Glendale : Arizona


What It Is Like to Retire in Glendale

Glendale is a former farming town on the outskirts of Phoenix that in the years since WWII was overwhelmed by and became part of the huge Phoenix Megapolis.  The population has exploded to over 250,000.  During the last world war it hosted a training base for the U.S. Army AIr Corps, home to the Thunderbirds.  That base became the former campus for what is now known as the Thunderbird School of Global Management, now part of ASU and located in Phoenix.

The area is very popular with retirees. The University of Phoenix Stadium is the new home of the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. Photo of Downtown Glendale, Arizona as viewed from the intersections of Glendale Ave. and 58th Ave, courtesy of Wikipedia and Marine 69-71; Photo of Glendale Arena courtesy of Wikipedia and Paul Kucher, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/

Where to Retire in Glendale and Home Prices

There are any number of communities and developments around Glendale and its neighboring towns.  The Zillow Home Value Index was $359,560 in late 2021.


What Is Special about Glendale

Winters are relatively warm. Real estate is inexpensive.  If you like professional sports, they are right here in town. Some parts of Glendale are walkable.


What Is Not Special about Glendale

Summers are brutally hot. The crime rate is well above average. Suburban sprawl, thy name is Glendale.

Who Will Like Retirement in Glendale

People looking for a home in the desert with warmer winters and low humidity will like it in Glendale.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Construction, public administration


Climate and Physical Environment

Average January temperature in Glendale is in the mid 50's with the average July temperature over 80 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are plenty of restaurants in the area. In addition to professional sports within the city limits, nearby Phoenix offers some of the leading cultural attractions in America.


The crime rate is significantly above average.

Medical Facilities

There are medical facilities within Glendale such as Arrowhead Hospital; nearby Phoenix has many more.


Glendale has a high Walk Score of 68.8 from


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What people are saying about Glendale

Glendale, AZ
Keep in mind that Glendale, AZ is the street gang capital of the state. Something to consider if one is thinking about relocating there.
Posted by RetCop on December 15, 2016

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