Retire in Phoenix, Arizona


Already retired, approaching retirement, or just starting to save for that glorious event? This is a must-read before you make any final decisions regarding where you want to love your newfound freedom. You’ve worked hard for a very long time. We’re sure there were mornings when staying in bed was a better option, times when you were so frustrated, you wanted to scream or sing that old country song about Take This Job and (fill in the blank). Now, you’re going to start loving life in a whole new way with renting a mobile home in Mesa Arizona!

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon State of Arizona is the ideal option for more reasons than we can list. More specifically, its capital; Phoenix is home to many retirement communities, fun things to do and see, lots of history, and great sporting opportunities. The state has several nicknames, and it lives up to each one. What we’ve already mentioned is home to one world wonder, the Grand Canyon, it’s also known as the:

Copper State because the area is rich in minerals

  • Baby State, which was its nickname in 1912 when it first became part of our fabulous country, at least it was the baby until Alaska joined us in 1959
  • Apache State because of its engaging Indian history and culture
  • Italy of America because the bountiful beauty of its mountain ranges equate to the views in Italy
  • Aztec State because ruins found by the Salt and Gila Rivers that were built by the Aztecs
  • Sand Hill State, thanks for its devastating desert beauty
  • Sunset State because if you haven’t witnessed an Arizona sunset, you must add it to your bucket list
  • Valentine State because it was awarded state status on February 14 (maybe we can start a new nickname, the Cupid State – eh?)


phoenix arizona That’s a sneak peek into the beautiful state, let’s focus on Phoenix. Phoenix became an incorporated city in 1881, and it is the seat of Maricopa County. We have the somewhat eccentric Darrell Duppa to thank for the city’s name. When a committee was put in place to name the area, one member wanted Pumpkinville to win because of the area’s wild pumpkin crop. Another suggested Salina because it was reminiscent of the Salt River and Mr. Duppa, in his most eloquent manner, stated that the area would rise from ash, as the Egyptian Phoenix mythical bird did after it lived for 500 years. And despite his “the man is a total nut” reputation, his suggestion was approved.

Hint: reviewing Mr. Duppa alone is an entertaining way to spend the day!

Other reasons that the Phoenix area will be calling your names include:

  • The most fabulous sunshine year ‘round
  • If you love sports, you will find them in Phoenix. The MLB Diamondbacks, NFL Cardinals, NBA Suns, MLB Scout School, the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest, the LA Dodgers spring training camp, NHL Coyotes, Phoenix Rising soccer, indoor football Rattlers, and WHEW! So much more, but we must move on, there is so much to share
  • Phoenix Symphony, Ballet Arizona, regular free art walks, and jazz at The Nash
  • You will love the diversity of people from college students, who will keep you young to snowbirds who will be available for golfing
  • Restaurants to satisfy even the pickiest eaters and foodies
  • Over 200 golf courses in Phoenix alone
  • Gorgeous walking paths and over 50,000 desert plants in 140 acres at Desert Botanical Garden
  • Breathtaking valley views atop three mountain ranges in South Mountain Park and Preserve (the country’s largest at 16,000 acres)
  • Over 50 miles of trails
  • 150 animal species
  • Hohokam Indian relics

Just the Facts Ma’am

Here are a few devilish details that are always good know:

  • Fortune 100 companies and education are significant drivers for the economy
  • The Mayo Clinic plus over a dozen other hospitals
  • A crime rate that runs around the national average
  • The Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and the METRO Light Rail will take you where you want to go
  • Living independently in a Phoenix retirement community will run a monthly average of $2,382
  • Continuing care facilities offer a wide berth in pricing from as little as $653
  • The average home value is $211,300 and values are up almost ten percent in the last 12 months
  • The average monthly rent is less than $1,400
  • The average income in Phoenix is $44,000, and in the state, it’s $48,000
  • Total population in Phoenix is 1,704,468
  • Males 854,246
  • Females 854,221
  • Average age 33
  • Average spending is below the national average

Palmgardens Community

travel Listen, when we scoped out information and photos of this area, we were making plane reservations before we could finish looking!

  • An Activities Office plans all kinds of events and travel opportunities
  • Creative Arts Center offers instruction in the arts, a gallery to show off your work, and a consignment shop to sell
  • Two libraries, plus two fitness centers
  • Lifelong learning lets you hear lectures, participate in classes and trips
  • Events calendar, so you’ll always know your options
  • And if staying home alone with a delightful book is your game, yes you can do that too

So, who’s with us? We’re packing now to start the next chapter of our lives as Arizonans; we’ll schedule a tee time, or if you prefer a tea time. Meet you there!