Living in Phoenix

As the Arizona state capital, Phoenix is also its most populous city. More than 1,680,000 people inhabit Phoenix with even more living in the surrounding communities of the Phoenix metropolitan area, a.k.a. the Valley of the Sun.

If you are thinking about buying a home in Phoenix, you probably want to be able to visualize what it will be like. Let’s talk about the cost of living in Phoenix, employment opportunities, education, leisure, weather and more.

What is the Cost of Living in Phoenix?

What is the Cost of Living in Phoenix?

Sperling’s Best Places compares the cost of living in Phoenix, AZ, to the cost of living in Arizona or the USA as a whole in a variety of categories.

Overall, it is marginally more expensive to live in Phoenix than it is elsewhere in Arizona or the United States.

On a scale where 100 represents the US average cost of living, Phoenix is ranked at 103.7, and Arizona at 102.2.

Some costs are less expensive than the US average, such as groceries and healthcare expenses.

Others are pricier, including utilities and transportation.

What about the cost of housing in Phoenix, Arizona? With the US average at 100, the cost of housing in Phoenix is 103.5. But it is slightly less expensive than the 107.8 rating assigned to Arizona.

Sperling’s reports the median home cost for the USA to be $231,200. The median home cost for Arizona is $249,300. For Phoenix, it is $239,400.

Employment Opportunities in Phoenix

Employment Opportunities in Phoenix

The US Census eports that the median household income in Phoenix is $54,765. The per capita income is $27,870.

Phoenix offers many opportunities in the retail industry (Walmart is the largest employer in the state) along with the healthcare industry.

Other major companies which are either based in Phoenix or have a significant presence there include Avnet, PetSmart, Republic Services, Freeport-McMoRan, Honeywell, American Express, U-HAUL, Best Western, American Express, Apollo Group, and Pinnacle West.

Phoenix Education

Phoenix Education

There are 505 schools in Phoenix, including 446 public schools and 59 private schools.

In terms of higher education, students may attend Arizona State University, which is based in Tempe but has a couple of Phoenix campuses.

Those looking to enter the medical field can consider at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Other institutions of higher education available to Phoenix area residents include the Maricopa County Community College District, Grand Canyon University, the University of Phoenix, Barrow Neurological Institute, and the Arizona Summit Law School.

Getting Around Phoenix

Getting Around Phoenix

If you’re looking for public transportation options, you can use the Valley Metro system, which includes a combination of trains and buses.

Sperling’s reports that around 3.3% of the population commutes to work using public transit. 5.4% of the population works at home, 12.5% of the population carpools, and the remaining 74.6% drive to work independently.

The average one-way commute time is 25.4 minutes, which is marginally shorter than the 26.4 minutes which is the average across the country.

How is the Weather in Phoenix?

How is the Weather in Phoenix?

With 299 days of sunlight on average throughout the year, Phoenix is a great place to live if you enjoy hot, bright days.

You can expect around nine annual inches of rain and no snowfall.

Temperatures in July can surpass 100°F. But winter lows are mild, dipping to only around 43°F.

Leisure and Entertainment in Phoenix

Leisure and Entertainment in Phoenix

What is there to see and do if you are living in Phoenix or the surrounding area?

If you are a sports fan, you can watch the Phoenix Suns, the Phoenix Mercury, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Arizona Coyotes.

Enjoy the performing arts? The Phoenix Symphony Opera, Arizona Opera, the Ballet Arizona and the Orpheum Theatre all feature performances.

If you like to learn, you can stop by museums like the Arizona Capitol Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Arizona Science Center.

Phoenix and the surrounding metro area also offer many opportunities for shopping and dining. In particular, the area is renowned for its Mexican food.

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Mitch Stam worked very hard to make sure that I received the best rate and mortgage to fit my requirements. I have been through the home purchasing experience a few times. This is the first time someone really was looking out for my best interests. I would highly recommend working with Mitch to anyone looking for a home mortgage.
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Great experience working with Mitch and Shana. Very professional yet warm and friendly. They were really upfront and on top of every detail. Thank you!
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Edward Brabham
Edward Brabham
22:08 09 Jun 20
Awesome working with Desert Springs, very professional, thorough and prompt when having answering questions - 1st and last choice when dealing with my mortgage
Carol Johnston
Carol Johnston
01:16 05 Jun 20
Mitch and Shana have done 3 mortgages for our family. The last one that closed Tues for our daughter was a mess. They never gave up on trying to make it work. We are so thankful for them.
Mark Lawson
Mark Lawson
00:17 05 Jun 20
Great experience ! Very efficient and professional !!
Edward Brabham
Edward Brabham
20:56 04 Jun 20
Awesome working with Desert Springs, very professional, thorough and prompt when having answering questions - 1st and last choice when dealing with my mortgage
Rob Hannaford
Rob Hannaford
20:13 04 Jun 20
Mitch got the job done where another lender failed! He is fast, professional, very responsive and always offers valuable advice. It was a pleasure working with Mitch & Shana and I would recommend them to anyone!
Rob Boyer
Rob Boyer
19:46 04 Jun 20
Mitch and Shana were absolutely professional, prompt with answers to any questions we had, and upfront about what the whole process would entail. They were personable and caring. If we need another Mortgage Service Company in the future, there's only one name that comes to mind. Desert Springs Mortgage. Always kept us informed of what was happening and what was coming up in the process. Thanks Mitch & Shana
Joshua Brees
Joshua Brees
14:06 05 Sep 19
One of the best experiences we have had in a very long time. The process was seamless and stress free. The group at Desert Springs is a poster child of true customer service. Thank you Mitch for you and the teams support during a stressful time.
Anne Hartner
Anne Hartner
20:02 24 Jul 19
Answered my many questions and made the process as smooth as possible. Good team!
Judy Ann Young
Judy Ann Young
16:08 05 Jun 19
Mitch Stam worked very hard to make sure that I received the best rate and mortgage to fit my requirements. I have been through the home purchasing experience a few times. This is the first time someone really was looking out for my best interests. I would highly recommend working with Mitch to anyone looking for a home mortgage.
Carol Trammell
Carol Trammell
18:52 17 Apr 19
Great experience working with Mitch and Shana. Very professional yet warm and friendly. They were really upfront and on top of every detail. Thank you!
J P
J P
22:44 08 Apr 19
Excellent group to work with. They are dedicated to their work and helping the customer. We had a lot of issues with our house purchase all being the sellers fault and Desert Springs Mortgage did everything in their power to correct the issues. I highly recommend them and I would definitely use them again.
Heidi Stallings
Heidi Stallings
21:32 02 Apr 19
I have been through many refinances over the years and this was the smoothest, quickest and most efficient refi I have every done. Everyone I spoke to was great, Mitch kept me up to date on everything that was happening and everything went through smoothly. I would highly recommend Desert Springs Mortgage.