The history of life in the Tucson Valley is a very long one believed to go back to the earliest Paleo Indian hunters and gatherers possibly to 12,000 BC. Traces of settlements along the Santa Cruz River have been dated as early as 1000 B.C. The culture of those Hohokam people is reflected in the Pima and Tohono O’odham tribes of today. The Coronado Expedition came thru Arizona and the Mission San Xavier del Bac was started in 1699. The official birthdate of Tucson is marked with the establishment of the Tucson Presido in 1775. Tucson was part of Mexico in the fight for independence and in 1854 it came under the jurisdiction of the United States. Arizona was not to become a state however until 1912.
Today the city has a population of just over half a million, the 2013 estimated population of the entire Tucson metropolitan area was 996,544. It is located 118 miles SE of Phoenix and 60 miles north of the Mexico border. The elevation is about 2,600 ft with the highest point over 9,000 ft in the Santa Rita Mountains.
The fabulous climate, the 4 mountain ranges surrounding Tucson in contrast to the Sonoran Desert with stately saguaros and flowering cacti is inspiration for the landscapes of photographers dreams.
The mild climate, awesome landscapes and in general a calm, restful ambiance have combined to create a perfect location for the many Active Adult Communities in the Tucson Valley. Recreational areas flow over onto the mountains and desert parks. The bicycle friendly roads draw many and the hiking trails are extensive. The University of Arizona lifestyle balances that of the retirement communities with its multiple national champion sports teams and advanced research labs. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and many high tech industries have drawn many small complementary businesses to the area.
Tucson is definitely a prime destination for creating wonderful Active Adult resort communities.
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