I am an Arizona native, and I have lived in Prescott for over 25 years.
I came here to raise my children in a healthy environment. They have grown and left now, but I am still here! Every time I leave and come home, I feel lucky to live here.
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 85-95 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, and can be quite cold in January and February, especially. But, though we do usually have one large snow storm per year, the snow we get is most often light and melts quickly. Sunshine is still the norm.
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!
We are known as the Mile High City for our elevation of 5000 to 6000 feet. With a hilly topography, you can choose to either live at 6500 feet or as low as 4500 feet.
We are in the center of Arizona, which makes getting anywhere in the state an easy thing to do. We are just 1.5 hours from Metropolitan Phoenix, and about 1.5 hours away from Snowbowl ski resort in Flagstaff.
We are about 6 hours away from San Diego and just 4 hours away from Las Vegas.
3. Prescott is a great community for retirement. Check out this report in Best Boomer Towns.
Best States for Retirement 2021 – Arizona
Population: 7.2 million
Share of population 65+: 13.0%
Cost of living: 1% above the U.S. average
Average income for 65+ households: $47,442
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.
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 almost 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.
You can get involved in as few or as many groups as you wish, as we have something for everyone and every hobby. But if you are a private person, it’s easy to be you.
One great place to people watch is the famous Courthouse Square, which has been rated as one of America’s best community spaces.
5. Lots to do – TripAdvisor has 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.
Prescott has a variety of restaurants to choose from as well! Check out our local restaurants.