Virginia, Montana, and Wyoming were voted as some of the top 10 places to retire according to a 2014 Bankrate ranking survey. However, the average temperature in those top ten retirement locales up north is about 57° degrees. Today’s temperature in sunny Arizona is a high of 87° degrees. In places where retirees are still shoveling snow off their driveways, you’ll find Arizona retirees enjoying heated swimming pools in their luxury retirement communities. The weather is one of the many reasons active adults choose to retire in Arizona and snowbirds choose to flock here every year.

In fact, winter
 temperatures in Phoenix are like summer temperatures in the southeast but without humidity. Rainfall averages for Arizona range from less than three inches in the deserts to more than thirty inches per year in the mountains. Dry and sunny days with cool nights are typical, and we enjoy over 250 days with sun each year. But if you’re an Arizona retiree who enjoys more variety in temperature and seasons, towns like Flagstaff, Sedona, and Prescott make great choices.

Another benefit of
 retiring in Arizona is that the “dry heat” state offers many older adults relief from allergies or asthma they may have suffered in other parts of the country. And award-winning medical centers such as Banner Health and Del Webb medical centers offer some of the best retirement care and services in the country. Why wouldn’t you want to retire with access to high quality health care to help you enjoy your golden years?

Lastly, those
 living on a fixed income will be happy to know that there is no tax on social security income here in Arizona. That’s a nice incentive to move to Arizona when you’re living on social security benefits. There is also no inheritance tax, gift, tax, or estate tax in Arizona. You can really make your social security income stretch here, especially since Arizona’s cost of living is about five percent below the national average. Income and property taxes are generally relatively low as well.
So when it comes to choosing your retirement destination, look no further than the sunny mountains and desert landscape of Arizona. Come see why so many active adults retire in Arizona every year. And if you’re looking to buy a home in Sun City or in any of the various luxury retirement communities, please contact me today! – Sharon