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Moving to Arizona

Are You Moving From or To Arizona?

Moving your family to a new state is a challenge on its own. Moving them for all the right reasons is another. If you’re looking for cultural diversity, a strong economy, and adventure for your clan, Arizona is the obvious choice.

Known for its warm climate and beautiful desert landscape, Arizona has long been considered a great place for vacation. But it’s also a great place to live because of median income, safety, graduation rates, weather, and cultural offerings.

The beautiful scenery of Arizona has provided settings for several Hollywood movies, while the economy is led by health care, transportation, technology and government service. Endless mountain ranges, palm trees that give the place an easy vibe, rivers, lakes, acres of space, and crazy beautiful sunsets make it a dream place for outdoor lovers. It should come as no surprise then to know Arizona has one of the biggest resort collections you will find in a single state.

Beyond the natural lure, some of the things that make this state appealing include affordability, education, and employment opportunities. Whether you’re looking to move or already live here.

If you’re moving to Arizona, there are a lot of things you’re going to need to know. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place.

Moving to Arizona

Pros and Cons of Living in Arizona

Here are a few pros and cons to consider as you make your move to The Grand Canyon State:

Pros.
  • Weather: If you like sunshine, we´re got plenty! With most areas getting nearly year-round sunny days, you won’t have to worry about dreary overcast skies.
  • Cost of living: Lower that the national average, the cost of living allows people to enjoy a higher standard of living compared to some other states. 
  • Politics: Residents of Arizona tend to be politically conservative, Gun ownership is also strong here. Of course, depending on your leanings, this can be a good or bad thing.
Cons.
  • Heath: Mid to southern Arizona has notoriously hot summers. Phoenix, for example, has an average July temp of 91°F. Be prepared for the heat. 
  • Dust Storms: Dust storms are an inconvenient and dangerous part  of life in this southwestern state.
  • Schools: The quality of public education varies. The state, however, has been making strides to improve student outcomes and provide better support statewide.
  • Water Supply: Many parts of Arizona suffer from drought issues or are on the cups of dealing with them. This challenge is projected to get worse. 
  • Traffic & Pollution: Especially in the urban areas like Phoenix, traffic congestion and pollution has seen an uptick as the population continues to increase.
Tax Rates
  • The Sales Tax Rate for Arizona is 8.1%. The US average is 7.3%.
  •  The Income Tax Rate for Arizona is 4.2%. The US average is 4.6%.
  • Property Tax: Taxpayers pay property tax rates below the national average. The average effective statewide property tax rate is less than 0.80%.
Housing Market

The median home value in Arizona is $277,574. Arizona home values have gone up 7.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts will fall -0.5% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Arizona is $166. The median homes currently listed in Arizona is $299,900 while the median price of homes that sold is $265,800. The median rent is $1,500.

What Should I Know In 2020?

Economy Outlook

There is still a huge amount of uncertainty about the future of the outbreak and the economic impacts associated with it. The baseline forecast assumes that the current surge in the spread of the coronavirus is contained quickly and that there is no major resurgence in the fall. The forecast assumes that the current executive order affecting activity at bars, indoor gyms, indoor movie theaters, and other activities, expires in August.

Keep in mind that the projections may be subject to large revisions in the future as new information impacts the outlook.

Overall, Arizona is on pace to recover to pre-pandemic levels of economic activity in 2021, probably well before the nation as a whole. The long-run outlook for the state is strong. Once the pandemic is over, the state will once again consistently generate robust job, outlook, and population gains. Whether or not the state makes significant progress in closing the income gap with the U.S. will depend in large part on investments in education, as well as other drivers of innovation.

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Traffic & Transportation

As Arizona’s population increases, the state faces difficulties moving the growing population safely and efficiently.

Phoenix is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., so ensuring transportation is sustainable remains an issue for the state.

Public transportation in Phoenix, Arizona consists primarily of buses, a 20-mile (32 km) light rail system, and minor additional services. Most transit services run under the name Valley Metro; local cities, counties, and other agencies in the Phoenix area have agreed to use the Valley Metro name.

There are buses and taxis, but visitors are likely to find that having a car is the most convenient option. Fortunately, navigating around Phoenix could not be easier. Nearly every road is laid out as part of a grid. … Major roads with names instead of numbers run east and west, perpendicular to the Streets and Avenues.

Cost of living

The cost of living in any area can vary based on factors such as your career, its average salary, and the real estate market of that area.

Overall the cost of living in Arizona is below the national average. Sometimes Phoenix can be half as expensive as some of the other major cities across America.

Housing is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference. The median home price in Arizona is $249,300.

When it comes to the cost of living in Phoenix Arizona and across the state, your career choice is often just important as the decision you choose to make about where you live. Both are related. Certain careers in Phoenix Arizona are in high demand and paying well. This includes jobs like field technicians and the medical field in Phoenix.

Living in Arizona is quite a unique experience because of the vastness that the state offers. From the Sonoran Desert in the south to the high country in the north all the way up towards the Four Corners east and the Grand Canyon in the west. Known as the Grand Canyon state, Arizona is diverse in many ways. The state tree is the Palo Verde, the state cactus is the Saguaro, the state bird is the Cactus wren.

Moving to Arizona

Things to Know When Moving To Arizona

Arizona Climate

Northern Arizona has more mountains and high elevations which gives it a cooler climate than the south. Places like Flagstaff, Prescott and the White Mountains are so chilly especially during the winters. Southern Arizona gets flash floods and areas along the Colorado River like Yuma are some of the hottest in the nation.

Employment

Arizona continues to lead the nation in fostering opportunities; The average pay range for an Average job varies little (about $22,764), which suggests that regardless of location, there are not many opportunities for increased pay or advancement, even with several years of experience.

Real Estate

If you are considering moving to Arizona, Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tucson are some of the top places to call home.The median list price in Arizona is $376,990 and the average price per square foot is $179.

Average Income

As of Sept 10, 2020, the average annual pay for the Average jobs category in Arizona is $61,942 a year. The majority of salaries within the Average jobs category currently range between $45,992 (25th percentile) to $68,756 (75th percentile) in Arizona.

The Average job market in both Arizona and the surrounding area is very active. Arizona ranks number 31 out of 50 states nationwide for Average job salaries.

Industries

The major employment sectors in Arizona include aerospace, electronics and semi conductor manufacturing. Tourism, business services and back-office operations are also important sectors. Arizona's original export activities - agriculture and mining - remain significant in many rural parts of the State.

Crime Rankings

Arizona City has an overall crime rate of 12 per 1,000 residents, making the crime rate here near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in America.

However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Arizona City has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Arizona City is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis of FBI crime data.

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Henry Blok
Posted by Henry Blok
November 3, 2020
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