Prescott, Arizona is a great place to live and consistently ranks among the top ten Most Desirable communities to retire in. Here’s why:
1. Great Weather and Clean Air- Prescott has all four seasons, but none are too intense. Unlike the desert areas of Arizona, Prescott has perfect summers. Highs range from 80-90 degrees and humidity is low. Afternoon thunderstorms are common after mid-July and the rain turns the area green until fall. Fall and spring are a little breezy, but generally bring sunshine and temperatures in the mid 60’s to mid 70’s. Winters do bring snow from time to time, but it usually melts quickly and sunshine is still the norm. AND NOW, WE OFFICIALLY HAVE THE CLEANEST AIR IN THE NATION!
2. Beautiful Location – Prescott is such a unique place. We always point out to our clients how quickly the topography can change. Want pine trees? Got it. Want rocks and boulders? Got it! Want rolling hills? Got it! Plains? Got it! Mountains? Got it! Views? Got it! Golf Courses? Got it!
3. Prescott is affordable. Check out this Kiplinger Report from 2016.
Best States for Retirement 2016
Population: 6.6 million
Share of population 65+: 14.2%
Cost of living: 1% above the U.S. average
Average income for 65+ households: $45,236
Average health care costs for a retired couple: Below average at $374,477
Arizona’s tax rating for retirees: Most Tax Friendly
The Grand Canyon State, with its ample sunshine, dry heat and beautiful desert landscape, is a popular retirement destination. Prescott, located 100 miles north of Phoenix, has a particularly abundant population of 65-and-older residents, who make up a whopping 26.3% of the metro area’s total. And while the state has slightly above-average living costs, Prescott is one of our Cheapest Places Where You’ll Want to Retire.
4. Friendly People – Prescott is known for its friendly people. We speak to people every day who are amazed at the kindness they are shown throughout the town by people they meet. With a population of 40,000 in Prescott proper, and 211,000 in Yavapai County, there are plenty of folks to meet, but not so many that a person can’t find privacy.
5. Lots to do – TripAdvisor just ranked Prescott as a top destination city. Not only does Prescott have loads of outdoor things to do like hiking, biking, golfing, kayaking, and camping, we also have a myriad of clubs and activities around town. The Prescott National Forest boasts 12 campgrounds, seven picnic areas and two designated ATV trails. There are 850 miles of hiking and biking trails, six lakes, a zoo and five golf courses. Prescott also features a number of art galleries, museums of every type, and performing arts venues and festivals including The Prescott Center for the Arts, The Elks Theater, The Prescott Film Festival and Yavapai College.