Finding The Best Places To Live In Arizona
The Best Places To Live In Arizona Will Depend On A Person’s Lifestyle Preferences
What Are The Best Places To Live In Arizona?
Answering this question depends on what a person is trying to do. Perhaps the single biggest question is whether you are working or retired? If you are working and your employer is transferring you to an Arizona location, you will likely have fewer choices on where you will live.
If you are still in the workforce and be searching for a job, you will most likely be looking at the larger cities in Arizona.
If you are retired or retiring soon, you will have a wide range of options based on your preferences for weather, activities, lifestyle and retirement income. Another important consideration is whether or not you are planning to live in Arizona year around or be a “snow bird”.
After the basics are determined, additional considerations will help you determine the best places to live in Arizona – for YOU!
- Do you want to be close to lots of cultural things, sports, shopping, etc.?
- Do you want cooler weather or hotter?
- Are you outdoorsy and want to do things year round?
- What sports do you like? Golf, Tennis, Swimming, Hiking, etc.
- Can you deal with hot weather part of the year?
- Want to be near a college sports and a major university?
It is worth noting that Arizona has seven ecological zones within its boundaries. That means living in Arizona gives a person an endless range of topography and climate. From higher elevations with colder temperatures to desert locations with hotter temperatures. And yes, there are many of the middle of the road locations with some elevation and more moderated temperatures.
To answer the question “where are the best places to live in Arizona”, it is helpful to understand that Arizona has four major regions that are very different.
The Best Places To Live In Arizona – North
North region is usually identified as the area near Flagstaff and includes Sedona, Payton and Prescott Valley. Flagstaff is at a elevation of 6,900 feet. The other cities are slightly lower with elevations ranging from 4,400 to 5,000 feet.
That provides mild temperatures in the summer and cold temps in the winter. Lots of people go skiing in Flagstaff in the winter. This area might be one of the best places to live in Arizona, if you enjoy a more rustic lifestyle and winter seasons. Hiking, horse riding and skiing are popular in this area.
The Best Places To Live In Arizona – Central
Central region around Phoenix is a large metropolitan area. Phoenix’s population is around 1.4 million and the metropolitan area has over 4.2 million. Phoenix offers all the conveniences and hassle of any large metro area.
At an elevation of the Phoenix area ranges from about 900 to 1,200 feet. Lower elevations translate into warmer temperatures throughout the year. Also, the summer temps tend to be higher due to the size of the city and the related buildings, streets and developed areas.
For those interested in being close to “every thing”, Phoenix may be the place. However, there are trade offs. The biggest being traffic and costs.
Arizona State University is located in Phoenix as are professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey teams.
The Best Places To Live In Arizona – Southern
Southern region around Tucson is Arizona second largest metropolitan area with about 1 million people. Tucson is at a elevation of around 2,700 feet and range up to 3,400 feet for some neighborhoods. Temperatures are cooler than Phoenix throughout the year. Snow can happen in the winter, but it is rare and usually melted by mid morning should it occur.
Tucson offers many large city conveniences without the hassles and traffic. Please note that there is only one free way through Tucson. Although most travel is on surface streets, traffic moves well.
Tucson offers a relaxed and casual lifestyle built on active outdoor lifestyles. The University of Arizona is located in Tucson and has attained national recognition in basketball, football and baseball.
The Best Places To Live In Arizona – West
West region which runs along the Arizona/California boarder. This includes the cities of Yuma and Lake Havasu. Yuma is at an elevation of just over 100 feet. Lake Havasu to the north is at 800 feet.
Being on the western border of the state and at lower elevations means these locations are warm to hot throughout the year. Both cities have population under 100,000 and travel to major cities by car will take hours. If you want hotter days and warmer nights Yuma AZ may be the best place to live in Arizona – for you.
The Best Places To Live In Arizona – A few other thoughts
The cost of living in Arizona is going to vary greatly depending on the area and city you choose. Obviously the larger markets will be much more expensive than those that are smaller. Exceptions to this will include Sedona and Prescott.
Also, take note when moving. Summer is the off-season. Moving to Arizona, especially Phoenix, Tucson and their respective surrounding areas, during the summer can considerably reduce your moving costs because it is the off-season. Winter is more expensive, primarily due to an influx of seasonal residents, making it more difficult to book moving trucks and companies.
So what is the best place to live in Arizona? Well, we think it is Tucson or one of the surrounding cities and subdivisions. Why? We live there. Before we moved, we reviewed five cities in the southwest and concluded Tucson was the best place to live in Arizona – for us.
If you are considering a move to Arizona, give us a call. We will be happy to discuss the reasons why we choose Oro Valley, AZ as the best place to live in Arizona – for us. The Town of Oro Valley is about 10 miles north of downtown Tucson and sits at the base of the Pusch Ridge area of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
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