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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Scottsdale, Arizona?

Overview:   Just east of Phoenix and west of the McDowell Mountains in southcentral Arizona, upscale, cosmopolitan Scottsdale bustles with activity. Although it is technically a suburb of Phoenix, it has its own distinct identity and amenities, and it offers a richly textured quality of life.

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The city is known for its nightlife, its dense art gallery districts and its trendy, high-end shopping outlets and boutiques. Residents enjoy a symphony orchestra, two community theaters, a performing arts center, as well as a museum of contemporary art. City events are as diverse as the city's population. There is a Tour de Scottsdale, an Arabian horse show, a culinary festival, and an arts festival. The Parada del Sol includes a rodeo and parade. Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece and winter home, Taliesin West and now the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, is also here. The Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt, the city's 12-mile flood control project, connects parks and bike paths. The San Francisco Giants use the city stadium for spring training.

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Although the city can nearly drain the Horseshoe Reservoir during the summer months, the body of water and surrounding land are open year-round for camping and fishing. Thirty golf courses have a Scottsdale address. Restaurants run the gamut from Italian to Chinese and are generally outstanding. Residential architectural styles include adobe, Mediterranean and territorial. Beautiful homes are the norm. Villa Monterey is a reasonably priced 55+ community.

Population:  240,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:   55%

Cost of Living:   40% above the national average

Median Home Price: $425,000

Climate:  Summer temperatures are in the 90s and low-100s, and winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s.   On average, Scottsdale receives nine inches of rain per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  Yes

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?    Yes

Public Transit:   Yes

Crime Rate:   Well 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:   Scottsdale has a reputation for being pretentious and snobby, although most residents seem to love living here.  The city has been called a desert version of Florida's South Beach.  

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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