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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 2:20 pm

Welcome to Oro Valley. We’re proud to be part of the Tucson-Metro area’s Northwest region, but we’re prouder still of the unique qualities and amenities that make Oro Valley an extraordinary community.

Over the years, Oro Valley has earned a spot on some impressive lists, including: Best Places to Live in Arizona, Best Towns for Families, and Best Places in America to Live and Launch a Small Business. The Oro Valley Police Department ensures that year after year we remain one of the safest communities in the nation.

Our quality roads are second-to-none, and despite Arizona’s ongoing challenges to educational funding, Oro Valley schools continue to be some of the highest-performing in the region.  

With the presence of companies such as Sanofi and Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a member of the Roche Group, Oro Valley is earning a reputation as a bioscience hot spot. In addition to cutting-edge science, technology and diagnostics, these companies are attracting a skilled and diverse workforce that enriches our community.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful community in Southern Arizona. With the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains its backdrop, every outdoor activity is a memorable experience. Whether you’re into walking, running, hiking, cycling, mountain biking or horseback riding, Oro Valley’s expansive multi-use path and trail system provides endless options. And very soon, we’ll be adding archery, swimming and diving to our list of offerings.

We’re tremendously excited about the Oro Valley Aquatic Center at James D. Kriegh Park. This $5 million expansion will transform our municipal pool into one of Arizona’s premier aquatics facilities. Residents and local swim teams have been enjoying the 50-meter competition pool, and the remaining elements, which will be completed in March 2013, include a 25-yard community pool, splash pad, water slide, family changing rooms, community multi-use room and concessions.

I’m proud to be the Mayor of Oro Valley. Our doors are always open to guests and regional friends who want to experience first-hand why this is such an extraordinary community.  When it comes to quality of life, our new tagline explains it all - It’s in our nature.

Town facts

• Population: 41,011

• Households: 17,289

• Median home value: $306,800

• Median household income: $65,584

• Education: High School graduate or higher: 97.3 percent Bachelor’s Degree or higher: 47.7 percent

• Per capita income: $37,927

History Lesson: The fight to incorporate

At first, the Pima County Board of Supervisors officially refused to allow Oro Valley to incorporate, and litigation followed. Ultimately, in 1974 a group of area residents successfully incorporated the Town of Oro Valley, then only 2.4 square miles in size. The Town began with a population of nearly 1,200.

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