Peoria : Arizona


What It Is Like to Retire in Peoria

Peoria is a suburban town northeast of Phoenix and Glendale in Arizona. The population grew over 30% in just a few years, currently about 159,000 call Peoria home.  It is one of the furthest out communities from Phoenix and is home to many active adult communities because of the availability of land. The Salt River flows through here. The mountains to the north and west are quite beautiful. Public domain photo of Peoria Sports Complex courtesy of Wikipedia and Ceemo; Watch this short Youtube video prepared by Digital Peoria:


Where to Retire in Peoria and Home Prices

The real estate crisis beginning in 2007 had a very hard effect on property here. After hitting bottom in 2011 at a median price of $100,000, prices have come roaring back. In early 2020, the Zillow Home Value Index was $307,710.  There are several large active adult communities in the area including several of the original Sun City communities.


What Is Special about Peoria

One of the farthest suburbs from Phoenix.  Today most of the city’s growth is taking place in northern and northwestern Peoria with many infill projects occurring in Old Town and southern Peoria.. The Peoria Sports Complex was the first Major League Baseball spring training facility in the county shared by two teams. The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners utilize the complex year round for spring training and player development. In 2008 Money Magazine named Peoria one of the "Top 100 Places to Live".


What Is Not Special about Peoria

Real estate prices declined rapidly since the boom in 2006, although they have started coming back. You have to want to live far out from Phoenix


Who Will Like Retirement in Peoria

People who want to live an active adult community in the beautiful Arizona desert. The population is more affluent than in Arizona in general.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Construction leads the economy as the city continues to grow.


Climate and Physical Environment

Average January temperature is 55 while the average July temperature is 94 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Peoria Center for the Performing Arts is a very big attraction. For sports fans having spring training for 2 Major League Baseball teams is a very big deal. Trip Advisor lists a rather astonishing 225 restaurants with reviews in Peoria.



Crime in Peoria is right underneath the national average.

Medical Facilities

The nearest hospitals are in nearby Glendale and Phoenix, including Arrowhead , Banner Thunderbird Hospital, and Kindred.



Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport would be the largest airport nearby;  Amtrak is in Phoenix about 11 miles from Peoria.


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