Oro Valley is a small suburban city located just outside of Tucson in Southern Arizona. The town has been recognized by a number of lists like "Top Towns for Families" and "Best Places to Live and Launch a Business." Add top-class outdoor activities, excellent schools, great weather and low crime rates, and you've got the perfect place for an apartment in sunny Arizona.
The town developed during the population boom in Southern Arizona in the years after World War II. With a population of 1,200 people, the town incorporated in 1974 in order to retain its local character.
One of the fastest growing municipalities in the 1990s, Oro Valley continues to grow commercially and residentially. The cost of living is well below the national average at 91.4, making it very affordable for anyone looking to rent in one of the town's many neighborhoods. Just over 41,000 people now call this small city home.
Oro Valley is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. The high desert climate means lots of sun, and the higher elevation makes temperatures a bit cooler. Nearby Catalina State Park offers miles of hiking, backpacking, and even snow skiing in season. Top-rated events like the Tucson Marathon and the bicycle race called El Tour de Tucson provide exciting competition for participants and spectators alike.
If you have a family with kids and are looking to rent, you'll enjoy lots of parks, playgrounds, sports facilities, and biking and walking trails in many neighborhoods. The Aquatic Center has swimming pools, a giant water slide, and a splash pad for tons of fun. Family-friendly events like the Oro Valley Festival of the Arts will inspire your creativity, and lots of other activities like Musical Magic for Kids means there's always something cool going on.
Like much of the Southwest, there's lots of space, and that means having a car is the best way to get around. Nice weather means you can bike and walk, too, and there are some great walkable neighborhoods. The Sun Tran bus line from Oro Valley into Tucson provides another transportation option.
There a number of colleges and universities a short drive away for students renting in the area and seeking higher education. The University of Arizona is located in downtown Tucson and Pima County Community College has several campus locations in Tucson as well. Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Phoenix, and ITT Technical Institute also have branches in Tucson for a wide range of study options.
Individuals who want to rent an apartment in town will find a number of employment options. The town is at the center of the area's growing biotech industry. Sanofi-Aventis, Ventana Medical Systems and Honeywell are three major area employers in the tech sector. There is also a thriving resort and tourism industry, with major country clubs and premier golf courses. The Town of Oro Valley and Amphitheater Public Schools are major employers in the important infrastructure sector.