Prescott : Arizona


What It Is Like to Retire in Prescott

Located at an elevation of 5400 feet in the mountains of north central Arizona, the City of Prescott (population just under 43,000 in 2020), was the original territorial capital of the Arizona Territory. This old mining town and now popular active adult retirement community borders the Prescott National Forest to the south and west. Prescott and the nearby towns of Chino Valley and Prescott Valley form what is known locally as the Tri-City area.

Carrying the nickname, "Everybody’s Hometown", Prescott is home to the downtown Courthouse Plaza, famous Whiskey Row, World's Oldest Rodeo, Prescott Fine Arts Association, Sharlot Hall Museum, and the Phippen Art Museum. The State of Arizona has been officially designated Prescott as "Arizona's Christmas City".  Prescott is home to several colleges including Yavapai, Prescott College, Emory-Riddle Aeronautical University, plus other specialty campuses.

The downtown's Courthouse Plaza, framed by towering elms, is the focal point for much of what goes on in this active tourist and retirement community. Activities include crafts fairs, antique shows and art shows. Here is more help with what it is like to retire in Arizona, including tax information. Prescott was number 3 on the Topretirements list of  the 100 best places to retire.


Where to Retire in Prescott and Home Prices

Many active adults 55+ have moved to Prescott for its warm climate and interesting setting. The variety of housing choices keeps increasing to meet the demand of baby boomers who would like to retire here. You can choose to live in town or outside in an active adult community, many of which are gated and golf-oriented (see link at top left to Prescott Active Communities). reported the median home value was $464,314. in mid-2021, a 17.5% rise during the past year.


What Is Special about Prescott

• Prescott National Forest • Charming ambience with historical background • 525 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. • Whiskey Row • 5400 ft. altitude

What Is Not Special about Prescott

There are a lot of tourists; colder winters than the rest of Arizona; watering restrictions


Who Will Like Retirement in Prescott

Prescott is a growing, vital community, having expanded 19% from 2000 to 2005. It is a very popular retirement spot, rated the #1 retirement location in the U.S. by one source.  Almost 90% of the population is white, 42% have a college degree or higher.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Manufacturing, health care, hospitality, education, retail

Climate and Physical Environment

Prescott is in the mountains north of Phoenix. At an elevation of 5400 feet it has cooler summers than most of the rest of Arizona. If you love the outdoors and majestic scenery, this is a great place. The average July high temperature is 88 and the average January high is 51 (the average low is 23). The wettest month is August (3").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Prescott has a vibrant cultural environment. Leading institutions include the Fine Arts Association, Sharlot Hall Museum, Phippen Art Museum, Folk Arts Fair, Frontier Days, and Territorial Days. Yavapai College and Prescott College, along with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are located in Prescott.


Crime here is a little less than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Yavapai Regional Medical Center


Love Field is the Prescott Airport. Phoenix Sky Harbor is about 80 miles away. Prescott is below average in walkability when compared to other communities.


Valuable Links

Prescott on Wikipedia
City of Prescott

What people are saying about Prescott

Prescott AZ in a nutshell
One of the best things about Prescott is the conservative way of thinking. Coming from California it was a breath of fresh air. Seeing people exercise their 2nd Amendment rights is great. You can open carry a firearm or conceal carry without a permit. I feel crime is lower in Prescot Valley than Prescott but both are nice. You get a nicer house for your money in Prescott Valley but if you like being right downtown, Prescott is more for you. If you are thinking about moving here please leave your old ways behind and assimilate into the area. If you want to change it stay where you are, we like it the way it is.
Posted by LuvPrescott on December 26, 2017
You must be kidding
Arlen says, \"Prescott has bad traffic\"--compared to what? After living in 8 states across more that a dozen towns, cities and burbs, the Prescott traffic is amazingly great--especially given the ready access to amenities. While it may delay you occasionally, such as during \"rush hour\" , given the population, available shopping and such, Prescott traffic is seldom a bother most any time. However, if you are comparing it to the boonies, then one may have a gripe at times; but 95% of the time, you are the first or second one at any light or stop sign.
Posted by Whyyesca on May 18, 2015
Prescott Awesome Town (traffic is good now)
Prescott has something happening almost every weekend. Cultural events, Art shows, Fine arts, theaters. And of course Whisky row and all the quaint shops and antiques around the Town square. HWY69 is a divided 4 lane the enter change from I-17 is being re-engineered now, there is a bypass from before Prescott Valley all the way to the north end of Prescott. it is congested during holidays, but he a town map there are many roads that will get you from point A to point B without all the tourists. We bought a cabin here 10 years ago hope to retire here when we are older You will love it. NancyAZ P.s. please excuse typos and run ons. Learning to use this iPad :)
Posted by nancy_az60 on May 21, 2012
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