Sun City

Sun City

New Year’s Day, 1960, Sun City opened to the public. What made this city different from almost every other in the country? It had been built from the ground up exclusively to provide retired adults an “active living” lifestyle. Within three days of its opening, 237 units had been sold (Freemen & Sanberg, 1984). Soon, Sun City was part of the trend of comparatively young retirees migrating to active living communities in the southwest from across the country, especially the Midwest (Sturgeon, 1992).

Understand It

  1. When was Sun City built? How was it different from other U.S. cities?
  2. Who created the documents linked above? What did they think of Sun City? Is there a bias in their writing?
  3. Would you want to move to an active living community when you retire? Why or why not?

Explore More

Visit the websites below to learn more. Based on this new information, have your answers to the questions above changed?

For Students

For Teachers

The Whole Story: Nonfiction Books About Sun City

Freeman, Jane, & Glenn Sanberg (1984). Jubilee: The 25th Anniversary of Sun City, Arizona. Sun City, AZ: Sun City Historical Society.

"It's a Paradise Town": The marketing and development of Sun City, Arizona, by Melanie I. Sturgeon (Master's Thesis)


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