Retiring to Arizona
Arizona has been a popular retirement destination for decades. Sun City, near Phoenix, was developed more than 50 years ago and marketed as the very first active adult community in the U.S. In addition to its mild winter climate that varies across various altitudes, world-class golf courses, and the Grand Canyon right at your back door, Arizona offers plenty of financial and health advantages that make sense for the baby boomer generation of golden-agers who’ve worked 30-45 years to relax and enjoy their place in the sun.
Here are 9 Reasons Arizona tops the list of desirable retirement destinations
One major benefit of retiring in Arizona is the state’s tax regulations that favor retirees. Retiring on a fixed income can be a huge burden in states that tax social security income. Not only does Arizona not tax Social Security Income, there is no inheritance tax, gift tax or estate tax. Arizona is one of the most tax-friendly states in the country, and it’s important to know your money will last throughout your retirement.
- A Community for every lifestyleThe Phoenix West Valley area, which includes Mesa and Tempe, offers an abundance of high-quality, affordable community options. The City of Phoenix is a bustling hub of modern amenities, offering a rare combination of clean air and restorative, sunshine with all the history and charm of a classic western desertscape. Scottsdale offers high-end resort-style living with a “Wild West” vibe, minus the “wild.” Tucson is a mid-size city with big city amenities and a smaller town feel, surrounded by five spectacular mountain ranges: the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Tortolita Mountains to the north, the Santa Rita Mountains to the south, the Rincon Mountains to the east, and the Tucson Mountains to the west.The West Valley’s strong economy, characterized by job and population growth, drives demand for Active property construction and development industries add to inventory, which helps keep housing prices lower than most regions of the U.S.
- Native American culture
More than 20 Native American tribes are represented in Arizona. In fact, Arizona has the largest percentage of its land designated as Indian lands, more than any other U.S. state.
- Affordable real estate
The West Valley’s strong economy, characterized by job and population growth, drives demand for affordable real estate. Active property construction and development industries add to inventory, which helps keep housing prices lower than most regions of the U.S
- Allergy relief
For allergy and asthma sufferers, the Valley’s climate and dry air offer a respite from the allergens common to other regions.
- Wildlife galore
Arizona has an abundant wildlife population, including coyotes, javelinas, bobcats, roadrunners, and some of the world’s most captivating bird species. You can marvel at them while you’re hiking a canyon or mountain range or simply taking a leisurely bike ride.
- Year-round outdoor recreation
Because the climate and temperatures vary so greatly across regions, there’s always something spectacular to explore. Average high and low temperatures will differ by 30 degrees within a two- hour drive in almost any direction. In Arizona, you can water-ski and snow-ski on the same day. Hiking, biking, boating, fishing, horseback riding, rafting and kayaking, skydiving, snow skiing, sledding, and tubing, and water skiing—pick your pleasure!
Clubs, restaurants, and rich cultural centers in every major town and city provide plenty of opportunities to eat, drink, and enjoy social events year-round.
- Alice Cooper lives in Phoenix.