Casa Grande : Arizona


What It Is Like to Retire in Casa Grande

Casa Grande is a very fast growing community of 53,658 (2020 Census) almost half way to Tucson from Phoenix. The Metro area population is many times that. The population grew 132% from 2000 to 2020. 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 left). Most of those are gated communities and have amenities like golf courses.

in early 2023, Zillow reported the median home value to be $329,896. 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, and the desert and the mountains are beautiful. Casa Grande was home to a collective farm society which was part of the New Deal, and today it is home to the Francisco Grande Hotel and Golf Resort, and was the former spring training camp of the San Francisco Giants. The famous Hohokam Indian Ruins are 20 miles to the northeast.


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 a common industry located in Casa Grande, and retail and health care also are important drivers to the economy. It is a bedroom community for 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.

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 higher than the national average.

Medical Facilities

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

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 than others.


Valuable Links

City of Casa Grande


What people are saying about Casa Grande

Casa Grande and Apache Junction
Your articels on Casa Grande and Apache Junction are so misleading any uninformed that they are laughable. Both these communities are total crap holes and very unsafe. Retirement in either place would be a tremendous mistake. (Stephen)
Posted by admin on November 21, 2022
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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