San Tan Valley, Arizona, is an unincorporated commuter town with a population of around 81,000 located just 50 miles southeast of Phoenix in Pinal County. San Tan Valley is comprised of the northern area of the county, which is made up of both mountain areas and low desert valleys. The San Tan Valley itself is just east of the San Tan Mountains. Homes in the area range from age-restricted communities to large single-family homes and even golf course communities.
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Most of the neighborhoods in the San Tan Valley are well-planned developments with very modern homes and amenities. Just a few of them by name are San Tan Heights, Skyline Ranch, Pecan Creek South, Copper Basin and Ironwood Crossing. The communities place a high value on safety, health, and education: the local school district's average class size is 22 students, with a high school graduation rate of 91 percent. Over 20 percent of the adult population has earned a Bachelor's degree or higher. The area ranks fourth in Arizona on livability.com's health ratings scale, and there are several hospitals and health care centers within 50 miles. Healthcare is also one of the major sources of employment in the county.
The Sonoran Desert, of which San Tan Valley is a part, is known for its hot summers and mild, pleasant winters, with lots of sunshine all year long. The beautiful desert sky provides magnificent sunrises and sunsets as well as unobstructed views of the starry nights. The Valley itself is just east of the San Tan Mountains Regional Park, which spans more than 10,000 acres of protected Sonoran Desert habitat and includes a variety of geological features and plant and animal life. You can see a saguaro forest, the creosote flats, and the San Tan Mountain escarpment. The visitor's center is staffed with friendly, knowledgeable people and has a gift shop, tortoise habitat and other wildlife exhibits. Rare birds and other animals can be spotted throughout the park. The threatened Gila monster is one of the area's inhabitants, as is the rattle snake and the Sonoran Desert Toad. Special activities are regularly scheduled by park rangers and staff, including a wildflower hike in the spring. Hiking, horseback riding, and biking are all fun things to do on the park's 20 miles of trails. If you are looking for a great community in which to enjoy plentiful sunshine outside of the urban sprawl, browse our selection of homes for sale in the San Tan Valley.