Lifestyle in Oro Valley

Lifestyle has many definitions; most often, that definition depends on the perspective of the person defining the topic: A Way of Life, A Way of living, The Quality of life.  More specifically:

  • Is Oro Valley a good place to live
  • Is Oro Valley a good place to raise a family
  • Is Oro Valley a good place to retire
  • Is Oro Valley safe
  • Is Oro Valley a good place to work
  • Is Oro Valley an expensive town

I Love OV will not attempt to answer all of these questions, but based on the title of this website, we love Oro Valley and believe that for us, at least, the answers are yes.

Many questions can be answered, or information can be provided on the Choose Oro Valley website.  Created by the Town of Oro Valley and the Town of Oro Valley Economic Development team, the website offers a wealth of information about businesses and opportunities in Oro Valley.  They include information on Lifestyle, Workforce Talent, the Key Businesses and Industries in Oro Valley, How to do Business in Oro Valley, and Selecting a Site within the city.

In his 2022 Oro Valley State of the Town Address, Mayor Joseph C. Winfield outlined the four pillars of local government.

  • Economic Vitality and Fiscal Responsibility
  • The Public Safety Ecosystem
  • Public Works
  • Parks and Recreation

Excerpts from the State of the Town:

“…Oro Valley has maintained its AA+ bond rating from Standard and Poor’s—the highest rating of all the communities in Southern Arizona.”

“According to an FBI statistics and crime scores ranking by Elite Personal Finance, it is also a community named the number one Safest Place in Arizona for 2022.”

“The Oro Valley Water Utility has delivered a combined total of 3.13 billion gallons of water to customers; however, more importantly, nearly half of the total water deliveries were supplies other than groundwater. That means Oro Valley is maximizing its use of reclaimed water and CAP water to ensure a balanced water portfolio. The Water Utility also purchased and stored 860 million gallons of CAP water in nearby underground storage facilities to be used in the future if there are ever times of shortage.”

“Council approved the issuance of $25 million in parks and recreation bonds to fund amenities that were identified as priorities in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. … In May, we broke ground on that project, and over the next couple years, this community will see additional lighted multisport fields, a new splash pad, skate park, pickleball courts and more.”

The 2022 US Census showed a population of 47,070. Again according to the US Census 2022, an estimated 42% of the people are seniors. That census suggests that more than 63% of the residents of Oro Valley have an Associate’s Degree or higher, with an average annual Earnings of $52,635.

Oro Valley has many parks and recreation facilities throughout the town, really something for everyone with multi-use paths, pickle ball and tennis courts, an aquatics center, concerts, and events.

But the bottom line is to judge how livable Oro Valley is for you. With the beauty of the desert, its incredible sunsets, and the vista of Pusch Ridge in the east, it is easy to see why Oro Valley has seen substantial growth over the past decade.