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Tucson is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts


TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — A new study ranks Tucson as one of the best places in America for outdoor enthusiasts looking to live and work in an area they can also enjoy.

SmartAsset looked at all 50 states to see which offered the best options.

According to their study, Arizona ranks 17th.

The fintech company reviewed the following categories:

  • Habitability
  • Air pollution
  • Use
  • Outdoor access
  • Equity to income ratio
  • Coverage of national and regional parks
  • State Outdoor Recreation Economy
  • Five-year change in median household income

Although Tucson does not have a large amount of urban space set aside for park purposes, 5.2% of the local population walks and bikes.

This study also took into account Tucson’s unemployment rate of 2.8% in March 2022.

St. Petersburg, Florida landed at the top of the list.

These statistics used data from Zillow, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Census Bureau to assess each point.

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