Phoenix has long been a retirement destination. Here's why.

Phoenix is one of the most popular retirement destinations in the American Southwest. With sunny weather, a low cost of living, and top-notch golf courses, it’s easy to see why Phoenix attracts retirees year after year. Discover the top five reasons why active adults choose to retire in the Phoenix area.

Low Cost of Living

Phoenix’s relatively low cost of living appeals to many retirees, especially those who have a fixed income. It’s one of the most affordable big cities in the Southwest and often attracts Californians who are seeking a sunny place to retire without the West Coast’s high prices. The state of Arizona is also pretty tax-friendly for retirees, and Social Security income is untaxed.

Thanks to its low cost of living, the Phoenix area is home to a number of affordable age-restricted communities. Apache Wells, a gated 55+ community about 30 minutes from Downtown Phoenix, has 1,823 homes priced from below $100k up to the mid $300s. Residents of this affordable community have access to an 18-hole golf course, a top-notch fitness center, outdoor pool and spa, and more.

Northtown is another great 55+ community in the Phoenix area. This community has 281 single-family homes priced from below $100k to the $200s. Amenities include a clubhouse, heated outdoor pool, and catering kitchen.

Warm, Sunny Weather

Phoenix’s great weather is a plus for several reasons. With around 300 sunny days per year, it’s easy to embrace an outdoor lifestyle and stay healthy. And since Phoenix usually sees no more than 9 inches of rain per year, homeowners can look forward to low-maintenance living. For those interested in avoiding high heating costs and shoveling snow every winter, Phoenix is the place to be. 

When Phoenix residents want to experience distinct seasons, they can head up to Northern Arizona towns such as Flagstaff for weekend trips. The northern part of the state regularly receives snowfall during winter.

Fantastic Outdoor Recreation

Nearby Superstition Mountains are a great option for active adults.

Phoenix residents can enjoy some of the best outdoor recreations that the Southwest has to offer. The nearby Superstition Mountains have hiking trails that cover more than 170 miles. From off-road tours in the desert terrain to kayaking on Lake Pleasant, the Phoenix area has plenty of options for outdoor enthusiasts.

Best Golf in the Southwest

Active adults who enjoy playing golf will feel right at home in Phoenix. The area is considered to be one of the best destinations in the Southwest for golf. Greater Phoenix is home to nearly 200 golf courses, from municipal to resort-style courses. With Phoenix’s sunny weather and abundant courses, retirees in the area can enjoy golf throughout the year.

Big City Attractions & Entertainment

Sports are everywhere in Phoenix, with five pro teams and baseball spring training every March, any sports fan has options here. (Image via

Phoenix’s cultural attractions, shopping, and entertainment allow retirees to live a well-rounded lifestyle. Those interested in art will enjoy the Phoenix Art Museum, which is the largest of its kind in the Southwest. The heart of Downtown Phoenix also has a popular open-air market and café where residents can browse artisan goods, crafts, and locally grown produce.

Every year, Phoenix draws over one million people for the annual Arizona State Fair, which has musical performances, rodeo attractions, and more. For those who prefer sports, residents can watch NBA, WNBA, and MLB games at Phoenix’s Chase Field and Talking Stick Resort Arena. From festivals to sports games, active adults living in Phoenix can enjoy a full calendar of events throughout the year.

Considering a retirement to the Southwest? Browse active adult communities in the popular retirement destination of Phoenix.