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Retire in Casas Adobes, Arizona?
Overview: This unincorporated community is one of Tucson's oldest areas, and it is distinctly suburban. It sits just to the east of Interstate 10 and has mountains to its east and west.
Developed in the 1940s by Sam Nanini, the town is primarily known for Nanini's Casas Adobes Plaza. This upscale dining and retail hub attracts visitors from around the region. Tohono Chul Park, a botanic garden in the heart of Casas Adobes, links nature and art through its exhibits and has daily tours, birding walks, Xeriscape lessons and a seasonal concert series. The nearby Catalina State Park, sprinkled with saguaros, is a sanctuary for desert wildlife. It boasts an equestrian center, canyons, streams, camping sites and miles of trails. Numerous golf courses, including the Lee Trevino-designed Crooked Tree Golf Course, dot the community. Another dozen golf courses are in the surrounding area.
Residential architectural styles include adobe, Southwestern and Mediterranean. Most of Casas Adobes' homes have Xeriscaping.
Population: 70,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 40%
Cost of Living: Meets the national average
Median Home Price: $235,000
Climate: This area's average July high temperature is 100 degrees, and January's average high temperature is 52 degrees. On average, the area receives 12 inches of rain per year, and thanks to the surrounding mountain ranges, the city is normally cooler and wetter than Phoenix, located two hours north.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Tucson has several hospitals that accept Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Tucson has several hospitals that are accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: 7% above the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
Is Arizona Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Some people say that Casas Adobes does not have much of an identity. Westward Look Grand Resort and Spa overlooks Casas Adobes from the Santa Catalina foothills. The city has grown by nearly 50% within the last decade.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The Grand Canyon State was originally part of New Mexico. After the land was ceded to the U.S. in 1848, it became a separate territory. It did not enter the union until February 14, 1912. Copper was discovered in the area in 1848, and metals mining continues to be an important part of the economy. Cattle and tourism are two of the states other vital industries.
Although Arizona can be one of the hottest states in the union, air conditioning continues to bring more and more people to the urban areas. The Colorado Plateau spreads through Arizona from the north and is interspersed with remnants of the Rocky Mountains. The land flattens into desert near Phoenix. The Colorado River forms the state's western borders and snakes through the Grand Canyon.
Arizona is home to places with names like Nothing, a ghost town in western Arizona, and the Horspitality Resort.
The state is stubborn when it comes to time. It observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis.
Population - 6,931,030
Persons 65 years old and over - 17%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 86%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 31%
White persons, not Hispanic - 58%
Median household income - $50,225
Median home value - $167,500
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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