Tucson, Arizona


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Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
By Zereshk (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona and the 33rd largest city in America. Pronounced "too-sahn," it was the capital of the Arizona Territoryfrom 1867-1889. In 1885, the University of Arizona was chartered in Tucson. Today, it provides educations to 37,000 students.

Tucson continues to experience rapid growth. 35 percent of the population is of Hispanic origin. The city is home to the Tucson Mineral and Gem Show, one of the largest such conventions in the world. The conventions attracts at least 50,000 people to Tucson each year. Tucson is sometimes nicknamed "Optics Valley" because the city is the center of the Optics Optoelectric Systems Manufacturing Industry. "Optics Valley" is also home to many astronomical observatories because of the isolated peaks and clear skies of the Sonoran Desert.


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