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Tucson (pronounced TOO-sawn) is the second-largest city in the state of Arizona, in the United States of America.

At an elevation of 2,400 feet, it has slightly cooler temperatures than its desert cousin, Phoenix. It is situated in the biologically diverse Sonoran Desert. With a population of 486,699 (2000 Census) in Tucson and 843,746 in the greater metro area, which also includes Marana, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Sahuarita, Drexel Heights, Vail, South Tucson, etc (most of eastern Pima County), Tucson was the 32nd fastest growing of 280 metropolitan areas from 1990-2000. As of the 2010 census, the population within the city limits was 520,116
and the Greater Tucson Metropolitan Area population was 980,263, making it the 52nd biggest metropolitan area in the country.

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  1. The bus station in downtown Tucson doesn’t just share a name with Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Linda Ronstadt, it was actually named after her family.
  2. The Tucson Rodeo Parade is the largest non-motorized parade in the world.
  3. The Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, is the largest privately funded, non-governmental aerospace museum in the world.
  4. El Charro Café was called one of the America’s 21 Most Legendary Restaurants by “Gourmet Magazine” in 2008 and founder Tia Monica Flin is said to have accidentally invented the chimichanga. .
  5. Tucson is surrounded by the world's largest concentration of Saguaro cactus.

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