Florence : Arizona

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What it's Like to Retire in Florence

Florence is a town of about 21,000 people located southeast of Phoenix. It is one of the oldest towns in Arizona. The Arizona State Prison is nearby and a major employer. The downtown is a historic district. In WWII the town was a POW camp. Photo of downtown commercial buildings courtesy of Wikipedia and Willjay.

Where to Retire in Florence and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in the area (see link at right). Check out our AZ Retirement Guide for a list of active adult communities in the area.
Average home prices were about $90,000 in late 2014, according to City-data.com.


What is special about Florence

Florence is a low key  and low cost town in the beautiful desert of Arizona. McFarland State Park is nearby.

What is not special about Florence

Having a prison as the local industry won't appeal to everyone. It is very hot in summer.

Who will like retirement in Florence

People looking for a low cost Arizona retirement might like it in Florence.

Local economy is driven by

The State prison is a major employer.

Climate and Physical Environment

Florence is southeast of Phoenix. The average July high temperature is 102 and the average January low is 38. The wettest month is December (1").


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Florence is home to the annual "Country Thunder" music festival, and the Pinal County Historical Museum.



Crime in Florence hovers between a third and a half of the national average, making it a very safe place to retire.

Medical facilities

There are at least 3 hospitals within 30 miles.


Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is about 60 miles away.  The nearest international airport is in Tucson, about 80 miles away.


Valuable Links

Town of Florence


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Facts about FLORENCE
  • State: AZ
  • Environment: Desert,Small Town,RV 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): Less than $100,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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