I'm a retired teacher and have lived in San Tan Valley AZ for over 5 years. I will admit that, finding this place comfortable to live may have been difficult in the past, but that is certainly not the case today. There is much evidence that San Tan Valley AZ is the perfect place to retire. People from all origins have chosen this city for a peaceful life during their golden years. Classic examples are the active retirement communities in the area. A number of residents have likened this city over Queen Creek and other suburbs of Pinal County.
As for the nightlife, this city can get pretty boring if you are in your early 20s or 30s. There is literally no nightlife in this part of Pinal and people enjoy their spare time shopping, going to theaters and doing recreational activities during the day. In sharp contrast, this city has many cuisines and interesting restaurants for friends and families to enjoy food, such as Tamari Fine Japanese Cuisine, Lotus Garden Chines Cuisine and Barro's Pizza. The ambience in these cuisines are unbeatable as well. The pizza restaurant has very large customer base as this is in close proximity to major shopping areas.
San Tan Valley is family centric in the sense, you can see that many people living here are families with school going children, There are some fantastic schools with great ratings and year-round athletic programs. There are many places where you can go hiking; I have lost 20 pounds just by walking these trails for 3 months. Basically, you can get cheap housing here if you are looking in the right place. This city has some great markets for groceries and clothing as well.