Cottonwood, population 11,500, is located in central Arizona, where the scenery is pretty, the values conservative, and the outdoor activities aplenty. Cottonwood is ringed with mountains and buttes, and it either contains or is minutes from golfing, canyons, thousand-year-old dwellings and wineries. A historic downtown, well-maintained, caps off the charm of this community. Photo of historic downtown Cottonwood courtesy of Wikipedia and Finetooth; photo of Clememceau Public School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and picture of Cottonwood sign courtesy of Wikipedia and Marine 69-71.
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Where to Retire in Cottonwood and Home Prices
There is at least one active adult community in the area. The median home value was $218,600 in mid-2018, according to Zillow, which calls it a "Very Hot Market" at this time.
What is special about Cottonwood
Cottonwood has plenty of sunny days, great medical care and active senior programs, and is above average in walkability when compared to other communities.
What is not special about Cottonwood
Who will like retirement in Cottonwood
Those looking to relax in the sun at an affordable price, and want a quaint, walkable downtown, with music, festivals, and shops will like Cottonwood.
Local economy is driven by
commercialism and tourism.
Climate and Physical Environment
Cottonwood's January's high is about 60's degrees, and July's weather is hot, with plenty of sunshine and an average high of 100 degrees.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
The Old Town Center for the Arts and the Cottonwood Public Library offers cultural opportunities in Cottonwood. The Cottonwood Parks and Recreation department is very active, providing exercise classes geared toward seniors. You can also sit in on community college classes.
The crime rate is average.
Verde Valley Medical is an award-winning acute care hospital.
Prescott Municipal Airport is 58 miles away; the closest international airport is in Phoenix about 110 miles away.
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