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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Oro Valley is a town in Arizona with a population of 42,889. Oro Valley is in Pima County and is one of the best places to live in Arizona. Living in Oro Valley offers residents a 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
42,889

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$288,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,138
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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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
    24.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    4.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    183
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,200
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    31.6
    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
    6%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    17%
  • 65+ years
    30%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Oro Valley

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$79,458
National
$55,322
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Beware of those who tout Basis Charter School as one of the best high schools in the nation...ratings based on imperfect standards. Look at their transfer rates to universities and you discover a truer picture as their students are not accepted as one would expect. Arizona Charter Schools are totally independent of public school standards so they can inflate grades, their students are not assessed by the same state standards. The pubic school district is far superior
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Oro Valley is a fast growing, family friendly community with excellent public schools. BASIS Oro Valley, is rated #3 in the nation by U. S. News and World Report. The aquatic center is well maintained and open to everyone who wants a relaxing day of swimming. Catalina State Park is close for a morning of hiking and the afternoon can be completed with a round of golf at the Hilton El Conquistador. After golfing, one can complete their day by having dinner at Epazote Restaurant also located at the Hilton, or go down the road to Michelangelo's Italian Restaurant. The major street in the community is a quick route to downtown and all shopping needs can be found along this street. The community is well groomed and the roads well maintained.
I have lived in Tucson for 33 years and have watched Oro Valley bloom into an active community while maintaining a small town appeal.
I love living in Oro Valley. It is a mixture of small town and city just outside of Tucson, Arizona. It is bordered by two mountain ranges that just add to its appeal. If anything needed to change about Oro Valley is that it needs to stick to its small town image. It is growing quickly and because of this, the desert surrounding the town is being torn down to make way for housing and other buildings. This is taking away its small town feel and defeating the reason why people move to Oro Valley: the desert scenery and wildlife.