Tucson, founded in 1775 to protect settlers from Apache raids, (elevation 2,389
feet) is surrounded by five mountain ranges. The highest, the Santa Catalina
rises as high as 9,100 feet. Desert growth contains many trees and colorful cacti,
which bloom between March and June. Warm, sunny and dry most of the year, this
is one area of the United States untroubled by hurricanes, earthquakes or
tornadoes. Sun City Vistoso elevation is approximately 3,000 feet. The
temperature is usually a few degrees cooler than Tucson which is at 2,000 to
As of 2015, Tucson had an estimated population of 653,000, and the
estimated Pima County's population is close
A state sales tax of 5.6% and a City of Tucson tax of 2% on retail
sales exempts non-restaurant foods and prescription drugs. In 2005, Arizona
income tax ranged from 2.9 to 5.04% based on income after exemptions. See
"Local Links" on the main page of this website, then use the link to
Arizona Dept of Revenue for forms and Tax information.
Tucson has 18 museums and art galleries,17 libraries, 11 recreation centers,
four lakes, 23 municipal swimming pools, 96 parks, 28 golf courses, 306
tennis facilities and 11 bowling alleys. Sports include the University of
Arizona's PAC-10 and NCAA; professional baseball-Tucson Padres AAA farm
team and Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, and Chicago White Sox Spring
Training Camp, Pima County Polo Club, tennis clubs, rodeo,
Tournament Players Association and Ladies Professional Golf Association tournaments.
Included in the many cultural attractions in Tucson area are the
Tucson Symphony, the Arizona Opera Company, Tucson Ballet Company, the famed
Tucson Boy's Chorus, Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona Historical Society Museum,
the Arizona Theater Company, and a number of smaller theater companies. Tucson
Convention Center, Pima College and the University of Arizona have concerts
and events featuring world and nationally known performers. The Arizona Sonoran
Desert Museum and the Tucson Zoo are also major attractions. The University of
Arizona has several specialized museums and a planetarium.
Serving Tucson and Pima County, there are several HMO's, 2,000 physicians and
dentists and 12 hospitals with 2,296 beds including the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson.
Researchers at the University Cancer Research Center and the University Health Sciences
Center have produced many breakthroughs in treatment and prevention of cancer, heart
disease, muscular dystrophy, and osteoporosis to name a few.
Sun City Vistoso residents are served 24 hours a day by the paramedic staff of the Golder Ranch
Fire Department, which maintains a fire station in the community. The nearest hospital is
now the Oro Valley Hospital located on Tangerine Road near Oracle
Road in Rancho Vistoso -- about a five minute drive from Sun City
Vistoso. This is a144-bed hospital complex, which opened in
January, 2005. This 220,000 sq. ft.
hospital provides emergency and inpatient medical surgical care, a pharmacy,
nuclear medicine, radiology, CAT scan and MRI services, laboratory services and a full range of
outpatient services. Adjoining the hospital is an 80,000 sq. ft. medical
office building providing office space for more than 40 physician practices.
Key specialties are to include primary care, cardiology, neurology and
orthopedics. Tucson Heart Hospital's has a Cardiac Care Center North Oracle Road and Pusch View Lane in Oro Valley.
Also, just five minutes away from Sun City Vistoso, Northwest Medical Center has a 50,650
sq. ft. urgent care facility just north of the shopping center mentioned above
at Oracle Road and Rancho Vistoso Boulevard. This facility has physicians'
offices, diagnostic services (such as radiology, mammography, ultrasound,
cardiac diagnostics, and CT), an urgent care area, lab and future ambulatory
The Tucson bus system, SunTran, has a Dial-a-Ride service on its Sun Shuttle
lines which picks up and returns residents at their doorstep. This is available
to residents covered by disability and Medicare insurance.
Airport transportation is provided by Stagecoach, and private shuttle
companies to and from Sun City.
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