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Top 21 Reasons To Move To Tucson Arizona

Before we decided to move back to the USA, we did a lot of research. We considered different states, taxes, beauty of the area, and many, many other things. Ultimately we decided to move to Tucson, Arizona. Here are our top reasons why:

Why Move To Tucson Arizona?

Mission San Xavier Del Bac Tucson

1. Cheap Cost Of Living – Cost of living is very favorable. I’ve heard it said: “Tucson is a big town, with a small-town attitude, and small-town prices”. Love it! Check out my post on Puerto Rico vs. Tucson, AZ cost of living.

2. The Climate – The arid, desert climate, is wonderful, especially during the Fall-Winter-Spring months. It is particularly beneficial to asthma/allergy and arthritis sufferers.

3. Beautiful Desert – Most people think that desert is just miles of dry sand. Not so in Arizona. Tucson area is truly beautiful. Located on a plain about 2,600 feet above sea level, Tucson is surrounded by mountain ranges. The views are incredible. There is lots of desert greenery and lots of beautiful things to see, like canyons, caves, national parks, and more…

4. Telescopes and Night Skies – Arizona has the most telescopes of any place in the world. Tucson is especially famous for being home to Large Binocular Telescope that’s headquartered here in University of Arizona. If you’re into star gazing, this is the place to be. In fact, we already have passes to check out the Kitt Peak National Observatory 🙂

Tucson Desert

Tucson Area Is Great For Stargazers!

5. Skiing – There are places, within driving distance of Tucson, where you can satisfy that urge to ski. Mt. Lemmon is the southernmost point in the USA for downhill skiing and is right here in Tucson. It’s not Colorado and the season is short but you can do it here. Flagstaff (about a 3.5-hour drive) has best skiing in Arizona. If you don’t want to spend the money on a plane ticket to go skiing, just head for the northern Arizona ski slopes.

6. Hiking Sabino Canyon – Tucson’s Coronado National Forest is home to spectacular desert landscapes and abundant wildlife. Sabino Canyon is a natural desert oasis that provides hiking for all levels. Not able to do a lot of hiking? No problem, hop on the Sabino Canyon tram and take in the beautiful outdoors as you ride through the canyon. If you’re thinking about moving to Tucson, you can enjoy it every day.

7. Gastronomic UNESCO Creative City – Tucson is the only city in the USA distinguished with the UNISCO Gastronomic designation. I’m sure you know what that means…. Amazing Restaurants! If you’re a foodie, Tucson is the place for you.

8. Availability of Fresh Foods – 3 hours from the Sea of Cortez, 90 miles from Mexico border, and neighboring California, position Tucson as a great spot for fresh food. Produce, seafood, and let’s not forget beef produced by the University of Arizona Agriculture & Life Sciences. Yes, folks, they sell fresh meat to the public! YUM.

mt lemmon

You Will Find Amazing Seafood In Tucson

9. Cool College Town Vibe – Tucson is home to University of Arizona and as such, it sports the quintessential, cool college town vibe. It is reinforced by the sheer number of things to do daily. From theater to symphony, to salsa lessons. You can find something to do and enjoy being surrounded by both the young and the young-at-heart.

10. Cultural Diversity – From the young college students, to the elderly retirees, from the southern country dwellers, to Latinos, to Native Americans, and much more. Tucson is a great culturally-diverse city and it shows everywhere. It’s an interesting mix and experience of a true American melting pot.

11. Large Latino Population – Nearly 38% of Tucson population is Latino, making it a great city to learn and practice Spanish. As well as experience the Latino culture and the best of its cuisine. In fact, we’re confident, we can continue on our quest to learn Spanish here, perhaps even easier than in Puerto Rico.

Move to Tucson Arizona

Move To Tucson: Great Place to Learn Spanish

12. Largest Gem Show – Tucson is home to the largest, oldest and most prestigious gem and mineral show in the world. In fact, at the time of this writing, the entire city has been taken over by the gem show. Amazing, if you are either a jeweler or a jewelry lover, Tucson is the place to be. Events are open to both wholesalers and the public.

13. Tucson Festival of Books  – 4th largest book festival in the country, attracts more than 130,000 people. If you’re a bookworm, like myself, Tucson will not disappoint. Meet your favorite author at the Festival, or simply visit Bookmans – our local chain of used book and entertainment stores. You’ll love them!

Tucson Farmers Market

There Is A Farmers Market For Every Day Of The Week

14. Swap Meets – Arizona is known for their swap meets and Tucson doesn’t disappoint. It is home to Tanque Verde Swap Meet, a huge outdoor swap meet. If you’re a flea market and swap meet fan, Tucson is a great place.

15. Local Attractions – Biosphere 2, Saguaro forest, University of Arizona, museums, hiking, biking, proximity to Arizona’s wine country. I can’t list it all here but you get the idea. Dream up what you want, and you’ll likely to find it here – well, with the exception of the ocean 🙂

16. Close Proximity to some of the greatest tourist attractions in the USA – The Grand Canyon is in Arizona, Las Vegas is only a 6-hour drive, Disney Land is only a 7-hour drive, and San Diego is only a 6-hour drive. Feel like exploring?

17. The LOOP!!! – 100 miles of non-motorized trails for walking, running, biking, and horseback riding. It surrounds the city and even reaches some of the surrounding communities. Oh, and it includes regular stops with bathrooms, bike repair, and picnic areas.

Tucson Festival Of Books

Move To Tucson: Tucson Is A Biking City

18. Arizona Good For New Business – Low corporate taxes, low income taxes, and friendliness toward new small business startups.

“Arizona has lowered taxes, streamlined regulations, and established a suite of incentives to support corporate growth and expansion.”

19. Explore the American Southwest – Opportunity to explore the American Southwest. Tucson area is rich in both American and Native American history. The exploration possibilities are endless! From thousand-year-old petroglyphs in the Saguaro National Park to an old mission church standing tall amidst the desert.

20. Bird Watching – Over 350 of bird species have been sighted in Tucson metropolitan area, which makes Tucson a bird watchers paradise. Overall, Arizona’s species list of around 550 is the highest of any state without an ocean coastline. To that list, vagrant birds add additional, often rare, species. In fact, National Audubon Society says: “Eventually, every birder must visit Arizona.”

21. Farmers markets, farmers markets, and farmers markets – There is a farmers market for nearly every day of the week. Clearly people here appreciate their farmers markets, as do I. You will find both seasonal, as well as year-round markets in Tucson, as well as other special farmers events, such as  Roasted Chile Festival or Fall Pumpkin Celebration.

There are even more reasons to move to Tucson Arizona but these were the top ones for us. Do you live in Tucson? Why do you like it?



About Joanna

is a Polish American living in Arizona with her husband Tim. She is a founding partner of JTR Tech and she is proud to be a professional geek. She had dreamt of living abroad for many years. So, she and Tim created AbroadDreams.com to document the process of making their dream of moving abroad come true. They spent 2 years in Puerto Rico and several months in Spain and Poland. Now they are exploring the American Southwest.

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  1. Joasiu, pięknie opisałaś Tucson i okolice. Faktycznie jest tam wiele do zwiedzania. My odwiedziliśmy większość z tych miejsc o których napisałaś. Nie byliśmy w filharmonii, nie dojechaliśmy na szczyt Mt. Lemmon, dojechaliśmy tylko do wysokości 6000 ft , nie mogłam wyżej jechać i wróciliśmy. Klimat tam nam odpowiadał, moje stawy podleczylam. Dobrze, ze tam przeprowadziliście sie, będziecie zadowoleni, tam nie można sie nudzić, jest poprostu fantastycznie.
    Nawet owoce cytrusowe sa tam słodsze, np. mango. Serdecznie Was pozdrawiam, Mama

  2. Have you given some thought to the summer temperatures and how they would eliminate many of the outdoor activities you list. Not so in Puerto Rico where you could enjoy year round adventures. That might be worth the cost of living difference alone, but only for the retired who don’t need internet, etc. that you seem to require…..
    So now the question might become, where would you rather live if you were retired and not internet dependent?
    Maybe 6 months between each of two similar places as PR and Tucson….?

    • Hi Robert,
      You are thinking along the same lines as us 🙂 Our ultimate goal is to split our time between tropical and desert climates. I’ve been in AZ during the summer and it is hot, but not as bad as you’d think. The lack of humidity really helps. We spent last summer in Granada, Spain where climate is nearly identical to Tucson (elevation too), and we loved it. So, I’m not expecting for us to have too many problems. Of course, we can always go north for the summer 🙂
      I don’t know if the internet dependence is really that much of an issue for us. Even if we didn’t work, the conveniences of USA and EU are really, really nice. On the other hand, the lazy beach life is cool too. I like that we can experience both and do whatever we feel like. If next year we decide that Tucson is not for us, well, then we’ll leave 🙂
      Cheers, Joanna-