Tucson One of The Best Places To Raise A Family

ca. 1990-2002, Tucson, Arizona, USA --- Tucson Skyline --- Image by © Richard Cummins/CORBIS


You may think of Tucson, home to the famous Canyon Ranch spa, as a mecca for retirees seeking R&R — and it is still that — but it’s become something more: A respite for stressed families. Not only does it have a low cost of living, decent economy and quality schools in reasonably priced neighborhoods, it’s got particular appeal for outdoorsy families.

Tucson boasts roughly 350 days a year of sunshine (no more cabin-fever-crazed kids) with average temperatures in most months in the mid-60s to mid-80s. Plus, there are hundreds of miles of bike-friendly roads (including The Loop, a 55-mile car-free trail) and outdoor activities that range from rock climbing (the city is surrounded by five mountain ranges and the 1.8 million acre Coronado National Forest) to hiking and horseback riding.

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