Tucson, Arizona – Retirement Guide

Tucson, Arizona   Retirement Guide

Tucson’s spectacular weather — the city sees more than 300 sunny days annually, and enjoys an average high of 82 degrees F — array of cultural events, abundant land for development and proximity to University of Arizona make Tucson a popular retirement destination.

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.

Pros: A variety of cultural offerings, perpetually sunny weather
Con: Summer temperatures can be sweltering, high crime rate

At a Glance:
Best For: Culture lovers
Population: 525,796
Cost of Living: 10.2% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $ 136,700
Unemployment: 7.6%
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.

Top Retirement Cities in Arizona:  Lake Havasu City Mesa | Prescott | Tucson

Photo by pravin.premkumar via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.