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 Gamemasters. In retail and service, there are Beaudry
RV, Auto Zone, and Walgreen’s. Additional commercial development
is being attracted by infrastructure improvements, modern city services,
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 is 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.