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Arizona has long been a Mecca for retirees. And it’s easy to understand why—300 days of sunshine every year, access to excellent medical care, and an enchanting physical landscape just to name a few. So where do you begin searching for one of Arizona's 1900 plus assisted living options? Senior Living is a good start. We're an unbiased web directory of any and every senior living community under the hot Arizona sun, including Arizona assisted living facilities. You can see what other seniors have to say about their experiences. And you can find the environment that is right for you. The Arizona Department of Adult Protective Services is another great resource for seniors if you are having problems with senior care. If you are new to the state, you might want to checkout our pages for Phoenix senior living communities, Tucson senior care and Mesa senior living options.
The Cost of Senior Living In Arizona
At just 8.5%, Arizona's state and local burden is among the lowest in the country. However, the overall cost of living is in the top 30% for highest among other states. Median household income is $48,745. Social security, railroad retirement, and VA benefits are not taxed. Up to $2500 of military retirement, civil service and Arizona state/local government pensions are exempt. Out-of- state government pensions are fully taxed. There is no property tax but counties administered their own tax assessments. There is no inheritance or gift tax. Because of the housing crisis, Phoenix’s home sales prices have dropped dramatically since 2006. In 3rd quarter 2010, the median Phoenix home price of houses sold was about $120,000. Compare that to Tucson, Arizona's second largest city, where the average home price sold for the same period was $165,000. The northern Arizona city of Flagstaff has also suffered but their median home prices were higher to begin with. The latest sales data of home prices shows a median price of $260,000.
The overall crime rate in Arizona is 23% higher than the national average. Of that, property crimes account for 91% with violent crimes accounting for the remainder. But to see how these numbers translate for different areas, let’s look at a few cities. If you live in Flagstaff, the overall crime rate is 18% higher than the national average. Scottsdale is almost half the national rate. Tucson (for the last figures given, 2005) is almost double the national rate. Mesa is about 10% lower.
Along with Arizona's sunshine comes the heat. Phoenix is the cauldron in the middle where 110 days a year temperatures reach 100 degrees. The heat island effect—basically the concrete urban sprawl—contributes significantly to these high temperatures. Go south to Tucson with its slightly higher elevation and you’ll find slightly cooler and wetter year-round weather. In the northern part of the state around Flagstaff where the elevation is nearly 7000 ft., the weather is considerably cooler with over 100 inches of yearly snowfall.
Arizona Senior Living Amenities
All of Arizona’s cities offer amenities that seniors will enjoy. Are you a golfer? There are 421 golf courses around the state. How about gambling? There are over 20 casinos located on Indian reservations. If you’re more active you may want to consider Flagstaff with its ski mountain and many mountain bike and hiking trails. It’s also 75 miles from the Grand Canyon. Perhaps one of the most beguiling places in Arizona is Sedona with its red rocks and sandstone formations. Culturally, Phoenix rivals any other metropolitan area with an opera, symphony, ballet and enough museums and art galleries to keep you busy for years. And its home to NBA, MBL, NFL and NHL teams. Cnnmoney.com recently rated Tucson at #10 for the top places to retire. And why not with its many hiking trails, pleasant year-round weather and a respected continuing education center in town—the University of Arizona. If you're a birder, the entire state is one big bird watching paradise from the Patagonia Creek Preserve to the San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area.
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