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What it's Like to Retire in Buckeye

In 2007 Buckeye was the second fastest growing city in the U.S. Located in suburban Phoenix west of Glendale and Surprise, the growth of this sprawling area was fueled by several master planned communities within in its limits. The master plannned communities include Valencia, Sundance, and Verrado (see links to Buckeye Active Adult Communities at top right). In 2006 the population was 29,000, the 2011 population was 51,000 - by 2030 that is projected to grow to 380,000.  The global recession of 2007-2008  hit Arizona hard but it has come back well in recent years.


Where to Retire in Buckeye and Home Prices

Median home selling prices in the greater Phoenix area were $223,100 in the first quarter of 2016 (NAR), which has shown a steady rise since the first quarter of 2015, with the median price at $206,100.  Of course there is a very wide range of prices, from homes below $100k to those over $1million.  The Phoenix real estate market had been especially hard hit, and Buckeye was part of that.


What is special about Buckeye

Buckeye at one time was the 2nd fastest growing community in the U.S.   Buckeye Hills Recreation Area is a population recreation area for mountain biking, picnicking, and camping. Buckeye is home to a number of planned communities, which is where the explosive growth is coming from.

What is not special about Buckeye

Buckeye is one of the farthest out communities from Phoenix.  Suburban sprawl is part of Buckeye's reality; another is where will all the water come from needed to sustain this explosive growth in the desert. The real estate market has been so chaotic in Buckeye that people are understandably nervous about buying.

Who will like retirement in Buckeye

People looking for an active adult community that doesn't have to be near anything else might like living in Buckeye - there are many 55+ communities to choose from.

Local economy is driven by

Construction was the driver, but servicing retirees is a main industry now.

Climate and Physical Environment

Buckeye is the currently the farthest out suburb to the west of Phoenix.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Within the large planned communities there are many opportunities for cultural events. For more it is an easy drive to Phoenix.


Crime in Buckeye is very high - over double the national average.

Medical facilities

There are many medical facilities close in nearby Glendale and Phoenix.


The town operates the Buckeye Municipal Airport, and the nearest international airport is in Phoenix, about 40 miles away; Buckeye is not a walkable community.


Valuable Links

Arizona retirement guide
Wikipedia Guide to Buckeye


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Facts about BUCKEYE
  • State: AZ
  • Environment: Suburban,Desert,Golf Community,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • 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: 121+ (very high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer

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