Business FirstEXCEPTIONAL QUALITY OF LIFE
Arizona is a state of compelling contrasts, with something for every taste and interest. In Arizona, you can find a friendly face, boundless opportunity, dynamic cities and character-rich towns. With modest commutes and a lower cost of living than in many other parts of the country, Arizonans have the time and resources to enjoy life.
The state offers vibrant urban scenes with shops, restaurants and nightlife, from small jazz clubs to hip indie-rock venues and theatre. On the quieter side, indulge in peaceful rural retreats and outdoor activities year-round. In Arizona, it’s possible to find perfect weather year-round. Go from basking in mild weather with cool breezes in Central Arizona to snow skiing in Northern Arizona in a matter of hours.
Arizona's rapid population growth demonstrates that an outstanding quality of life, combined with the many opportunities a thriving economy provides, makes the state an incredible place to live.
Cost of Living
Arizona has an affordable cost of living that appeals to those tired of high mortgages and heavy tax burdens. In Phoenix, the costs of housing, grocery items, health care and miscellaneous goods and services are all lower than the national average of communities included in the Council of Community & Economic Research’s Cost of Living Index. Greater Phoenix offers urban, suburban and rural lifestyles—all within a reasonable commute to work and at prices lower than in many other major metros.
Sweeping canyons, jagged cliffs, towering ponderosa pines, shimmering lakes, and of course, miles of cacti in every size, shape and style: when it comes to natural beauty, Arizona’s got it all. There’s no better way to experience this wonder than from one of Arizona’s many national parks, monuments and recreation areas. Arizona boasts hundreds of diverse, beautiful hiking and biking trails. Arizonans enjoy afternoon hikes on one of the 70 miles of trails around the South Mountain Preserve in Phoenix, day hikes in the world-renowned Grand Canyon and a snowy mountain escape 7,000 feet up in Flagstaff.
Sports & Entertainment
The NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, WNBA and professional soccer are all proudly represented in Arizona. The Phoenix area is home to Major League Baseball’s Cactus League Spring Training and the world’s most attended event on the PGA tour: the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Diverse Arts & Culture
Arizona has become an international mecca with grand hotels and spa resorts as well as celebrated chefs, cuisine and wineries. The state’s diverse culture influences its world-class museums and historic sites, theater and ballet, botanical gardens and zoos, music venues and restaurants. Arizona is home to 9 James Beard chefs, 10,000 restaurants and 5 wineries that scored 90+ by Wine Spectator.