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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Sahuarita, Arizona?

Overview:   Thirty miles from downtown Tucson in southern Arizona, this Santa Cruz Valley town is headquarters to the Green Valley Pecan Company and the world's largest pecan orchard. It straddles Interstate 19, abuts Green Valley to the south and has been booming, growing by 900% in the last couple of decades.

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This growth, fueled by people looking for attractive, reasonably priced housing in safe neighborhoods, has necessitated rapid construction, giving Sahuarita a crisp but slightly dusty feeling. Architectural styles include Mediterranean, adobe, Southwestern, territorial and others. Large, master planned communities include Quail Creek, Madera Highlands and Rancho Sahuarita. Rancho Resort is a small 55+ community within Sahuarita Rancho. Residents have four attractive shopping malls, plus another three in neighboring Green Valley, from which to choose. Restaurants are mostly chains. Further amenities include the Titan Missile Museum, a dance center, the Desert Diamond Casino and 92 acres of parks.

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The town's Anamax Park has a recreation center, a dog park, a walking trail and sports fields. Events include a pecan festival, a car show, and a bicycle century ride. The artist colony at Tubac and the Tumaacori National Monument are only 32 minutes south of Sahuarita. The Tohono O'odham Reservation, the Pena Blanca Lake, the Coronado National Forest, and the Kitt Peak Observatory are other easy day trips.

Population:  26,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  40%

Cost of Living:   Meets the national average

Median Home Price: $185,000

Climate:  Summer temperatures are in the 90s and low-100s, and winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.  On average, the area receives 14 inches of rain per year. 

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  No, but the University of Arizona Medical Center is 15 miles away in Tucson and accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but the University of Arizona Medical Center is 15 miles away in Tucson and is accredited.

Public Transit:   No

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:  Liberal

Is Arizona Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:   The air quality is below the national average.

Notes:    The city is racially diverse.    Trees are few and far between.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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