Phoenix is USA Today’s Best Place to Retire

By: Tim Polanco

View 17 Active Adult Communities here

The Tim and Kym TeamArizona cities take 3 of the top 4 spots on USA Today’s article listing the best places for retirement, with the Phoenix Area ranked NUMBER 1.  Only one Florida city cracked the top 10. Why?…Because the ranking was based on surveys of retirees already in the areas.  Sure, lots of folks retire to Florida, but apparently once they do, they are not nearly as satisfied as those retiring to Arizona.  As a Realtor, I can honestly say that I am not aware of any of our retired clients moving from Arizona to Florida, while on the other hand, we have helped numerous retirees relocate here from Florida.  The ranking was based on cost of living, weather, crime rate, health care quality, tax rates, and a general measure of well-being.


In addition to the important factors the ranking was based upon, here are a few of my own reasons why I believe Arizona, and more specifically the Phoenix Area is better than Florida for retirees, and anyone else: Cleanliness; no Humidity; Varying climates within the state; more Sunny Days; All Major Sports, Events, and Attractions are in the Phoenix Area rather than spread out throughout the state; No Hurricanes; No Alligators; a lot fewer Bugs.  Sorry for bringing this one up again, as it was one of the factors the survey used, but cannot under emphasize crime rate.  I realize Arizona, and all other States, have their share of crime, but when travel agencies and other countries have to issue a warning to those traveling to Florida, then it has to be a pretty serious issue.  If I’m a retiree selecting a place to relocate to, that alone would be a deal killer.


We would love to hear your comments on the subject.  As you know, I’m a proud Arizona native, and enthusiastic in showing retirees, and anyone relocating to Arizona, all the best that our wonderful state has to offer.


Phoenix  is USA Today’s Best Place to Retire

The Tim and Kym Team at Arizona eHomes specialize in assisting people retire, and relocate, to the Phoenix Area. Their personalized help, and knowledge of the area, communities, amenities, make them an invaluable part to finding the right home for you. Learn more at: Active Adult Living



  1. We relocated to Phoenix in 2014 from Grand Island Nebraska. Tim and Kym showed us several Del Webb communities in the Phoenix area. They are knowledgeable and pointed out things for us to consider. After looking for a week we settled on Sun City Festival and Tim and Kym helped us find our forever home. We love everything about living here!

Speak Your Mind