What You Need to Know Before Moving to Arizona

The Phoenix Metropolitan area has long been a popular spot for people looking to leave their states and find a new place to call home. Decades ago, Arizona had a reputation for being a haven for those dealing with allergies, and though sufferers still flock to the Valley of the Sun, future residents are moving to Arizona for less medical reasons. Be it the noteworthy weather, a robust culinary scene, the metro’s booming business districts, culture, art, and master-planned retirement communities, the Valley continues to prove it’s a wonderful place to live. 



Scorching hot summers are balanced by pleasant temperatures for the remaining months. Unlike other states known for their climate, natural disasters are rare in Arizona. People tired of contending with earthquakes, tornadoes, blizzards, and hurricanes seek refuge in the mild-mannered desert. With an average of 299 days of sunshine per year, Phoenicians take advantage of the Valley’s many hiking trails and opportunities for outdoor sport without the worry of being rained out.  



Phoenix and its surrounding cities continue to impress diners’ taste buds. From high-end hotspots like Mastro’s and Maple and Ash to authentic ethnic eats like Tacos Sahuaro and George’s Famous Gyros, patrons can keep their bellies full. Surprisingly fertile lands make for great farm-to-table fare, while many restaurants’ commitment to flying in fresh fish daily means that though the ocean is far away, the taste of the sea doesn’t have to be. 



Big Business has found a home in Phoenix and the reach is expanding. Companies that call the Phoenix Metro area home include PetSmart, Sprouts, Harkin’s Theaters, GoDaddy, Taylor Morrison, Meritage Homes, Discount Tire, Coldstone Creamery, Appolo Education Group, Banner Health, Best Western, Knight-Swift Transportation, U-Haul, and Carvana.


Steeped in Native American culture, the Phoenix metro area is home to several tribes—each having their own stories and art aesthetics. The world-famous Heard Museum puts pieces from Native American artists on display and features different facets of the rich array of Native cultures represented in the United States. Renowned theaters such as ASU’s Gammage and Herberger bring Broadway to the Valley, while arenas like Talking Stick and Comerica draw top recording artists. The Phoenix Children’s Museum, The Arizona Science Center, several modern art museums, and galleries galore are only the beginning of Phoenicians artistic options. 


Whether retirees are looking for serene lakeside living, an active age-restricted community, apartment-style independent or assisted residences, or more intensive care, the Valley has housing options that fit the bill. While people choose to retire in Phoenix for a variety of reasons, the lack of humidity and an escape from the cold are at the top of most peoples’ list. 

Add to the mix professional sports teams and a bustling Spring Training industry, and the Valley of the Sun has something for everyone.