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The Best Places to Retire in Arizona

By Bri Hand | May 27, 2021

Known as the Grand Canyon state, Arizona is one of the most popular retirement destinations in the United States. The state’s warm weather, beautiful scenery, and low cost of living make it popular among retirees, and it is home to several cities and retirement communities that are ideal for seniors seeking affordable independent living options. 

Whether you prefer large cities or small towns, or enjoy the fresh mountain air or want to swim in the winter months, here are the best places to retire in Arizona: 

Phoenix

Some of the state’s most popular retirement communities—including Sun City, Sun City West, Litchfield Park, and Cave Creek—are close to the state capital of Phoenix, making it a great place to retire if you still want to be relatively close to the action.

Phoenix is home to several art galleries and has a thriving business district where you can go shopping. There are also plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy, including hiking trails and championship golf courses. Phoenix is also a short drive to the neighboring cities of Tempe, Mesa, and Scottsdale, so you’ll never run out of things to do and places to explore. 

Retirees can find a great place to live in any part of the city. You can review apartment rentals online and choose a home that’s suited to your personal needs. You can also rent an apartment in a building with specific amenities, such as pools, dog parks, grilling stations, and fitness centers by checking out sites like Landing, which offers flexible leases and additional retiree-friendly benefits. 

Sedona

Sedona, located in the northern Verde Valley region of Arizona, is a great city to consider if you’re looking for moderate temperatures, since it sits at a higher elevation than Phoenix. Most of the vegetation that triggers asthma and allergies doesn’t grow in Sedona, so it’s a go-to retirement spot for people with related health issues. 

However, this small city is also a popular destination among active adults, with many opportunities to go hiking. Sedona is known for its festivals and spectacular sunsets caused by sunlight reflecting on the Red Rocks. Add in the city’s many art galleries and thriving arts community, and it’s clear why it’s one of the best places to retire in Arizona. 

Tucson

Tucson is close to Saguaro National Park, which comprises the Tucson Mountain District and Rincon Mountain District. Tucson’s proximity to these mountain ranges offers spectacular scenery and picturesque sunsets. The park is also home to hundreds of miles of trails, making it an ideal destination for active adults who like to be outdoors.

Be sure to check out Tucson’s many museums, botanical gardens, zoos, and historic sites. There is even a thriving nightlife scene for retirees who want to enjoy evenings out on the town! 

Mesa

Mesa’s cost of living is well below the national average, making it a popular retirement destination. And, its proximity to Phoenix means it’s easy for your family and friends to travel to your new home. If you’re a fan of nature, you’ll also enjoy being close to several lakes and rivers. You can even enjoy a lake cruise or escape the dry heat of summer at a local water park.

Mesa is also a great spot for active adults who love to golf. There are 100 golf courses within 20 miles of Mesa’s city center, which means you’ll have multiple options to choose from when you want to play a round. 

Flagstaff

Flagstaff may be located in southern Arizona, but it’s a gateway to the Grand Canyon and Arizona’s highest mountain, Humphreys Peak. Flagstaff is perfect for retirees who love the snow and want to spend their winter months pursuing outdoor activities such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and skiing.

Flagstaff’s cool temperatures also make it great for those who don’t want to retire in a hot city. It also boasts breathtaking mountain scenery year-round, where residents can enjoy the local hiking trails.

If you’re looking for the best places to retire in Arizona, Landing offers fully furnished apartments with flexible lease terms, concierge services, seamless transfers, and all the amenities you need to start the next stage of your life with a splash! Browse our available apartments, or contact us to learn more about how a Landing membership works. 

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About the author

Bri Hand

Bri Hand is Landing's Content Marketing Manager. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her partner and dog, Arlo, but relishes any opportunity she can to travel so she can try new foods, see gorgeous sights, and daydream about living somewhere new after visiting there for less than 24 hours.