Nearly 25 active retirement communities can be found in Tucson, and more continue to be built each year as the retirement population continues growing. The median house cost of $136,700 means this city in Southern Arizona is an affordable place to retire, and a number of mobile home parks in the area also offer low cost housing options.
Tucson offers a variety of cultural and outdoors activities for active retirees to enjoy. The city retains ties to its Western past with events such as the Tucson Rodeo, while Tucson Meet Yourself festival celebrates more than 30 ethnicities represented in the region.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Arizona Historical Society, Tucson Festival of Books, Arizona Theatre Company and Tucson Symphony Orchestra are just a handful of the city’s many cultural diversions.
Con: Summer temperatures can be sweltering, high crime rate
Best For: Culture lovers
Cost of Living: 10.2% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $ 136,700
Top State Income Tax: 4.54%
Crime Rate: nearly double the national average
Outdoor enthusiasts face no shortage of activities; the city is 25 miles south of hiking, birding and picnicking at Coronado National Forest, and is home to a number of golf courses as well as a botanical garden and over 120 parks.
More than 10 colleges can be found in Tucson, offering retirees the chance to enroll in continuing education classes, and attend lectures or readings.