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Tucson (pronounced tusʊn) is a city located in Pima County, Arizona. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 486,699. A July 1, 2002 Census estimate puts the city's population at 503,151. It is the largest city in southern Arizona, and the second largest in the state after Phoenix. Joined by I-10, Phoenix and Tucson are the two endpoints of a 100-mile long corridor of increasingly suburbanized areas. Tucson is the county seat of Pima County.

The name Tucson comes from the O'odham name for the city, Chuk Shon, meaning "Black foothills" (a reference to Sentinel Peak, better known as "A Mountain" because it sports a large letter A in honor of the University of Arizona). Tucson is sometimes referred to as The Old Pueblo.

Two United States Navy vessels have been named USS Tucson in honor of the city.

Tucson geography

Tucson is located at 32°12'52" North, 110°55'5" West (32.214476, -110.918192).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 505.3 km² (195.1 mi²). 504.2 km² (194.7 mi²) of it is land and 1.1 km² (0.4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.22% water.

Its elevation is 2,389 ft (728 m) above sea level. Tucson is bounded by four sets of mountains: the Catalina Mountains to the North, the Santa Rita Mountains to the South, the Rincon Mountains to the East, and the Tucson Mountains to the West.

Tucson history

Tucson was originally inhabited around roughly 7000 BC by early Paleo-Indians, and later replaced by groups designated by archaeologists as the Hohokam. The Mission San Xavier del Bac was founded in the area of present-day Tucson in 1700 by the Spanish Jesuit missionary Father Eusebio Francisco Kino. Tucson became a part of Mexico after Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821. Following the Gadsden purchase in 1853, Tucson became a part of the United States. From August 1861, until mid-1862, Tucson was the capital of the Confederate Territory of Arizona. Until 1863, Tucson and all of Arizona was part of the New Mexico Territory. From 1867 to 1889, Tucson was the capital of the Arizona Territory. The University of Arizona, located in Tucson, was founded in 1885.

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