Sahuarita, Arizona – From Pecans to a Family Favorite

Sahuarita, AZ, a Tucson SuburbSahuarita is located about 15 miles south of Tucson and abuts the north end of Green Valley.  Sahuarita was founded in 1911 and incorporated in 1994. The population of Sahuarita was 25,259 in the 2010 census but is steadily growing at the rate of about 2% per year.

But the real story occurs between 2000 and 2010, when the population exploded from only 3,242 in 2000. What happened?

The Master Planned Community of Rancho Sahuarita opened in July of 2001, bringing over 5,000 homes and 15,000 residents to the community. Rancho Sahuarita was built with the entire family in mind, with recreation and exercise facilities for all ages and an age restricted neighborhood for Retirees. There are also many planned events, classes and workshops.

Sahuarita was incorporated in 1994, and since then has been a modern “boom town.” It is located in the historic Santa Cruz Valley, surrounded by early Spanish missions, frontier outposts and old mines. It is just northeast of the age restricted Green Valley retirement community. In Sahuarita, family-friendly housing is plentiful along with excellent schools, parks and gorgeous subdivisions. Rancho Sahuarita, a master-planned community within the area, appeals to both first time buyers and investors who are seeking such features as being near schools, jobs and family-oriented amenities. Other master planned communities are Madera Highlands and Quail Creek.

Sahuarita is the best place in Arizona to pick up delicious pecans and learn about the local pecan grove, the largest one in the world. Madera Canyon, not far away, is a great place for hiking and bird watching. Many people from Green Valley and Tucson go to Sahuarita each year to enjoy the Barbershop Harmony Annual Show and the Annual Sahuarita Lake Triathlon.

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