Phoenix : Arizona


What It Is Like to Retire in Phoenix

The city of Phoenix, Arizona has long been a popular retirement community for active adults 55+. In the last 50 years this warm weather, desert community has leaped beyond its borders to become the 5th largest city in the U.S. Fortunately, although it has developed some large city problems like crime and traffic, its weather and proximity to the beautiful Arizona environment is unchanged. Phoenix, a metroplex of over 1.5 million people, has engulfed communities like rural Glendale, as well as more posh communities like Paradise Valley, Carefree, Mesa, Peoria, Surprise, and Scottsdale. Tempe, home of Arizona State University, lies at the southern edge of the city. Phoenix is in Maricopa County. Retirees come to Phoenix in droves because of its warm winters, ample housing opportunities, and the Arizona lifestyle. Public facilities, such as golf courses, are widespread and nice. Watch this short Youtube video prepared by

Where to Retire in Phoenix and Home Prices

Phoenix gives retirees  the option of living in any type of environment – big city, suburbs, active adult community, assisted living, or in one of the smaller towns in the area. As a large city the choices are wide and so are the budget ranges. Retirees considering the area should come here and visit to get a feel for the many different communities and neighborhoods. There is undoubtedly one that is right for you.
According to the National Association of Realtors, the median sales price of a home in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area was $496,000 during the 2nd quarter of 2022.


What Is Special about Phoenix

Beautiful setting in a desert surrounded by hills and mountains and is in close proximity to the natural wonders of Arizona, such as the Superstition Mountains. Arizona State University gives it the college town atmosphere. Retirement is big business in Phoenix, and the Metroplex has everything to offer. There is also every type of professional sports team located here.


What Is Not Special about Phoenix

Traffic is intense at times and most people travel by car. Mass transit is historically poor but now somewhat improved with the addition of Valley Metro Rail. Summers are really hot. Over development is a way of life. Big City life. Will there be enough water in the future, is an important question.


Who Will Like Retirement in Phoenix

As a large city with a collection of diverse suburbs, every type of person lives here. It helps to love the outdoors. Retirees with the means go somewhere else during the extremely hot summers.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Fortune 100 companies, education, medical, real estate, tourism, government.

Climate and Physical Environment

Phoenix is situated in a flat plain and surrounded by conical hills and mountains on all sides. Winters are temperate but not as warm as southern Florida. Summers are brutally hot with endless days of 100+ degrees.

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Phoenix has all the cultural opportunities of a large city. Phoenix has more than a dozen major hospitals, including the Mayo Clinic and the Arizona State Hospital. Institutions include the Phoenix Symphony Hall (opera and ballet), Orpheum Theatre (home to the Phoenix Metropolitan Opera), US Airways Center, Jobing Arena, and the Dodge theatre. The Heard Museum is world renowned for its collection of Native American art, but it is just one of many museums in Phoenix.


The crime rate is slightly above the U.S. average.

Medical Facilities

Phoenix has more than a dozen major hospitals, including the Mayo Clinic and the Arizona State Hospital.



Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is one of the country's top airports.The city is one of the few in the U.S. without an AMTRAK station. Valley Metro Rail is a 28.2-mile light rail line serving the cities of Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa in Arizona, USA. There are 38 stations and a connection to the Sky Train and the Sky Harbor Airport.

Valuable Links

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What people are saying about Phoenix

Not the State I thought we were moving to
For retirees with means, this is not the State to move to anymore. Feels like the metro is a bedroom community for California. That influx has driven up prices well above what you\'d expect for the money. Prop 208 passed which places Arizona in top 10 income tax rates vs bottom 11 for individual income above $250k, or couples above $500k. Yes, that\'s not most of us, but the wealthy who fled high state income taxes are going to rethink whether to bring their money, their businesses to Arizona. The summer weather is oppressive for at least 4 months of the year. Nevada, Texas and Florida are all better options to move now. Whether it\'s demographic change or post John McCain GOP, we are now a purple state headed to blue. That opens the door to a whole host of tax and spend programs. I read the earlier comments and would agree that Phoenix is not a top tier metro for health care despite Mayo\'s outreach here and Banner Health. Job growth in low to mid tier careers has been decent, however adjusted for high housing costs, extreme weather and the new tax tiers, graduates can make more elsewhere. Poor air quality needs to be addressed. Particulates and ozone levels are unhealthy much of the year. A haze of dust hangs over the metro and get text alerts about being outdoors too often. Gardening is an extreme sport. You need a pick axe to dig a hole if you have dirt and using precious water means a guilt trip because we need to conserve. The urban heat island is severe. Black asphalt drives up the temps. Feel like a prisoner in my house all summer. Walk the mall when it wasn\'t shut down for Covid. This isn\'t how I want to spend my retirement years.
Posted by edinanmn on November 11, 2020
We moved here over one year ago to Scottsdale. I cannot wait to move. There is NO PLACE you can go without a car unless you live in the Biltmore area or Kierland. The summers are more than brutal. Most days range over 115 & keeps getting worst. I find the people are uneducated & much corruptness here. My husband is a physician who works full time. He feels the standard of healthcare is below par for such a huge city. If you like HEAT & driving everywhere than this is the place for you. Also brown. Everything is brown. We are moving back to FL. Can’t wait. I loathe it here.
Posted by allieoops on October 19, 2017
Re: Phoenix is huge
[quote:4c37ca8ba7="sid"]Back in the day Phoenix was a definable geographic entity. Now it's kind of a blob. I would be curious if anyone knows some interesting neighborhoods to live in where you don't feel captive to your car. Maybe downtown? I went to Thunderbird in Glendale (in the last ice age) and wonder what that's like now - it was a cross between a farm town and a subdivision then. Any info would be helpful, thanks[/quote:4c37ca8ba7] Phoenix has really grown. I would say West Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe areas are a good area. I would check them out, Thunderbird and Glendale is still a "stay in your car" area. I hope this helps you out, and you come back! Weather has been fantastic lately!
Posted by westminstervillage1 on January 21, 2013

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