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In Sun-Soaked Southern Arizona, Pretty, Fast-Growing Sahuarita is Home to Pecan Orchards, Dozens of Parks and Safe Neighborhoods
Thirty miles from downtown Tucson in southern Arizona, pretty Sahuarita is a fast growing place with a fresh, crisp Southwestern feeling. The rugged Santa Rita Mountains loom in the east.
The town is mostly made up of attractive neighborhoods with Mediterranean, adobe and territorial architectural styles. Landscaping is primarily Xeriscape (bushes, cacti and decorative rocks). Large, master planned communities include Quail Creek, Madera Highlands and Rancho Sahuarita. Rancho Resort is a small 55+ community within Rancho Sahuarita. Locals enjoy four nice shopping malls and a variety of chain restaurants. Further amenities include the Titan Missile Museum, the Desert Diamond Casino and nearly 100 acres of parks, including Sahuarita Lake Park with opportunities for boating and fishing. The acres and acres of pecan orchards around town belong to the Green Valley Pecan Company.
Events include a car show, a bicycle century ride and Winterfest. The artist colony at Tubac and the Tumaacori National Monument are only 30 minutes south of town. The Tohono O'odham Reservation, the Pena Blanca Lake, the Coronado National Forest, and the Kitt Peak Observatory are other easy day trips.
Population: 36,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 40%
Cost of Living: 4% below the national average
Median Home Price: $375,000
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
College Educated: 38%
Is Arizona Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Trees are few and far between. Sahuarita has grown 30% during the last decade. Many newcomers are California transplants. Home prices have increased 2% since a year ago. The Green Valley Pecan Company operated here for 85 years but closed at the end of 2021 thanks to the pandemic. The orchards will remain and be managed by a new company going forward.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Scholars debate over the name's origin. Arizona could either be Basque for "place of oaks" or Tohono O'odham for "place of the young spring." Whatever its true meaning is, Arizona and its cities have been growing rapidly since the 1950s.
And why not? It's not just the days and days of sunshine. The state contains some of the country's greatest natural treasures. There are 210 named ranges including the Sky Island Mountains and the Superstition Mountains. Don't forget the 277-mile long Grand Canyon. Arizona residents are never far from a hiking, biking, camping, paragliding, white river rafting, fishing, horse back riding, snow skiing adventure.
The cities, too, are packed with things to do. Phoenix has one of the area's best Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Tucson's Folk Festival attracts thousands to its showcase of bluegrass and country artists. It's film festival, over 25 years old, has screened more than 2,600 films from 90 plus countries. Scottsdale has a handful of food festivals and launches balloons from the Salt River Fields. Prescott hosts "the world's oldest" rodeo. Held every July 4th weekend, the event has everything from bull riding to wild horse racing.
ASU, a public research university, has five Phoenix campuses and four regional learning centers. The university's Sun Devils field 24 varsity teams. ASU's collaboration with the Mayo Clinic is bringing cutting edge-medicine and medical care to the Southwest. Its Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts offers a full season of exhibitions, theater, film, and dance.
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