Located on the Colorado Plateau, Farmington, New Mexico, is the only Metropolitan area of the Four Corners and is its commercial hub, with a diverse population of about 45,000. The Four Corners region is the only place in the United States where four states meet and is made up of the southwestern corner of Colorado, the southeastern corner of Utah, the northeastern corner of Arizona and the northwestern corner of Utah. The quadpoint is marked by the Four Corners Monument.
Farmington sits at the junction of the San Juan River, the Animas River and the La Plata River, and is home to San Juan College which is an important part of the community as it offers cultural and education opportunities to residents. Farmington is known across New Mexico and throughout the southwest for its baseball tournaments, and is host to the Connie Mack World Series which has been played here for 50 years, and consists of teams from various regions around the United States, including from Puerto Rico.
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Where to Retire in Farmington and Home Prices
According to the National Association of Realtors, the median sale price was $172,600 in the 4th quarter of 2018.
What is special about Farmington
Farmington is a metropolitan area that offers a low cost of living, plenty of sunshine, festivals, events and outdoor activities which include fishing, boating and biking. The town has a lake, two golf courses, an aquatic center, and a college that provides cultural opportunities.
What is not special about Farmington
Farmington is isolated and has a high crime rate. The nearest International airport is in Albuquerque, nearly 200 miles away.
Who will like retirement in Farmington
Retirees who want to live in mid-sized college town with a low cost of living may enjoy living here. Farmington has a hospital, library, and bus service, and many volunteer opportunities. The community is very senior-friendly with an active Senior Center that offers classes, presentations, lunches, and a wide variety of leisure activities, along with providing free transportation. San Juan College offers programs and classes for seniors, and the aquatics center has an adult swimming pool. Seniors also receive a discount on the town's public bus system.
Local economy is driven by
The primary industries of San Juan County are the production of petroleum, natural gas, and coal. Retail and Construction also help to drive the economy.
Climate and Physical Environment
The average January temperature is 30 degrees, July's average is 78 degrees.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
The Farmington Civic Center is located in the center of downtown and serves as convention center as well as a performing and visual arts center; The Farmington Museum features exhibits of the history of the area, traveling exhibits, art shows and lecture series; the community is also home to a children's museum and science center. Downtown Farmington has four major Art Walks a year, and the Maker's Market features vendors who sell fresh produce and homemade and handmade goods. A great asset to the community is San Juan College which is home to the Henderson Fine Arts Center that has a 800-seat theater and an art wing with gallery.
Farmington has a high crime rate, with theft being the most common crime committed.
San Juan Medical Center is located here.
Farmington does offer intercity bus service with discounts for seniors; Four Corners Regional Airport is in Farmington and is used for general aviation, charter flights, and military operations. Durango, Colorado, also has a regional airport, but the nearest international airport is in Albuquerque, about 185 miles away.
Farmington could be the perfect northern retirement spot for those who winter in the warm South. The medical care in the area may be second to none, with three major hospitals within 20 minutes of Farmington and loads of specialist doctors nearby. I had open heart surgery at UCONN Medical Center, and although it is rated locally as #3 of the Hartford area hospitals, my care was exceptional. Lots of things to do in summer, especially if you are a baseball fan; the Hartford Yard Goats minor league team has brought excitement ï¿½ and a new stadium ï¿½ to the city, and there are plenty of public and private golf courses in the area, raesonably priced. One, Farmington Woods, is in a retiree community comprising both condos and single family dwellings. It is a mere 1/2 mile as the crow flies from my home in Avon, CT.
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