Oro Valley : Arizona


What It Is Like to Retire in Oro Valley

Oro Valley is a rapidly growing region about 15 miles north of Tucson in southern Arizona. CNN/Money named Oro Valley #44 on its list of "Best 100 Places to Live and Launch". The 2020 population is over 44,000, median January temperature is 50, elevation is 2500'. The population is a bit older than Arizona in general, yet many younger families with children live here. The area has a vibrant economy with a combination of luxury resorts, retirement communities, and a strong biotech industry. Many folks live here only in winter.  In addition to the beautiful scenery and lively environment, the Oro Valley offers superb recreational facilities - from golf and tennis to mountain biking and hiking in the nearby mountains.


Where to Retire in Oro Valley and Home Prices

Oro Valley is home to several giant active adult communities (see link at top right).
The median home value was $489,569 in mid-2022, according to Zillow.


What Is Special about Oro Valley

One of CNN/Money's "100 Best Places to Live and Launch".  Its beautiful foothills lead to nearby mountains, fantastic access to the outdoors. Less crowded than Tucson or Phoenix. There are a number of luxury resort hotels in the Oro Valley. The Oro Valley Country Club is a frequent host of collegiate golf tournaments. Catalina State Park, very good schools.

What Is Not Special about Oro Valley

Summers can be hot with temperatures over 100 degrees.


Who Will Like Retirement in Oro Valley

An interesting mix of people come to live in the Oro Valley. There are families with young children, retirees, and people who keep a second home here for the winter. In the active adult communities here the age tends to be higher, obviously.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Oro Valley has a very diverse economic base. Biotech, luxury hotels, construction, and active adult communities are important to the Oro Valley economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

This community is located in the middle of the Canada del Oro Valley in the western foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains at the base of the Pusch Ridge. The Tortolita Mountains are north of the town.  It is fairly warm in winter and extremely hot in summer.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Greater Oro Valley Arts Council actively promotes the arts. The Oro Valley Festival of the Arts is held each April. celebrating all forms of art and artistic expression. Live musical performances are held in the open-air amphitheater at Cañada del Oro Riverfront Park. Oro Valley schools and library are highly regarded. Nearby Tucson is the home of the University of Arizona and a wealth of cultural institutions.


Crime in Oro Valley is significantly low - about a third of the national average, making it a very safe place to retire.

Medical Facilities

The nearest hospitals are in Tucson.


The Tucson Airport is a major airport and very close by.

Valuable Links

Arizona retirement guide
Oro Valley wikipedia entry

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