Like much of Arizona, Tuscon is a haven for those looking for wide open spaces, desert heat and gorgeous sunsets. One thing that makes Tuscon special in terms of its geography is that it’s surrounded by mountains, so there are beautiful photo ops no matter where you turn.
This laid-back city is pretty family-oriented as 63 percent of its residents are married, but as home to the University of Arizona, it also has a college-town vibe.
Downtown Tuscon is a bustling area with plenty of apartments to rent. For a quirkier neighborhood, head to Iron Horse, one of Tucson’s oldest and smallest neighborhoods. Pie Allen is another fun hipster neighborhood, but it’s still a little rough around the edges for those whose main concern is safety. The north side of Tuscon, often called The Catalina Foothills, is an upscale area populated with expensive houses and posh shopping. Families should also check out the suburbs of Marana, Sahuarita, Vail and historic Sam Hughes.
Aesthetically, Tucson has a perfectly-southwestern vibe as seen in its architecture (check out Old Pueblo) and the Mural Walk downtown. Tucson’s street food scene is also on point with Mexican being the prefered cuisine. Head to South Twelfth Avenue for plenty of taquerias and food trucks. Nature lovers will love living near Saguaro National Park and desert attractions outside the main city. There are also plenty of spas and desert resorts within driving distance.