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Retire in Oro Valley, Arizona?
Overview: Oro Valley is a bedroom community north of Tucson in southern Arizona and is home to a number of high tech and biotech companies. It is in a pretty setting in the Santa Cantalina Mountain foothills and has valley views.
National publications have named Oro Valley as a great place to live, and residents are generally well educated and well to do. Many are second home owners. Good schools, a good library, a farmers' market, abundant outdoor recreation and an emerging arts scene all contribute to Oro Valley's high quality of life. Restaurants, mostly nicer chains, are in good supply. Most stores, including JCPenney, Wal-Mart and Marshalls, are clustered along Oracle Road, which runs along the east side of town. Sprawling Catalina State Park is immediately to Oro Valley's east, and it has camping areas, trails, riding stables and 5,000 saguaros.
Neighborhoods, many which are master planned, are newish, and homes line streets that meander around golf courses. Residences are mostly Mediterranean, Southwestern and territorial styles with Xeriscape landscaping. Trees are few and far between.
Population: 44,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 50%
Cost of Living: 10% above national average
Median Home Price: $310,000
Climate: Hot and dry, although the elevation (2,550 feet above sea level) mitigates summer temperatures somewhat (but they can still reach the low-100s). Winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 11 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Sun Tran serves the city, and Sun Shuttle is the dial-a-ride para-transit service
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Political Leanings: Liberal
Is Arizona Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: The city has grown by 8% in the last decade.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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.
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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