Best Places To Retire In Arizona For 2020


We analyzed over 37 places in Arizona to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in Arizona.

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We know why Arizona is one of the best states to retire in America, it has some of the best places to spend your golden years in America.

There's a reason Arizona's median age is one of the oldest in the country. Whether you're looking to join Arizona's Parrot Heads, love the sun, or just want to learn how to Shag, Arizona has you covered. And HomeSnacks has you covered, too: we've created a list of the best places to retire in Arizona for 2020.

To produce this list, we looked at the latest FBI and Census data for 36 cities with 11,000 residents. We looked at important factors like safety, affordability, rent, and how close a place is to an international airport.

We discovered that many people come to Arizona as a snowbird and never leave. This is because the best places to retire in The Grand Canyon State are some of the safest, most affordable places with some pretty great amenities. Heck, you can hike Camelback Mountain just outside of Phoenix and ski Flagstaff's black diamonds in the same day.

Don't get us started on the great shopping, five star resorts and first class spas in the Scottsdale area. And since Arizona's cost of living for its retirees is below the national average, you'll be living like royalty. More importantly, if you're one of those people who want to test the waters before you buy, Arizona's rent is currently below the national average.

So, put that RV in park, grab a hot cup of Sanka, and read on as we uncover the best places to retire in Arizona.

Why did Florence take the top spot? And where are Phoenix and Tucson?

Arizona has so many great cities for retirees, you could literally throw a dart at the state and live happily wherever it landed. So, you can understand how difficult it was to narrow down a list of the top ten best places to retire.

What's the best place to retire in Arizona for 2020? There can only be one number one, and that would be Florence according to the latest data.

The competition was fierce, however. To see a list of Arizona's best places to retire, take a look below. And if you don't see your favorite city there, head to the bottom.

For more Arizona state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Arizona For 2020

Florence, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 26,350
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $825
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
More on Florence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Florence is a town, 61 miles southeast of Phoenix, in Pinal County of Arizona, United States. Florence, which is the county seat of Pinal County, is one of the oldest towns in that county and is regarded as a National Historic District with over 25 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The population of Florence was 30,770 at the 2015 census.

Camp Verde, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,169
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $727
Distance to Closest Airport: 78 miles
More on Camp Verde: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Nogales, AZ

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 20,288
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $550
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
More on Nogales: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Nogales is a city in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. The population was 20,837 at the 2010 census and estimated 20,407 in 2014. Nogales forms part of the larger Tucson-Nogales combined statistical area, with a total population of 1,027,683 as of the 2010 Census. The city is the county seat of Santa Cruz County.

Somerton, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,932
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $736
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
More on Somerton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Somerton is a city in Yuma County, Arizona, United States.

Somerton has an annual Tamale Festival that benefits students from the area who will be attending Arizona State University. More than 20,000 visitors attend the festival each year. The festival is put together by The El Diablito Arizona State University Alumni chapter.

Prescott, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 42,068
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $896
Distance to Closest Airport: 82 miles
More on Prescott: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Prescott is a city in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 39,843. The city is the county seat of Yavapai County. In 1864 Prescott was designated as the capital of the Arizona Territory, replacing the temporary capital at Fort Whipple. The Territorial Capital was moved to Tucson in 1867. Prescott again became the Territorial Capital in 1877, until Phoenix became the capital in 1889.

Review Of Prescott by HomeSnacks User

We went to Apple Creek Cottages for the week of 4th of July. The place was so cute and quaint. I love that there is a town center. The hotel was fantastic too...they are dog friendly, which made our life so much easier. A lot of the restaurants in Prescott were also dog friendly, which surprised me. I live in Los Angeles and this is such a nice get away. It feels like a town you would see in tv shows or movies, not a place that really exists.

Look for dog friendly places...if you like dogs you can bring yours with you and not have to leave your fur baby at home, and if you don't then you know where to avoid. Also the rodeo they do every 4th of July was a blast and the Pulled Pork BBQ was amazing!!!

Apache Junction, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 39,674
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Rent: $761
Distance to Closest Airport: 27 miles
More on Apache Junction: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Review Of Apache Junction by HomeSnacks User

Cops are on watch alot and am very grateful. You're allowed to have a gun for protection permitting you've no past record. Certain yrs the traffic is horrendous and- If you're a woman - Don't walk after dark anywhere foolishly without reason. Lock your doors at night. My husband is otr every 2 wks. I appreciate the police here. I sleep with my.22 by my bed.

Not alot of things close except malls for shopping.

Chino Valley, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,376
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $862
Distance to Closest Airport: 92 miles
More on Chino Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chino Valley is a town in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 10,817.

Kingman, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 29,244
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $857
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
More on Kingman: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kingman is a city in and the county seat of Mohave County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 28,068. The nearby communities of Butler, and Golden Valley bring the Kingman area total population to over 45,000. Kingman is located 85 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada and about 165 miles northwest of the state capital, Phoenix.

Yuma, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 95,573
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $891
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
More on Yuma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Yuma is a city in and the county seat of Yuma County, Arizona, United States. It is located in the southwestern corner of the state, and the population of the city was 93,064 at the 2010 census, up from the 2000 census population of 77,515.

Review Of Yuma by HomeSnacks User

Crime toward the north and eastern part of Yuma appears to be non-existent. Overall, seems quite safe.

There are numerous activities especially from October through April. The Colorado River and desert hacking and off road activities are endless.

The restaurants are fair and there is a wide variety but, in need of nicer full service upper scale.

Paradise Valley, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,215
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $1,862
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
More on Paradise Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona. The town is known for its luxury golf courses, shopping, and restaurant scene.

It should not be confused with Paradise Valley Village, an official municipal designation, in northeast Phoenix. For instance, Paradise Valley Community College, Paradise Valley High School, Paradise Valley Hospital, Paradise Valley Mall, and Paradise Valley Golf Course are all located several miles to the north of the town, in Phoenix. T

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Grand Canyon State for 2020

To create our list of the best places in Arizona to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Grand Canyon State -- 435 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 11,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 36 places from across the state.

For these 36, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 36, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Florence, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Arizona Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Arizona goes to Florence.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Flagstaff
  2. El Mirage
  3. Goodyear

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Arizona?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Florence 26,350 $825
2 Camp Verde 11,169 $727
3 Nogales 20,288 $550
4 Somerton 15,932 $736
5 Prescott 42,068 $896
6 Apache Junction 39,674 $761
7 Chino Valley 11,376 $862
8 Kingman 29,244 $857
9 Yuma 95,573 $891
10 Paradise Valley 14,215 $1,862

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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