Prescott : Arizona

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What Prescott is like for active adults

Located at an elevation of 5400 feet in the mountains of north central Arizona, the City of Prescott (population just under 40,000 in 2011), was the original territorial capital of the Arizona Territory. This old mining town and now popular active adult retirement community borders the Prescott National Forest to the south and west. Prescott and the nearby towns of Chino Valley and Prescott Valley form what is known locally as the Tri-City area.

Carrying the nickname, "Everybody’s Hometown", Prescott is home to the downtown Courthouse Plaza, famous Whiskey Row, World's Oldest Rodeo, Prescott Fine Arts Association, Sharlot Hall Museum, and the Phippen Art Museum. The State of Arizona has been officially designated Prescott as "Arizona's Christmas City".  Prescott is home to several colleges including Yavapai, Prescott College, Emory-Riddle Aeronautical University, plus other specialty campuses.

The downtown's Courthouse Plaza, framed by towering elms, is the focal point for much of what goes on in this active tourist and retirement community. Activities include crafts fairs, antique shows and art shows. The photo of the Horned Toad reading at the Prescott Library is courtesy of Wikipedia and PDTillman. Here is more help with what it is like to retire in Arizona, including tax information. Prescott is number 3 on the Topretirements list of  the 100 best places to retire.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

Many active adults 55+ have moved to Prescott for its warm climate and interesting setting. The variety of housing choices keeps increasing to meet the demand of baby boomers who would like to retire here. You can choose to live in town or outside in an active adult community, many of which are gated and golf-oriented (see link at top right to Prescott Active Communities).
Zillow.com suggested that the median home price was about $267,000 in the first quarter of 2014.

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What is special about this retirement community
• Prescott National Forest • Charming ambience with historical background • 525 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. • Whiskey Row • 5400 ft. altitude
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What is not special about this retirement community

There are a lot of tourists; colder winters than the rest of Arizona; watering restrictions

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What kinds of people like retiring here

Prescott is a growing, vital community, having expanded 19% from 2000 to 2005. It is a very popular retirement spot, rated the #1 retirement location in the U.S. by one source.  Almost 90% of the population is white, 42% have a college degree or higher.

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Local economy is driven by
Manufacturing, health care, hospitality, education, retail
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Climate and Physical Environment
Prescott is in the mountains north of Phoenix. At an elevation of 5400 feet it has cooler summers than most of the rest of Arizona. If you love the outdoors and majestic scenery, this is a great place. The average July high temperature is 88 and the average January high is 51 (the average low is 23). The wettest month is August (3").
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Prescott has a vibrant cultural environment. Leading institutions include the Fine Arts Association, Sharlot Hall Museum, Phippen Art Museum, Folk Arts Fair, Frontier Days, and Territorial Days. Yavapai College and Prescott College, along with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are located in Prescott.
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Crime
Crime here is a little less than the national average.
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Medical facilities
Yavapai Regional Medical Center
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Transportation

Love Field is the Prescott Airport. Phoenix Sky Harbor is about 80 miles away. Prescott is below average in walkability when compared to other communities.

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Valuable Links
Prescott on Wikipedia
City of Prescott
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What people are saying about Prescott

Prescott Awesome Town (traffic is good now)
Prescott has something happening almost every weekend. Cultural events, Art shows, Fine arts, theaters. And of course Whisky row and all the quaint shops and antiques around the Town square. HWY69 is a divided 4 lane the enter change from I-17 is being re-engineered now, there is a bypass from before Prescott Valley all the way to the north end of Prescott. it is congested during holidays, but he a town map there are many roads that will get you from point A to point B without all the tourists. We bought a cabin here 10 years ago hope to retire here when we are older You will love it. NancyAZ P.s. please excuse typos and run ons. Learning to use this iPad :)
Posted by nancy_az60 on May 21, 2012
Prescott traffic
we lived there for 2 years. Traffic is a nightmare. Cannot go anyplace quickly. In the summer, the population swells and makes things even more difficult. Highway 69 is the only way thru there, and it has many fatal accidents often. Very fun city, but getting to and from the store is a nightmare. If you're holded up in your home, what fun is that?
Posted by Arlene on May 29, 2011
One of the best things about Prescott is the weather. It's mild in the winter and summers are perfect for golf and hiking.
Posted by chuckw on August 10, 2010

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Facts about PRESCOTT
  • State: AZ
  • Environment: College Town,Mountain,Desert,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: jb

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