One of North Tucson’s suburban neighborhoods is Catalina Foothills, home to some of the community’s most expensive and beautiful luxury homes and estates, as well as several resorts and an upscale outdoor shopping mall. Many restaurants, art galleries and boutiques are located in the northern areas of Tucson and residents take care of their shopping needs at the La Encantada and Tucson Mall.
Local Job Market & Economy
Residents in and around the Greater Tucson region are fortunate to live in an area where the economic development is strong and the job market is abundant. The University of Arizona and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base serve as the area’s economic mainstays; however, tourism also plays a major role in the area’s strong economy. Furthermore, the city’s economic development keeps progressing, especially with major companies such as Texas Instruments, Raytheon Missile Systems and Bombardier Aerospace, among other high-tech companies, being housed in Tucson.
Tucson Colleges and Universities
Residents of North Tucson have access to many local colleges and universities, many which are nationally renowned. High school graduates and adult learners may choose from the University of Arizona, the second largest university in Arizona; Arizona State University; Pima Community College, which has six campuses to serve the educational needs of residents throughout the Greater Tucson region; University of Phoenix; The Art Institute of Tucson; Prescott College; Northern Arizona University; and The Art Center Design College, among others.
Residents throughout Tucson have a number of cultural and community events to look forward to throughout the year. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, one of the largest gem and mineral events in the world, takes place throughout town at as many as fifty different locations. The show takes place every February and lasts two weeks. The Tucson Rodeo, also known as the Fiesta de los Vaqueros, is also held every February and marks the start of the rodeo season in the country. The Rodeo Parade is one of the main events during the rodeo, known as “the world’s largest non-mechanized parade.”
The Fourth Avenue Street Fair is held twice a year, once during December and the other during late March or early April. Attendees can expect to find arts and crafts booths, food vendors, pottery, paintings, and plenty of merchandise for sale. During the first weekend in May, residents look forward to the Tucson Folk Festival, which has been going strong for over 25 years. Nationally renowned musicians and performers headline the festival and over 100 local and regional musicians perform on five different stages during this festive weekend.
Cultural events also take place in Tucson, such as the Tucson Meet Yourself event and All Souls Procession Weekend. Tucson Meet Yourself highlights the diversity of Tucson’s populace and includes a weekend of art, food, and live performances from over 30 different ethnicities in the downtown district. All Souls Procession Weekend is one of the larger festivals in Tucson and takes places on the first Sunday in November. The event was modeled after the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and combines elements of several different European, African, and Latin American culture to the event, which honors deceased loved ones.