About the Tucson, Arizona Area

Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, Vail and Sahuarita


Tucson is the seat of Pima County, Arizona.  It is  located 118 miles (188 km) southeast of Phoenix. With an estimated population of 515,000 in 2005 (metropolitan area population of 931,210) it is expected to exceed 610,000 by 2008.  In 2005 Tucson ranked as the 32nd-largest city and 52nd-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. It is the largest city in southern Arizona, and the second largest in the state after Phoenix.

Tucson is the home of  The University of Arizona,  a premier, student-centered research institution.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,484 people, 842 households, and 675 families residing in Vail.  The racial makeup of the Vail was 87.16% White, 0.64% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 7.45% from other races, and 3.70% from two or more races. 16.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 842 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.2% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.8% were non-families. 14.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.25.

31.8% of the population is under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 5.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. The median income for a household in the CDP was $46,202, and the median income for a family was $53,958. Males had a median income of $37,418 versus $28,594 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,892. About 6.1% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

Oro Valley

Oro Valley, incorporated in 1974, is a suburban town located six miles north of Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 38,438, an increase from 29,700 in 2000 according to the U.S. Census. Dubbed the "Upscale Tech Mecca" of Southern Arizona by the Arizona Daily Star newspaper, Oro Valley is home to over 10 high tech firms and has a median household income nearly 50% higher than the U.S. median.  The town is located approximately 110 miles southeast of the state capital of Phoenix.

Oro Valley is situated in the western foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains at the base of Pusch Ridge. North of the town are the Tortolita Mountains, and vistas of the Tucson valley are to the south. Oro Valley hosts a large number of residents from around the U.S. who maintain second or winter homes in the town.


Incorporated in 1977, Marana is a town to the northwest of Tucson in Pima County, Arizona.    According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 26,098. Marana was the fourth fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona of any size from 1990 to 2000. The metro population of Marana is very large, due to its connections to Tucson, Picture Rocks, and Avra Valley.

The town extends along Interstate 10 from the border between Pinal and Pima County to the Tucson city line, which starts around Rillito River. While the city has a more rural character than Tucson, it has been extensively developed. Many of the Tucson area's big box stores are located in or near Marana, and notable clusters of hotels and restaurants have been built along I-10. The Tucson Mountains and the western half of Saguaro National Park are located to the west. Southern Marana has grown much over the past few years, especially commercially.


Sahuarita is known for its peace and natural beauty from the time primitive Hohokam Tribes first settled in this fertile river valley. It is surrounded by expansive views of desert vegetation and majestic mountains, yet this community is convenient, consistent and  complements the lifestyles of all generations. The key to Sahuarita's inevitable growth is planning and purpose. IExpansion is geared to providing for the well-being of current and future residents while retaining the history, grace and charm of it rich past and natural beauty.

(courtesy of www.ci.sahuarita.az.us)

Tucson, Arizona Area Map