Tucson is Best Place to Live a Simple Life


Mayor Bob Walkup, the self-proclaimed “mayor of paradise,” says he wasn’t surprised to hear his city topped the list.

“I believe that Tucson has the highest quality of life of any city in the country,” he says. Tucson’s temperate climate and low crime rate make it an ideal place to live, he says.

“It — no kidding — has an abundance of sunshine year round.”

The U.S. Census Bureau notes that the 541,000 population of Tucson, its city resources, and other factors, make Tucson a live-able place to settle in for a more peaceful and simple life.

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The AARP Magazine came up with a 25-numbered list of cities all over the United States and took into consideration that every region is well-represented.

Given the down-shift in the economy run, the editors of the magazine wanted to give readers a choice in selecting the best places to live in considering the value of low-cost living, plus the opportunities of recreation and what it can offer to raise a stable family life.

“We decided we wanted to focus on places you could live simply, says AARP’s manager of magazine editorial projects Gabrielle deGroot Redford.

Redford says demographers and editors looked for places that are affordable and still have relatively low rates of unemployment. She added that factors such as the ability to walk and bike to work and the availability of “outdoor amenities” such as farmers markets and hiking trails also gave cities extra points.

And to make sure life is really simple, the team looked at the stress index of the cities, a measure used by demographers, which combines “rates of suicide and crime and divorce and depression and other factors that play into how stressed people feel living there,” she says.

Another plus: if the city is close to a college or university.

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“We looked for places with great education, in particular, colleges because colleges tend to offer classes for adults and a lot of amenities,” such as lectures and sporting events, Redford says.

That Tucson is home to the University of Arizona helped boost it to the top.

“It’s quite an affordable city in part, but it also has a lot going on about it,” she says. “There are a lot of ways to enjoy living there.”

She adds that residents rave about the city’s multicultural feel. “They just feel like it’s one of those great melting pots.”

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Tucson, Arizona: The Quality of Life like No Other


Tucson New Construction HomesTucson in Arizona is a small town but with bigger than life amenities for truly satisfying quality of life. It is home to several quaint communities perfect for families. It has a thriving business district, balanced with an outstanding culture of performing arts. It is home to serene parks and outdoor activities. There are good health care and medical facilities. The best part? – the sun is almost always out with temperate weather just perfect to lift up your day.

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Ranked as 5th Most Liveable Place in America

The Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO) recently reported that Tucson was chosen as the fifth best place in America to live, out of a field of 331 communities. The ranking, by MSN.com, took into account the cost of living, crime rate, education, home prices and weather. The only four cities in the survey that were rated higher were Raleigh, NC; Denver, CO; San Diego, CA and Punta Gorda, FL.

Tucson is an ideal place for new homes to be built especially for people who like Southern living but in a populous metropolitan area. The number of homes in Tucson is continuously growing because of the many activities this city offers.

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Tucson Activities for Individuals and Families

Tucson boats of a variety of outdoor activities and festivals to attend for leisure or bonding with friends and families. Some of these are:

  • Trekking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Visits to the Desert Museum
  • Rialto Theater Events
  • Folk Festivals and Street Fairs
  • Rodeos
  • Shopping at the Trail Dust Town

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Arizona for a Perfect Hiking Day


Tucson in Arizona offers lovely paths for hiking with your dog. Author Kelli Donley of azcentral writes about tips and tricks on hiking on a perfect day in Arizona with your dog.

The weather is right, and you aren’t the only one itching for some outdoor therapy. Your dog is ready to hit the trail, too. With just a little preparation, you and your dog can be ready for a hike in town or on a more adventurous rural route.

“Good leash manners, a strong ‘come’ command and a well-tested ‘sit-stay’ are the absolute bare-minimum obedience skills a dog must have before hitting the trail,” says Jamie J. DeBenedetto, a dog trainer, hike leader and founder of the Canine Hiking Club of Arizona.

DeBenedetto recommends starting with shorter, easier trips to build up your dog’s stamina, as well as its footpads. Keep in mind temperatures, terrain and total distance when planning your animal’s preconditioning. As your furry partner gains strength and you learn what is normal and within his abilities, you can venture out for longer periods,” she says.

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Know the dangers

Tucson hiker Andy Flach says it’s important to understand your environment and potential dangers.

“Depending on where you hike in Arizona, you could unexpectedly encounter mountain lions, bears, coyotes, deer, wolves, cattle, horses, javelina, etc.,” he says. “If you have your dog off-leash, an encounter with one of these animals might go worse than if your dog had been on-leash.

“At the very least, you should have some kind of game plan for animal encounters and be comfortable with the risk involved.”

In Best Hikes With Dogs: Arizona (Mountaineers Books, 2005, $16.95), Renee Guillory lists essentials for hiking dogs, including obedience training, a backpack, a first-aid kit, food, water and identification tags.

DeBenedetto advises getting your pooch used to hiking gear before hitting the trail.

“If you plan to have your dog wear a pack, booties or other gear, these items need to be introduced to the preconditioning regimen,” DeBenedetto says. “Use the short trips as test runs to evaluate fit and performance of these items.”

Flach stresses that water is the most essential component for both two- and four-legged hikers.

“Bring something to use as a water bowl for your dog, and bring plenty of water for both of you,” he says. “Collapsible fabric water bowls (are) sold for this purpose. You can also just bring along a light plastic bowl in your pack. In a pinch, and if you are careful, you can use a quart-size freezer bag as a water bowl, but it is less than ideal.”

Use a leash

It may be tempting to let your dog off the leash, but unless you’re familiar with the terrain and those you’re sharing the trail with, it’s not recommended.

“The cacti are mean, and the snakes are meaner,” says Phyllis Ralley of the Arizona Trail Association. “Keep your dog close and on a leash.”

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Flach says hikers with dogs must be mindful of those who aren’t so keen on canines.

“Unless you can reliably and instantaneously call your dog to your side in all circumstances, you should consider keeping your dog on a leash, unless you are on a real remote trail with no traffic,” he says. “Some people don’t like dogs, or they have small children with them, and they can get scared or upset if they turn a corner and some strange dog runs up to them.

“Also, if your dog is 50 yards ahead of you and someone comes along with an aggressive dog that’s also off-leash, you could end up with an unpleasant situation.”

The golden rule

DeBenedetto says good hiking manners are a must.

Nearly all Arizona trails are canine-friendly, she says, but that could change if hikers with dogs aren’t on their best behavior. At the very least, she advises dog owners to obey all posted rules, such as leash laws, picking up and disposing of pet waste, not allowing dogs to chase wildlife or livestock.

“Beyond that, I encourage keeping in mind that not all other trail users love dogs,” she says. “Stepping off the trail and giving the right of way to all other users is a very nice gesture and usually goes a long way in the minds of your fellow outdoor enthusiasts.”

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