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COMPARE CITIES FOR Arizona


Your comparison of city quality of life facts and figures for top Arizona retirement cities is provided below. Use the drop down box to make another state comparison.





Arizona Cities
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City Type
City Type Mountains, National Parks Mountains, City Living Mountains, City Living Mountains, Lakes & Rivers, College Town, National Parks na
Population (2010)
Population (Current) 10,031 12,820 236,123 39,843 71,497
Population (1990) 7,720 11,671 90,533 26,455 48,635
Land Area (sq mi) 19 15 64 41 36
Persons Per Square Mile 528 831 3,689 972 1,979
Home Prices
2014 $392,464 $1,274,144 $249,217 $277,003 $354,000
Total Appreciation ('01 to '14) 86.8% 50.9% 37.3% 96.2% 43.0%
Annual Appreciation ('13 to '14) -7.1% 5.0% -1.4% 4.0% 11.0%
Avg Annual Appreciation ('01 to '14) 4.9% 3.2% 2.5% 5.3% 3.0%
Big City Prices ('14) $199,000 $199,000 $199,000 $199,000 $251,000
Bargain Index 159% 516% 101% 112% 137%
Big City Phoenix-Mesa Phoenix-Mesa Phoenix-Mesa Phoenix-Mesa na
Monthly Rent $1,242 $1,338 $1,338 $1,173 $1,363
Price/Rent Index 21.2 63.9 12.5 15.9 17.0
Cost of Living (2014)
Cost of Living 118% 285% 91% 96% 118%
Air Quality - Annual Avg (2001-2013)
Good/Moderate Days 100% 80% 80% 100% 98%
Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days 0% 12% 12% 0% 2%
Unhealthy/Very Unhealthy Days 0% 8% 8% 0% 0%
Water Quality (2002-2010)
Good 37% 65% 17% 68% 37%
Threatened 0% 0% 0% 0% 2%
Impaired 63% 35% 83% 32% 60%
Nearest Large City
Distance to Nearest City 111 miles 4 miles 0 miles 96 miles 80 miles
City Glendale Scottsdale Chandler Glendale na
Recreation
National Parks 8 7 7 6 7
National Campgrounds 34 17 9 35 26
State Parks 6 1 4 4 11
Medical Care (2009)
Accredited Hospitals 0 21 9 4 4
Building Permits (single family homes)
2013 30 41 566 234 295
2012 30 39 585 151 285
Gain ('12 to '13) 0% 5% -3% 55% 3%
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Population Distribution (2010)
Median Age (yrs) 56 51 34 54 37
White 90.1% 92.6% 73.3% 92.1% 80.7%
Black or African American 0.5% 0.7% 4.8% 0.7% 7.2%
Native American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6% 0.2% 1.5% 1.1% 0.8%
Asian 1.9% 4.0% 8.2% 1.2% 3.6%
Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.0% 0.2% 0.1% 0.2%
Other Race 5.2% 0.7% 8.3% 2.4% 4.4%
Multiple Races 1.7% 1.8% 3.7% 2.3% 3.0%
Hispanic or Latino 14.3% 3.7% 21.9% 8.6% 11.6%
Income and Housing (2010)
Family Income $71,768 $143,929 $80,004 $60,414 $69,596
Occupied Housing 78% 86% 92% 84% 83%
Vacant Housing 22% 14% 8% 16% 17%
Home Ownership 69% 94% 66% 66% 55%
Persons Per Family 2.50 2.90 3.20 2.60 2.90
Taxes (2013)
Local and State 9.2% 9.2% 9.2% 9.2% 6.8%
Local, State and Federal 95 days 95 days 95 days 95 days 105 days
Climate - Average Temperatures (1971-2000)
Climate Type Warm & Dry Warm & Dry Warm & Dry Temperate & Dry Temperate & Humid
January Low Temp 31 F 39 F 42 F 23 F 27 F
July High Temp 97 F 104 F 106 F 88 F 86 F
Annual Precipitation 19 in 8 in 9 in 19 in 35 in
Elevation 4,220 ft 1,257 ft 1,235 ft 5,205 ft 1,652 ft
Natural Hazard Risk
Total Hazard Risk Higher Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate
Earthquake 5% No Risk 2% 5% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Hurricane 0 0 0 0 10
Flood Very High Very High Very High Very High Very High
Tornado Low Low Low Low Low
Volcano Low Volcanic No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Wildfire High High High High Low
Man-Made Hazard Risk (Nuclear)
Nearby Reactors 0 3 3 3 2
Crimes per 10,000 Population - Annual Avg (2001-2012)
Violent Crimes 20 8 31 37 38
Property Crimes 227 270 368 393 398
Home Energy Use - Annual Avg (1971-2000)
Heating Degree Days 3,243 1,535 1,271 4,849 4,662
Cooling Degree Days 1,714 3,488 3,798 742 1,253
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