Moving from Seattle, WA to Tucson, AZ

Are you moving from Seattle, WA to Tucson, AZ?

Seattle, Washington and Tucson, Arizona are often described as being in the American West. What’s humorous about placing them in the same region, though, is just how polar opposite the two cities are. While Seattle is rainy and often cold, Tucson basks in the warmth and sunshine. There’s also the slight fact that they are well over 1,500 miles apart. Yes, Tucson and Seattle offer dramatically different living environments. When it comes right down to it, though, Tucson would appear to be the clear winner. Let’s take a look at why moving to Tucson from Seattle might be one of the best ideas you’ve ever had.       

What is the weather like in Tucson?          

Seattle is a very cold, rainy city. The number of clear days is fairly small and for most of the year the possibility of sunshine is less than 50 percent. There are only a little over 2,000 hours that hold rays of sun each year in Seattle. This is not the case in Tucson, which is known for being a Mecca of warmth and brightness. Each year, they have almost 4,000 hours of sunshine, with even the murky month of December soaked in gold nearly 80 percent of the time.

The light, constant rain of Seattle can also get to be heavy-handed and dreary. Tucson is in a desert climate and only experiences a little over 11 inches of rain annually, which is a breeze compared to Seattle’s 37.49 inches. Temperatures for the year in Tucson shift between an average high of 83.1 and average low of 55.8, which further illustrates how chilly Seattle can be with its average high at 60.2 and its low at 45. When it comes to weather, it’s clear than Tucson is the place you want to be for perennial tans and short-sleeves.

What are the schools like in Tucson?

While Seattle is known for being a highly-educated city, parents will notice no slack in their children’s educational upbringing when moving to Tucson. Tucson High School has the largest number of students of any high school in the nation with around 7,000 enrolled, which is just the beginning of the city’s excellent opportunities. Higher education, in particular plays an important role in the academic environment of Tucson. The University of Arizona is perhaps the greatest force in the collegiate world for the city, but there are also great educations to be had at the Prescott College, the Art Institute of Tucson, the University of Phoenix (Tucson branch) and Brown Mackie College.

Annual Events in Tucson

When it comes to culture, Tucson provides a number of annual activities to help keep its citizens entertained and enlightened. Among many events is the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, which is one of the largest of its kind and has been held in the city for more than 50 years. The Tucson Festival of Books occurs at the University of Arizona and is the fourth biggest book festival in the United States. Besides reading-related activities, there are also science fairs and featured exhibitors, as well as the annual recognition of the Founder’s Award (given to such people as R.L. Stine and Elmore Leonard.

The Tucson Folk Festival features both well-known musicians, as well as 100 local and regional acts. The only community radio station in Arizona, KXCI 91.3 FM, broadcast the event live. The All Souls Procession Weekend occurs on the first Sunday of every November and is modeled after Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday. These are just a few of the highlights of annual events held in the great city of Tucson.

What is there to do in Tucson?

In addition to the many festivals already covered, there are a number of interesting activities that can be enjoyed in and around the city, with one of the most interesting being the Old Tucson Studios. The studios history goes hand-in-hand with Hollywood itself, having been built as a set for the 1940 film Arizona, starring Jean Arthur and William Holden. Since then it has been used for many other films and television shows, and it also features historical tours and live shows for guests.

The beautiful landscape of Arizona can also be taken in through a number of outlets, and there are many different museums dedicated to the desert heritage, as well. This includes the Fort Lowell Museum and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Other points of interests related to museum culture include the Center for Creative Photography and the Mission San Xavier del Bac. Other sites in Tucson include the El Tiradito religious shrine and the Reid Park Zoo.

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