The Best States for Retirement

No. 9: Arizona

Retirees who want to relax in a warm climate will be drawn to Arizona’s desert land. The state scored among the highest in the country for pleasant weather, and it comes as no surprise that there’s rarely a cloud in the sky. On average, Yuma sees sunshine 90% of the year, while Phoenix and Tucson see rays 85% of the time.

This sunny outlook could explain why people who live here report a fairly high level of happiness. Arizona ranked in the top 10 in the Gallup-Healthways Index for overall wellness.

Arizona also places a fairly low tax burden on its residents: 8.8% compared with a national average of 9.9% of income as of 2012, according to data released this year by the Tax Foundation. A state’s tax burden is the amount of residents’ income that goes to state and local taxes.

One downside: Crime is a bit of an issue in Arizona. The Grand Canyon State is the only one in Bankrate’s top 10 that has a higher-than-average crime rate compared with other states.

About Farhat and Associates Real Estate - Broker/Owners, EPro

Full-time REALTOR/Brokerage serving the Phoenix Valley since 2004 Professional - Our backgrounds were in Accounting, Property Management, and Technology fields. Both Aziz and I found our passion for real estate as we started in the industry as Investors. Since 2004, we have devoted ourselves to this business on a full-time basis and have sold 100s of homes for our clients. Certifications - Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), ePro, CDPE Personal - Our passions are our family, our furry child, outdoor activities, reading, photography, golfing, travel, and discovering new foods/restaurants.
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