Sierra Vista : Arizona

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What it's Like to Retire in Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista is a town in very southern Arizona, not too far from the Mexican town of Nogales. It offers many attractions such as the panoramic views of the natural beauty and grandeur of the Dragoon, Mule and Huachuca Mountains; the Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve, hummingbird capital of the US; the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area; Chirachahua National Monuments.  In nearby Bisbee you can tour the Copper Queen copper mine. Historic Tombstone - "The Town Too Tough to Die" with it's infamous "OK Corral"- and historic Fort Huachuca are also nearby.  Picture of Huachuca Mountains in the Winter courtesy of Wikipedia and Alb8001.


Where to Retire in Sierra Vista and Home Prices

According to, the average sale price in late 2014 was about $160,000.


What is special about Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista offers beautiful mountain views, sunny weather, a low cost of living, lots of outdoor activities, and historical sites.


What is not special about Sierra Vista

Crime rate is above the national average, the nearest large city (Tucson) is about 75 miles away. Sierra Vista is not a walkable community.


Who will like retirement in Sierra Vista

Retirees who enjoy the outdoors, birdwatching, hiking and astronomy may like it here.


Local economy is driven by

Fort Huachuca, a U.S. Army installation, is the community's major employer, and half of all jobs here are with the government; Wick Communications, a magazine publishing company, is also located here.


Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 49 degrees, July's average is 80 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Sierra Vista offers hiking and biking along with Native American sites, bird watching, and is known as a great place for amateur astronomy.  The town also has shopping, dining, galleries, museums and an aquatic center.  The University of AZ South has a campus here as does Cochise Community College.



Sierra Vista's crime rate is above the national average.


Medical facilities

Canyon Vista Medical Center



Sierra Vista has a transit system; there is a small municipal airport here,  and the closest international airport is in Tucson, approximately 70 miles away; Sierra Vista is not considered a walkable community.


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Facts about SIERRA VISTA
  • State: AZ
  • Environment: Rural,Mountain,Desert,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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