Goodyear : Arizona


What It Is 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. Franklin Pierce University is located here. 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 housing crisis. In the last few years home prices have steadily risen and Zillow now records the median home value to be $339,210 in early 2021, up over 11% since early 2020.


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

Valuable Links

Arizona retirement community guide
Town of Goodyear

What people are saying about Goodyear

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