Green Valley : Arizona


What It Is Like to Retire in Green Valley

Green Valley is one of the larger active adult communities in the world. It is actually a collection of developments and communities located in extreme southern Arizona. The population is over 21,000 and growing. Surrounded by copper mines, and near the hiking and birding areas of the Santa Rita Mountains, Green Valley is an unincorporated retirement community composed of 59 Homeowner Associations.

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Where to Retire in Green Valley and Home Prices

There are several developments within Green Valley. In fact there are 59 different home owners associations. Most, but not all are age restricted. See the link at left for "Active Communities" to find out more.
According to, the median home value in Green Valley was $292,746 in mid-2022.


What Is Special about Green Valley

Green Valley offers good value for the money in terms of the housing and amenities offered. It also has a moderate winter climate, although periods of hard freeze can occur.  Because of its size the range of its activities and the range of people to meet is more extensive than most other active adult communities.  The non-profit Green Valley Recreation is quite extraordinary, operating 13 different recreation centers with golf courses, swimming pools, fitness centers, etc. It also provides many opportunities for the arts and entertainment. One of its attractions is that its facilities and programs allow people from different communities to mix.

What Is Not Special about Green Valley

More than 80% of Green Valley is age restricted, so if you don't meet the age requirements this may not be the place for you. Green Valley is below average in walkability when compared to other communities, though golf carts are legal to be driven in the street and are a common alternative to walking.


Who Will Like Retirement in Green Valley

People who want a warm winter and love the desert will like Green Valley.  Golfers, group activity enthusiasts, and people who like the outdoors will feel at home here.  GVR (Green Valley Recreaction - affords members a chance to learn & play the fastest growing sport in the country, Pickleball! Many residents also use number of tenis courts, and of course biking year round.  It is obviously the community is popular with retirees, as the median age is 71.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Primarily retirees and tourism as the large majority of residents and snow birds are retired.


Climate and Physical Environment

Green Valley is in a basin below the Santa Rita Mountains located in the southwest United States.  The average year round temperature is 68.9 degrees Fahrenheit.  The area is known as a haven for snow birds during the winter months as a result of it's warmer temperatures.  The dry warmer climate is also a popular for those seeking relief from arthritis.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Green Valley has a modicum of entertainment.  Tucson and the U of A is just a short drive away with some excellent entertainment.  Number and variety of restaurants is somewhat limited near Green Valley.  Just south of Green Valley is Tubac which is known for it's art culture and fine shopping and dining. There are numerous state parks, national monuments, and wildlife museums in the area. The Arizona-Sonora Desert is not to be missed.



Green Valley had a total of 4 violent crimes and 534 property crimes last year which is far below the average for Arizona and the nation as a whole.  The area is primarily comprised of retirees with more than 80% of Green Valley being age restricted.  The general lack of a younger population spares Green Valley from the majority of "nuisance" type crimes, drugs and violent crimes commonly found in most cities.

Additionally the area has one of the largest Auxillary Sheriff patrol forces in the country with 122 volunteers,  mostly made up of retired law enforcement professionals.  This Auxillary Sherriff team put in an amount of hours last year equal to an additional 22 full time deputies patrolling the Green Valley area.

There is a common myth that the area is affected by crime from "illegal alien" traffic but crime data and reports simply don't support this claim.


Medical Facilities

While there are many medical offices and facilities in Green Valley, Tucson offers a number major hospitals along with the University of Arizona "teaching" hospital.



An Interstate 19 runs through the middle of the community. Tucson International Airport is 23 miles.  There is a some local bus service.


Valuable Links

Green Valley Chamber of Commerce

Wikipedia for Green Valley

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What people are saying about Green Valley

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Posted by on January 03, 2017
Green Valley Running Out Of Water?
Ok I've been considering moving to GV specifically Robson Quail Creek when we retire in December. After doing some research I've discovered some very disturbing data about the polluted ground water and the non sustainable water supply in the aquifer. There are at least three huge copper mines and a farming company in the area. They are using tremendous amounts of non replenishing water from the only aquifer. The tailings from the mines are leeching into the ground water. Some reports back in 2010 estimated at the present rate the water would run out in 10 years. Now there is a CAP project to run a 36" pipeline 10 miles long from the north to ponds in GV used to recharge the aquifer. This project is only just beginning this summer. Seems to me all the public agencies are just dodging this issue for obvious reasons. The home prices would drop to nothing without water. Believe it or don't believe it I don't care but do yourself a favor and research the water supply in GV beforer you buy.
Posted by hy_tek on September 26, 2012
A Great Place to Live
Lived in GV for four years. Agree with all the good comments that folks have made and take exception to some of the bad ones. I served with the Sherriffs Auxiliary for two years and would say that GV is one of the safer places in this country to live. We patrolled every neighborhood at least twice a day with 4-5 patrol cars on the road at all times during the day. Green Valley Rec is an outstanding organization and very reasonable (after the initial buy-in) on an annual basis. In our particular neighborhood (approx. 160 homes) we had 6 organized activities every month: 2 couples (potluck and wine tasting), 2 ladies (luncheon and book club), and 2 mens (luncheon and poker night). I would recommend Green Valley to anyone.
Posted by bhenk on May 06, 2012
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