Goodyear : Arizona

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What it's Like to Retire in Goodyear

Goodyear has been one of the fastest growing cities in Arizona with a 20010 population of 66,000. It is named for the tire company, which bought land here to grow rubber for tires in WWII. Goodyear can boast of being the spring training home of 2 major baseball teams (both from Ohio) - the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinatti Reds. Goodyear is one of the farther out towns from Phoenix, developed in part because developers of 55+ communities have moved to find cheaper land in the Arizona desert. Goodyear is west of Phoenix proper, and south and west of Glendale.Two colleges have purchased land in Goodyear for possible future development - Franklin Pierce University and the University of the Incarnate Word. Photo of South Lake Park in Estrella courtesy of Wikipedia and j.arsenault.


Where to Retire in Goodyear and Home Prices

The fiscal and real estate crisis of 2008-9 hit this suburban region hard. Overall real estate prices in the Phoenix Metro fell off of a cliff after the recent housing crisis - the median selling price of homes in Goodyear was about $350,000 in 2007 but stabliized to about $170,000 in late 2012. In 2013 prices began to rise and reports the median selling price of a home to be about $195,000 in the first quarter of 2014. Zillow however, records the median selling price to be much higher at $216,965 in mid-2014.


What is special about Goodyear

Goodyear just became the home of both the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians (spring training).  The 2 teams will share a new 10,000 seat stadium. Many different active adult communities to choose from

What is not special about Goodyear

Rampant growth, then a real estate recession. In Goodyear you are dependent on your car on a crowded highway system. Summers are brutally hot.


Who will like retirement in Goodyear

Goodyear has a large number of retirees, as well as some Phoenix suburbanites. Average age is about 36, which is typical of the rest of the state. Average income is well above average

Local economy is driven by

Construction, tourism, retirees.

Climate and Physical Environment

West of Phoenix as the Phoenix suburbs move in that direction. It is located in the desert and there are mountains and hills to the north.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Nearby Phoenix is a huge city with every conceivable cultural outlet


The crime rate is above average in Goodyear.

Medical facilities

The nearest hospitals are in Glendale or Phoenix.


When not in your golf cart, be prepared to drive. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is a major one and convenient

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Arizona retirement community guide
Town of Goodyear

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Facts about GOODYEAR
  • State: AZ
  • Environment: Suburban,Desert,Golf Community,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • 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: boomer1

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