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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.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 59th largest metropolitan area in the United States.
The floodplain of the Santa Cruz River was extensively farmed during the Early Agricultural period, circa 1200 BC to AD 150.
These people constructed irrigation canals and grew corn, beans, and other crops while gathering wild plants and hunting.
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.
Jesuit missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino visited the Santa Cruz River valley in 1692, and founded the Mission San Xavier del Bac in 1700 about 7 mi (11 km) upstream from the site of the settlement of Tucson.