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Queen Creek, Arizona?
Overview: Rapidly growing Queen Creek sits in the desert of south central Arizona and is considered a Phoenix exurb, about 45 minutes from that city's downtown. It began as a farming community and is named after the creek that runs down from the old Silver Queen Mine in the neighboring San Tan Mountains.
Neatly laid out, Queen Creek is primarily comprised of planned communities and subdivisions, inlcuding Charleston Estates, Indigo Trails and Queen Creek Ranchettes. Many homes are variations on Mediterranean, adobe and Spanish Colonial styles. Trees are few and far between, and Xeriscaping is the norm. The town is spread out and has a new, manufactured feeling. There is no real downtown, but there are attractive shopping areas, particularly on the west side. National retailers include Bed, Bath and Beyond, World Market, Pet Smart and many others. Chain restaurants are plentiful. The beautiful Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center is a particular point of pride and hosts regional horse events.
The Queen Creek Performing Arts Center has a community theater and welcomes touring Broadway shows. Award-winning Schnepf Farms has a country store, a u-pick organic garden, orchard dinners and all sorts of fun festivals. San Tan Mountain Regional Park, just south of town, has 10,000 desert acres for hiking, biking and bouldering.
Population: 34,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 25%
Cost of Living: 7% above the national average
Median Home Price: $235,000
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, Queen Creek receives 10 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Banner Ironwood Medical Center, about 5 miles away in San Tan Valley, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Banner Ironwood Medical Center, about 5 miles away in San Tan Valley, is accredited.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Transit: No
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Arizona Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The air quality is very poor.
Notes: Queen Creek has grown by 400% in the last decade, and infrastructure, particularly roads, is playing catch up in some areas. The median household income is above the national median. The desert is never far away.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although the air quality should be considered.
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.
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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