Top Cities To Raise a Family in Arizona

A recent report/survey by the Arizona Daily Independent listed the best and worst cities in Arizona to raise a family.

semper find my home best cities to live in AZThe top three cities to raise a family were Gilbert, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. With Arizona’s economy expected to grow faster than any other city in the entire nation and our population expected to grow which will make us the fourth largest city in the U.S. by 2020, this spells good news.

Some more interesting statistics were:

Best vs. Worst

  • Fountain Hills has the most playgrounds per 100,000 residents, 8.58, which is 10 times more than in Phoenix, the city with the fewest at 0.86.
  • Buckeye has the fewest violent crimes per 1,000 residents, 0.45, which is 14.6 times fewer than in Tucson, the city with the most at 6.55.
  • Paradise Valley has the highest median annual family income (adjusted for cost of living), $103,502, which is 3.1 times higher than in San Luis, the city with the lowest at $33,272.
  • Paradise Valley has the lowest separation and divorce rate, 10.24 percent, which is 3.8 times lower than in Douglas, the city with the highest at 39.26 percent.
  • Anthem has the lowest share of families living below the poverty line, 2.20 percent, which is 13.7 times lower than in Somerton, the city with the highest at 30.20 percent.

Best/Worst Cities for Raising a Family

   1 Gilbert
2 Scottsdale
3 Paradise Valley
4 Chandler
5 Sahuarita
6 Anthem
7 Oro Valley
8 Peoria
9 Queen Creek
10 Marana
56 New Kingman-Butler, AZ
57 Chino Valley, AZ
58 Nogales, AZ
59 Somerton, AZ
60 San Luis, AZ
61 Tucson, AZ
62 Coolidge, AZ
63 Camp Verde, AZ
64 Douglas, AZ
65 Eloy, AZ

So for those newcomers moving here, this report is a great tool that can assist you when you’re deciding to buy, rent or sell your home and here at Semper Find My Home are glad to assist you in any way possible.

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Phoenix Arizona Projected to Grow To Fourth Largest City In U.S. By 2020

For the longest time Phoenix, AZ has been one of the fastest growing and most eclectic metropolitan cities in the entire US, with a population of over 4 million people.

Phoenix to become 4th largest city Semper Find my HomeCurrently Phoenix is the 5th largest city in the US, however, the U.S. Census Bureau forecasts that Phoenix will become the 4th largest city by 2020. Adjacent cities include Mesa, Gilbert, Goodyear, Surprise, Scottsdale, Chandler and Glendale.

Projections estimate that by 2030 the population of Phoenix will grow to 2.2 million, and the entire metro area will reach 6.3 million.

Real estate will continue to boom in order to meet the number of people moving from all over the US, it’s little wonder the Phoenix metro area’s population has increased nearly 4% per year for the past 40 years.

Did you know that Arizona is #1 in the U.S. for solar power per capita, and #2 for annual solar installation?

If you’ve never seen how advanced solar panels have become you should consider looking at Tesla’s new solar tiles that come in four different styles and don’t even look like solar panels.

There’s so much that Phoenix has to offer in terms of lifestyle and quality of life for anyone considering moving here. The proof is in the pudding and the numbers show that people are moving here in droves and searching for real estate bargains.

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Top Things To Do In Phoenix And Local Real Estate

According to Expedia there are almost 119 top things to do in Phoenix and here are but a few of them.

#1Self-Peddled Party-Bike Tour of Old Town Scottsdale.

#2 Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride. 

#3 Premier Golf Package at Phoenix-Scottsdale Golf Courses.

#4 Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Tour.

#5 Stand Up Paddle Board Rental in Tempe Town Lake or Lake Pleasant 

Personally, at Semper Find My Home, we’re all pretty impartial to Down Town Phoenix, Central Phoenix, Biltmore, and Scottsdale areas.

The real estate market in these neighborhoods varies by price, however, they are well worth the investment and provide easy access to many of the above amenities.

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Location, Location, Location, Scottsdale Arizona Named One of Healthiest Cities

What’s the old saying regarding real estate?  Location, location, location right, well Arizona has added another accolade to its collection of reasons why people should live here for those considering the move.

WalletHub just came out with the healthiest cities to live in for 2017 and Scottsdale, AZ came in at #3 with a total score of 67.14 behind Salt Lake City, UT (67.50) and San Francisco, CA who was #1 (68.06).

Diet and exerciseAccording to the study, 150 of the most populated U.S. cities were looked at across 34 key indicators of good health.  Things such as “cost of doctor visit” to “fruit and vegetable consumption” to fitness clubs per capita” were some of the criteria used.

The full graph below lists the cities in their order of rank.  As realtors who work throughout the greater Phoenix area and in Scottsdale, we’ve seen the market leaning towards a seller’s market and one can see why.  With decreasing inventory, interest rates going up and rankings like these, one can see why so many people are calling Scottsdale their new home.

Overall Rank City Total Score ‘Health Care’ Rank ‘Food’ Rank ‘Fitness’ Rank ‘Green Space’ Rank
1 San Francisco, CA 68.06 29 1 37 3
2 Salt Lake City, UT 67.50 27 3 3 17
3 Scottsdale, AZ 67.14 20 16 1 15
4 Seattle, WA 67.08 31 4 7 6
5 Portland, OR 65.16 49 2 18 10
6 Irvine, CA 63.96 5 11 12 14
7 Huntington Beach, CA 63.23 12 10 13 16
8 Honolulu, HI 62.67 8 5 53 11
9 Washington, DC 60.24 13 9 73 9
10 Santa Clarita, CA 59.67 10 38 44 1
11 Tempe, AZ 58.92 48 15 5 49
12 Fort Lauderdale, FL 58.87 45 17 14 21
13 Fremont, CA 58.82 21 14 35 18
14 Boise, ID 58.36 18 47 23 12
15 Minneapolis, MN 58.19 6 22 63 13
16 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 57.72 76 77 6 4
17 Denver, CO 57.65 38 13 22 27
18 Lincoln, NE 57.03 3 51 40 20
19 Madison, WI 56.99 16 33 38 19
20 Orlando, FL 56.44 94 8 19 55
21 Atlanta, GA 56.42 110 30 2 46
22 Glendale, CA 56.26 40 39 49 2
23 Santa Rosa, CA 56.25 92 20 50 5
24 Plano, TX 55.96 9 37 24 42
25 Overland Park, KS 55.76 1 88 16 95
26 Vancouver, WA 55.54 80 34 4 73
27 Tampa, FL 55.50 62 35 10 45
28 Sacramento, CA 54.66 67 12 66 22
29 San Diego, CA 54.61 53 23 41 25
30 Oakland, CA 54.41 82 6 81 39
31 Boston, MA 54.06 33 28 51 31
32 Austin, TX 53.82 30 21 56 33
33 San Jose, CA 53.78 4 18 75 64
34 Richmond, VA 53.56 52 41 28 43
35 Raleigh, NC 53.55 11 44 15 84
36 Peoria, AZ 53.46 64 106 25 7
37 Reno, NV 53.17 113 19 29 36
38 St. Louis, MO 53.02 108 49 20 28
39 Tallahassee, FL 53.01 56 119 34 8
40 Sioux Falls, SD 52.76 2 120 21 93
41 Springfield, MO 52.56 15 123 26 37
42 Miami, FL 52.46 105 7 84 51
43 Virginia Beach, VA 52.28 24 66 45 35
44 Pittsburgh, PA 51.71 23 45 33 72
45 Spokane, WA 51.64 78 48 47 29
46 St. Paul, MN 51.50 19 60 61 38
47 Gilbert, AZ 51.44 22 75 8 80
48 Chandler, AZ 51.27 32 63 11 100
49 Garden Grove, CA 51.23 36 25 88 67
50 Long Beach, CA 51.07 51 24 80 40
51 Pembroke Pines, FL 50.56 25 71 27 123
52 Rochester, NY 50.40 107 29 72 30
53 Durham, NC 50.32 58 58 36 62
54 Cincinnati, OH 50.28 119 26 31 68
55 Colorado Springs, CO 50.14 28 82 57 44
56 Chesapeake, VA 50.08 35 98 68 23
57 Worcester, MA 49.73 68 68 39 70
58 St. Petersburg, FL 49.72 66 65 30 66
59 Anaheim, CA 49.69 41 27 71 76
60 Aurora, CO 49.63 34 52 60 65
61 Las Vegas, NV 49.23 135 43 9 90
62 Oceanside, CA 49.13 73 93 32 83
63 Grand Rapids, MI 49.10 14 59 97 56
64 Henderson, NV 49.05 101 118 17 48
65 Tacoma, WA 48.96 109 54 42 77
66 Albuquerque, NM 48.52 42 56 69 58
67 Buffalo, NY 48.25 77 40 77 58
68 Anchorage, AK 47.82 100 55 99 26
69 Yonkers, NY 47.52 37 57 104 53
70 Omaha, NE 47.06 17 89 67 92
71 Glendale, AZ 46.79 79 87 86 41
72 Knoxville, TN 46.40 128 86 64 34
73 Little Rock, AR 46.23 57 122 52 63
74 Modesto, CA 46.20 122 104 54 50
75 Los Angeles, CA 45.95 70 32 109 78
76 Des Moines, IA 45.76 7 114 92 98
77 Mesa, AZ 45.66 71 78 46 112
78 Providence, RI 45.58 134 74 78 32
79 Chicago, IL 44.78 60 69 130 47
80 Tucson, AZ 44.68 121 70 65 81
81 Charlotte, NC 44.30 46 109 55 119
82 Norfolk, VA 44.15 98 79 110 54
83 Jersey City, NJ 44.15 55 31 136 94
84 Baltimore, MD 44.01 125 53 120 52
85 Phoenix, AZ 44.00 96 85 91 75
86 Port St. Lucie, FL 43.97 91 131 48 125
87 Newport News, VA 43.77 75 90 103 87
88 Huntsville, AL 43.72 123 117 70 60
89 Santa Ana, CA 43.63 95 50 119 91
90 Philadelphia, PA 43.42 126 46 131 57
91 New Orleans, LA 43.13 146 121 87 24
92 Aurora, IL 43.10 44 94 124 88
93 Irving, TX 42.91 103 72 111 99
94 Fontana, CA 42.90 133 95 83 86
95 Lexington-Fayette, KY 42.75 26 113 98 108
96 New York, NY 42.65 85 36 146 61
97 Riverside, CA 42.50 124 76 74 104
98 Garland, TX 42.50 81 62 106 114
99 Nashville, TN 42.42 54 105 101 96
100 Greensboro, NC 42.39 72 132 85 71
101 Fort Wayne, IN 42.11 47 135 62 101
102 Lubbock, TX 42.06 63 130 58 113
103 Chula Vista, CA 41.88 65 110 90 116
104 Milwaukee, WI 41.65 61 81 138 85
105 Oxnard, CA 41.55 111 80 135 79
106 Kansas City, MO 41.52 39 108 113 106
107 Ontario, CA 41.36 136 64 128 110
108 Akron, OH 41.05 74 99 132 89
109 Grand Prairie, TX 40.50 90 83 144 105
110 Arlington, TX 40.26 86 97 100 129
111 Dallas, TX 39.95 104 67 118 134
112 Jacksonville, FL 39.84 129 101 96 117
113 Cape Coral, FL 39.69 118 136 76 109
114 Columbus, OH 39.66 83 107 116 118
115 Louisville, KY 39.22 115 96 112 121
116 Wichita, KS 39.11 59 129 82 131
117 Fayetteville, NC 39.10 120 145 59 140
118 Moreno Valley, CA 39.03 137 100 142 74
119 Birmingham, AL 38.89 141 102 95 130
120 Stockton, CA 38.41 112 73 127 126
121 Houston, TX 38.37 87 103 114 138
122 Cleveland, OH 38.27 139 61 141 103
123 Amarillo, TX 38.15 88 138 121 82
124 Fort Worth, TX 37.88 106 91 108 146
125 Winston-Salem, NC 37.72 99 144 122 97
126 Columbus, GA 37.51 138 134 126 69
127 Jackson, MS 37.41 50 139 93 148
128 San Antonio, TX 37.34 84 112 115 142
129 Montgomery, AL 37.08 131 141 89 128
130 Tulsa, OK 36.97 89 125 102 136
131 Fresno, CA 36.92 132 111 123 122
132 Chattanooga, TN 36.91 144 147 79 102
133 Hialeah, FL 36.88 102 42 150 141
134 Indianapolis, IN 36.85 93 115 125 135
135 San Bernardino, CA 36.60 147 92 134 115
136 Bakersfield, CA 36.40 127 116 105 139
137 Oklahoma City, OK 35.78 69 126 129 137
138 Mobile, AL 35.61 149 148 43 149
139 El Paso, TX 35.29 116 137 117 124
140 Baton Rouge, LA 35.18 145 140 94 107
141 Augusta, GA 34.32 140 124 107 150
142 Toledo, OH 33.92 97 127 139 143
143 Newark, NJ 33.28 143 84 147 133
144 North Las Vegas, NV 32.69 142 133 145 111
145 Corpus Christi, TX 32.56 130 143 133 132
146 Shreveport, LA 32.44 114 149 137 147
147 Laredo, TX 30.65 43 146 149 127
148 Memphis, TN 29.77 150 128 140 144
149 Brownsville, TX 28.54 117 150 143 145
150 Detroit, MI 28.37 148 142 148 120

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Three Phoenix Cities Make top 10 List For Jobs in 2017. Scottsdale #1

Once again three Arizona cities have made it as the 10 best cities in 2017 for jobs. Tempe made #9 on the list, while Chandler came it at #7 and our very own Scottsdale topped the list at #1 from all cities across the US

semper-find-my-home-top-employment-cites-2017The list was compiled by WalletHub and compared 150 of the most populated US cities and utilized 23 key indicators of job-market strength. They used a variety of sources to compile their date, US Census Bureau, FBI, US Department of HUD, Council for Community and Economic Research and the Center for Neighborhood Technology to name a few.

Metrics used for job opportunities were Employment Growth and Employment Outlook compared to the Unemployment Rate. At Semper Find My Home we’ve been seeing an uptick in home purchases and consumer confidence in the housing market seems to be returning.

These three great cities have been hot for home sales as have a lot of other across the Phoenix Valley. While interest rates have increased there are still awesome deals to be had and a ton of programs from lenders.

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Scottsdale Arizona Ranks As One Of The Best Cities To Live In.

Everyone has long known that Scottsdale, Arizona, is a place full of golf courses and where snowbirds from the north come to live during the cold winter months. But did you know there’s a lot more to this great and vibrant city that’s a part of the greater Phoenix Area?

scottsdale-homesAccording to Livability a recent survey ranked Scottsdale 40th out of 600 cities across the US, but did you know there are a variety of fortune companies that are based right here in Scottsdale? Tourism supports 39% of the Scottsdale workforce, however, the largest single business employers are in healthcare, technology, education and government:

There are more than 200 golf courses, which offers a variety of real estate and homes nestled on some of the most scenic fairways and mountain backdrops. The sunsets and sunrises in and around Phoenix are some of the most gorgeous you’ll likely ever see.

Scottsdale has some of the hottest nightclubs and some world-class spas and resorts if you want to get away from it all. 5 quick points to consider if you’re going to purchase or sell a home in Scottsdale:

  1. The luxury market was sluggish in 2016
  2. Luxury-home prices are up this year
  3. South Scottsdale is heating up
  4. Scottsdale’s 85255 zip code ranks first in all sales
  5. The highest price home in Scottsdale is $32 million

So regardless if you’re purchasing, selling or even renting, Scottsdale Arizona is one of the best cities in the US to live in and there’s a good reason why.

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