Moving to Arizona? That’s exciting… I can say that mostly because I live here and love it–but I can also give you some perspective on what you can expect.
The Sunshine State is a great place to live and one of the few places in the US where you have sunshine almost all year. It’s wonderful! But there are a few tings to consider before you make the move to save some money on your trip. We picked three things to help you adjust better.
Seasons Are Different Here
“I remember the winter days in Arizona and spending a lot of time outdoors because temperatures were in the 60s and 70s. The lows can be a bit cold but because the sun is always shining, you really enjoy it,” shares Ferguson.
Summertime, however, is our “off” season. This is when temperatures can reach upwards of 110 degrees (some have been recorded to be 120 degrees in the shade…but it’s a dry heat), which means that a lot of people do not move during this time. Mostly, we stay indoors or travel from one air-conditioned venue to another; this can play to your advantage because if you need to move between May to September, you may be able to score a great deal on rental prices (no deposit, one or two months free on apartments etc.).
Feel free to negotiate. I’m not sure everyone will give you a deal, but because supply is higher than demand during our off season, a lot more people are willing to bring prices down to make a “sale.”
Traffic is Not Terrible
The Phoenix Metro area is a busy one. We are a fast growing city and with that come more jobs, more people and well, more traffic. But our rush hour is not as bad as say…LA’s. We have an HOV lane available in most freeways (carpool lane for 2 or more) and can use a few alternate surface street routes to avoid certain areas. Overall, it’s not too bad.
“Driving from North Scottsdale to Phoenix wasn’t too bad in the mornings but there are some sections where traffic can be a bit heavy. You just need to plan ahead and make sure you’re aware of alternate routes in case you need to divert,” explains Ferguson.
Public Transportation is Available
Many people don’t use our public bus or light rail systems because they would rather park their cars or carpool with friends. That’s okay, but as one who has used both busses and light rail to get around, I can tell you that having that available to visit downtown Phoenix and catch a baseball game, hit the club scene or go to a cultural event is helpful. No parking hassles, no drinking and driving (safety first) and it’s affordable.
With the seasons, public transportation also changes a bit to be a little more popular when activities are happening in multiple areas of town or it’s less hot outside.
Find out more about the larger cities in Arizona to make your moving decision a bit easier. And no matter where you decide to live, Arizona welcomes you with open arms…especially if you have a pool party.