Considering a change of venue? Phoenix, Arizona is one of the hottest moving destinations in America (pun INTENDED). A growing tech sector, the presence of several Fortune 500 companies, a recovering real estate market and famously-hot weather combine to make the Valley of the Sun an attractive desert oasis.
How to be ready for your move to Phoenix
Some things to keep in mind as you plan to head west:
- Phoenix is hot. Seriously, it’s scorching. If you’re a Midwesterner or Northeasterner, it’s going to take some time to acclimate.
- The Phoenix metro area is huge. If you were imagining a dusty burg in the midst of the desert sand, think again. The city itself has over 1.5 million residents and is surrounded by eight suburbs that have over 100,000 residents apiece. As one online cartographer notes, “Maricopa County is the same size as the state of Connecticut.”
- Phoenix has great public transportation. While the region is sprawling, one of the great features of Phoenix is the Valley Metro mass transit system. Depending where you live, you may even be able to consider vehicle storage and keep your car off the road (and out of the blazing sun). Find a storage facility in Phoenix now.
The Top 5 Things to Know About Moving to Phoenix
1. Phoenix has a solid job market.
Greater Phoenix’s $181 billion employment market is the seventh-largest in the U.S. Major industries include manufacturing, tourism, banking and digital communications. Jobs are expected to grow by 2.5% in 2015.
Phoenix is also a growing center for entrepreneurs, boasting the “High Tech Highway” on Loop 101 and earning Inc. Magazine’s nod as one of the best cities in the nation for startups.
2. It’s Hot!
Phoenix is located in the Sonoran Desert, the hottest desert in North America.
- The Valley of the Sun receives 300 days of sunshine annually.
- Temperatures in Phoenix top 100°F over 100 days a year.
- Plan on mild winters – only 14 days a year get below 41°F – and lots of air conditioning. Opt for a car without leather seats (ouch!).
- Monsoon season – June 15 through Sept. 30 – brings thunderstorms and heavy rains, which can cause property damage and create unsafe driving conditions. Be prepared.
Did you know: Daylight Savings Time is not observed in Phoenix.
3. Housing is affordable – and competitive.
Phoenix was hurt in the housing crash of the late 2000s and has recovered slowly but steadily. Today, Phoenix is again one of the top 20 real estate markets in the country. Phoenix’s housing market is enjoying a three-year, 41 percent rate of growth.
- The median price for a home in the metro area is $182,000.
- For every house listed, 20 people are ready to buy it.
- Property taxes are the nation’s seventh lowest at 0.6696 percent.
A reenergized downtown Phoenix is expected to add over 2,100 bedrooms and 3,000 new residents over the next two years.
4. It’s hard to be bored.
It’s no wonder that more than 16 million tourists visit Phoenix each year:
Nature seekers: The Phoenix park system has over 189 parks — 33,000 acres for hiking, camping and cycling (not to mention over 100 lakes and the Grand Canyon).
Sports fanatics: Only 12 U.S. cities have sports teams in all four major professional leagues: enjoy the Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Cardinals (NFL) and Arizona Coyotes (NHL).
Museum goers: Phoenix is home to the Musical Instrument Museum, home to artifacts from across the globe (including pieces from Taylor Swift and Elvis Presley) as well as the Arizona Science Center, South Mountain Park and the Phoenix Zoo.
Need more? Drive two hours north to ski or take weekend trips to San Diego (six hours) and Los Angeles (seven hours).
5. Getting around is easy.
Compared to other major metro areas, transportation in Phoenix is a breeze. Locals claim it will take about 30-45 minutes to get most places, even during rush hour.
By air: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is one of the 10 busiest airports in the nation.
By road: Phoenix has one of the largest and fastest-growing freeway systems in the U.S. Interstate 10, Interstate 17 and Route 60 are major thoroughfares.
By rail: The Valley Metro Light Rail is clean, safe and affordable. It’s the most popular way to get around. An all-day pass is just $4.
By bike: Enjoy the popular Grid Bike Share—find and reserve a bike using the app, and return at the end of your journey. Just make sure to hydrate!
Phoenix: The best place to forget winter.
If you are moving to Phoenix, congratulations! Enjoy your new home in the beautiful Southwest. If you need supplies or a storage unit before or after the big move, remember to contact Uncle Bob’s. We’ll see you out West!
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