When people picture an ideal retirement scenario, Arizona is often what comes to mind. “The Grand Canyon State” has an abundance of warm, dry weather — which means anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies or asthma will find relief in Arizona’s desert climate — and its almost otherworldly natural landscapes provide countless opportunities for outdoor activities, exercise, and serenity. The trails throughout national parks like Saguaro and Petrified Forest capture the rugged mystique of the Southwest, and don’t worry, there’s no shortage of golf courses. Plus, considering the state doesn’t tax residents on social security income, it’s clear why so many Americans find peace of mind — and body — while retiring in Arizona.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 190 independent living communities in Arizona.
The median monthly cost of independent living in Arizona is about $2,300.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Arizona.
In Arizona, independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.
Overall, the cost of living in Arizona is considered to be slightly more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 18% of Arizona’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Arizona leaned slightly conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, like the Tucson area, tend to be more progressive.
Because of the changes in elevation across the state, Arizona has many different climate classifications. Most of Arizona gets less annual precipitation than the rest of the country and therefore is classified as having either an arid or semi-arid climate. In the southern regions of the state, where Phoenix is located, the climate classification is hot desert, which means very warm summers and mild winters. In the more mountainous northern regions of the state, however, cities like Flagstaff and Sedona have cooler climates.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.