What is the Difference Between Phoenix and Tucson?

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Real Estate Agent with Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ BR564219000
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I get a lot of requests for the differences between Phoenix area and the Tucson area of Arizona.  Now I've never lived in Phoenix, and it's unfair of me to compare with my own slanted tastes, but I have to admit I'm more of a fan of Tucson!

What is the Difference Between Phoenix and Tucson?

Here's some major differences right off the bat.  I'm just going to hit a few high points in the interests of not having a 10-page blog post!

Tucson Sunset

Size - Phoenix, etc. is a CITY.  Tucson is a sprawling town.  (Really, the "flavor of the city" lends itself towards "town") Phoenix Metropolitan Area (Metropolitan Statistical Area) Population on November 15th, 2010: 4,536,069  Tucson Metropolitan Area (Metropolitan Statistical Area) Population on November 15th, 2010: 1,044,829  (derived from city-data.com)

Phoenix has more water - canals, rivers, lakes.  Tucson has a fishing lake going up to Mt. Lemmon, or you have to travel over to Patagonia - about 70-90 minutes SE

Phoenix has little mountains dotting its vast, spread cityscape, with the Superstition Mts. looming large to the east.  Tucson has mountains surrounding its four sides - and the town is situated in the "valley" between -- elevation differences are: Phoenix (Sky Harbor Airport) - 1141 Feet - Tucson International Airport - 2654

Phoenix has better roads.  A vast, well-planned freeway system gets you all over - quickly.  Except of course, during traffic jams.  Tucson has one major freeway, I-10, which slashes at a diagonal through town from NW to SE, and connects to I-19 which heads due south to Mexico.

Mostly, choosing between Phoenix and Tucson is a matter of personal taste and/or job requirements.  Tucson (1776, officially) has been around a great many more years than Phoenix, (1861) and carries an old-world touch that easily recalls The Old Pueblo.  Father Kino established San Zavier in 1700 and the community of Tucson was founded as a Spanish military garrison, protecting settlers from Apache Indian raids. 

If you have questions or would like a SWDesert Homes visitor's packet, I invite you to contact me for a free copy and no-limit question-asking period! 

If you'd like more information on the Phoenix area, I invite you to visit Juli Vosmik's blog post for areas towards North Phoenix metropolitan area, (N/NW Phoenix, Scottsdale, Carefree, Cave Creek, Peoria) and Deanne Olivas for areas more Southerly: (Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Queen Creek, Apache Junction)

The number one question I receive is, "What is the difference between Phoenix and Tucson weather?  The following is a month by month comparison taken from various weather spots across google, the averages compiled from 1993-2010.

 

Phoenix

         

Tucson

    January
    Average high temperature: 66
    Average low temperature: 41
    Warmest ever: 88
    Coldest ever: 16
    Average precipitation: .8

      February
    Average high temperature: 70
    Average low temperature: 44
    Warmest ever: 92
    Coldest ever: 24
    Average precipitation: .6

      March
    Average high temperature: 75
    Average low temperature: 49
    Warmest ever: 100
    Coldest ever: 25
    Average precipitation: .9
 
    April
    Average high temperature: 84
    Average low temperature: 55
    Warmest ever: 105
    Coldest ever: 35
    Average precipitation: .3
 
    May
    Average high temperature: 93
    Average low temperature: 64
    Warmest ever: 114
    Coldest ever: 39
    Average precipitation: .1
 
    June
    Average high temperature: 103
    Average low temperature: 72
    Warmest ever: 122
    Coldest ever: 50
    Average precipitation: .1
 
    July
    Average high temperature: 105
    Average low temperature: 80
    Warmest ever: 121
    Coldest ever: 63
    Average precipitation: .8
 
    August
    Average high temperature: 103
    Average low temperature: 79
    Warmest ever: 116
    Coldest ever: 61
    Average precipitation: 1.0
 
    September
    Average high temperature: 99
    Average low temperature: 72
    Warmest ever: 116
    Coldest ever: 47
    Average precipitation: .7
 
    October
    Average high temperature: 88
    Average low temperature: 61
    Warmest ever: 107
    Coldest ever: 34
    Average precipitation: .6
 
    November
    Average high temperature: 75
    Average low temperature: 48
    Warmest ever: 96
    Coldest ever: 27
    Average precipitation: .6
 
    December
    Average high temperature: 66
    Average low temperature: 42
    Warmest ever: 87
    Coldest ever: 22    
    Average precipitation: .9




















   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
January
Average high: 65
Average low:  39
Warmest ever: 87
Coldest ever: 16
Average precipitation: .99

February
Average high: 68
Average low:  42
Warmest ever: 92
Coldest ever: 20
Average precipitation: .88

March
Average high: 73
Average low:  45
Warmest ever: 99
Coldest ever: 20
Average precipitation: .81
 
April
Average high: 82
Average low:  51
Warmest ever:  104
Coldest ever: 31
Average precipitation: .24
 
May
Average high: 90
Average low:  59
Warmest ever:  117
Coldest ever: 43
Average precipitation: .24
 
June
Average high: 100
Average low:  68
Warmest ever: 117
Coldest ever: 43
Average precipitation: .24
 
July
 Average high: 100
Average low:  73
Warmest ever: 114
Coldest ever: 59
Average precipitation: 2.07
 
August
Average high: 97
Average low:  72
Warmest ever: 112
Coldest ever: 61
Average precipitation: 2.30
 
September
Average high: 94
Average low:  68
Warmest ever: 107
Coldest ever: 44
Average precipitation: 1.45
 
October
Average high: 84
Average low:  57
Warmest ever: 102
Coldest ever: 26
Average precipitation: 1.21
 
November
Average high: 72
Average low:  45
Warmest ever
Coldest ever
Average precipitation: .67
 
December
Average high: 65
Average low:  39
Warmest ever: 94
Coldest ever: 24
Average precipitation: 1.03




























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Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Long Realty,

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Cara,

This is a great post, we have never visited Tucson, and have always wondered about the difference.  By reading this, we now want to check out your marketplace.  A

Jan 31, 2011 03:38 AM #1
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The main thing I love about Tucson is the fact that it truly feels like a town.  sure there are a million people here but it just doesn't feel like there are.

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Hi Cara - Great post. I have lived in both places and love them both. I like the smaller town feel of Tucson, but I also appreciate all that Scottsdale/Phoenix have to offer. Tucscon is home to one of my favorite places on earth - the Sonoran Desert Wildlife Museum!

Feb 11, 2011 04:52 AM #4
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Although I like Tucson's more liberal politics and its older pedigree, I think there's a lot to be said for the sheer variety that the Phoenix area offers. Tucson is a much smaller city with no major suburbs; Phoenix has Scottsdale and Tempe and Mesa and Glendale and Chandler and Gilbert and more in addition to its own sprawling self. And sprawling is the right word -- Tucson has some of that as well, but the Phoenix area is truly cartoonish in the way that the strip malls cycle past, endlessly repeating themselves.
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BW - thank you so much for your poetic description...the variety of a city of Phoenix cannot be matched...and perhaps the character of Tucson makes it so very unique in itself.  :)

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