May 24, 2014 at 8:26 am Leave a comment

By: Maria Hass

If you are looking for great quality of life at an affordable price, you need look no further than Arizona. Here are 10 great reasons why Arizona is gaining popularity as a place to work, live and raise a family.

1. Cost of Living – A report by shows that the cost of living index in the Phoenix metro area is 99, which is lower than the national average of 100. Las Vegas, Nevada’s cost of living index is 105; Reno is 103. For comparison, New York City’s index is 155, Denver, CO, is 121 and Portland, OR, is 108. The cost of living index factors in the cost of food, transportation, healthcare, housing, taxes, goods and services.
2. Home Prices – Home values in Phoenix are relatively affordable than most cities. Although every location is different, the general price per square foot range of homes in Metro Phoenix range from $81 per square foot in Laveen to $341 per square foot in the exclusive Paradise Valley area.

3. Quality of Life and outdoor fun – Arizona offers great quality of life for an affordable price. It offers a diverse selection of dining, relaxation, sporting events, community events, shopping, parks and recreation, academic opportunities comparable to other major cities, but at a lower cost. Phoenix is the golf capital of the nation. Hiking, biking, boating, picnicking, tennis, and swimming are among the outdoor activities offered thanks to outstanding facilities located throughout Metro Phoenix.

4. Well-planned Roads and Bridges – Arizona’s streets, freeways and bridges are among the finest in design and functionality. The roads are well-maintained and in good condition. Road infrastructure is regularly built ahead of the need.

5. Jobs – ranks Phoenix No. 14 and Mesa No 9 on new list of The Best Cities to Find a Job in the United States. “Now Hiring” signs are everywhere. More businesses are moving to Arizona and it’s gaining attention.

6. Professional Sports Teams – Phoenix is home to the Cardinals football team, Diamondbacks baseball team, Phoenix Suns basketball team and Arizona Coyotes hockey team. Additional sports include the Phoenix Mercury women’s professional basketball team and the champion Arizona Rattlers arena football team.

7. Diversity– Arizona is home to a diverse population of ethnic backgrounds and age groups. There are many active adult communities on the west and east side of the Valley of the Sun. Arizona ranked among top 20 states for minorities. reported that the Gallup poll ranked Arizona 16 with 84 percent of Arizonans saying the state is a good place for minorities. Hawaii was number 1 followed by Texas, Alaska, New Jersey and New Mexico.

8. Natural Disaster Free Zone – Arizona unlike other States is not visited by tornadoes, earthquake snow, hurricane and typhoons. No wonder it is a great place for retirees or anyone who cares about staying safe. For people with arthritis, the warm weather is a great way to keep their illness from swelling.

9. Wholesome Family Living – City parks and recreation facilities are available at low or no cost for active families. Arizona supports academic pursuits and strong family values.

10. Low Property Tax – Property taxes in Maricopa County, which includes the Phoenix metro area, range from 1 percent to 1.5 percent of a home’s value. These are among the lowest property tax rates in the nation.

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