In the city of Tucson, Arizona proper there are more than 521,000 citizens with the greater Tucson area serving as home to a total 931,000 as of figures tallied in 2004. Best estimates suggest the greater metropolitan Tucson area will exceed one million by 2010. Growth in Tucson singles out the city as one of the most vibrant and progressive communities in the United States.
In terms of demographic breakdown Tucson female residents have an edge on their male counterparts. For every 100 women there are 93.3 males. This disparity in Tucson sex statistics suggest that Tucson singles - at least the men - have a very good change of meeting that someone special.
The average income in the city is more than $30,000. A Tucson female resident earns approximately $23,000 to their male counterparts' $28,500. The disparity in Tucson sex statistics would seem to extend into the work place as well.
Because the city with its arid climate has long been a favored destination for people with respiratory illness, many Tucson female residents work in the health care profession as nurses. The Tucson Medical Center was originally founded as a tuberculosis clinic and has grown into one of the finest regional medical facilities in the Southwest.
Consequently, Tucson is a health-conscious town and was one of the first communities in the nation to ban smoking in restaurants. While this move was originally considered radical, more and more American cities have followed in the footsteps of Tucson to protect their residents from the dangers of second-hand smoke in public places making Tucson a leader in this area of public policy.
With a median age of 32, Tucson is also a fairly young city. Of the approximately 193,000 households some 30% have children under the age of eighteen living at home. Almost fourteen percent are headed by Tucson female householders with no husband present.
Residents of Tucson, female and male alike are drawn to the city's famous Gem and Mineral Show, an annual event spread out all over the city in various facilities. With an estimated attendance exceeding 35,000 the Gem show not only draws members of the public, but experts, collectors, museum staff, dealers and researchers.
Many a Tucson female has found herself on a first date with a new fellow at the annual Fourth Avenue Street Fairs held in December and March. The fair began in 1970 and is filled with booths by arts and crafts vendors. Food is everywhere and street performers entertain visitors throughout the day. The fairs routinely attract crows of 200,000 to 300,000.
During the summer the mercury routinely climbs past the 100 degree mark in Tucson with nighttime temperatures hovering around seventy degrees. In late summer there is a local "monsoon" season characterized by dramatic and powerful lightning storms and heavy rains that cause localized flash flooding.
Even with these weather extremes the low humidity in the city and the mild winters account in part for the tremendous population boom enjoyed by Tucson and its greater metropolitan area. As one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, Tucson has a little something for everyone.