Sun Lakes is a census-designated place and active adult community in Southern Arizona. Active adults enjoy nearby cities that feature a variety of shopping and entertainment options, including natural areas and parks that are perfect for outdoor recreation. Residents also love living just a half-hour away from Downtown Phoenix, offering access to vibrant city life when desired.
Climate & Geography
Sun Lakes residents can expect many more sunny days per year than average. The city experiences a desert climate with very little rain throughout the year, and it is located on low, flat land. Nearby water includes the Eastern Canal in Chandler and the Salt River in Phoenix.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
While Sun Lakes is a largely residential city that is home to several active adult communities, nearby cities have plenty of entertainment options to offer retirees.
Chandler presents locals with several dining options and features the Phoenix Premium Outlets, offering affordable, brand-name shopping close to home.
Residents seeking a park to enjoy outdoor recreational activities in the warm, sunny weather have a few options in the area. Visitors to Veterans Oasis Park can go fishing, horseback riding, or walking on one of the trails while appreciating the serene environment. Residents also enjoy the high number of golf clubs in the area.
Downtown Phoenix is just half an hour away from Sun Lakes, making it quick and easy to explore more extensive entertainment options.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Sun Lakes is higher than the state and national averages, which is mainly due to the higher cost of housing. Transportation costs are also above average. Health care and grocery costs in Sun Lakes are roughly at or below the national average.
Arizona is considered to be a moderately tax-friendly state. Social Security is not taxed but all other forms of retirement income are fully taxed at rates ranging from 2.59 percent to 4.54 percent. Property taxes are low, while sales taxes are average.
The state of Arizona scores in the top 15 states on Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
There are a number of hospitals in the Sun Lakes area. Nearby Chandler Regional Medical Center is ranked as the No. 5 hospital in the state, and it is rated high performing in six procedures and conditions by U.S. News. Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is the No. 8 hospital in the state, and it is high performing in four procedures and conditions.