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Old 03-15-2007, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Grandview Heights, OH
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Hi, I'm considering a move to Tucson for school at UA and can't wait to get out there. But the crime stats really do worry me though...if anybody can help me, are there any areas that are more dangerous than others? I believe South Tucson is fairly average, much like Guadalupe in Phoenix, but I was wondering if there were any other areas in town to avoid. It seems nice in the northern areas, but commuting to campus would take a fair while from there i'd reckon. If anybody could help me it'd be much appreciated!
Thanks,
SDM
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Old 03-15-2007, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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I'm going to the U of A and live on the NW side and you're right, the commute is a pain. It's anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes. I have friends that live near the Campbell/Grant intersection and have no problems. That's a ten minute drive if that. They actually bike to school and it takes less time.

A lot of people I know live on the northeast side of town and claim to have a commute of about 20 minutes. A couple examples are the Sunrise/Kolb and Sunrise/Swan areas. There seem to be some decent houses for rent right behind the medical center and the area seems okay.

Here's the university off-campus housing link:
http://www.union.arizona.edu/csil/cs...ine/onlineads/

I personally would avoid Broadway. Sam Hughes is a neighborhood near campus and is supposedly well-reputed, but I don't see anything listed there right now.
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Old 03-31-2007, 08:42 PM
 
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I have been reading quite a bit of stats on tucson, in relocation magazines, and crime stats are sky high. One said in all honesty, although tucson is a nice town, keep in mind there crime is much higher than other cities of their size. Its proximity to Mexico was stated as the reason. I did not go by just one publication, I decided to try several, I have read 3 now, and all concluded the same information. I went and visited, since a magazine would not control my life, only provide info, and I have to agree, much of that city does not look desirarable, and then a neighborhood will look decent, it was just too much, and I no longer would move there. Perhaps if one is affluent and can live in some type of gated community away from all of that, they can be more oblivious to it, but I am not of that income and new better than to put myself in that living type situation where I felt I would have problems . Good Luck to you
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Old 04-03-2007, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Georgetown, TX
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I have been reading quite a bit of stats on tucson, in relocation magazines, and crime stats are sky high. One said in all honesty, although tucson is a nice town, keep in mind there crime is much higher than other cities of their size. Its proximity to Mexico was stated as the reason. I did not go by just one publication, I decided to try several, I have read 3 now, and all concluded the same information. I went and visited, since a magazine would not control my life, only provide info, and I have to agree, much of that city does not look desirarable, and then a neighborhood will look decent, it was just too much, and I no longer would move there. Perhaps if one is affluent and can live in some type of gated community away from all of that, they can be more oblivious to it, but I am not of that income and new better than to put myself in that living type situation where I felt I would have problems . Good Luck to you
That's about right. Crime is very high here, especially drug-related and property crime. Automobile theft is some of the highest in the nation, as most cars are over the border before you know they're gone. Drugs are prominent in the schools here, English is a second language in much of the city (especially the south side), and vandalism and property crimes are always through the roof and tend to be top 5 in the nation consistently.

He's right, unless you're willing to pay double what a property's really worth and get in a gated community or something similar in the north side of town, I'd keep looking. Phoenix is an improvement, if only a minor one. It's cheaper to live there at least.
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