6.0 out of 10


Ranked 7th best city in Arizona
32.1989307944296 -110.996994766603
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Schools
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Stay away so I can keep it for myself"

Tucson has more great, cheap restaurants than nearly any place I've ever been, minus, maybe, NYC. From Guero Canelo to Char, to 24-hour Mexican drive-thrus that may require Imodium the next day, you've got it all.

Terrific artists live or record there, including Neko Case, Giant Sand and Calexico, who are some of my favorites. Art at Solar Culture is changing and spectacular.

South of town you can drive through huge plantations of pecan trees where the temperature drops by what feels like 20 degrees, or drive up into the Catalinas and hike past the mansions into riparian forest.

On the downside, the streets are scary. They are either suicidal (Grant with the changing direction middle lane), or filled with snowbirds (I10 in winter) or...make that and... filled with potholes that ate Calcutta. Oh yeah, and the trailing turn signals are an adventure for the out of towner.

If you can take the heat, there's no better place to live.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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