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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Wickenburg, Arizona?

Overview: Sixty five miles northwest of Phoenix in southern Arizona, dusty, friendly Wickenburg sits on the banks of the Hassayampa River next to the Wickenburg Mountains. It is on the edge of the Sonoran Desert and was founded by a handful of gold miners, farmers and ranchers in the 1860s.

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Today, Wickenburg is a relaxed, remote place that celebrates its Southwestern heritage with the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, historic mine tours and ghost walking tours. Tourists come to play cowboy at a handful of dude ranches, including the beautiful Rancho de Los Caballeros. There are a few art galleries, and the lovely Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, which is nice surprise in a small town, brings in internationally recognized music and dance productions, art exhibits and much more. There are some cute shops, and to emphasize that this is the Southwest, many have an adobe facade, a tile roof, timber supports and some cacti. Dining establishments are primarily cafes and diners that serve up biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak and chili rellenos.

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Three golf courses have a Wickenburg address, and the Hassayampa River Preserve, five miles outside of town, has hiking trails. Neighborhoods range from very modest with simple ranch ramblers to very attractive with Southwestern, adobe and Territorial style homes.

Population:  6,800 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  55% 

Cost of Living:  15% above the national average

Median Home Price: $265,000

Climate:     Even with an elevation of 2,050 feet above sea level, summer temperatures are still in the 90s and low-100s.  Winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s and 60s, but nights can get cold.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?   Yes

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?  No, and the nearest one is 30 miles away.

Public Transit:   A bus travels to and from Phoenix.

Crime Rate:    Below the national average

Public Library:  The Wickenburg Public Library is open five days a week and has free wi-fi. 

Political Leanings:    Conservative

Is Arizona Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Yes

Cons:   The air quality is poor.

Notes:   Wickenburg has grown by 50% within the last ten years.  

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes, although the lack of an accredited hospital is a concern. Still, a lot of retirees live here and seem to enjoy it.

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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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