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We know why Arizona is one of the best states to retire in America, it has some of the best places to spend your golden years in America.
There's a reason Arizona's median age is one of the oldest in the country. Whether you're looking to join Arizona's Parrot Heads, love the sun, or just want to learn how to Shag, Arizona has you covered. And HomeSnacks has you covered, too: we've created a list of the best places to retire in Arizona for 2020.
To produce this list, we looked at the latest FBI and Census data for 36 cities with 11,000 residents. We looked at important factors like safety, affordability, rent, and how close a place is to an international airport.
We discovered that many people come to Arizona as a snowbird and never leave. This is because the best places to retire in The Grand Canyon State are some of the safest, most affordable places with some pretty great amenities. Heck, you can hike Camelback Mountain just outside of Phoenix and ski Flagstaff's black diamonds in the same day.
Don't get us started on the great shopping, five star resorts and first class spas in the Scottsdale area. And since Arizona's cost of living for its retirees is below the national average, you'll be living like royalty. More importantly, if you're one of those people who want to test the waters before you buy, Arizona's rent is currently below the national average.
So, put that RV in park, grab a hot cup of Sanka, and read on as we uncover the best places to retire in Arizona.
Arizona has so many great cities for retirees, you could literally throw a dart at the state and live happily wherever it landed. So, you can understand how difficult it was to narrow down a list of the top ten best places to retire.
What's the best place to retire in Arizona for 2020? There can only be one number one, and that would be Florence according to the latest data.
The competition was fierce, however. To see a list of Arizona's best places to retire, take a look below. And if you don't see your favorite city there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Places To Retire In Arizona For 2020
Florence is a town, 61 miles southeast of Phoenix, in Pinal County of Arizona, United States. Florence, which is the county seat of Pinal County, is one of the oldest towns in that county and is regarded as a National Historic District with over 25 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The population of Florence was 30,770 at the 2015 census.
Nogales is a city in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. The population was 20,837 at the 2010 census and estimated 20,407 in 2014. Nogales forms part of the larger Tucson-Nogales combined statistical area, with a total population of 1,027,683 as of the 2010 Census. The city is the county seat of Santa Cruz County.
Somerton is a city in Yuma County, Arizona, United States.
Somerton has an annual Tamale Festival that benefits students from the area who will be attending Arizona State University. More than 20,000 visitors attend the festival each year. The festival is put together by The El Diablito Arizona State University Alumni chapter.
Prescott is a city in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 39,843. The city is the county seat of Yavapai County. In 1864 Prescott was designated as the capital of the Arizona Territory, replacing the temporary capital at Fort Whipple. The Territorial Capital was moved to Tucson in 1867. Prescott again became the Territorial Capital in 1877, until Phoenix became the capital in 1889.
Chino Valley is a town in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 10,817.
Kingman is a city in and the county seat of Mohave County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 28,068. The nearby communities of Butler, and Golden Valley bring the Kingman area total population to over 45,000. Kingman is located 85 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada and about 165 miles northwest of the state capital, Phoenix.
Yuma is a city in and the county seat of Yuma County, Arizona, United States. It is located in the southwestern corner of the state, and the population of the city was 93,064 at the 2010 census, up from the 2000 census population of 77,515.
Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona. The town is known for its luxury golf courses, shopping, and restaurant scene.
It should not be confused with Paradise Valley Village, an official municipal designation, in northeast Phoenix. For instance, Paradise Valley Community College, Paradise Valley High School, Paradise Valley Hospital, Paradise Valley Mall, and Paradise Valley Golf Course are all located several miles to the north of the town, in Phoenix. T
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Grand Canyon State for 2020
To create our list of the best places in Arizona to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Grand Canyon State -- 435 cities and towns.
We then narrowed it down to places with at least 11,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 36 places from across the state.
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 36, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Florence, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.
Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Arizona Yet...
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Arizona goes to Florence.
If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- El Mirage
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