Oro Valley, Arizona

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Oro Valley, Arizona

Introduction to Oro Valley, Arizona

Oro Valley, Arizona, in Pima county, is 11 miles N of Tucson, Arizona. The town is located in the Tucson metropolitan area. Oro Valley has a population of 29,700.

Oro Valley History

Prior to the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors in the early 16th century, the Apache tribe of Native Americans occupied this region. A German immigrant by the name of George Pusch settled in Oro Valley in 1874. He established a cattle ranch here. Pusch Ridge was named in his honor. Oro Valley experienced dramatic population growth after World War II. The town of Oro Valley was incorporated in 1974.

Oro Valley and nearby Attractions

  • Bell House
  • Romero Ranch
  • Oro Valley Public Library
  • Sausaulito Creek
  • Oro Valley Country Club Golf Course
  • Catalina State Park

Things To Do In Oro Valley

Oro Valley provides easy access to a number of interesting sites nearby. The Bells House, which was the private estate of Alexander Graham Bell in the early 1940s, is located just south of the town. The Romero Ranch and the Steam Pump Ranch date back to the 19th century, and are popular tourist spots. Golf enthusiasts would also enjoy visiting the Oro Valley Country Club Golf Course and the El Conquistador Golf Course to enjoy a round. The Catalina State Park also offers a number of hiking and backpacking trails.

Oro Valley Transportation

Davis-Monthan AFB Airport is close by.

Oro Valley Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are offered by the University of Arizona and Pima Community College.

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High Points

Oro Valley strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Arizona):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Oro Valley Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Oro Valley People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 6% Oro Valley College Educated Adults
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Oro Valley Low Violent Crime
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 9% Oro Valley Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 9% Oro Valley Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 9% Oro Valley Median Family Income
Low Property Crime
(vs. State)
Top 14% Oro Valley Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Oro Valley, Arizona

Comparing Oro Valley to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Arizona (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 10 9
Senior Citizens 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 10
Well-Paid Single Women 7 10
Male Share of the Population 6 3
Female Share of the Population 5 8
Racial Diversity 3 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 10
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 8 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 9
Public Transportation Use 3 9
Short Commute Times 2 1
Walking and Biking to Work 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 1
Affordability of Rents 4 2
People Living Alone 3 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 8 9

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Oro Valley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 11 miles N of Tucson, Arizona
County Pima
Metro Area Tucson
Standard Zip Codes 85704, 85737, 85739
Phone Area Codes 520
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.39
Longitude -110.965

Oro Valley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.5 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 67 F
Apr Temp 46 to 83 F
Jul Temp 72 to 101 F
Oct Temp 53 to 86 F
Annual Precip 12.4 inches
Distance 12.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 65 F
Apr Temp 46 to 82 F
Jul Temp 72 to 101 F
Oct Temp 53 to 86 F
Annual Precip 13.8 inches
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 65 F
Apr Temp 51 to 82 F
Jul Temp 73 to 100 F
Oct Temp 57 to 84 F
Annual Precip 12.1 inches
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Oro Valley Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 29,700 100%
Male 14,419 48.5%
Female 15,281 51.5%
Under 18 6,392 21.5%
18+ 23,308 78.5%
65+ 6,740 22.7%
Median Age 45.3
Average Family Size 2.76
White 27,652 93.1%
African-American 315 1.1%
Asian 570 1.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 122 0.4%
Other 543 1.8%
Mixed Race 463 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,218 7.5%

Estimated Oro Valley Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 38,438
Growth 8,738
Growth % 29.4%

Oro Valley Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 20%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.1%
English 13.7%
Irish 10.1%
Italian 7.1%
US/American 5%
Norwegian 3%
Polish 2.9%
Scottish 2.8%
French (except Basque) 2.4%
Swedish 2.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
Russian 1.6%
Dutch 1.2%
European 1.2%
Welsh 0.9%
French Canadian 0.8%
Hungarian 0.8%
Canadian 0.7%
British 0.7%
Danish 0.7%
Swiss 0.5%
Finnish 0.5%
Lebanese 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Turkish 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Oro Valley, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Saddlebrooke (85739)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Oro Valley 29,700 $67,563
Marana 13,556 $56,718
South Tucson 5,490 $17,614
Tucson 486,699 $37,344

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