Nicknamed “The Old Pueblo”, the City of Tucson has a rich and distinguished history in the desert Southwest. Tucson officially became part of the United States in 1853 after the Gadsden Purchase, although its history dates back thousands of years to early Indian settlers who farmed along the Santa Cruz River. This exciting history continues to influence the culture of Tucson today and brings about a welcoming, relaxed lifestyle that, along with the warm climate, continues to attract visitors and new residents. Home to the University of Arizona (founded in 1885), Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona and in 2005 was listed as the 32nd largest city in the United States, although its relatively low density and western roots provides the feeling of a much smaller community. A varied desert terrain exists within the city’s region featuring unique wildlife and ranging typography from saguaro cactus all the way to pine trees in the surrounding mountains with peak elevations of over 9,000 feet above sea level.
A huge attraction to the Tucson area is undoubtedly the vast amount of sunshine enjoyed yearly in the region, averaging over 350 sunny days a year. The warm, dry climate draws visitors and residents alike throughout the year, but primarily during the winter months. However, there are numerous additional benefits to living in the area, like its rich cultural history, abundant recreational opportunities, expansive culinary delights, and relaxing lifestyle. All year long there are a variety of fairs, cultural events, and arts exhibits/shows which provide interesting diversions for area residents. Host of the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase, the city welcomes visitors from around the globe for this unique, two-week event that stretches across the downtown Tucson area. Other area attractions include supporting the University of Arizona athletic teams led by its resurgent football team and the always exciting past national championship Wildcat basketball team.