Many of our towns here in Arizona are suitable for empty-nesters. With our slower pace of life, diverse terrain, lively cities, and charming small towns, we can’t imagine a better place than the Grand Canyon State to settle down after your working days have come and gone. Here are the top 9 cities in Arizona to retire in.
1. Sun City West
Considering Sun City West is a retirement community, it only makes sense for the town to top our list in terms of the senior population. 82% of residents are over the age of 55, catapulting the city into the top 25 places to retire nationwide. The tax burden is a mere 16%, and plenty of activities such as golf and several different clubs are offered.
2. Green Valley
Seniors make up 75% of the population in Green Valley, a top 40 retirement community in the U.S. Its tax burden is even lower than that of Sun City, at just 15.9%. There is one recreation center for every 1,000 residents, and Tucson is only half an hour away.
3. Sun City
Just like its sister city that made the top spot, Sun City is also a designated retirement community near Phoenix. 74% of the population is seniors, and residents have access to amenities like sports, bowling, social clubs, and more.
4. Litchfield Park
Litchfield Park is another incredible place for those looking to settle down in the Phoenix suburbs. Where this city truly shines is its medical centers, with a staggering five per 1,000 residents. The tax burden is tied for third-lowest on the list, at 16.1%. Living here means you'll be close enough to the big city to take advantage of its activities without heaving to endure the daily hustle and bustle.
Good ol' Prescott, how we love thee. Despite having a population of 42,000, this charming Central Arizona city feels more like a small town. 34% of residents are seniors, the tax burden is 17.6%, and there are five medical centers per every 1,000 people. One of the city's biggest pull factors is the plethora of outdoor recreation options, with Prescott National Forest and the Grand Canyon just short drives away.
6. Cave Creek
Cave Creek is located just north of Phoenix, on the edge of the Tonto National Forest. Although it does have a higher cost of living due to a tax burden of 18.3%, the access to healthcare definitely makes up for it — there are a whopping 6 medical centers for every 1,000 residents! History buffs will enjoy all the old buildings such as the town hall, which earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
7. Paradise Valley
Tourists flock to Paradise Valley from all over the country to experience its renowned golf courses, an attribute rendering the town a perfect retirement community. Leading the list in terms of medical care, there are seven hospitals for every 1,000 residents. The city also ranks third for entertainment, with one recreation center for every 1,000 residents.
Cottonwood is very popular among seniors, who make up nearly 40% of its population. The town's immense natural beauty might have something to do with that, considering it's located right in the middle of Coconino National Forest. It clocks in about average in regards to healthcare, with four medical centers per every 1,000 people.
Scottsdale may be known for its close proximity to casinos, but surprisingly enough, almost 30% of its population is seniors. It has a tax burden of 17.6% and nearly five hospitals for every 1,000 residents, so the town comes in around the middle of the pack.
If you’re retired, where in Arizona do you live? What other cities should be added to the list? Share your thoughts in the comments!