Oro Valley 83 Exceptional
Oro Valley Livability #8 ranked city in Arizona#1,829 ranked city in the USARanks better than 93% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Oro Valley Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Oro Valley Cost of Living Cost of living is 13% higher than Arizona
Oro Valley
11515% more expensive than the US average
1011% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Oro Valley cost of living
A+ Oro Valley Crime Total crime is 54% lower than Arizona
Total crime
1,25746% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 8046% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-5%Year over year crime is down
Oro Valley crime
B Oro Valley Employment Household income is 48% higher than Arizona
Median household income
$75,96637% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$41,61540% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%32% lower than the US average
Oro Valley employment
F Oro Valley Housing Home value is 59% higher than Arizona
Median home value
$281,70053% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,06813% higher than the US average
Home ownership
75%17% higher than the US average
Oro Valley real estate or Oro Valley rentals
A+ Oro Valley Schools HS graduation rate is 17% higher than Arizona
High school grad. rates
96%16% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/a100% lower than the US average
Oro Valley K-12 schools
A+ Oro Valley User Ratings There are a total of 34 ratings in Oro Valley
Overall user rating
86% 34 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
86% 33 total surveys
all Oro Valley poll results

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      Living in Oro Valley, AZ

      Located in the state of Arizona, Oro Valley is a mid-sized city with a population of 42,379 inhabitants. At 89%, the majority of the Oro Valley population is White; this is followed by 3% Asian and 1% Black. In Oro Valley, there seems to be a shift in population towards an older age group. The average age of the population is now 52, which is significantly higher than the nation’s average. Oro Valley is known to be family friendly as more than 86% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 75% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

      Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Oro Valley, Arizona could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Finding the best places to live in Oro Valley and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, education and other important metrics.

      Oro Valley, AZ receives 82 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #5 in Arizona and #1,114 in the USA. Based on this score, Oro Valley would be considered a very livable city! Another exciting tidbit, is that Oro Valley ranks better than 90% of all US cities! If we check out each of the categories on their own, we see that Oro Valley ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A+), weather (B+), education (A+) and employment (B). Oro Valley does not score well for the following: cost of living (F) and housing (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Oro Valley, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

      Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 38 crimes per 100,000 residents, Oro Valley has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

      The average school test scores in Oro Valley are 69%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Oro Valley is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Oro Valley come in at $281,700, which is 59.2% higher than the Arizona average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Oro Valley, the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 5.7% higher than the Arizona average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Oro Valley area were 5.4% and 5 year appreciation rates were 4%.

      Oro Valley transportation information

      StatisticOro ValleyArizonaNational
      Average one way commute28min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.8%76.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.0%10.9%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.2%2.0%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.6%1.0%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.1%2.0%2.8%
      Working from home8.5%5.7%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Oro Valley, AZ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).