Retire in Tucson

Best Retirement City - Tucson

See why many believe that Tucson is the best city to retire

Tucson, AZ is a popular retirement destination for those looking to escape the cold winters of the Northeast and Midwest.  Many of those who relocate for this main reason are pleased to find an inviting community with a rich historical and cultural background.  From the Mission San Xavier del Bac (a historic Spanish Catholic mission) to Saguaro National Park (a vast space devoted to desert flora and fauna), Tucson boasts a unique blend of history and nature that is difficult to replicate.  With Tucson's lower than average cost of living combined with Arizona's general tax friendliness, it is no surprise that the city  appeals to retirees relocating from other parts of the country.  From an urban standpoint, according to the Downtown Tucson Partnership, the area is a "unique blend of urban chic, western nouveau, hip and artsy, down-to-earth, and family-friendly."  Tucson is comprised of a variety of unique areas and neighborhoods, with the Catalina Foothills, El Encanto, and Dove Mountain to name a few.  Catalina Foothills is located at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, and is home to some of the city's best restaurants, shops, and art galleries.  El Encanto is one of the wealthier areas of the city, but for those who have the means,  beautiful homes are set back on large, well landscaped lots.  Dove Mountain is a golf course community consisting of mainly desert style stucco homes, and is another popular choice for retirees.

City Highlights

  1. Rich in culture and history
  2. Tax friendly
  3. Low cost of living
  4. Close proximity to major airport

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Elevated property crime rates
  2. 65+ income lower than average

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 37,149

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Chandler, AZ

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Tucson International Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Tucson International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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