Best States 2021: Pros and Cons of Living in Arizona

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Are you considering moving to Arizona? Here's our guide to living in Arizona, one of the most sought-after cities in the US. But, of course, there is more to Arizona than the Grand Canyon or the vast arid desert. You'll find a variety of delicious cuisine, a diverse topography, and a thriving job market. So if a change in scenery is what you are looking for, Arizona is the perfect option.

Let us take a look at the pros of Arizona: 

1. Arizona is always warm

Arizona has the advantage of being free of harsh winters, so if you're not a fan of cool mornings and chilled breezes. There is a semi-arid to the arid climate at lower elevations, with pockets of continental and alpine types in the northern highlands. In this mountain state, summers are scorching and dry, with temperatures ranging from 90°F to 120°F

2. There is a reasonable cost of living to expect when Arizona is your home

Phoenix, Arizona's largest city, has a cost of living of $2,700 per month for a family of four. Housing costs are not included. Likewise, if you're on your own, this will drop to about $800. Arizona has a lower cost of living than the national average by 5%.

3. Arizona's economy is always forward-thinking

Unlike many other states, Arizona has always been pro-innovation. As a result, many start-ups have chosen to launch their businesses from Phoenix, Tucson, or other Arizona cities. It was one of the first states to open its cities to ride-sharing platforms like Uber and Lyft. Uber plans to move its self-driving car division to Arizona, and Apple is planning a 2 billion expansion, one of the biggest in its history. Additionally, Google has launched a self-driving vehicle program in Arizona. In addition, Lucid Motors is launching an e-vehicle manufacturing unit in Arizona.

However, do not be all smiles because here are a few of the cons about Arizona: 

1. The state of Arizona has a massive desert area

Southern Arizona is not the place for you if you want tall, green trees, lush lawns, and plenty of forests. If you grew up watching Oregon or Washington, there is no concept of a forest. But, moving here, you should expect plenty of cacti, lots of sand, and palm trees since the state is mostly desert. But, unfortunately, it's always red landscapes around, and green wetlands are not something that Arizona is famous for.

2. It's good to look, but don't touch anything in Arizona

It's a fact that the Arizona desert is stunning and fabulous. Unfortunately, almost everything in a desert can be poisonous plants, herbs, fruits, insects, bugs, reptiles, or even something unknown but beautiful. There are a lot of things there, but who knows what's dangerous. Therefore, it is always safest not to touch anything in Arizona. While living here, keep that in mind.

3. The summers are unbearable in Arizona

In the winter, Arizona is not too cold, but it is the opposite in the summer. In a state where summer temperatures reach 90°F and may get 120°F, there will be no shortage of sunlight in winter. Occasionally, temperatures in the southern desert reach 125°F. Arizona's summers are unbearable because of this.

Bonus: Here are fun facts about Arizona which you might enjoy:

  1. The ringtail is the official state mammal. The ringtail is a small fox-like animal about two and one-half feet long and is a shy, nocturnal creature.
  2. The amount of copper on the roof of the Capitol building is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies.
  3. Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis. The one exception is the Navajo Nation, located in the northeast corner of the state, which observes the daylight savings time change.
  4. The battleship USS Arizona was named in honor of the state. It was commissioned in 1913 and launched in 1915 from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
  5. World War II brought many military personnel to train at Luke and Thunderbird fields in Glendale.
  6. The Castilian and Burgundian flags of Spain, the Mexican flag, the Confederate flag, and the flag of the United States have all flown over the land area that has become Arizona.
  7. In 1926, the Southern Pacific Railroad connected Arizona with the eastern states.
  8. The geographic center of Arizona is 55 miles (89 kilometers) southeast of Prescott.
  9. Arizona’s most abundant mineral is copper.
  10. Bisbee, located in Tombstone Canyon, is known as the Queen of the Copper Mines. During its mining history the town was the largest city between Saint Louis and San Francisco.

What are your thoughts about Arizona? Let us know in the comment section below!

Sources:

https://www.50states.com/facts/arizona.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona

https://www.moverjunction.com/moving-guides/pros-and-cons-of-living-in-arizona/

https://www.apartmentlist.com/renter-life/moving-to-arizona

https://www.azsunblock.com/why-is-arizona-so-hot/#:~:text=There's%20constantly%20high%20air%20pressure,any%20humidity%20to%20absorb%20heat

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonoran_Desert

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