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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.
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.
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.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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.
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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