3 Communities in Casa Grande
Casa Grande is an affordable, small-town community in Central Arizona. Its location provides access to the larger cities of Phoenix and Tucson, while also giving retirees a sense of local community. With warm year-round temperatures, outdoor activities, and low cost of housing, Casa Grande is a popular destination for active adults ready to retire in Arizona.
Climate & Geography
Like much of Arizona, Casa Grande lies in the Sonoran Desert, and experiences a dry and hot desert climate. Summers are long and can be extremely hot, whereas winters are short and mild. There is very little rain and over 290 days of sun throughout the year.
Casa Grande is nearly halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. The Sonoran Desert National Monument to the west is the closest geographical feature, leaving room for Casa Grande’s increasing expansion.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Residents have several options for local outdoor recreation. The Casa Grande Mountain Trail is a nearly four-mile loop with scenic views, hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. There are four golf courses within the city, most of which offer convenient, online tee time reservations.
Casa Grande also has active shopping and cultural events. The Promenade at Casa Grande is the largest local shopping complex with name-brand stores and restaurants, whereas Casa Grande Main Street is a historic district with local boutiques and vintage shops. Downtown also hosts the annual Downtown Street Fair and Car Show, featuring art exhibits, live music, food, and classic and custom-built cars.
Nearby, Phoenix is a hub for Southwest and USAir, meaning flights are easy to access and reasonably priced for residents who want to travel long distance.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Casa Grande’s cost of living is lower than both the state and national average. The biggest contributing factor to this is its very low cost of housing. Transportation costs are also below average, whereas groceries, utilities, and health care are all above average. These low costs make Casa Grande a more affordable place to retire in Arizona as housing is the single largest cost for retirees.
Arizona is a moderately tax-friendly state for active adults. Social Security is not taxed, but pensions, 401(k)s, IRAs, and other forms of retirement income are taxed as regular income. Property taxes are low, but sales taxes in Casa Grande are 9.2 percent, which is above average. However, groceries and prescription drugs are exempt from sales tax.
As part of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, Casa Grande ranks generally well in Gallup’s Well-Being Index. Most recently, Phoenix was considered one of the top 50 communities in the country.
Although there are no nationally ranked hospitals in Casa Grande, the city does have one hospital: Banner Casa Grande Medical Center. There are a few high performing hospitals as ranked by U.S. News within 40 miles, including the Chandler Regional Medical Center (No. 5 in Arizona) and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center (No. 8 in Arizona).