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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Ahwatukee, Arizona?

Overview:  In southern Arizona, Ahwatukee is a friendly Phoenix urban/suburban village that is hemmed in by Interstate 10, the Gila River Indian Community and several cities. Thanks to these geographic barriers, it has a distinct personality and has been called the "World's Largest Cul de Sac." Few residents identify with Phoenix.

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Amenities include a farmers' market, South Mountain Community College, big box stores, boutique retailers, fast food places and discount grocers. The Tempe Center for the Arts is a short commute away. South Mountain Park offers village residents biking and hiking trails, horseback riding, petroglyphs and a museum. There are four golf courses in the area - Foothills, Ahwatukee Lakes, Ahwatukee Country Club, and Club West. The Pecos Community Center sits on a 66-acre park and has a pool as well as a dog park. The Ahwatukee Recreation Center sponsors a library and a long list of clubs.

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Ahwatukee homes were primarily built in the 1980s and 1990s, and neighborhoods are well kept. Residences are mostly single story and two story Mediterraneans, and Xeriscape landscaping is dominant. Apartment communities are also in good supply.

Population:  77,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:   35% (estimate)

Cost of Living:  16% above the national average

Median Home Price: $290,000  

Climate:  This area's average July high temperature is 100 degrees, and January's average high temperature is 65 degrees.   On average, the area receives 6 inches of rain per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  No, but several hospitals that accept Medicare patients are within five to seven miles.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?    No, but several hospitals that are accredited are within five to seven miles.

Public Transit:   No

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   The Phoenix Public Library system has a branch in Ahwatukee.

Political Leanings:  Conservative

Is Arizona Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:   The air quality is below the national average.

Notes:    Only a few roads lead into Phoenix.  Some Ahwatukee homes and businesses have a Phoenix address.  The public schools are some of the best in the metro area. Nightlife is quiet. People like living here and say it has a slightly trendy vibe.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes

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Arizona:

The Grand Canyon State was originally part of New Mexico. After the land was ceded to the U.S. in 1848, it became a separate territory. It did not enter the union until February 14, 1912. Copper was discovered in the area in 1848, and metals mining continues to be an important part of the economy. Cattle and tourism are two of the states other vital industries.

Although Arizona can be one of the hottest states in the union, air conditioning continues to bring more and more people to the urban areas. The Colorado Plateau spreads through Arizona from the north and is interspersed with remnants of the Rocky Mountains. The land flattens into desert near Phoenix. The Colorado River forms the state's western borders and snakes through the Grand Canyon.

Arizona is stubborn when it comes to time. It observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis.

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Stats:

Population - 6,931,030 

Persons 65 years old and over - 17%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 86% 

Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27% 

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 31% 

White persons, not Hispanic - 58% 

Median household income - $50,225 

Median home value - $167,500 

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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