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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 2021.
To produce this list, we looked at the latest FBI and Census data for 37 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 2021? There can only be one number one, and that would be Apache Junction 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 2021
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Grand Canyon State for 2021
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 37 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 37, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Apache Junction, 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 Apache Junction.
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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