If you live in or around Tucson, you’re a person who has made some spectacularly smart choices. Those not living in Tucson shouldn’t despair; you will be welcome here whenever you decide to improve your life.
Whether you’re being transferred to Tucson by your employer, retiring to Tucson, or just fleeing a state with cold and snowy winters, Tucson is a great place to live. There are many reasons for moving to the Old Pueblo and staying forever. Here are five:
It’s the desert, so it gets hot in the summer—although it really is a dry heat—with average rainfall less than 12 inches. Late June and early July is the hottest time, with an average temperature of 102 degrees. However, from mid-September to the beginning of June, the weather is perfect. While the rest of the country is shoveling snow, jump-starting cars, and slipping on ice, Tucsonans are playing golf and hiking.
Tucson has natural features you won’t find in any other major city. This includes the Sonoran Desert, beautiful mountains, azure skies, and spectacular sunsets. We’re the only area in the world where you’ll find saguaro cacti, and we have interesting wildlife like javelinas, roadrunners, and tarantulas. If the summer heat gets to you, Mt. Lemmon is just outside of town, with an altitude of 9,157 feet, and is always about 30 degrees cooler. And, if you’re looking for water, Tucson is only 200 miles from Rocky Point—or Puerto Peñasco—in Mexico, where one can lounge on white sand beaches along the shore of the stunning Sea of Cortez.
In December 2015, Tucson became the first city in the United States to be named a City of Gastronomy by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This honor comes, not only from the excellent restaurants in and around Tucson, but because of the city’s culinary diversity and its multicultural food history. Plus, we have local farmers and ranchers who nurture our vibrant food scene, and we support many local organizations, like the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the Iskashitaa Refugee Food Network.
The Cost of Living
Tucson is a comparatively small town in contrast to megalopolises like Los Angeles, and the cost of living shows it. Tucson residents have a purchasing power that’s 32.93 percent higher than in Los Angeles. Just about everything is more inexpensive here. A meal for two at a moderately-priced restaurant is 33 percent cheaper, gasoline is 29 percent cheaper, and housing cost per square foot is 76.9 percent cheaper.
The Housing Market
The median home price in Tucson is $206,915, which is up nearly 17 percent from a year ago. Still, compared with the national average of $312,800, that’s a bargain, ranking 62nd out of 78 housing markets. If your family income is $48,740, then you can afford a home in Tucson. With down payment assistance, it’s even easier to qualify.
If you’re thinking of relocating to Tucson, RJ Homes can find the right home for you. Our real estate experts and certified loan professionals will work together to be certain that you have the home of your dreams, with a monthly mortgage payment you can afford. Call the RJ Homes Team today at 520.333.7777, and we’ll help make your move to Tucson worry free.