust and accompanied [[Virgil Earp]] and his family as they traveled to Benson for a train ride to California. They found Stilwell lying in wait for Virgil in the Tucson train station and killed him on the train tracks.<ref name=stilwellmurder>{{cite web|publisher=Tombstone, Arizona|date=March 27, 1882|title=Another Assassination Frank Stilwell Found Dead this Morning Being Another Chapter in the Earp-Clanton Tragedy|url=|page=4}}</ref> After killing Stilwell, Wyatt deputized others and rode on a [[Earp Vendetta Ride|vendetta]], killing three more Cowboys over the next few days before leaving the state.
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In 1885, the [[University of Arizona]], was founded as a [[Land-grant university|land-grant college]] on over-grazed ranch land between Tucson and Fort Lowell. In 1890, Asians made up 4.2% of the city's population.<ref>{{cite web|title=Race and Hispanic Origin for Selected Cities and Other Places: Earliest Census to 1990|publisher=U.S. Census Bureau|url=|accessdate=January 4, 2012}}</ref>
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By 1900, 7,531 people lived in the city. The population increased gradually to 13,913 in 1910. At about this time, the U.S. [[United States Department of Veterans Affairs|Veterans Administration]] had begun construction on the present Veterans Hospital. Many veterans who had been [[chemical weapons|gassed]] in World War I and were in need of [[respiratory therapy]] began coming to Tucson after the war, due to the clean dry air. Over the following years the city continued to grow, with the population increasing to 20,292 in 1920 and 36,818 in 1940. In 2006 the population of [[Pima County, Arizona|Pima County]], in which Tucson is located, passed one million while the City of Tucson's population was 535,000.
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In 1912, when Arizona statehood became reality, the total number of different flags that had flown over Tucson now numbered five: American, Spanish, Mexican, Confederate, and the State of Arizona.
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[[File:Tucson old (edited).jpg|thumb|700px|center|<center>Tucson, Arizona in 1909</center>]]
During the territorial and early statehood periods, Tucson was Arizona's largest city and commercial center, while Phoenix was the seat of state government (beginning in 1889) and agriculture. The establishment of Tucson Municipal Airport increased its prominence. Between 1910 and 1920, Phoenix surpassed Tucson in population, and has continued to outpace Tucson in growth. In recent years, both Tucson and Phoenix have experienced some of the highest growth rates in the United States.
[[File:TucsonAZ ISS009-E-10382.jpg|thumb|left|Tucson, as seen from space. The four major malls are indicated by blue arrows.]]
According to the [[United States Census Bureau]], as of 2010, the City of Tucson has a land area of {{convert|226.71|sqmi}}.
The city's elevation is {{convert|2643|ft|0|abbr=on}} above sea level (as measured at the Tucson International Airport).<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=KTUS Tucson International Airport Tucson, Arizona, USA | |date= |accessdate=2012-01-22}}</ref> Tucson is situated on an [[alluvial plain]] in the [[Sonoran desert]], surrounded by five minor ranges of mountains: the [[Santa Catalina Mountains]] and the [[Tortolita Mountains]] to the north, the [[Santa Rita Mountains]] to the south, the [[Rincon Mountains]] to the east, and the [[Tucson Mountains]] to the west. The high point of the Santa Catalina Mountains is {{convert|9157|ft|adj=on|abbr=on}} [[Mount Lemmon]], the southernmost ski destination in the continental U.S., while the Tucson Mountains include {{convert|4687|ft|adj=on|abbr=on}} Wasson Peak. The highest point in the area is [[Mount Wrightson]], found in the Santa Rita Mountains at {{convert|9453|ft|abbr=on}} above sea level.
[[File:Saguaro-3.jpg|thumb|right|During wintertime, snow may fall in Tucson on rare occasions.]]
Tucson is located {{convert|118|mi|abbr=on}} southeast of Phoenix and {{convert|60|mi|0|abbr=on}} north of the [[United States - Mexico border]]. The 2010 United States Census puts the city's population at 520,116 with a metropolitan area population at 1,020,200. In 2009, Tucson ranked as the 32nd largest city and 52nd largest metropolitan area in the United States. A major city in the Arizona Sun Corridor, Tucson is the largest city in southern Arizona, the second largest in the state after Phoenix. It is also the largest city in the area of the Gadsden Purchase.
The city is located on the [[Santa Cruz River (Arizona)|Santa Cruz River]], formerly a perennial river but now a dry river bed for much of the year that floods during significant seasonal rains.
[[Interstate 10 (Arizona)|Interstate 10]], which runs southeast to northwest through town, connects Tucson to [[Phoenix, Arizona|Phoenix]] to the northwest on the way to its western terminus in [[Santa Monica, California]], and to [[Las Cruces, New Mexico]] and [[El Paso, Texas]] toward its eastern terminus in [[Jacksonville, Florida]]. [[Interstate 19 (Arizona)|I-19]] runs south from Tucson toward [[Nogales, Arizona|Nogales]] and the [[U.S.-Mexico border]]. I-19 is the only Interstate highway that uses "kilometer posts" instead of "[[milepost]]s", although the speed limits are marked in miles per hour instead of kilometers per hour.
===Downtown and Central Tucson===
[[File:Tuscon 19thCentury Adobe.jpg|right|thumb|A 19th century adobe house in the Armory Park neighborhood]]
Similar to many other cities in the [[Western U.S.]], Tucson was developed on a [[grid plan]] starting in the late 19th century, with the city center at Stone Avenue and Broadway Boulevard. While this intersection was initially near the [[Centroid|geographic center]] of Tucson, that center has shifted as the city has expanded far to the east, development to the west being effectively blocked by the Tucson Mountains. An expansive city covering substantial area, Tucson has many distinct neighborhoods.
Tucson's earliest neighborhoods, some of which are now covered by the [[Tucson Convention Center]], or TCC, include:
* El Presidio,<ref>[]{{Dead link|date=March 2010}}</ref> Tucson's oldest neighborhood
* Barrio Histórico,<ref>[ Barrio historico Tucson]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref> also known as Barrio Libre
* [[Armory Park Historic Residential District|Armory Park]], directly south of downtown
* Barrio Anita,<ref>[ Barrio Anita Historic District]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref> named for an early settler and located between Granada Avenue and [[Interstate 10 in Arizona|Interstate 10]]
* Barrio Tiburón, now known as the Fourth Avenue arts district − designated in territorial times as a [[red-light district]]
* Barrio El Jardín, named for an early recreational site, Levin's Gardens
* Barrio El Hoyo, named for a lake that was part of the gardens. Before the TCC was built, El Hoyo (Spanish for pit or hole) referred to this part of the city, which was inhabited mainly by Mexican-American citizens and Mexican immigrants.
*[[Barrio Santa Rosa (Tucson, Arizona)|Barrio Santa Rosa]], dating from the 1890s, now listed as a historic district on the [[National Register of Historic Places]]
Other historical neighborhoods near downtown include:
* Feldman's, named for an early resident photographer (with the streets "Helen" and "Mabel" named for his daughters)<ref>Images of America: Early Tucson, by Anne I. Woosley and the Arizona Historical Society; (c) 2008 Arcadia Publishing; ISBN 0-7385-5646-7</ref>
* Menlo Park, situated west of downtown, adjacent to "A Mountain" more correctly called [[Sentinel Peak (Arizona)|Sentinel Peak]]
* Iron Horse, east of Fourth Avenue and north of the railroad tracks, named for its proximity
* West University, located between the University of Arizona and downtown
* Dunbar Spring, west of West University
* Pie Allen, located west and south of the university near [[Tucson High School]] and named for [[Pie Allen|John Brackett "Pie" Allen]], a local entrepreneur and early mayor of Tucson
* Sam Hughes, located east of the University of Arizona, named after a Tucson pioneer
[[File:DTTucsonCongressSt.jpg|right|thumb|300px|Bikes along Congress Street near Fifth Avenue]] At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, downtown Tucson underwent a revitalization effort by city planners and the business community. The primary project was Rio Nuevo, a large retail and community center that has been stalled in planning for more than ten years.<ref>{{cite news|author= Rob O'Dell |work=Arizona Daily Star |url= | |date=2010-10-29 |accessdate=2012-01-22}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url= | | |date=2010-06-23 |accessdate=2012-01-22}}</ref> Downtown is generally regarded as the area bordered by 17th Street to the south, [[Interstate 10 in Arizona|I-10]] to the west, and 6th Street to the north, and Toole Avenue and the Union Pacific (formerly Southern Pacific) railroad tracks, site of the historic train depot<ref>[ Arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad in Tucson] on the east side. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref> and "Locomotive #1673", built in 1900. Downtown is divided into the Presidio District, the Barrio Viejo, and the Congress Street Arts and Entertainment District.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Tucson Neighbourhoods, Locations and Districts: Locations in Tucson Area, AZ, USA | |date= |accessdate=2011-10-27}}</ref> Some authorities include the 4th Avenue shopping district, which is set just northeast of the rest of downtown and connected by an underpass beneath the UPRR tracks.
[[File:Fox theater Tucson.jpg|thumb|left|The recently restored [[Fox Theater (Tucson)|Fox Theater]] is in downtown Tucson.]]
Attractions downtown include the [[Hotel Congress]] designed in 1919, the [[Art Deco]] [[Fox Theater (Tucson)|Fox Theater]] designed in 1929, the [[Rialto Theatre (Arizona)|Rialto Theatre]] opened in 1920, and [[Augustine of Hippo|St. Augustine Cathedral]] completed in 1896.<ref>[ Tucson, U.S.A. |]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref> Included on the [[National Register of Historic Places]] is the old [[Pima County Courthouse]], designed by [[Roy Place]] in 1928.<ref>[ Arizona Heritage Traveler – Public Buildings – Pima County Courthouse].{{Dead link|date=March 2010}}</ref> The El Charro Café, Tucson's oldest restaurant, also operates its main location downtown.<ref>[ El Charro Café]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref>
As one of the oldest parts of town, Central Tucson is anchored by the Broadway Village shopping center designed by local architect [[Josias Joesler]] at the intersection of Broadway Boulevard and Country Club Road. The 4th Avenue Shopping District between downtown and the University and the Lost Barrio just East of downtown, also have many unique and popular stores. Local retail business in Central Tucson is densely concentrated along Fourth Avenue and the Main Gate Square on University Boulevard near the UA campus. The [[El Con Mall]] is also located in the eastern part of midtown.
[[File:UAmainlibr 1008.jpg|thumb|right|300px|[[University of Arizona]] Main Library]]
The [[University of Arizona]], chartered in 1885, is located in midtown and includes [[Arizona Stadium]] and [[McKale Center]]. Historic [[Tucson High Magnet School|Tucson High School]] (designed by Roy Place in 1924) featured in the 1987 film Can't Buy Me Love, the Arizona Inn (built in 1930), and the [[Tucson Botanical Gardens]] are also located in Central Tucson.
Tucson's largest park, Reid Park is located in midtown and includes [[Reid Park Zoo]] and [[Hi Corbett Field]]. Speedway Boulevard, a major east-west arterial road in central Tucson, was named the "ugliest street in America" by [[Life (magazine)|''Life'' magazine]] in the early 1970s, quoting Tucson Mayor [[Jim Corbett (politician)|James Corbett]]. Despite this, Speedway Boulevard was awarded "Street of the Year" by ''[[Arizona Highways]]'' in the late 1990s.
Central Tucson is [[bicycle-friendly]]. To the east of the University of Arizona, Third Street is bike-only except for local traffic and passes by the historic homes of the Sam Hughes neighborhood. To the west, E. University Boulevard leads to the Fourth Avenue Shopping District. To the North, N. Mountain Avenue has a full bike-only lane for half of the {{convert|3.5|mi|km}} to the Rillito River Park bike and walk multi-use path. To the south, N. Highland Avenue leads to the Barraza-Aviation Parkway bicycle path.
===Southern Tucson===
[[File:TUS Terminal Front.jpg|thumb|300px|right|[[Tucson International Airport]] when it was under renovation]]
[[South Tucson]] is actually the name of an independent, incorporated town of one square mile, completely surrounded by the city of Tucson, sitting just south of downtown. South Tucson has a colorful, dynamic history. It was first incorporated in 1936, and later reincorporated in 1940. The population consists of about 83% Mexican-American and 10% Native American residents. South Tucson is widely known for its many Mexican restaurants and the architectural styles which include bright outdoor murals, many of which have been painted over due to city policy.<ref>[], retrieved 12-14-2010</ref><ref>[], retrieved 12-14-2010</ref><ref>[], retrieved 12-14-2010</ref>
The South side of the city of Tucson is generally considered to be the area of approximately {{convert|25|sqmi|abbr=on}} north of Los Reales Road, south of 22nd Street, east of [[Interstate 19 (Arizona)|I-19]], west of Davis Monthan Air Force Base and southwest of Aviation Parkway. The [[Tucson International Airport]] and [[Tucson Electric Park]] are located here.
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===Western Tucson===
[[File:Panorama-nw.jpg|thumb|left|400px|Panorama of western suburbs]]
A combination of [[urban area|urban]] and [[suburban]] development, the West Side is generally defined as the area west of [[Interstate 10 in Arizona|I-10]]. Western Tucson encompasses the banks of the [[Santa Cruz River (Arizona)|Santa Cruz River]] and the foothills of the [[Tucson Mountains]], and includes the International Wildlife Museum, [[Sentinel Peak (Arizona)|Sentinel Peak]], and the [[JW Marriott Hotels|Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa]]. Moving past the Tucson Mountains, travelers find themselves in the area commonly referred to as "west of" Tucson or "Old West Tucson".<ref></ref> A large undulating plain extending south into the [[Altar Valley]], rural residential development predominates, but here you will also find major attractions including [[Saguaro National Park|Saguaro National Park West]], the [[Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum]], and the [[Old Tucson Studios]] movie set/theme park.
[[File:MountainLion.jpg|thumb|right|Mountain lion at the [[Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum]]]]
On Sentinel Peak (also known as "'A' Mountain"), just west of downtown, there is a giant "A" in honor of the [[University of Arizona]]. Starting in about 1910, a yearly tradition developed for freshmen to whitewash the "A", which was visible for miles. However, at the beginning of the [[Iraq War]], anti-war activists painted it black. {{Citation needed|date=November 2011}} This was followed by a paint scuffle where the "A" was painted various colors until the city council intervened. It is now red, white and blue except when it is white or another color decided by a biennial election. Because of the three-color paint scheme often used, the shape of the A can be vague and indistinguishable from the rest of the peak. The top of Sentinel Peak, which is accessible by road, offers an outstanding scenic view of the city looking eastward. A parking lot located near the summit of Sentinel Peak was formerly a popular place to watch sunsets or view the city lights at night.
===Northern Tucson===
North Tucson includes the urban neighborhoods of Amphitheater and [[Flowing Wells, Arizona|Flowing Wells]]. Usually considered the area north of Fort Lowell Road, North Tucson includes some of Tucson's primary [[commerce|commercial]] zones ([[Tucson Mall]] and the Oracle Road Corridor). Many of the city's most upscale [[boutiques]], [[restaurants]], and [[art galleries]] are also located on the north side, including St. Philip's Plaza. The Plaza is directly adjacent to the historic St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church (built in 1936).
Also on the north side is the suburban community of [[Catalina Foothills, Arizona|Catalina Foothills]], located in the foothills of the [[Santa Catalina Mountains]] just north of the city limits. This community includes among the area's most expensive homes, sometimes multi-million dollar estates. The Foothills area is generally defined as north of River Road, east of Oracle Road, and west of [[Sabino Canyon|Sabino Creek]]. Some of the Tucson area's major resorts are located in the Catalina Foothills, including the Hacienda Del Sol, [[Westin Hotels|Westin La Paloma Resort]], [[Loews Hotels|Loews Ventana Canyon Resort]] and Canyon Ranch Resort. [[La Encantada (shopping mall)|La Encantada]], an upscale outdoor [[shopping mall]], is also in the Foothills.
The [[DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Historic District|DeGrazia Gallery of the Sun]] is located near the intersection of Swan Road and Skyline Drive. Built by artist [[Ettore DeGrazia|Ted DeGrazia]] starting in 1951, the {{convert|10|acre|m2|adj=on}} property is listed on the [[National Register of Historic Places]] and features an eclectic chapel, an art gallery, and a free museum.
[[File:Northwest Metro Tucson from the Santa Catalina Mountains.jpg|thumb|left|300px|Northwestern suburbs from the Santa Catalina Mountains]]
The expansive area northwest of the city limits is diverse, ranging from the [[rural]] communities of [[Catalina, Arizona|Catalina]] and parts of the town of [[Marana, Arizona|Marana]], the small suburb of [[Picture Rocks, Arizona|Picture Rocks]], the [[affluent]] town of [[Oro Valley, Arizona|Oro Valley]] in the western foothills of the [[Santa Catalina Mountains]], and residential areas in the northeastern foothills of the [[Tucson Mountains]]. Continental Ranch (Marana), Dove Mountain (Marana), and Rancho Vistoso (Oro Valley) are all masterplanned communities located in the Northwest, where thousands of residents live.
The community of [[Casas Adobes, Arizona|Casas Adobes]] is also on the Northwest Side, with the distinction of being Tucson's first suburb, established in the late 1940s. Casas Adobes is centered on the historic [[Casas Adobes Plaza]] (built in 1948). Casas Adobes is also home to [[Tohono Chul Park]] (a nature preserve) near the intersection of North Oracle Road and West Ina Road. The [[2011 Tucson shooting|attempted assassination]] of [[United States House of Representatives|Representative]] [[Gabrielle Giffords]], and the murders of chief judge for the [[United States District Court for the District of Arizona|U.S. District Court for Arizona]], [[John Roll]] and five other people on January 8, 2011, occurred at the La Toscana Village in Casas Adobes. The [[Foothills Mall (Arizona)|Foothills Mall]] is also located on the northwest side in Casas Adobes.
Many of the Tucson area's golf courses and resorts are located in this area, including the [[Hilton Hotels|Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort]] in Oro Valley, the [[Omni Hotels|Omni Tucson National Resort & Spa]], and Westward Look Resort. The [[Ritz Carlton|Ritz Carlton at Dove Mountain]], the second Ritz Carlton Resort in Arizona, which also includes a golf course, opened in the foothills of the [[Tortolita Mountains]] in northeast Marana in 2009. [[Catalina State Park]] and [[Tortolita Mountains|Tortolita Mountain Park]] are also located in the Northwest area.
===Eastern Tucson===
East Tucson is relatively new compared to other parts of the city, developed between the 1950s and the 1970s, {{citation needed|date=November 2011}} with developments such as [[Desert Palms Park, Tucson|Desert Palms Park]]. It is generally classified as the area of the city east of Swan Road, with above-average real estate values relative to the rest of the city. The area includes urban and suburban development near the [[Rincon Mountains]]. East Tucson includes [[Saguaro National Park|Saguaro National Park East]]. Tucson's "Restaurant Row" is also located on the east side, along with a significant [[corporate]] and [[financial]] presence. Restaurant Row is sandwiched by three of Tucson's storied Neighborhoods: Harold Bell Wright Estates, named after the famous author's ranch which occupied some of that area prior to the depression; the Tucson Country Club, and the Dorado Country Club. Tucson's largest office building is 5151 East Broadway in east Tucson, completed in 1975. The first phases of Williams Centre, a mixed-use, master-planned development on Broadway near Craycroft Road, were opened in 1987. [[Park Place (Tucson, Arizona)|Park Place]], a recently renovated shopping center, is also located along Broadway (west of Wilmot Road).
Near the intersection of Craycroft and Ft. Lowell Roads are the remnants of the Historic Fort Lowell. This area has become one of Tucson's iconic neighborhoods. The Fort abandoned at the end of the 19th century was rediscovered by a trio of artists in the 1930s. {{Citation needed|date=October 2011}} The Bolsius family Pete, Nan and [[Charles Bolsius]] purchased and renovated surviving adobe buildings of the Fort – transforming them into spectacular artistic southwestern architectural examples. Their woodwork, plaster treatment and sense of proportion drew on their Dutch heritage and New Mexican experience. {{Citation needed|date=November 2011}} This rural pocket in the middle of the city is listed on the National register of Historic Places. Each year in February the neighborhood celebrates its history in the City Landmark it owns and restored the San Pedro Chapel. {{citation needed|date=November 2011}}
[[File:B52sdestroyed.jpg|thumb|right|Retired B-52s are stored in the [[309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group|boneyard]] at [[Davis-Monthan Air Force Base]]]]
Situated between the [[Santa Catalina Mountains]] and the [[Rincon Mountains]] near [[Redington Pass]] northeast of the city limits is the affluent community of [[Tanque Verde, Arizona|Tanque Verde]]. The Arizona National Golf Club, Forty-Niners Country Club, and the historic Tanque Verde Guest Ranch are also in northeast Tucson.
Southeast Tucson continues to experience rapid residential development. The area includes [[Davis-Monthan Air Force Base]]. The area is considered to be south of Golf Links Road. It is the home of Santa Rita High School, Chuck Ford Park (Lakeside Park), [[Lakeside Lake]], Lincoln Park (upper and lower), The Lakecrest Neighborhoods, and Pima Community College East Campus. The Atterbury Wash with its access to excellent bird watching is also located in the Southeast Tucson area. The suburban community of [[Rita Ranch]] houses many of the military families from Davis-Monthan, and is near the southeastern-most expansion of the current city limits. Close by Rita Ranch and also within the city limits lies Civano, a planned development meant to showcase ecologically sound building practices and lifestyles.
===Mount Lemmon===
[[File:windy600.jpg|thumb|left|A view of Tucson from Windy Point, at elevation {{convert|6580|ft|m}} along the road up [[Mount Lemmon|Mt. Lemmon]]]]
[[Mount Lemmon]], the highest peak of the [[Santa Catalina Mountains]], reaches an elevation of {{convert|9157|ft|m}} above sea level. The mountain is named after 19th century botanist [[Sara Lemmon]]. She was the first documented European to ascend to the peak and was purportedly guided by local [[Tohono O'odham]] up through Babad Do'ag (the O'odham name for the [[Santa Catalina Mountains]]).<ref>[ Santa Catalina Mountains, Moon Handbooks: Arizona.] Retrieved 2010-03-12</ref> Lemmon botanized extensively along the way, including collecting the plant ''[[Tagetes]] lemmoni'' which is now called the Mount Lemmon marigold.
Catalina Highway stretches {{convert|25|mi|km}} and the entire mountain range is one of Tucson's most popular vacation spots for cycling, hiking, rock climbing, camping, birding, and wintertime snowboarding and skiing. Near the top of Mt. Lemmon is the town of [[Summerhaven]]. In Summerhaven, visitors will find log houses and cabins, a general store, and various shops, as well as numerous hiking trails. Near Summerhaven is the road to Ski Valley which hosts a ski lift, several runs, a giftshop, and nearby restaurant.
Mt. Lemmon Sky Center, which is located at a [[Steward Observatory]] site known as 'Sky Island', sits {{convert|9152|ft|m}} in altitude on the summit of Mt. Lemmon. As one of the [[Southwestern United States]]'s 27 unique [[sky island|Sky Islands]],<ref>[ University of Arizona Opens Sky Center To Public] (Press Release at Retrieved 2010-12-16.</ref> this science learning facility is open to the public.<ref>[ About us], Mt. Lemmon Sky Center. Retrieved 12-16-10</ref>
Tucson has hot summers and temperate winters. Tucson is almost always cooler and wetter than [[Phoenix, Arizona|Phoenix]] because of its higher elevation.
Tucson has a [[desert climate]] ([[Köppen climate classification|Köppen]] ''Bwh''), with two major seasons, summer and winter; plus three minor seasons: fall, spring, and the [[monsoon]]. Though Tucson receives more precipitation than most other locations with desert climates, it still qualifies due to its high [[evapotranspiration]] in spite of receiving {{convert|11.8|in|mm|1}} of precipitation per year; in other words, it experiences a high net loss of water.<ref>McKnight & Hess, pp. 212 ''ff'', "Climate Zones and Types: Dry Climates (Zone B)".</ref> A similar scenario is seen in [[Alice Springs]], Australia which averages {{convert|11|in|mm|1}} a year, but has a desert climate.
[[File:Wasson.jpg|thumb|right|Snow on Wasson Peak]]
[[File:Tucsonmonsoon.jpg|thumb|right|Monsoon clouds blanket the Catalina Mountains in August 2005]]
[[File:Saguaro Sunset.jpg|thumb|right|Saguaro at Sunset from Saguaro National Park Rincon District]]
The most obvious difference of climate from most other inhabited regions is the hot and sunny climate. This difference is a major contributing factor to a rate of skin cancer that is at least 3 times higher than in more northerly regions.<ref>[$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed Trends in the incidence of nonmelanoma skin cancers in southeastern Arizona, 1985–1996]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref>
Media reports heat related deaths increasing among illegal immigrants in and around Tucson. Heatstroke related deaths have been recorded since 1999 in the Pima County Area.<ref>{{cite web|url= | | |date= |accessdate=2012-01-22}}</ref>
[[Summer]] is characterized by daytime temperatures that exceed {{convert|100|°F|0}} and overnight temperatures between {{convert|66|and|85|°F|°C|0}}. Early summer is characterized by low humidity and clear skies; mid-summer and late summer are characterized by higher humidity, cloudy skies and frequent rain.
The [[monsoon]] can begin any time from mid-June to late July, with an average start date around July 3. It typically continues through August and sometimes into September.<ref name="NWS monsoon">[ NWS Tucson Office Monsoon tracker]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref> During the monsoon, the [[relative humidity|humidity]] is much higher than the rest of the year. It begins with clouds building up from the south in the early afternoon followed by intense thunderstorms and rainfall, which can cause [[flash floods]]. The evening sky at this time of year is often pierced with dramatic lightning strikes. Large areas of the city do not have [[storm sewer]]s, so monsoon rains flood the main thoroughfares, usually for no longer than a few hours. A few underpasses in Tucson have "feet of water" scales painted on their supports to discourage fording by automobiles during a rainstorm.<ref>Two underpasses leading towards downtown Tucson from the north, at Sixth Avenue and Stone Avenue, have such "feet of water" scales.</ref> Arizona traffic code Title 28-910, the so-called "Stupid Motorist Law", was instituted in 1995 to discourage people from entering flooded roadways. If the road is flooded and a barricade is in place, motorists who drive around the barricade can be charged up to $2000 for costs involved in rescuing them.<ref>[ Arizona State Legislature, ARS 28-910, Liability for emergency responses in flood areas; definitions]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref> Despite all warnings and precautions, however, three Tucson drivers have drowned between 2004 and 2010.
The weather in the [[Autumn|fall]] is much like that during spring: dry, with cool nights and warm, hot days. Temperatures above {{convert|100|°F|0}} are possible into early October. Temperatures decline at the quickest rate in October and November, and are normally the coolest in late December and early January.
[[Winter]]s in Tucson are mild relative to other parts of the United States. Daytime highs in the winter range between {{convert|64|and|75|°F|°C|0}}, with overnight lows between {{convert|30|and|44|°F|°C|0}}. Tucson typically averages one hard freeze per winter season, with temperatures dipping to the mid or low-20s (−7 to −4 °C), but this is typically limited to only a very few nights. The last notable hard freeze occurred on February 3–4, 2011, when the temperature dipped to {{convert|18|°F|0}} on two consecutive nights. Although rare, snow has been known to fall in Tucson, usually a light dusting that melts within a day.
Early [[Spring (season)|spring]] is characterized by gradually rising temperatures and several weeks of vivid wildflower blooms beginning in late February and into March. During this time of year the [[diurnal temperature variation]] normally attains its maximum, often surpassing {{convert|30|F-change}}.
At the [[University of Arizona]], where records have been kept since 1894, the record maximum temperature was {{convert|115|°F|0}} on June 19, 1960, and July 28, 1995, and the record minimum temperature was {{convert|6|°F|0}} on January 7, 1913. There are an average of 150.1 days annually with highs of {{convert|90|°F|0}} or higher and an average of 26.4 days with lows reaching or below the freezing mark. Average annual precipitation is {{convert|11.15|in|abbr=on}}. There is an average of 49 days with measurable precipitation. The wettest year was 1905 with {{convert|24.17|in|abbr=on}} and the driest year was 1924 with {{convert|5.07|in|abbr=on}}. The most precipitation in one month was {{convert|7.56|in|abbr=on}} in July 1984. The most precipitation in 24 hours was {{convert|4.16|in|abbr=on}} on October 1, 1983. Annual snowfall averages {{convert|0.7|in|cm|abbr=on}}. The most snow in one year was {{convert|7.2|in|cm|abbr=on}} in 1987. The most snow in one month was {{convert|6.0|in|cm|abbr=on}} in January 1898 and March 1922.<ref>[ Tucson University of Arizona, Arizona – Climate Summary]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref>
At the airport, where records have been kept since 1930, the record maximum temperature was {{convert|117|°F}} on June 26, 1990, and the record minimum temperature was {{convert|16|°F}} on January 4, 1949. There is an average of 145.0 days annually with highs of {{convert|90|°F|0}} or higher and an average of 16.9 days with lows reaching or below the freezing mark. Measurable precipitation falls on an average of 53 days. The wettest year was 1983 with {{convert|21.86|in|abbr=on}} of precipitation, and the driest year was 1953 with {{convert|5.34|in|abbr=on}}. The most rainfall in one month was {{convert|7.93|in|abbr=on}} in August 1955. The most rainfall in 24 hours was {{convert|3.93|in|abbr=on}} on July 29, 1958. Snow at the airport averages only {{convert|1.1|in|cm|adj=on|abbr=on}} annually. The most snow received in one year was {{convert|8.3|in|cm|abbr=on}} and the most snow in one month was {{convert|6.8|in|cm|abbr=on}} in December 1971.<ref>[ Tucso WSO AP, Arizona – Climate Summary]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref>
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==Environmental Issues==
[[File:Downtown Tucson.jpg|thumb|left|Snow in nearby Santa Catalina Mountains]]
Perhaps, the biggest sustainability problem in Tucson is potable water supply. Household water use comprises the principal consumption of the water supply, with agriculture a close second. Like golf courses, agricultural lands are turning toward reclaimed water. Mining and other industrial water uses combined accounted for about a 15 percent of water use in 1997.<ref>[ University of Arizona water sustainability report]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref> Massive drawing down of groundwater resources over the last 100 years has occurred, visible as ground [[subsidence]] in some residential areas. {{Citation needed|date=October 2011}}
To prevent further loss of groundwater, Tucson has been involved in water conservation and groundwater preservation efforts, shifting away from its reliance on a series of Tucson area wells in favor of conservation, consumption-based pricing for residential and commercial water use, and new wells in the more sustainable Avra Valley aquifer, northwest of the city. An allocation from the [[Central Arizona Project Aqueduct]] (CAP), which passes more than {{convert|300|mi|-1|abbr=on}} across the desert from the [[Colorado River]], has been incorporated into the city's water supply, annually providing over 20 million gallons of "recharged" water which is pumped into the ground to replenish water pumped out.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Clearwater Frequently Asked Questions &#124; The Official Website for the City of Tucson, Arizona | |date= |accessdate=2011-10-27}}</ref> Since 2001, CAP water has allowed the city to remove or turn off over 80 wells.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Tucson Water’s Long Range Water Resource Planning |publisher=City of Tucson |date= |accessdate=2012-01-22}}</ref>
Davis-Monthan AFB is locally leading the way with a 3.3 [[Megawatt]] (MW) ground-mounted [[solar photovoltaic]] (PV) array and a 2.7 MW rooftop-mounted PV array, both of which are located in the Base Housing area. The base will soon have the largest solar-generating capacity in the [[Defense Department]] after awarding a contract on September 10, 2010, to [[SunEdison]] to construct a 14.5 MW PV field on the northwestern side of the base.<ref>{{cite web|author=This story was written by 050910 |url= |title=D-M awards solar photovoltaic utility contract to SunEdison | |date= |accessdate=2011-10-27}}</ref>
[[Global Solar Energy]], which is located at the University of Arizona's science and technology park, is one of the planet's largest CIGS solar fields at 750 kilowatts.<ref>[], retrieved 12-15-10</ref><ref>[], retrieved 12-15-10</ref><ref>[[Solar cell#Cadmium telluride solar cell|Cadmium telluride solar cell]], retrieved 12-15-10</ref>
More than 100 years ago, the [[Santa Cruz River (Arizona)|Santa Cruz River]] flowed nearly year-round through Tucson. This supply of water has slowly disappeared, causing Tucson to seek alternative sources.
In 1881, water was pumped from a well on the banks of the Santa Cruz River and flowed by gravity through pipes into the distribution system. {{citation needed|date=November 2011}}
Tucson currently draws water from two main sources: [[Central Arizona Project]] (CAP) water and [[groundwater]]. In 1992, Tucson Water delivered CAP water to some customers that was referred to as being unacceptable due to discoloration, bad odor and flavor, as well as problems it caused some customers' plumbing and appliances. Tucson's city water currently consists of CAP water mixed with groundwater.
In an effort to conserve water, Tucson is recharging groundwater supplies by running part of its share of CAP water into various open portions of local rivers to seep into their aquifer.<ref>"[ Tucson's Water Heritage]", City of Tucson. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref> Additional study is scheduled to determine the amount of water that is lost through evaporation from the open areas, especially during the summer. The City of Tucson already provides [reclaimed water] to its inhabitants, but it is only used for "applications such as irrigation, dust control, and industrial uses."<ref>{{cite web | title = Reclaimed Water | publisher =City of Tucson | year = 2012 | url =| accessdate = 22 March 2012}}</ref> These resources have been in place for more than 27 years, and deliver to over 900 locations.<ref>{{cite web | title = Reclaimed Water | publisher =City of Tucson | year = 2012 | url = | accessdate = 22 March 2012}}</ref>
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| 1930=32506
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| footnote=sources:<ref>Moffatt, Riley. ''Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850–1990''. [[Lanham, Maryland|Lanham]]: Scarecrow, 1996, 16.</ref><ref>{{cite web |url = |title = Table 3. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Arizona: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011| format = [[comma-separated values|CSV]] |publisher = [[United States Census Bureau]], Population Division |date = 2012-08-19 |accessdate = 2012-08-19}}</ref>
According to the 2010 [[American Census Bureau]], the racial composition of Tucson was as follows:
* [[White American|White]]: 69.7% ([[Non-Hispanic Whites]]: 47.2%)
* [[African American|Black or African American]]: 5.0%
* [[Native Americans in the United States|Native American]]: 2.7%
* [[Asian American|Asian]]: 2.9%
* [[Pacific Islander American|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander]]: 0.2%
* Some other race: 17.8%
* [[Multiracial American|Two or more races]]: 3.4%
* [[Hispanic and Latino Americans|Hispanic or Latino]] (of any race): 41.6%; [[Mexican American]]s made up 36.1% of the city's population.<ref>{{cite web|url= | | |date= |accessdate=2012-01-22}}</ref>
Source:<ref>{{cite web|author=American FactFinder, United States Census Bureau |url= |title=Tucson city, Arizona – ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates: 2006-2008 | |date= |accessdate=2010-07-25}}</ref>
As of the census{{GR|2}} of 2010, there were 520,116 people, 229,762 households, and 112,455 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,500.1 inhabitants per square mile (965.3/km²). There were 209,609 housing units at an average density of 1,076.7 per square mile (415.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.7% [[Race and ethnicity in the United States Census|White]], 5.0% [[Race and ethnicity in the United States Census|Black]] or [[Race and ethnicity in the United States Census|African-American]], 2.7% [[Native Americans in the United States|Native American]], 2.9% [[Race and ethnicity in the United States Census|Asian]], 0.2% [[Race and ethnicity in the United States Census|Pacific Islander]], 16.9% from [[Race and ethnicity in the United States Census|other races]], and 3.8% from two or more races. [[Race and ethnicity in the United States Census|Hispanic]] or [[Race and ethnicity in the United States Census|Latino]] of any race were 41.6% of the population.<ref name="census"/> Non-Hispanic [[Non-Hispanic Whites|Whites]] were 47.2% of the population in 2010,<ref name="census">{{cite web |url= |title=Tucson (city), Arizona |work=State & County QuickFacts |publisher=U.S. Census Bureau}}</ref> down from 72.8% in 1970.<ref>{{cite web|title=Arizona - Race and Hispanic Origin for Selected Cities and Other Places: Earliest Census to 1990|publisher=U.S. Census Bureau|url=}}</ref>
There were 192,891 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the inner-city, the population has 24.6% under the age of 18, 13.8% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,981, and the median income for a family was $37,344. Males had a median income of $28,548 versus $23,086 for females. The [[per capita income]] for the city was $16,322. About 13.7% of families and 18.4% of the population were below the [[poverty line]], including 23.6% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.
<ref>{{cite web|title=Feds give OK to new Ariz. congressional maps|url=|publisher=Inside Tucson Business|accessdate=2013-02-02}}</ref>
==Politics and government==
[[Pima County]] supported [[John Kerry]] 53% to 47% in the [[United States presidential election, 2004|2004 U.S. Presidential Election]],<ref>[ Election 2004]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref> and [[Barack Obama]] 54% to 46% in the [[United States presidential election, 2008|2008 U.S. Presidential Election]].<ref>[ Local and National Election Results]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref> In the latter year, Pima was the only county to vote against Arizona's gay marriage ban.<ref>[ 2008 General Election]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref>
In general, Tucson and Pima County support the [[Democratic Party (United States)|Democratic Party]], as opposed the state's largest metropolitan area, Phoenix, which usually supports the [[Republican Party (United States)|Republican Party]]. Congressional redistricting in 2013, following the publication of the 2010 Census, divided the Tucson area into three Federal Congressional districts (the first, second and third of Arizona). The city center is in the 3rd District, represented by [[Raul Grijalva]], a Democrat, since 2003, while the more affluent residential areas to the south and east are in the 2nd District, represented by Democrat [[Ron Barber]] since 2012, and the exurbs north and west between Tucson and Phoenix in the 3rd District are represented by Democrat [[Ann Kirkpatrick]] since 2008.<ref>{{cite news|title=Feds give OK to new Ariz. congressional maps|url=|accessdate=2013-02-02|newspaper=Inside Tucson Business|date=2012-04-13}}</ref>
The [[United States Postal Service]] operates post offices in Tucson. The Tucson Main Post Office is located at 1501 South Cherrybell [[Stravenue]].<ref>"[ Post Office Location – TUCSON]." ''[[United States Postal Service]]''. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref>
===City government===
Tucson follows the "weak mayor" model of the [[council–manager government|council-manager]] form of local government. The 6-member city council holds exclusive legislative authority, and shares executive authority with the mayor, who is elected by the voters independently of the council. An appointed city manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city.
Both the council members and the mayor serve four-year terms; none face term limits. Council members are nominated by their wards via a ward-level primary held in September. The top vote-earners from each party then compete at-large for their ward's seat on the November ballot. In other words, on [[Election Day (politics)|election day]] the whole city votes on all the council races up for that year. Council elections are severed: Wards 1, 2, and 4 (as well as the mayor) are up for election in the same year (most recently 2011), while Wards 3, 5, and 6 share another year (most recently 2009).
Tucson is known for being a trailblazer in voluntary partial [[campaign finance|publicly financed campaigns]]. Since 1985, both mayoral and council candidates have been eligible to receive matching public funds from the city. To become eligible, council candidates must receive 200 donations of $10 or more (300 for a mayoral candidate). Candidates must then agree to spending limits equal to 33¢ for every registered Tucson voter, or $79,222 in 2005 (the corresponding figures for mayor are 64¢ per registered voter, or $142,271 in 2003). In return, candidates receive matching funds from the city at a 1:1 ratio of public money to private donations. The only other limitation is that candidates may not exceed 75% of the limit by the date of the primary. Many cities, such as San Francisco and New York City, have copied this system, albeit with more complex spending and matching formulas.
Mayor [[Jonathan Rothschild]] (D) was sworn into office on December 5, 2011, succeeding [[Robert E. Walkup]] (R), who took office in 1999.<ref>[ Mayor Profile]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref> Walkup was preceded by [[George Miller (Arizona politician)|George Miller]] (D), 1991–1999; [[Tom Volgy]] (D), 1987–1991; Lew(is) Murphy (R), 1971–1987; and [[Jim Corbett (politician)|Jim Corbett]] (D), 1967–1971.
[[File:Tucson shab1.JPG|thumb|300px|Downtown Tucson with the University of Arizona in the background.]]
Much of Tucson's economic development has been centered on the development of the [[University of Arizona]], which is currently the second largest employer in the city. [[Davis-Monthan Air Force Base]], located on the southeastern edge of the city, also provides many jobs for Tucson residents. Its presence, as well as the presence of the US Army Intelligence Center ([[Fort Huachuca]], the largest employer in the region in nearby Sierra Vista), has led to the development of a significant number of high-tech industries, including government contractors, in the area. The city of Tucson is also a major hub for the Union Pacific Railroad's Sunset Route that links the Los Angeles ports with the South/Southeast regions of the country.
The City of Tucson, Pima County, the State of Arizona, and the private sector have all made commitments to create a growing, healthy economy {{Citation needed|date=June 2012}} with advanced technology industry sectors as its foundation. [[Raytheon]] Missile Systems, [[Texas Instruments]], [[IBM]], [[Intuit Inc.]], [[Universal Avionics]], [[Sunquest Information Systems]], [[Sanofi-Aventis]], [[Ventana Medical Systems]], Inc., and [[Bombardier Aerospace]] all have a significant presence in Tucson. Roughly 150 Tucson companies are involved in the design and manufacture of [[optics]] and [[optoelectronics]] systems, earning Tucson the nickname "Optics Valley".<ref>Fischer, Alan D. [ "Optics Valley: Can Tucson stay king of the hill?"] Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref>
Tourism is another major industry in Tucson, bringing in $2 billion-a-year and over 3.5 million visitors annually due to Tucson's numerous resorts, hotels, and attractions.<ref>Long, Levy J. (October 10, 2006). [ "Luxury labels: Tiffany, Louis Vuitton could inspire more high-end retailers to try Tucson."] Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref>
One of the major annual attractions is the [[Tucson Gem and Mineral Show]], and its associated shows, all held generally in the first two weeks of February. These associated shows (such as gems, jewelry, beads, fossils) are held throughout the city, with 43 different shows in 2010. This makes Tucson the largest such show in the world.
In addition to vacationers, a significant number of winter residents, or "[[Snowbird (people)|snowbirds]]", are attracted by Tucson's mild winters and contribute to the local economy. Snowbirds often purchase [[Vacation property|second home]]s in Tucson and nearby areas, contributing significantly to the property tax base.
There are also a number of middle-class and upper-class [[Sonora]]ns and [[Sinaloa]]ns who travel from Mexico to Tucson to purchase goods that are not readily available in Mexico. {{Citation needed|date=December 2011}}
Nonprofits based in Tucson include the [[Muscular Dystrophy Association]].
===Top employers===
According to Tucson's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,<ref>[ City of Tucson CAFR]</ref> the top employers in the city are:
{| class="wikitable" border="1"
! #
! Employer
! # of Employees
| [[Raytheon Missile Systems]]
| [[University of Arizona]]
| [[Arizona|State of Arizona]]
| [[Davis–Monthan Air Force Base]]
| [[Walmart]]
| [[Pima County, Arizona|Pima County]]
| [[United States Army Intelligence Center]] & [[Fort Huachuca]]
| [[Tucson Unified School District]]
| [[Tohono O'odham|Tohono O'odham Nation]]
| City of Tucson
==Arts and culture==
===Annual cultural events and fairs===
====Tucson Gem and Mineral Show====
The [[Tucson Gem & Mineral Show]] is one of the largest gem and mineral shows in the world and has been held for over 50 years. The Show is only one part of the [[Gemstone|gem]], [[mineral]], [[fossil]], and [[bead]] gathering held all around Tucson in over 45 different sites.<ref>[ Tucson Gem and Mineral Society]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref> The various shows run from late-January to mid-February with the official Show lasting two weeks in February.
====Tucson Festival of Books====
Since 2009, the Tucson Festival of Books has been held annually over a two-day period in March at the [[University of Arizona]]. By 2010 it had become the fourth largest book festival in the United States, with 450 authors and 80,000 attendees.<ref>{{cite web |title=Tucson Festival of Books now 4th largest book fair in U.S. |url= |accessdate=2013-03-09}}</ref> In addition to readings and lectures, it features a science fair, varied entertainment, food, and exhibitors ranging from local retailers and publishers to regional and national nonprofit organizations.<ref>{{cite web |title=Tucson Festival of Books: Exhibitors |url= |accessdate=2013-03-09}}</ref> In 2011, the Festival began presenting a Founder's Award; recipients include [[Elmore Leonard]] and [[R.L. Stine]]. <ref>{{cite web |title=Tucson Festival of Books Founder's Award |url= |accessdate=2013-03-12}}</ref>
====Tucson Folk Festival====
For the past 25 years, the Tucson Folk Festival has taken place the first Saturday and Sunday of May in downtown Tucson's El Presidio Park. In addition to nationally known headline acts each evening, the Festival highlights over 100 local and regional musicians on five stages is one of the largest free festivals in the country. All stages are within easy walking distance. Organized by the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association,<ref>[ The Tucson Folk Festival homepage]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref> volunteers make this festival possible. [[KXCI]] 91.3-FM, Arizona's only community radio station, is a major partner, broadcasting from the Plaza Stage throughout the weekend. In addition, there are numerous workshops, events for children, sing-alongs, and a popular singer/songwriter contest. Musicians typically play 30-minute sets, supported by professional audio staff volunteers. A variety of food and crafts are available at the festival, as well as local micro-brews. All proceeds from sales go to fund future festivals.
====Fourth Avenue Street Fair====
[[File:US Navy 070317-N-5324D-002 Sailors from the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Tucson (SSN 770) and Navy Operational Support Center Tucson take part in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.jpg|thumb|Sailors take part in the annual [[St. Patrick's Day]] parade.]]
There are two Fourth Avenue Street Fairs, in December and late March/early April, staged between 9th Street and University Boulevard, that feature arts and crafts booths, food vendors and street performers. The fairs began in 1970 when Fourth Avenue, which at the time had half a dozen thrift shops, several New Age bookshops and the Food Conspiracy Co-Op, was a gathering place for hippies, and a few merchants put tables in front of their stores to attract customers before the holidays.
These days, the street fair has grown into a large corporate event, with most tables owned by outside merchants. It hosts mostly traveling craftsmen selling various arts such as pottery, paintings, wood working, metal decorations, candles, and many others.
==== TAWN Fall Festival ====
For over twenty years, the Tucson Area Wiccan-Pagan Network (TAWN) has hosted Fall Fest, an all-day autumn celebration for the Pagan community.<ref>{{cite web |title=TAWN history |url=}}</ref> Generally held on the weekend nearest to the Wiccan holiday of Mabon (the autumn equinox) and usually held in the open air, Fall Fest often draws hundreds of participants from many pagan religions, some traveling from as far away as Phoenix or even other states.
==== The Tucson Rodeo (Fiesta de los Vaqueros) ====
[[File:TeamRopingTucson.jpg|thumb|right|Team roping competition at Tucson's ''Fiesta de los Vaqueros'']]
Another popular event held in February, which is early spring in Tucson, is the Fiesta de los Vaqueros, or [[rodeo]] week. While at its heart the Fiesta is a sporting event, it includes what is billed as "the world's largest non-mechanized parade".<ref>{{cite web |title=The Tucson Rodeo Parade |url= |accessdate=2010-03-12}}</ref> The Rodeo Parade is a popular event as most schools give two rodeo days off instead of Presidents Day. The exception to this is Presidio High, which doesn't get either. Western wear is seen throughout the city as corporate dress codes are cast aside during the Fiesta. The Fiesta de los Vaqueros marks the beginning of the rodeo season in the United States.
====Tucson Meet Yourself====
Every October for the past 30 years, Tucson Meet Yourself<ref>[ Tucson Meet Yourself, Tucson Festival, Tucson Folk Arts, Tucson Entertainment]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref> has presented the faces of Tucson's many ethnic groups. For one weekend, dancing, singing, artwork, and food from more than 30 different ethnicities are featured in the downtown area. All performers are from Tucson and the surrounding area, in keeping with the idea of "meeting yourself."
====All Souls Procession Weekend====
[[File:TPPL Day of Dead float, 2009.jpg|thumb|Day of the Dead float, Pima County Public Library, 2009 procession]]
All Souls Procession is one of the largest festivals in Tucson as well it is one of the largest Day of the Dead celebrations in North America.{{Citation needed|date=May 2012}} Celebrated since 1990, it is held on the first Sunday in November. Modeled on the Mexican holiday [[Day of the Dead|Dia de los Muertos]] (Day of the Dead), it combines elements of African, Anglo, Celtic, and Latin American culture. It is organized and funded by the non-profit arts organization [ Many Mouths One Stomach].
=== Cultural and other attractions ===
Cultural and other attractions include:
*[[Arizona Historical Society]]
*The Fremont House is an original adobe house in the Tucson Community Center that was saved while one of Tucson's earliest barrios was razed as urban renewal. {{citation needed|date=November 2011}}
*[[Fort Lowell|Fort Lowell Museum]]
*[[Mission San Xavier del Bac]]
*[[Old Tucson Studios]], built as a set for the movie ''[[Arizona (1940 film)|Arizona]]'', is a [[movie studio]] and [[theme park]] for classic [[Western movie|Westerns]].
* The Tucson Museum of Art was established as part of an art school, the Art Center, which was founded by local Tucson artists including [[Rose Cabat]]<ref name="ninety and nimble">Regan, Margaret."Ninety and Nimble". ''Tucson Weekly''. Tucson, Arizona. October 7, 2004.</ref>
* The [[University of Arizona]] Art Museum includes works by [[Franz Kline]], [[Jackson Pollock]] and [[Mark Rothko]] as part of the Edward J. Gallagher Memorial Collection, a tribute to a young man who was killed in a boating accident. The museum also includes the Samuel H. Kress Collection of European works from the 14th to 19th centuries and the C. Leonard Pfeiffer Collection of American paintings.
*[[Center for Creative Photography]], a leading museum with many works by major artists such as [[Ansel Adams]] and [[Edward Weston]].
*International Wildlife Museum, which is {{convert|5|mi|abbr=on}} west of [[Interstate 10]], maintains an exhibition of over four-hundred different species from around the globe.<ref>[], retrieved 12-15-10</ref><ref>[], retrieved 12-15-10</ref>
*The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is an iconic Tucson landmark in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. {{Citation needed|date=November 2011}}
[[File:Desertmuseum06 1.JPG|thumb|right|The Arizona-Sonora Desert taken looking back towards the museum entrance]]
*[[Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum]] is a combined zoo, museum, and botanical garden, devoted to indigenous animals and plants of the [[Sonoran Desert]].
*[[Titan Missile Museum]] is located about {{convert|25|mi|abbr=on}} south of the city on [[Interstate 19 (Arizona)|I-19]]. This is a Cold War era [[Titan (rocket family)|Titan]] nuclear [[missile silo]] (billed as the only remaining intact post-Cold War Titan missile silo) turned tourist stop.
*[[Pima County Fair]]
*[[Trail Dust Town]] is an outdoor shopping mall and restaurant complex that was built from the remains of a 1950 western movie set.
*[[Museum of the Horse Soldier]]
*[[Jewish Heritage Center Tucson]]
*Tucson Chinese Cultural Center
Shops in Summerhaven on Mount Lemmon offer such items as jewelry and other gifts, pizza, and delicious fresh-fruit pies. The legacy of the [[Aspen Fire]] can be seen in charred trees, rebuilt homes, and melted beads incorporated into a sidewalk.
Fourth Avenue, located near the [[University of Arizona]], is home to many shops, restaurants, and bars, and hosts the annual 4th Avenue Street Fair every December and March. University Boulevard, leading directly to the UA Main Gate, is also the center of numerous bars, retail shops, and restaurants most commonly frequented by the large student population of the UA.
[[El Tiradito]] is a religious shrine in the downtown area. The Shrine dates back to the early days of Tucson. It's based on a love story of revenge and murder. People stop by the Shrine to light a candle for someone in need, a place for people to go give hope.
The [[Biosphere 2]], is a 3.14 acre educational facility, designed to mimic a tropical or sub-tropical climate-controlled environment.<ref>[], retrieved 2010-12-15</ref>
===Literary arts===
The number of accomplished and awarded writers (poets, novelists, dramatists, nonfiction writers) in Tucson is too numerous to mention, though David Foster Wallace and Barbara Kingsolver are two of the more prominent.{{Or|date=August 2009}} Some are associated with the University of Arizona, but many are independent writers who have chosen to make Tucson their home. The city is also rich in literary organizations,{{Citation needed|date=August 2009}} particularly active in publishing and presenting contemporary innovative poetry in various ways. Among them are [[Chax Press]], publisher of poetry books in trade and book arts editions. The [[University of Arizona Poetry Center]] is one of the leading academic sites for poetry in the nation,{{Citation needed|date=August 2009}} and, in addition to its sizable poetry library, it presents readings, conferences, and workshops.
===Performing arts===
Theater groups include the [[Arizona Theatre Company]], which performs in the Temple of Music and Art, a mirror image of the [[Pasadena Playhouse]]; and [[Arizona Onstage Productions]], a not-for-profit theater company devoted to musical theater. In 2004, the NY based [[Nederlander Organization]] also opened a local operation. [[Broadway in Tucson]] presents the touring reproductions of many Broadway style events at the Tucson Music Hall.
[[Music of Tucson, Arizona|Musical groups]] include the [[Tucson Symphony Orchestra]] (founded in 1929) and [[Arizona Opera]] (founded as the Tucson Opera Company in 1971).
[[Mariachi]] music is popular and influential in Tucson, and the city is home to a large number of Mariachi musicians and singers. Mariachi is celebrated annually at the Tucson International Mariachi Conference. There is also a yearly [[Norteño (music)|Norteño]] Festival in the [[enclave]] city of [[South Tucson]].
Tucson has a small but committed independent music scene, nearly all of which is concentrated in the city's downtown area. [[Bob Log III]], [[Flagrante Delicto]], [[God of the Sea]], [[Calexico (band)|Calexico]], [[Overcast Off]], [[Giant Sand]], [[Hipster Daddy-O and the Handgrenades]], [[The Bled]], Salvador Duran, [[Linda Ronstadt]] and Tucson's official troubadour [[Ted Ramirez]] are among the prominent musical artists based in Tucson. Local performers also receive some airplay (and occasionally play live) on the community radio station [[KXCI]]. The Tucson Area Music Awards, or TAMMIES, are an annual event.<ref>{{cite news |url= |title=Critics' Choice Awards: Best Band or Artist: Calexico |publisher=[[Tucson Weekly]] |date=June 29, 2006 |accessdate=2010-03-12}}</ref>
The [[Arizona Wildcats|University of Arizona Wildcats]] sports teams, most notably the men's basketball and women's softball teams have strong local interest. The men's basketball team, formerly coached by Hall of Fame head coach [[Lute Olson]] and currently coached by Sean Miller, has made 25 straight [[NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship|NCAA Tournaments]] and won the 1997 National Championship. Arizona's Softball team has reached the NCAA National Championship game 12 times and has won 8 times, most recently in 2007. The university's [[Swimming (sport)|swim teams]] have gained international recognition, with swimmers coming from as far as Japan and Africa to train with the coach Frank Busch who has also worked with the U.S. Olympic swim team for a number of years. Both men and women's swim teams recently won the [[NCAA]] National Championships.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=College News Updates |publisher=College Media Networks |date= |accessdate=2012-01-22}}</ref>
The [[Tucson Padres]] began to play at [[Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium]] in 2011. They are the AAA affiliate of the [[San Diego Padres]]. The team, formerly known as the Portland Beavers, was temporarily relocated to Tucson from [[Portland, Oregon|Portland]] while awaiting the building of a new stadium in [[Escondido, California|Escondido]].<ref>{{cite news |author=Finley, Patrick |url= |title=Tucson Padres owner to look at selling team |publisher=Arizona Daily Star |date=2011-12-29 |accessdate=2012-01-22}}</ref><ref>{{cite news |author=Trotto, Sarah|url= |title=TUCSON PADRES NOTEBOOK: Moorad: Kino may be a long-term option|publisher=Arizona Daily Star |date=2011-04-16 |accessdate=2012-01-22}}</ref> Legal issues derailed the plans to build the Escondido stadium, so the future location and ownership are uncertain as of December 2011.<ref>{{cite news |author=Finley, Patrick|url= |title=Tucson Padres: Club sale likely after Calif. ruling |publisher=Arizona Daily Star |date=2011-12-30 |accessdate=2012-01-22}}</ref>
The [[Tucson Sidewinders]], a triple-A affiliate of the [[Arizona Diamondbacks]], won the [[Pacific Coast League]] championship and unofficial AAA championship in 2006. The Sidewinders played in [[Tucson Electric Park]] and were in the Pacific Conference South of the PCL. The Sidewinders were sold in 2007 and moved to [[Reno, Nevada]] after the 2008 season. They now compete under the name of the Reno Aces.
The [[United States Handball Association]] Hall of Fame is located in Tucson.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=The USHA Hall of Fame |publisher= United States Handball Association| accessdate=2012-09-29}}</ref>
The [[Tucson Thunder Kats]] are an expansion indoor football team in the [[American Indoor Football Association]] that is set to join the league and begin playing in 2011. The Thunder Kats will play their home games at the [[Tucson Convention Center]]. Women's football also has a stronghold in Tucson, as there are currently two teams in the area. The [[Tucson Monsoon]] are a member of the [[Independent Women's Football League]] where they have played since their inception in 2006. Beginning in 2011, the [[Arizona She-Devils]] will begin play in Tucson as a member of the [[Women's Spring Football League]].
Tracks include [[Tucson Raceway Park]] and Rillito Downs. [[Tucson Raceway Park]] hosts [[NASCAR]]-sanctioned auto racing events and is one of only two asphalt short tracks in Arizona. Rillito Downs is an in-town destination on weekends in January and February each year. This historic track held the first organized [[quarter horse]] races in the world, and they are still racing there. Unfortunately, the racetrack is threatened by development.
The city has more than 120 parks, including [[Reid Park Zoo]]. There are five public golf courses located in Tucson. Several scenic parks and points of interest are also located nearby, including the [[Tucson Botanical Gardens]], [[Tohono Chul Park]], [[Saguaro National Park]], [[Sabino Canyon]], and [[Biosphere 2]] (just north of the city, in the town of [[Oracle, Arizona|Oracle]]).
[[File:Shop in SummerhavenAZ.JPG|thumb|left|A shop in [[Summerhaven]]]]
[[Mt. Lemmon]], {{convert|25|mi|km}} north (by road) and over {{convert|6700|ft|m}} above Tucson, is located in the [[Coronado National Forest]]. Outdoor activities in the summer include hiking, birding, rock climbing, picnicking, camping, sky rides at Ski Valley, fishing and touring. In the winter, skiing and/or sledding is sometimes available at the southernmost ski resort in the continental United States. [[Summerhaven, Arizona|Summerhaven]], a community near the top of Mt. Lemmon, is also a popular destination.
The [[League of American Bicyclists]] gave Tucson a gold rating for bicycle friendliness in late April 2007. Tucson hosts the largest perimeter cycling event in the United States. The ride called "[[El Tour de Tucson]]" happens in November on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. [[El Tour de Tucson]] produced and promoted by [[Perimeter Bicycling]] has as many as 10,000 participants from all over the world, annually. Tucson is one of only nine cities in the U.S. to receive a gold rating or higher for cycling friendliness from the [[League of American Bicyclists]]. The city is known for its winter cycling opportunities. Both road and mountain biking are popular in and around Tucson with trail areas including Starr Pass and Fantasy Island.
Tucson has one major daily newspaper, the morning ''[[Arizona Daily Star]]''. There are also several weekly newspapers, including the ''[[Tucson Weekly]]'' (an "alternative" publication), ''[[Inside Tucson Business]]'', and the ''[[Explorer (newspaper)|Explorer]]''. The ''[ Downtown Tucsonan]'', ''Tucson Lifestyle Magazine'', "Lovin' Life News", ''DesertLeaf'', and ''Zócalo Magazine'' are monthly publications covering arts, architecture, decor, fashion, entertainment, business, history, and other events. The ''[[Arizona Daily Wildcat]]'' is the [[University of Arizona]]'s [[student newspaper]], and the Aztec News is the Pima Community College [[student newspaper]].
The Tucson metro area is served by many local television stations and is the 68th largest [[media market|designated market area]] (DMA) in the U.S. with 433,310 homes (0.39% of the total U.S.).<ref name="nielsen">Holmes, Gary. "[ Nielsen Reports 1.1% increase in U.S. Television Households for the 2006–2007 Season]." ''[[Nielsen Media Research]].'' August 23, 2006. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref> The major [[television network]]s serving Tucson are: [[KVOA]] 4 ([[National Broadcasting Corporation|NBC]]), [[KGUN]] 9 ([[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]]), [[KOLD-TV]] 13 ([[CBS]]), [[KMSB-TV]] 11 ([[Fox Broadcasting Company|Fox]]), [[KTTU (TV)|KTTU]] 18 ([[My Network TV]]), and [[KWBA]] 58 ([[The CW Television Network|The CW]]). [[KUAT-TV]] 6 is a [[Public Broadcasting Service|PBS]] affiliate run by the University of Arizona (as is sister station KUAS 27).
{{See also|List of radio stations in Arizona#Tucson|l1=List of Radio Stations in Arizona (Tucson)}}
=== Post-secondary education ===
* [[University of Arizona]]: established in 1885; the second largest university in the state in terms of enrollment with over 36,000 students.
* [[Pima Community College]] has ten campuses.
* [[Arizona State University]], College of Public Programs, School of Social Work, Tucson Component has for over 30 years conferred Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) and Master's of Social Work (MSW) degrees to those who have earned them at their Tucson Campus.
* [ Tucson College] has one Tucson campus.
* [[Brown Mackie College]] has one Tucson campus.
* [[University of Phoenix]] has four Tucson campuses.
* [[The Art Institute of Tucson]] has one campus.
* [[Prescott College]] has a Tucson branch campus.
* [[Northern Arizona University]] has a Tucson branch campus.
* Arizona School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.<ref>[ Arizona School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine]. Retrieved 2010-03-12.</ref>
* [[The Art Center Design College]] has two Tucson campus.
===Primary and secondary schools===
{{Main|List of primary and secondary schools in Tucson, AZ}}
Primarily, students of the Tucson area attend public schools in the [[Tucson Unified School District]] (TUSD). TUSD has the second highest enrollment of any school district in Arizona, behind [[Mesa Unified School District]] in the Phoenix metropolitan area. There are also many publicly funded [[charter school]]s with a specialized curriculum.<ref name='schoolsurvey'>[ The ''Arizona Daily Star'' annual survey of private and charter schools].{{Dead link|date=March 2010}}</ref>
===Public transit===
{{Further|Sun Tran}}
Local public transit in Tucson is provided by [[Sun Tran]], which operates a network of bus routes. It was awarded [[American Public Transportation Association|Best Transit System]] in 1988 and 2005 and serves the major part of the Tucson metropolitan area. Construction of a {{convert|3.9|mi|km|adj=on}} modern [[streetcar]] line is planned, as part of a Regional Transportation Authority plan approved by area voters in May 2006.<ref name="TDOT-1Oct2009">{{cite press release |title = Federal Transit Administration Gives Approval to the Tucson Modern Streetcar Project |publisher = Tucson Department of Transportation |date = October 1, 2009 |url = |accessdate=2010-03-12}}</ref>
[[Old Pueblo Trolley]] operates weekend [[heritage streetcar]] service between the Fourth Avenue Business District and the [[University of Arizona]]. The service extended south, into the downtown district, as part of the Fourth Avenue underpass reconstruction project.
====Tucson Modern Streetcar====
{{Further|Sun Link}}
The Tucson Modern Streetcar is a project that is currently under construction. Once completed, the Tucson Modern Streetcar route will connect major activity centers such as the [[University of Arizona]], University Main Gate business district, 4th Avenue business district, Congress Avenue Shopping and Entertainment district, and the Mercado District. The project is expected to finish in mid-2013 with the service beginning in late 2013.<ref></ref>
The project is geared towards not only connectivity, but potential retail, office and residential development, called transit-oriented development. The hope for this development is based off the success that was achieved in the [[Portland Streetcar|Portland Streetcar Alignment]].
The Streetcar will be integrated with all existing forms of public transit, including the Sun Tran and University of Arizona's Cat Tran service. Payment for the streetcar will be under a card swipe fare system. One streetcar will hold approximately 130 people. The Streetcar will be all electric.
Job creation was a large reason why the project came about. A projected 1,200 new jobs will be created as a direct result of project construction, and 1,650 in roughly 20 industries will be created as a result of construction activities. Along with that, an additional 1,480 long-term jobs will be created due to the Streetcar. The project is part of the Buy America movement to maximize economic benefits in the United States.
[[Tucson International Airport]] {{airport codes|TUS|KTUS}} is Tucson's public [[airport]] and is located six miles (10&nbsp;km) south of Tucson's [[central business district]]. TIA is the second largest commercial airport in Arizona, providing nonstop flights to 17 destinations throughout the [[United States of America|United States]]. Due to the active presence of the [[Arizona Air National Guard]] at the site, the airport is much busier than most other airports that have the same level of civilian traffic.
Interstates [[Interstate 10 in Arizona|10]] and [[Interstate 19 (Arizona)|19]] are the only two [[Interstate Highway System|Interstate]] highways in the metropolitan area. State highway 210 is a shorter freeway that links downtown with the [[Davis-Monthan Air Force Base]]. Tucson does not have a beltway system as other similarly sized cities do.
[[Amtrak]], the national passenger rail system, provides service to [[Tucson (Amtrak station)|Tucson]] three times weekly in both directions, operating its [[Sunset Limited]] between [[Orlando, Florida]] and [[Los Angeles, California]] and [[Texas Eagle]] between Chicago and Los Angeles.
Cyclists are common in Tucson due to compatible climate, extensive commuter bike routes, off-road mountain biking trails, and bike facilities throughout the city. The Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee (TPCBAC) was established to serve in an advisory capacity to local governments on issues relating to bicycle recreation, transportation, and safety. Tucson was given a gold rating for bicycle friendliness by the League of American Bicyclists<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=League Names New Bicycle Friendly Communities |accessdate=2010-03-12 |date=2006-04-24}}</ref> in late April 2006.
==Sister cities==
* {{flagicon|Italy}} [[Fiesole]], [[Tuscany]], Italy
* {{flagicon|Argentina}} [[Córdoba, Argentina|Córdoba]], Argentina
* {{flagicon|Mexico}} [[Ciudad Obregón]], [[Sonora]], Mexico
* {{flagicon|Kazakhstan}} [[Almaty]], Kazakhstan
* {{flagicon|Ireland}} [[County Roscommon]], Ireland
* {{flagicon|China}} [[Liupanshui]], China
* {{flagicon|Mauritania}} [[Nouakchott]], Mauritania
* {{flagicon|Hungary}} [[Pécs]], Hungary
* {{flagicon|Spain}} [[Segovia]], [[Castile and León]], Spain
* {{flagicon|Kurdistan}} [[Sulaymaniyah]], [[Kurdistan Region]] of Iraq
* {{flagicon|Taiwan}} [[Taichung City]], Taiwan
* {{flagicon|Greece}} [[Trikala]], Greece
* {{flagicon|Brazil}} [[João Pessoa]], Brazil
==Picture gallery==
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==See also==
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* [[List of people from Tucson, Arizona]]
* [[List of tallest buildings in Tucson]]
* [[Davis-Monthan Air Force Base]]
* [[National Register of Historic Places listings in Pima County, Arizona]]
* [[Optics Valley]]
* [[Tucson Garbage Project]]
* [[2011 Tucson shooting]]
* [[Sons of Tucson]]
==Further reading==
* Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 1888, ''History of Arizona and New Mexico, 1530–1888.'' The History Company, San Francisco.
* Cooper, Evelyn S., 1995, ''Tucson in Focus: The Buehman Studio.'' Arizona Historical Society, Tucson. (ISBN 0-910037-35-3).
* Dobyns, Henry F., 1976, ''Spanish Colonial Tucson.'' University of Arizona Press, Tucson. (ISBN 0-8165-0546-2).
* Drachman, Roy P., 1999, ''From Cowtown to Desert Metropolis: Ninety Years of Arizona Memories.'' Whitewing Press, San Francisco. (ISBN 1-888965-02-9).
* Fontana, Bernard L., 1996, ''Biography of a Desert Church: The Story of Mission San Xavier del Bac.'' Smoke Signal, Tucson Corral of the Westerners.
* Hand, George, 1995, ''Whiskey, Six-Guns and Red-Light Ladies.'' High Lonesome Books, Silver City, New Mexico. (ISBN 0-944383-30-0).
* Hand, George, 1996, ''The Civil War in Apacheland.'' High Lonesome Books, Silver City, New Mexico. (ISBN 0-944383-36-X).
* Harte, John Bret, 2001, ''Tucson: Portrait of a Desert Pueblo.'' American Historical Press, Sun Valley, California. (ISBN 1-892724-25-1).
* Henry, Bonnie, 1992, ''Another Tucson.'' Arizona Daily Star, Tucson. (ISBN 0-9607758-2-X).
* Kalt III, William D., 2007, [ ''Tucson Was a Railroad Town.''], VTD Rail Publishing, Tucson. (ISBN 978-0-9719915-4-5).
* Logan, Michael F. ''Desert Cities: The Environmental History of Phoenix and Tucson.'' (2006). 240 pp.
* McIntyre, Allan J. and the Arizona Historical Society, 2008, [ ''The Tohono O'odham and Pimeria Alta.''], Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina. (ISBN 978-0-7385-5633-8).
* Moisés, Rosalio, 2001, ''The Tall Candle: The Personal Chronicle of a Yaqui Indian.'' University of Nebraska Press. (ISBN 0-8032-0747-6).
* Painter, Muriel Thayer, 1971, ''A Yaqui Easter.'' University of Arizona Press, Tucson. (ISBN 0-8165-0168-8). [ Read online].
* Ronstadt, Edward E. (editor), 1993, ''Borderman: The Memoirs of Federico Jose Maria Ronstadt.'' University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque. (ISBN 0-8263-1462-7) [ Read online].
* Schellie, Don, 1968, ''Vast Domain of Blood: The Story of the Camp Grant Massacre.'' Westernlore Press, Tucson.
* Sheaffer, Jack and Steve Emerine, 1985, ''Jack Sheaffer's Tucson, 1945–1965.'' Arizona Daily Star, Tucson. (ISBN 0-9607758-1-1).
* Sheridan, Thomas E., 1983, ''Del Rancho al Barrio: The Mexican legacy of Tucson.'' Arizona Historical Society, Tucson.
* Sheridan, Thomas E., 1992, ''Los Tucsonenses: The Mexican Community in Tucson, 1854–1941.'' University of Arizona Press, Tucson. (ISBN 0-8165-1298-1).
* Sonnichsen, C. L., 1987, ''Tucson: The Life and Times of an American City.'' University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. (ISBN 0-8061-2042-8).
* {{Cite news|url=|title=36 Hours in Tucson, Ariz. |last=Woodward|first= Richard B.|date=January 3, 2010|work=The New York Times|accessdate=2 January 2010}}
* Woosley, Anne I. and the Arizona Historical Society: 2008, [ ''Early Tucson.''] Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina. (ISBN 0-7385-5646-7).
==External links==
{{Sister project links|Tucson, Arizona}}
* [ Official government website]
* [ Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau]
* [ Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce]
* [ Tucson’s Oldest Historic Landmarks]
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