Many people choose to retire to Tucson due to its warmer temperatures and year-round weather. Tucson offers more than a winter without shoveling snow. You can also enjoy a variety of plants and animals, both in the city and the desert.
A higher percentage of households in Tucson (33.6 percent) speak a language other than English while at home, according to the Census Bureau. 14.9 percent of the total population in 2010 (520,562) were born in another country. The 2015 population estimates shows an increase of 2.1 percent, up to 531,641 Tucson residents.
The number of females (50.5 percent) is slightly lower than the national average of 50.8 percent. Seniors, age 65 and over, make up 11.9 percent of the population in the city. Of the 2010 population figure, veterans account for 40,434 of citizens.
Of the 520,532 residents in 2010, 69.7 percent identified as white, 41.6 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 5 percent as black or African-American, 2.9 percent as Asian, and 2.7 percent as American Indian or Alaska Native. 4.2 percent of the Tucson community identify as two or more races and 0.2 percent as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.
If you prefer warmer weather all year-round, then Tucson is the place for you. The average temperature is 70.9 degrees F. The annual high temperature is 83.7 degrees and the annual low temperature is 58.1 degrees. December and January are typically cooler months with highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 40s. Summer months can reach temperatures above 100 degrees. The average rainfall is low compared to other states at just 11.92 inches per year with the month of July averaging close to two inches of rainfall over the course of the month.
Those hot summer months can be a problem when those days become scorchers. In June 2016, the temperatures rose up to 115 degrees – the highest the city had experienced in 20 years. According to Weather.com, this temperature has only been reached or exceeded four times since the year 1894.
When the temperatures reach record-breaking numbers, you need to remember to stay hydrated and stay indoors where it is cooler as much as possible to prevent heatstroke. If your air conditioner stops working, call for help and move to a cooler location until it can be serviced.
Some creatures in Tucson cannot be seen anywhere else, thanks in part to the Sonoran Desert. If you have time you can visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Biosphere 2 – University of Arizona, or the International Wildlife Museum.
When it comes to plants, the saguaro cactus, the largest in the country, grows in Tucson. Other cacti, vines, shrubs, trees, wildflowers, weeds, grasses, and ferns grow in the area.
Animals like the coyote, gray fox, mule deer, rock squirrel, whitethroat woodrat, ringtail, and cliff chipmunk live in the Sonora Desert area. You can also find plenty of reptiles, amphibians, and birds living in the desert and foothills. In the city, you may observe Anna’s hummingbird, barn owls, burrowing owls, house finches, rock pigeons, white winged doves, peach-faced lovebirds, mourning doves, Inca doves, and house sparrows.
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