South Tucson is a mile-square community just south of

downtown Tucson, surrounded by the city of Tucson. Of

the population of about 5,500, 83 percent are Mexican-American

and 10 percent Native American. South Tucson's ethnic character is

evident in its widely known Mexican restaurants and its architectural

styles, including colorful outdoor murals celebrating its ethnic



Located at the junction of Interstates 10 and 19 and on the

Southern Pacific Railroad line from Tucson to Nogales, South Tucson

is favorably situated for transport serving industry and commerce.

I-19 is the main highway into the U.S. from Nogales, Sonora (65

miles south), and I-10 is a major cross-country route from Los

Angeles through Texas to the East Coast.


South Tucson is home to Tucson Greyhound Park and is known for

some of the finest Mexican restaurants in Southern Arizona.

During the past 10 years, several businesses have located and relocated

in South Tucson. Examples in manufacturing are Tucson

Abrasives and Grimemasters. In retail and service, there are Beaudry

RV, Auto Zone, and Walgreen’s. Additional commercial development

is being attracted by infrastructure improvements, modern city ser-vices,

and a central urban location with small town friendly service.

More than 300 businesses call South Tucson home.

Development incentives include low property taxes, tax abatement

for qualifying sites (in accordance with ARS 42-681), permits and

inspections on a fast-track basis, a responsive police and fire force,

an excellent labor pool and dynamic market. South Tucson is a part

of the state's Enterprise Zone program and has a revolving loan

fund for businesses.


South Tucson is a vital, if small, part of the thriving Tucson metropolitan

area (33rd largest in the nation). The University of Arizona is

a short distance away. Davis Monthan Air Force Base and Hughes

Missile Company are also nearby. The downtown Tucson area is

less than one mile away and a new baseball stadium is within six



The Tucson valley is surrounded by mountains. Mt. Lemmon (9,100

feet) in the Catalina’s has skiing in the winter, and Mt. Wrightson

(9,400 feet) with Madera Canyon in the Santa Ritas is one of the

finest bird-watching locations in the country. The internationally

known Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, just west of town, is one of

the top 10 zoos in the country. Tucson also boasts a symphony, an

opera, a major theater and several thriving small theaters. The

Milwaukee Brewers' top farm team is the AAA Tucson Toros.

South Tucson co-sponsors the annual Nortefio Music Festival and

street fair which celebrates the music and culture of northern

Mexico and United States border areas every Labor Day weekend.