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Oro Valley Community Information

Oro Valley is located in northern Pima County approximately six miles north of the Tucson city limits. The valley itself was formed by the Santa Cruz River joining Gold Creek in the Catalina Mountains. The town sits at an elevation of 2,620 feet, covers over 34 square miles and has a current population of nearly 44,000. Oro Valley was incorporated in April, 1974.

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Just east of Oro Valley is Catalina State Park. These pine-covered mountains were called La Iglesia, or the church, by the early Spaniards for their cathedral-like appearance. The 9,000-foot Mount Lemmon, which is the southernmost ski area in the United States, is part of the range.  Within short drive from Oro Valley are: Picacho Peak State Park, the site of Arizona's only Civil War battle; the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum; Old Tucson Studios; Saguaro National Monuments East and West; San Xavier Mission; and the world-famous Biosphere 2, a three-acre model of the earth's ecosystem. Kitt Peak National Observatory, home of the world's largest solar telescope, is also nearby.

Community Facilities:

Oro Valley offers a broad range of community and cultural facilities including a park with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, racquetball courts and Little League fields. A new 30-acre community park was recently completed and offers a full range of athletic fields. Oro Valley has two county clubs, four 18-hole golf courses and one nine-hole course. Tennis and swimming as well as other recreation activities are available at the country clubs. A variety of sporting events and cultural attractions are available in the Tucson metropolitan area including professional baseball, tennis and golf events, and horse and greyhound racing. Main cultural attractions include the Tucson Community Center, the Sunday Evening Forum, the Tucson Opera Company and the University of Arizona Arts Center.

Oro Valley Property Taxes:

Property Tax Rates:


2000 2008
Elementary/High Schools 6.88 6.88 4.91
City/Fire District 0.00 0.00 0.00
Countywide 7.06 7.76 5.90
Totals 13.94 14.64 10.81

Source: Arizona Tax Research Association
Note:  Tax rate per $100 assessed valuation
Oro Valley Weather:

Avg. Low (°F)

Avg. High (°F) Precip. (In.)
51.5 85.7 0.9
January 34.2 67.0 0.7
February 36.6 71.0 0.8
March 41.0 76.0 0.8
April 47.1 84.7 0.4
May 54.5 93.6 0.1
June 65.8 102.4 0.3
July 73.1 102.7 2.3
August 70.8 100.3 2.1
September 64.9 98.1 1.1
October 53.0 88.4 0.9
November 41.9 76.0 0.7
December 35.3 68.0 1.1
Period of record 1948-1976. Source: Western Regional Climate Center
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Tucson, Arizona Information

Nestled in the valley of four mountain ranges, Tucson is a city of many cultures and great diversity. An expanding business center, a growing hub for culture and art and a picture of modern lifestyle are just a few ways to describe Tucson.

It maintains a "casual" atmosphere while continuing to grow into a vibrant city. At approximately 500 square miles, Tucson is hugged by four majestic mountain ranges, The Santa Catalinas to the north, The Santa Ritas to the south, The Rincons to the east and The Tucson Mountains to the west. The days of roaming cowboys and lively tumbleweeds bustling over dusty city streets are gone, but the feeling of the Old West remains.

A Brief History Of Tucson

Some historians believe Tucson to be the oldest continually inhabited city in the United States. Evidence has been found dating back to at least 900 A.D. of Native American civilizations. Recorded history of our lovely desert city dates back to 1539 when Mendoza, the Spanish Viceroy of Mexico dispatched Fray Marcos de Niza in search of the Seven Cities of Coloba. His journey led to Don Francisco Basquez Coronado's famous expedition and discovery of the area in 1540.

The early 1600's gave way to a religious movement of Spanish Jesuits from Mexico establishing Christian missions. In 1692 a Spanish missionary, Father Kino, visited a Papago Indian community and named it St. Jukson. Variously translated to mean "Dark Spring" or "At the Foot of Black Hill". Father Kino also founded Mission San Xavier del Bac in 1692. The Papago called it "La Paloma del Desierto", which means "The White Dove of the Desert".

Mines and ranches started being established and in 1776 the Presidio of Tucson became a walled city. "The Old Pueblo", Tucson's present nickname, originated from the one time existence of a wall completely surrounding the community.

Considered part of a newly created Mexico in 1782, Tucson served as a military outpost. This ended with the Gadsden Purchase in December of 1853, which finally made it part of the United States. In 1861, a territorial delegate was elected to the Confederate Congress by a total of sixty American voters. By 1862, confederates from Texas marched unopposed into Tucson, but were routed three months later by the California volunteers who raised the US flag over Tucson. Arizona was organized as a territory in 1863. John Goodwin, the first Governor, declared Tucson a municipality in 1864.

When the Transcontinental Railroad arrived in 1881, Tucson seemed to be a sleepy Mexican village, with a population of just a few hundred. Shortly after, The University of Arizona was established in 1885. At the turn of the century, Tucson had become a booming business and supply center of a large territory. It was even considered a renown health resort, where Easterners came to relax and soak up the desert sunshine.

By 1909, Tucson was the largest city in Arizona with a population of over 7,000.
Throughout the balance of the 20th Century, Tucson grew steadily as more and more people took advantage of the opportunities and attractive climate found in our picturesque city. With a population of almost 900,000, all signs point to continued growth. In spite of Tucson's rapid growth, it has been able to retain its southwestern ambiance and lifestyle.

Interesting Facts About Tucson

  • Tucson gets 350 days of sunshine annually - more than any other US city.

  • Tucson is surrounded by the world's largest concentration of Saguaro cactus.

  • The Wall Street Journal dubbed Tucson "a mini mecca for the arts".

  • The Arizona-Sonora Museum was rated one of America's top zoos in the country by Parade Magazine.

  • Pima Air & Space Museum is the largest privately funded air museum in the world.

  • Original Ansel Adams prints hang in the museum he founded, the UA's Center for Creative Photography.

  • Quarter horse racing began at Tucson's historic Rillito Downs.

  • Tucson is consistently rated one of the best golfing destinations in the west.

  • Colossal Cave is one of the largest dry caverns in the world. Explorers have yet to find its end.

  • Tucson is the only city in the U.S. that hosts three Major League Baseball Spring Training teams - The Arizona Diamondbacks, The Colorado Rockies and The Chicago White Sox.

  • Saguaro National Park is one of the Unites States' newest national parks. It is second only to the Grand Canyon in the number of visitors it receives annually.