Residents of Sun City, Arizona benefit from good urban planning, a high level of community participation, low property taxes and access to over 120 clubs and seven recreation centers. Sun City has been the model for many other retirement communities throughout the nation, according to 55Places.com
Sun City, Arizona is a self-contained community catering to those over 55 years of age. Though mainly a retirement community, residents are active volunteers, and the community's varied clubs and amenities cater to an active lifestyle. Sun City's yearly recreation center fees are the lowest of any retirement community in the country, according to the Sun City website.
Sun City's is in close proximity to Arizona State University West, several community colleges and the Rio Institute for Senior Education. It is also close to Glendale, Scottsdale and downtown Phoenix, Arizona, which means that residents can easily attend sporting events and access amenities of larger communities.
Dell E. Webb founded Sun City in 1960, and the opening day response was so overwhelming that the community quickly expanded to accommodate more retirees, reports USA Today. According to SunCityAZ.org, most of the neighborhood houses are from the 1960s or 1970s, though residents have renovated many homes and still take pride in keeping up their lawns.