Casa Grande : Arizona


What It Is Like to Retire in Casa Grande

Casa Grande is a very fast growing community of 50,000 almost half way to Tucson from Phoenix. The Metro area population is many times that. The population grew over 98% from 2000 to 2012. Chandler is close by.  Casa Grande, which means big house in Spanish, was formerly the home of spring training for the San Francisco Giants.  It has long been known for the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.  Most of the town infrastructure is new with many chain stores and big box stores, but also many local businesses.  Many people who live here commute to work in the Tucson or Phoenix. Photo of Historic Casa Grande Union High School which now serves as the Casa Grande City Hall courtesy of Wikipedia and Marine 69-71, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/


Where to Retire in Casa Grande and Home Prices

Many of the 55+ people in Casa Grande tend to live in the active adult communities spread out around the outskirts of the town (see link at top right). Most of those are gated communities and have amenities like golf courses. 

Fueled by overbuilding and foreclosures, average home prices in Casa Grande nose dived in the 2008 recession. Many developments in progress were left abandoned. However by late 2014 reported the median sale price of a home had recovered to about $125,000.  By mid-2018, Zillow reported the median home value was $162,900, and in early 2021 they pegged it at $227,191. Homes in some of the nicer developments will be higher than that.


What Is Special about Casa Grande

This part of southern Arizona is a little less overdeveloped than the Phoenix region. Casa Grande has a mix of  old Arizona and modern buildings;  the shopping is very good; the desert and the mountains are beautiful;  the famous Hohokam Indian Ruins are 20 miles to the northeast; Casa Grande was home to a collective farm society which was part of the New Deal; the Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort was the former spring training camp of the San Francisco Giants.


What Is Not Special about Casa Grande

Casa Grande has just about everything to offer, it doesn't have a Costco or a large variety of chain restaurants. 


Who Will Like Retirement in Casa Grande

People who want to live in an active adult community in beautiful southern Arizona will love it here. It has a great hometown town feel, convenient to metro Phoenix with out having to deal with the problems, like traffic, congestion and poor air quaility.


Local Economy Is Driven by

While not highly visible manufacturing is the most common industry located in Casa Grande. It is a bedroom community for some people from Phoenix and Tucson, so the service industry is important.  There is considerable retail in Casa Grande including The Promenade at Casa Grande, an open-air outdoor mall with 1,000,000 sq.ft. Construction remains a driver of the economy although to a lesser extent since the downturn in the housing market.


Climate and Physical Environment

Casa Grande is halfway between Tucson and Phoenix in southern Arizona. The normal high temperature in January is 65 with a normal low of 38. The normal July high temperature is 105 with a low of 78. Casa Grande averages 10" of rain per year.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Musuem of Casa Grande offers wonderful insight on the history of the community.  Casa Grande Main Street hosts regular activities, including car shows, art, and preformances. The Casa Grande Public Library is a 16,000 sq.ft. facility with 75,000 volumes.



The crime rate in Casa Grande is double the national average, but that is due to progressive reporting. The policies the police chief in Casa Grande set in place were agressive, but that would be my preference anyways. A large number of the arrests are for domestic issues. I feel safe in Casa Grande. 


Medical Facilities

Banner Casa Grande Medical Center is a full hospital and serves the residents of Casa Grande.

  • Opened in 1984
  • Patient beds: 177
  • Number of Employees: 780
  • Medical staff:  200
You will also find a wide variety of doctors and medical facilities thoughout Casa Grande including many specialties. 


Casa Grande Municipal Airport is on the west side of town and services small planes and annually hosts the very popular Cactus Fly-In.  Like most communities in Arizona, Casa Grande is mainly car dependent for running most errands with some neighborhoods having better walkability.


Valuable Links

City of Casa Grande


What people are saying about Casa Grande

Casa Grande, Arizona
Whenever I read an article describing a possible retirement location in the Southwest, I wonder about the availability and affordability of fresh water. It\'s not inconceivable to me that someone might have to pay more for a water supply than what they pay for property taxes. In any event, the various utility costs are something I research when I investigate any location for a potential future move.
Posted by phritzg on December 03, 2014

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