2010: 520,116, #33 in U.S., #2 in Arizona

1950: 45,454

2010 Metropolitan Area: 980,263, #52 in U.S.


The Spanish established a presidio (fort) in the area in 1775, and the town of Tucson grew up around it. Tucson was a small city until the years after World War II. The University of Arizona is just northeast of downtown.


Tallest building: One South Church (1986), 330 feet

List of tallest buildings


Tucson has no downtown department stores.


Amtrak’s Sunset Limited, going from New Orleans to Los Angeles, stops at Tucson’s old Southern Pacific station (1907) three times a week in each direction. This train also connects in San Antonio to Amtrak’s Texas Eagle, which goes north to Dallas, Little Rock, St. Louis, and Chicago. The 3.9-mile Sun Link streetcar, connecting downtown with the University of Arizona, opened in 2014.

Downtown Tucson


The Tucson Museum of Art is located downtown.


The Screening Room shows independent films. The Fox Tucson is a restored 1930 movie palace with concerts, plays, and old movies. The smaller Rialto Theater (1920) hosts concerts.

The Music Hall of the Tucson Convention Center (1971) hosts the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Arizona Opera. Broadway in Tucson has touring musicals at Centennial Hall at the University of Arizona.


The Triple-A Pacific Coast League Tucson Padres moved to El Paso in 2014. The Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League play at the Tucson Convention Center. The team moved from Springfield, Mass., in 2016.

Map of Downtown Tucson

Downtown Tucson Partnership

Historic Tucson Photos