Skip to Main Content
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B
Oro Valley is a suburb of Tucson with a population of 43,815. Oro Valley is in Pima County and is one of the best places to live in Arizona. Living in Oro Valley offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Oro Valley there are a lot of parks. Many retirees live in Oro Valley and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Oro Valley are highly rated.
About Oro Valley...
Population
43,815

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$297,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,191
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    26%
  • Own
    74%
Sponsored Mortgage Options for Oro Valley
Get Rates
  • $0 Lender Fee on Home Loans Limited Time Only
  • Biggest Home Loan Sale Ever. Low interest rates. Get a quote today!
Niche may be compensated by the third party lenders and others who place ads on the website. Niche is not a lender and does not endorse the products of these advertisers. Fees that Niche receives for ads do not affect the terms you may be offered by the lender you choose. There are many additional borrowing options available.

Oro Valley Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    17.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    13.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    6.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    149.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,170.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    40.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    32%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Oro Valley

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$76,484
National
$55,322
Places like Oro Valley
More

Oro Valley Reviews

154 reviews
All Categories
Personally, I have disliked living in Oro Valley. I have lived here for my entire life. I attend a high school outside of Oro Valley and tend to spend most of my time outside from Oro Valley.

To start with the positive,

Oro Valley is very safe. There isn't one street where I'd feel uncomfortable walking at night, and after 11PM you aren't very likely to run into anyone. This also means it is very quiet in Oro Valley. Also, public facility maintenance is well-funded.

The list ends there. Onto the negatives,

Most of Oro Valley's residents are retired and elderly. These residents are stereotypically rude conservative Republicans and I have no interest in them.

Also, there is a vacuum of all arts and culture that the rest of Tucson is abundantly rich in. The most diverse restaurant is probably Panda Express. Most businesses (even nationwide chains) close before or at 11 o'clock. However, it barely matters since there really isn't anything to do even when businesses are open.
Start Your Review of Oro Valley
Rate It!
Oro Valley is a great community for families with younger children, or senior citizens. It has a lot of bike routes, schools, and retirement communities. Though Oro Valley feels very safe and welcoming, it lacks diversity. This includes the diversity of people, activities, and income levels. Higher income households exist throughout the majority of Oro Valley, including various gated neighborhoods and larger households. Within Oro Valley, there are very few local restaurant options and clothing outlets. For me, as a young adult, there has been very little to do here. However, Tucson is a short drive away and provides a greater diversity in activities. As a place to live, Oro Valley is very safe. However, traveling to nearby towns or to downtown Tucson is usually a necessity for people looking to switch up the places they go or the things they like to do.
Oro Valley is a very small quiet community. Most of the population is retired. The town is maintained very well, nice roads, very minimal trash, and beautiful landscaping throughout! If I were to improve one thing about Oro Valley it would be the number of resources, such as shopping malls, resturants etc.