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Tucson.

Tucson Facts & Information

Location Pima County Southeast Arizona
Climate Generally mild winters and hot summers; low humidly makes the temperatures bearable
Land Area 195 square miles
Population 486,699
Persons Over 65 11.9%
Female Persons 51.0%
Ethnic Groups White 70.2%, Black 4.3%, American Indian 2.3%, Asian 2.5%
Housing Units 209,609
Median Household Income $30,981
Description of Flag Flag of Arizona
 Arizona Flag The lower half of the Arizona flag is a blue field and the upper half divided into thirteen equal segments, seven red and six light yellow. In the center of the flag is a copper colored star with 5 points. The red and the blue are the same shades as the flag of the United States of America, and it measures four feet high and six feet wide. The copper star represents Arizona as the largest producer of copper in the United States.

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Tucson Culture

A significant percentage of Tucson’s population are temporary residents, contributing to the sense that the city is a holdover of the transient Old West, when communities could be built, settled, and then abandoned for ghost towns in just a few years. These passers through include the student body of the University of Arizona and a host of people known familiarly as “snow birds”: those who have bought a second house in or around the city and reside there only during the clement winters.

Tucson ArizonaBut of course the number of year round Tucsonans grows, and grows steadily more diverse. On the fast-developing outskirts of town are families in subdivisional suburbs, the wealthiest of whom live high in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. Around the city center, in the Warehouse District and Barrio Viejo, there is a vibrant collective of young artists, painters and musicians whose work is enjoyed in the galleries and clubs that dot the downtown. South Tucson, not even a mile from City Hall, is an autonomous township peopled almost entirely by Latino Americans, making it an indispensable pilgrimage point for Mexican food and Mariachi music. Indeed, with the border city of Nogales only forty-five minutes away, Tucson is strongly influenced by Mexican culture.

Finally, quite unique to the city, there are an amazing number of people who first came to Tucson with the intention of seeing the sights and moving on – and then simply stayed. They are not exactly settlers and not tourists, but men and women who have seemingly suspended their lives for the love of this peculiar and beautiful setting, with its big sky and small town friendliness. Almost everyone who visits Tucson seriously considers the feasibility of staying there.

 

Tucson Culture

A significant percentage of Tucson’s population are temporary residents, contributing to the sense that the city is a holdover of the transient Old West, when communities could be built, settled, and then abandoned for ghost towns in just a few years. These passers through include the student body of the University of Arizona and a host of people known familiarly as “snow birds”: those who have bought a second house in or around the city and reside there only during the clement winters.

Tucson ArizonaBut of course the number of year round Tucsonans grows, and grows steadily more diverse. On the fast-developing outskirts of town are families in subdivisional suburbs, the wealthiest of whom live high in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. Around the city center, in the Warehouse District and Barrio Viejo, there is a vibrant collective of young artists, painters and musicians whose work is enjoyed in the galleries and clubs that dot the downtown. South Tucson, not even a mile from City Hall, is an autonomous township peopled almost entirely by Latino Americans, making it an indispensable pilgrimage point for Mexican food and Mariachi music. Indeed, with the border city of Nogales only forty-five minutes away, Tucson is strongly influenced by Mexican culture.

Finally, quite unique to the city, there are an amazing number of people who first came to Tucson with the intention of seeing the sights and moving on – and then simply stayed. They are not exactly settlers and not tourists, but men and women who have seemingly suspended their lives for the love of this peculiar and beautiful setting, with its big sky and small town friendliness. Almost everyone who visits Tucson seriously considers the feasibility of staying there.

 

Tucson Shopping

There are two main areas of shopping in Tucson: downtown and everywhere else. Generally speaking, you will be well served to stick to the former. The roads that grid the surrounding sprawl are massed with the same outdoor malls and department stores that can be found anywhere else in America. Speedway Boulevard is particularly notorious for its ugliness. Fortunately, the downtown concentration of singular small businesses emphasizing a

southwestern heritage more than compensates. A walk up and down Fourth Avenue is a virtual requirement. Here you’ll find restaurants, cafes, bars, bookstores, food co-ops, boutiques, thrift shops, galleries, furniture dealers, and specialty craft stores. Continue beneath the underpass and turn right onto Broad Street to complete your walk. As you do, be sure to stop into the Hotel Congress, the legendary Tucson fixture where John Dillinger was first arrested. Now it also contains a fine restaurant, the Tap Room bar, a concert venue, and a beauty salon.

The restaurants along these streets are diverse and good, but it is worth making a trip to South Tucson for the Mexican food. Mi Nidito is the most popular choice, but the long waits for a table may send you to the much more modest but still excellent El Indio. In Tucson proper two fine options are La Fuente, which has live Mariachi music, and El Charro Café, a chic nightspot that alleges to have invented the chimichanga.

If you should tire of Mexican food, there are plenty of other places to eat. On two extremes lie Daisy Mae’s Steak House and Govinda, which has a full-serve vegetarian buffet. Bunbuku has cheap, delicious Japanese food and is loved by students.

 

Tucson Shopping

There are two main areas of shopping in Tucson: downtown and everywhere else. Generally speaking, you will be well served to stick to the former. The roads that grid the surrounding sprawl are massed with the same outdoor malls and department stores that can be found anywhere else in America. Speedway Boulevard is particularly notorious for its ugliness. Fortunately, the downtown concentration of singular small businesses emphasizing a

southwestern heritage more than compensates. A walk up and down Fourth Avenue is a virtual requirement. Here you’ll find restaurants, cafes, bars, bookstores, food co-ops, boutiques, thrift shops, galleries, furniture dealers, and specialty craft stores. Continue beneath the underpass and turn right onto Broad Street to complete your walk. As you do, be sure to stop into the Hotel Congress, the legendary Tucson fixture where John Dillinger was first arrested. Now it also contains a fine restaurant, the Tap Room bar, a concert venue, and a beauty salon.

The restaurants along these streets are diverse and good, but it is worth making a trip to South Tucson for the Mexican food. Mi Nidito is the most popular choice, but the long waits for a table may send you to the much more modest but still excellent El Indio. In Tucson proper two fine options are La Fuente, which has live Mariachi music, and El Charro Café, a chic nightspot that alleges to have invented the chimichanga.

If you should tire of Mexican food, there are plenty of other places to eat. On two extremes lie Daisy Mae’s Steak House and Govinda, which has a full-serve vegetarian buffet. Bunbuku has cheap, delicious Japanese food and is loved by students.

 

Tucson Restaurants
   
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in Tucson. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine
 Amereno's 8240 E. 22nd St. (520) 721-1210 Italian
 Lavender Restaurant 111 S. La Canada (620) 648-0205 French
 Le Rendez-Vous 3844 E Fort Lowell Rd (520) 323-7373 French
 Kingfisher Bar & Grill 2564 E Grant Rd (520) 323-7739 Seafood
 P.F. Chang's China Bistro 1805 E. River Road (520) 615-8788 Chinese
 De Vinci Italian Restaurant 3535 E Fort Lowell Rd (520) 881-0947 Italian
 Nonie Restaurant 2526 E Grant Rd (520) 319-1965 Cajun
 Bada Bings Ristorante Italiano 7156 South Highway 92 (520) 803-0241 Italian
 Rosa's Little Italy #7 Bisbee Rd. (520) 432-1331 Italian
 Bluefin Seafood Bistro 7053 North Oracle (520) 531-8500 Seafood
 Wildflower 7037 N. Oracle Rd. (520) 219-4230 American
 Delectables 533 N 4th Ave (520) 884-9289 Southwestern
 Oregano Pizza Bistro 4900 E. Speedway Blvd (520) 327-8955 Italian
 J Bar 3770 E. Sunrise Drive (520) 615-6100 Caribbean
 Tony Roma's 750 N. Kolb (520) 722-6668 Barbecue
 Anthony's in the Catalinas 6440 N. Campbell Ave. (520) 299-1771 Continental
 Char Thai Restaurant 5039 E 5th St (520) 795-1715 Thai
 The Bamboo Club 5870 East Broadway Boulevard (520) 514-9665 Asian
 Fleming's Prime Steakhouse 6360 N. Campbell Avenue (520) 529-5017 Steakhouse
 Daisy Mae's Steak House 2735 W Anklam Rd (520) 792-8888 Steakhouse
 El Burrito Patio 10420 N La Canada Dr #180 (520) 797-6554 Mexican

 

Tucson Restaurants
   
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in Tucson. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine
 Amereno's 8240 E. 22nd St. (520) 721-1210 Italian
 Lavender Restaurant 111 S. La Canada (620) 648-0205 French
 Le Rendez-Vous 3844 E Fort Lowell Rd (520) 323-7373 French
 Kingfisher Bar & Grill 2564 E Grant Rd (520) 323-7739 Seafood
 P.F. Chang's China Bistro 1805 E. River Road (520) 615-8788 Chinese
 De Vinci Italian Restaurant 3535 E Fort Lowell Rd (520) 881-0947 Italian
 Nonie Restaurant 2526 E Grant Rd (520) 319-1965 Cajun
 Bada Bings Ristorante Italiano 7156 South Highway 92 (520) 803-0241 Italian
 Rosa's Little Italy #7 Bisbee Rd. (520) 432-1331 Italian
 Bluefin Seafood Bistro 7053 North Oracle (520) 531-8500 Seafood
 Wildflower 7037 N. Oracle Rd. (520) 219-4230 American
 Delectables 533 N 4th Ave (520) 884-9289 Southwestern
 Oregano Pizza Bistro 4900 E. Speedway Blvd (520) 327-8955 Italian
 J Bar 3770 E. Sunrise Drive (520) 615-6100 Caribbean
 Tony Roma's 750 N. Kolb (520) 722-6668 Barbecue
 Anthony's in the Catalinas 6440 N. Campbell Ave. (520) 299-1771 Continental
 Char Thai Restaurant 5039 E 5th St (520) 795-1715 Thai
 The Bamboo Club 5870 East Broadway Boulevard (520) 514-9665 Asian
 Fleming's Prime Steakhouse 6360 N. Campbell Avenue (520) 529-5017 Steakhouse
 Daisy Mae's Steak House 2735 W Anklam Rd (520) 792-8888 Steakhouse
 El Burrito Patio 10420 N La Canada Dr #180 (520) 797-6554 Mexican

 


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