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Retire in Buckeye, Arizona?

Overview:   Buckeye is 35 miles from downtown Phoenix and is the western most city in the Phoenix metro area. Its agricultural heritage is visible in the surrounding acres of cotton and alfalfa, creating an unexpected green landscpape. The Estrella Mountains loom in the distance.

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Buckeye was just a sleepy little desert hamlet with a few farmers until developers arrived about 20 years ago. Since then, the town has grown by 1,000%. Yet local leaders think it will take another 30 years before Buckeye is completely built out. Master planned communities are the norm, with 30 or more, including Sundance, Festival Ranch and Verrado, in some stage of development. Attractive, sleek and mostly large, many of these developments have Spanish Colonial or Mediterranean themes and palm trees. Victory at Verrado is a beautiful 55+ community with single family homes. Buckeye Hills Regional Park sports primitive biking paths, hiking trails, camping areas and views of the Gila River riparian area.

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Downtown is somewhat nondescript but sponsors an air fair, a community yard sale, Pioneer Days, Demolition Days and Hellzapoppin' Days, which includes a rodeo. Restaurants are nearly all national chains. Sundance Towne Center has some major and minor national retailers. Three golf courses have a Buckeye address. The town still has some rough edges, with low slung commercial buildings, roadside telephone poles, billboards, sagebrush and scorpions.

Population:   64,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  28%

Cost of Living:   3% below the national average

Median Home Price: $178,000     

Climate:    This area has very hot summers and mild winters.   Summer temperatures are in the 90s and low-100s.    Winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s.   On average, Buckeye receives about 10 inches of rain per year

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  No, but West Valley Hospital in Goodyear, 15 miles away, accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?  No, but West Valley Hospital in Goodyear, 15 miles away, is accredited.

Public Transit:    Buckeye is served by the Valley Metro bus system.

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:   Conservative

Is Arizona Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?     Yes

Cons:  The air quality is poor.

Notes:    Many housing developments ran into problems during the Great Recession and never got off the ground. One of these was Douglas Ranch, which if re-started could one day have nearly 250,000 residents on 38,000 acreas just northeast of Buckeye. Arizona has been in a drought for 20 years, and Buckeye's water conservation program, which consists of outdoor water restrictions and rebate programs, has successfully reduced water consumption during the last decade. The city is racially diverse. Abrazo Buckeye Emergency Center provides emergency services and cardiac care.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes, although people with respiratory problems might be uncomfortable.

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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 home to places with names like Nothing, a ghost town in western Arizona, and the Horspitality Resort.

The state 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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