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Retirement Living in Arizona

Since 50 years ago, Arizona has been a home to a lot of retirees and 55+ Communities. Undoubtedly, this state is one of the Top Retirement Destinations in the country. Most of the active adults will start from tourist then eventually they decide to move here after falling in love with the state’s diverse culture, warm climate and amazing wildlife and nature.

The growing number of active adults who retire to this state has led to the booming of Active Adult Communities in Arizona. In fact, this is where Del Webb first introduced the “Sun City Communities” – it’s their first age-restricted neighborhood in the country. Thanks to this, other more lifestyle communities have started to develop in this place.  

Arizona Climate and Geography is Ideal for Active Retirement

Arizona is one of the four corners states and also the sixth largest state in the U.S. This area, mostly features wide deserts and mountain ranges that surpass elevations of 9,000 feet. And with 194 known mountain ranges, Arizona communities, including a couple of Retirement Communities, enjoy some of the best views in the country.

The Grand Canyon state of Arizona has an average temperature of 65.97°F. It’s a bit higher than the national average temperature, which means temperatures here can be very, very hot. And because of its large area and variations in elevation, this state experiences different localized climate conditions. For example, in lower areas, it’s primarily desert climate with gentle winters and extremely hot summers.

While high-elevated areas like those in Northern Arizona have a cooler climate with cold winters and mild summers. 

Arizona offers Plenty of Recreation, Culture and Entertainment for Active Adults

Your visit to Arizona wouldn’t be complete if you fail to see the stunning Grand Canyon. This amazing natural wonder was shaped by the Colorado River a couple of years ago. Now, this place, particularly the South Rim, is the most visited tourist spots in this state.

Aside from this place, you can also visit a few more spectacular natural wonders like The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area which is home to Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam. Then there’s the Saguaro National Park in Tucson and the Kartchner Caverns State Park in Benson. In these places, you can go sight-seeing and hiking.  

If you’re into history and culture, there are many museums and historical places which you can also visit here. One is the Heard Museum which features various collections which focuses on the history, life, arts and culture of the American Indian tribes in the Southwest. Then there’s Fort Bowie National Historic Site and the Sharlot Hall Museum. 

Arizona’s biggest metropolitan areas are Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott and Yuma. In these cities, you’ll find a wide variety of leisure and entertainment like sports, arts, culture and history. In addition, there are also several art galleries and art centers found all throughout the state. 

Thanks to this the warm weather, a lot of outdoor recreation and activities are available here. This includes hiking, biking, sightseeing, rock-climbing, caving, mountain biking, camping, fishing and so on. In North Central Arizona you’ll find lots of mountain retreats, shady trails, beautiful lakes and rivers which are perfect for fishing, boating and camping.

In Central Arizona and Phoenix, you can experience a couple of wildlife adventure thanks to its wet and dry climate. While Tucson and Southern Arizona are home to a few caverns and caves like the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 

In the west coast, you’ll find the Lake Mead and Lake Havasu which are also great places for boating and fishing plus wildlife watching.

Cost of Living and Taxes to Consider when Retiring to Arizona

Arizona has a growing economy and a varying population. Compared to the rest of the states, Arizona’s cost of living is significantly lower. Here, they use 5 brackets to collect personal income tax: starting from 2.59%, 2.88%, 3.36%, 4.24% and up to 4.54%. But good news for active adult homebuyers, there are no taxes on Social Security income and there’s also exemptions for some retirement income. 

Furthermore, Arizona has an average property tax rate of just 0.84% that is relatively lower than the US national average. Here, residents won’t need to pay for the state tax. They only need to pay for the local taxes. Plus, there aren’t any state taxes imposed on food for home consumption or prescription drugs.

Arizona Healthcare for those in Retirement

Active adults will find it easy to get premium healthcare services here in Arizona. All in all, there are 114 hospitals and medical centers scattered in this region. Four of these are nationally ranked, and these are: the Mayo Clinic and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson and the Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center. 

Phoenix is well-known for its vast medical research and advanced treatment facilities. Here, there are also a lot of medical centers that specializes in cancer research, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and more. 

Other hospitals available here are the Banner Payson Medical Center, the Southeast Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic, and the Maricopa Integrated Health System. Most of these hospitals are situated near 55+ Neighborhoods in Arizona.