Glendale : Arizona


What it's 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 campus for what is now known as the Thunderbird School of Global Management, one of several institutions of higher education in Glendale.

The area is very popular with retirees. The University of Phoenix Stadium is the new home of the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. Photos courtesy of Wikipedia; the Jobing Arena by Paul Kucher and downtown Glendale by Evette.

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 $231,700 in mid-2019, and increasing very fast. Zillow calls it a "Very Hot" market.


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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