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Top 5 Reasons to Retire in Arizona

Ever wonder why Arizona is a retirement hotspot? Isn't it all desert? Aren't Phoenix and Tucson the only cities and aren't they overcrowded? What about water shortages and high summertime electricity bills? Arizona is more than these myths, and here are 5 good reasons why many people pick it as their retirement state.

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1) 1. It is not all desert. More than 30% of the state is forest, and nearly 100% is scenic. The Mogollon Rim escarpment is covered in pine. The Colorado Pleateau in the north central part of the state has high sandstone cliffs, windswept mesas, and dramatic canyons. Arizona has Canyon de Chelly, Glen Canyon, and the magnificent Grand Canyon. If you like the water, Arizona has Lake Havasu and Lake Powell. The state has no less than 100 mountain ranges, some of which are great for skiing.

2. There are other places besides Phoenix and Tucson. What about artists' havens like Sedona and Bisbee? Don't forget Scottsdale, Surprise, Sun City, Tempe, and Flagstaff. If you don't like the heat, it can get mighty cold in Flagstaff.

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But don't knock Phoenix and Tucson, either. They're metropolitan areas with responsible growth plans and plentiful amenities. Wherever you decide to live, Arizonans have excellent access to healthcare. The overall cost of living is below the national average. Personal income tax rates are modest, and housing is still cheap

3. You'll never be bored. There are more than 300 golf courses in the state. If golfing is not your sport, the Arizona Trails System offers a wide variety of opportunities for hiking and biking. Thirty state parks scattered from corner to corner. National parks and monuments include the Sunset Crater, Fort Bowie, and the Casa Grande Ruins. Sunrise Park and the Arizona Snowbowl are world class ski resorts. If your idea of recreation is spectating, Arizona is home to 4 pro-sports teams. And there's always baseball spring training. Fifteen major league teams send their best to the state's Cactus League for a pre-season workout each year.

4. If you're looking for culture, Arizona has it. Tribal lands dot the state, and it's become a hub for Native American art. Its galleries showcase both historic and contemporary works. Significant museums and monuments include Montezuma Castle and the Mountain Apache Culture Center. The state also boasts some historic railways and highways. Route 66 extends from Kingman to Flagstaff. Amtrak's Southwest Chief and Sunset Limited routes still make stops. Arizona's robust arts commission supports organizations as diverse as Flagstaff's Artbox Institute and the Tucson Jazz Society. The commission also helps fund over 50 arts festivals throughout the state.

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5. Of course, weather is a perfect reason to retire to Arizona. Yes, there are extremes. Phoenix has some of the hottest temperatures in the United States, and Flagstaff has some of the coldest. There can be monsoons, but there are no hurricanes and few tornadoes. The climate is usually dry, and sunshine nearly always prevails.

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