Top 10 Cities for Veterans
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Set in the Sonoran Desert Valley, Tucson, AZ, is surrounded by five mountain ranges that provide great views and many recreational activities. While Tucson is home to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, it is near three other military installations. Just 70 miles away is Fort Huachuca, an Army base. Tucson is 139 miles from Luke Air Force Base; and 273 miles from Camp Navajo, a training site for multiple branches of the military. These bases give veterans a range of options for commissary and access to military services.
Residents enjoy an average of 350 days of sunshine each year, temperate winters and a culturally diverse population. There are five city-owned golf courses and more than a dozen private clubs. The city has more than 800 miles of bike paths. Winter brings opportunities for snow skiing at Mt. Lemmon. The Wall Street Journal described the city as a "mini-mecca for the arts." Tucson schools range from elementary to higher education, and the city is home to one of the nation's premier research and development facilities, the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park. The city has more than 1,500 restaurants, ranging from small diners to fine dining, and several shopping districts including the Broadway Village, which was created in 1939.
Unemployment rate: 8.3%
Age 55 and over: 24%