According to US News, Phoenix is #17 as one of the best places to retire in the country. Nicknamed the “Valley of the” the greater Phoenix area has more sunshine than any other metro area in the country,
But that’s not the only reason retirees are choosing Phoenix and the Mesa area to retire. Arizona also has a thriving job market, low cost of living, and of course, plenty of places to enjoy the weather. Phoenix is the fifth-largest metro area in the country and pretty much has everything that the entire state has to offer. You have fantastic downtown shopping areas, and industrial city center, fantastic golf courses, sports stadiums, and some of the best restaurants in the country. We offer performing arts and culture centers, science centers, and over 2000 mi.² to explore with a beautiful landscape and typography of the surrounding desert mountains.
The scorecard for the Phoenix area put the desirability at 8.2, the value of 6.6, the job market at 6.5, quality of life at 6.4, and net migration at 7.8. This study ranked 125 metro areas in the US to find the best place to live based on the quality of life, the value of living there, and people’s desire. Here are some quick facts about the Phoenix area.
- Population is 4,561,038
- Median age is 36
- Unemployment rate as 4.1%
- Average annual salary is about $50,000
- Median home price is $234,000
- Median monthly rent is $1032
- Average high temperatures is 86.6°
- Average low temperatures are 63.4°
- The annual average rainfall is 8 inches
- Average commute time is 26.2 minutes
Housing costs are slightly higher in Phoenix than overall in the country. Phoenix housing costs $234,183 while the median home price for the entire country is $227,025. Phoenix offers a better value than similarly sized metro areas when you compare housing costs to median household income.
88% of residents drive, 1% bicycle, 2% walk, and 2% use public transportation. This is pretty equal to the national average except for our public transportation which is below the natural average.
There is plenty to do in the Phoenix area. Outdoor enthusiasts love the biking and hiking trails of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, you can kayak or paddleboard on the Tempe Town Lake, or enjoy some of the fantastic wildlife at botanical Gardens and museums.