Yes, I’m definitely biased, But as someone who’s lived in one of the biggest (and definitely most congested) cities in the world. I’ve fallen in love with Phoenix. I may be a Los Angeles transplant, but Phoenix has my heart. Here’s why:
10. Cost of Living. If you look at the charts, Arizona ranks average or just above average on cost of living compared to the rest of the U.S. But if comparing apples to apples and other major cities, Phoenix, Arizona is much more forgiving than other major cities. And according to salaryexpert.net – our cost of living falls below Houston, Atlanta, and Dallas as well.
9. Economic Growth. With our laws being more lax than most of the rest of the country, businesses are flocking to AZ. Our real estate market was one of the hardest hit markets during the crash and are still recovering from it, but that isn’t stopping developers from building and has only caused them to think outside the box. With new brownstones in downtown Phoenix, waterfront penthouses in the hustle and bustle of Tempe, and the Ritz Carlton residences opening up in 2018 in Paradise Valley, our economic growth is showing no signs of slowing down – even with the rest of the country quaking in their boots.
8. Real Estate. Piggying back on the last point I’m going to have to talk about our real estate. While we have some of the most affordable real estate for a major city, we also have some of the most fantastic. When Frank Lloyd Wright decided to make this his 2nd home he inspired a following of organic architecture that is seen around Arizona, marking for some of the most beautiful homes that compliment our unique landscape. There’s no shortage of luxury real estate in Arizona, from hillside estates sitting at the hooves of Camelback Mountain to cabin-esque retreats nestled in the pinetops of Flagstaff, Payson, or the breathtaking views of Sedona.
7. Wildlife – Everything from bald eagles to families of Javelina’s that stop traffic, Arizona is abundant with wildlife. Out of Africa is the place to go as well where they’ve rescued animals that are abandoned by closed zoos, people who illegally held exotic animals, and abused exotics. Bearizona is up north where you can remain in your car and drive around for an up close experience. Just don’t be like those crazy tourists that get out of their cars. They’re wild animals. They’ll attack. Apparently this needs to be said.
6. Animals. Ok – this is different from wildlife – as in the animals that are part of our family. We love our pets here and it shows. The amount of hotels that allow pets is countless and the list of restaurants that not only allow you to bring your dogs, but have separate treats for them is boundless. But, besides that – with places like Applewood Pet Resort that has a bone shaped pool for their furry residences and Cosmo Dog Park that has a large lake for.. you got it – our dogs, this is the place to be for pet lovers.
5. Healthcare. Over 3300 Physicians, Scientists, and Researchers at Mayo Clinic are helping patients from around the world and it’s right here in the heart of Arizona. If Mayo Clinic isn’t enough for you – our largest employer in Arizona is Banner Health. Healthcare is in abundance here. With naturopathic medicine not only legal in Arizona, it’s easily accessible. Over 2 dozen naturopathic clinics in Phoenix alone, some ranked highest in the country, give you a variety in healthcare options. Many working side by side with hospitals and M.D.’s.
4. Outdoor Activity. People travel from around the world to come to Arizona to hike our hundreds of different hikes for all levels of hikers. In fact, the most famous hike of all, the Grand Canyon rim to rim hike, makes thousands of bucket lists every year. From hiking inside an extinct volcano, to rivers, lakes, and the Mogollan Rim – the options are truly endless.
Within the heart of Phoenix alone there are dozens of hikes and even rock face climbing at Camelback Mountain, sitting in the center of some of the most luxurious real estate in the country. If hiking isn’t your thing, there’s jet skiing, river rafting the Colorado river, mountain biking, ATV-ing, golfing, snowmobiling, skiing, and everything under the sun. Want something a little more relaxing? Take a riverboat at Havasu or float down the Salt River (tubing) with a beer in hand.
3. Restaurants. Everything from the super posh restaurants to the backyard BBQ, chefs seem to love the Arizona life and make their home here. Taco Festivals, Food Festivals, Food Truck Festivals, Restaurant week, and award winning resorts, Arizonans love their food. Also, we’re known for our Mexican food. Need I say more?
2. History. If you love history there’s plenty of it here. After all, Arizona is the Wild Wild West. Bisby, Tombstone, Jerome, Goldfield, Tucson, San Xavier, Yuma, Flagstaff, Route 66, Lowell Observatory, Wrigley Mansion, Taliesin West and more.
- Last but not least is our landscape. Arizona has some of the most vast geological sites and landscape there is and all within a few hours drive. Of course, we’re home to one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, The Grand Canyon. But the list of beautiful sites to see is endless. Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Meteor Crater, Antelope Canyon, Petrified Forest, Slide Rock, Horseshoe Bend, Cathedral Rock, Havasu Falls, Kartchner Caverns, Montezuma Castle… and of course, our famous Saguaro Cactus. If you love to take pictures, Arizona is the place to be. If you don’t, you’ll probably start. If anything, you’ll definitely want to take pictures of our famous dust storms and monsoon lightning storms that light up the night skies. But the one thing that can’t be beat is wherever you are in Arizona and whatever landscape you’re looking at, you’ll always take a moment to appreciate our sunsets. Maybe that’s why Arizona is just a bit more relaxed than many of the other major cities. At the end of every day, no matter how long you’ve lived here, you’ll always be in awe of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.