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The Spanish name of the city, Tucsón Tucson was probably first visited by Paleo-Indians, known to have been in southern Arizona about 12,000 years ago.
Recent archaeological excavations near the Santa Cruz River have located a village site dating from 2100 BC.
The Tucson MSA forms part of the larger Tucson-Nogales combined statistical area (CSA), with a total population of 1,010,025 as of the 2010 Census.
Tucson is the second-largest populated city in Arizona behind Phoenix, both of which anchor the Arizona Sun Corridor.
During the territorial and early statehood periods, Tucson was Arizona's largest city and commercial center, while Phoenix was the seat of state government (beginning in 1889) and agriculture.The city is located 108 miles (174 km) southeast of Phoenix and 60 mi (97 km) north of the U. Tucson is the 33rd largest city and the 53rd largest metropolitan area in the United States.Major incorporated suburbs of Tucson include Oro Valley and Marana northwest of the city, Sahuarita south of the city, and South Tucson in an enclave south of downtown.The Early Ceramic period occupation of Tucson saw the first extensive use of pottery vessels for cooking and storage.The groups designated as the Hohokam lived in the area from AD 600 to 1450 and are known for their vast irrigation canal systems and their red-on-brown pottery.