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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Marana, Arizona?

Overview:   Twenty five miles northwest of downtown Tucson in southern Arizona's Sonoran Desert, sprawling, suburban Marana has grown by 33% in the last 10 years and straddles Interstate 10 at the base of the Tortolita Mountains.

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Much of the land within city boundaries is undeveloped, but Marana is home to at least three large master-planned developments, Continental Ranch, Gladden Farms and Dove Mountain. All of these have numerous gated subdivisions with single family, Mediterranean-style homes. Between these communities, residents have several golf courses on which to play. The city has nine parks and maintains extensive hiking trails through the rugged Tortolitas. Residents enjoy concerts in the park, movies in the park, a Main Street festival and holiday events. Large box retailers and some very good chain restaurants are sprinkled here and there.

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A farmers' market is held every Tuesday. Movie theaters, museums and the like are in Tucson, and most locals commute to Tucson for work.

Population: 43,000 (city proper)

Age 45 or Better: 30% 

Cost of Living:  4% above the national average

Median Home Price:  $270,000 

Climate:   Summer temperatures are in the 90s and low-100s, and winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 11 inches of rain per year.

Public Transit:   Yes, provided by Sun Tran

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Tucson has several hospitals that accept Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Tucson has several hospitals that are accredited.

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:  Split down the middle

College Educated:  43%

Is Arizona Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:   None

Notes:    The city is racially diverse. Night skies twinkle.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes, although the distance to an accredited hospital should be weighed.

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Arizona:

The Grand Canyon State was originally part of New Mexico. After the land was ceded to the U.S. in 1848, it became a separate territory. It did not enter the union until February 14, 1912. Copper was discovered in the area in 1848, and metals mining continues to be an important part of the economy. Cattle and tourism are two of the states other vital industries.

Although Arizona can be one of the hottest states in the union, air conditioning continues to bring more and more people to the urban areas. The Colorado Plateau spreads through Arizona from the north and is interspersed with remnants of the Rocky Mountains. The land flattens into desert near Phoenix. The Colorado River forms the state's western borders and snakes through the Grand Canyon.

Arizona is home to places with names like Nothing, a ghost town in western Arizona, and the Horspitality Resort.

The state is stubborn when it comes to time. It observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis.

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Stats:

Population - 6,931,030 

Persons 65 years old and over - 17%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 86% 

Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27% 

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 31% 

White persons, not Hispanic - 58% 

Median household income - $50,225 

Median home value - $167,500 

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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