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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 grown 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: $195,000

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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Arizona:

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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Stats:

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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