Sometimes when searching for a new home it can be easy to get lost in what the actual house has to offer, and not consider all of the other factors. Home buying is much more than just buying a physical house. In reality, when purchasing a home you buy the entire neighborhood that home is in. Being aware of this can work in your favor, because with this in mind you can find an amazing home to reside in and an amazing community to live your life in! In this episode of this series, we are exploring the Mother of Arizona, Phoenix Arizona. This sprawling metropolitan area is the “Los Angeles” of Arizona, and from whence all things are based from. Phoenix is surrounded with about 15-20 cities and towns, that all call home in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Let’s check out Phoenix, Arizona, and some of the amazing things inside it.
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Buying the Phoenix, Arizona Neighborhood
PHOENIX, ARIZONA ECONOMICS
Phoenix is not only the capital of Arizona, but it’s also the biggest magnet, for both tourists and those looking to move to Arizona, in the state. Phoenix is located in Maricopa County and offers its residents a mix of an urban and suburban feel. The population in Phoenix is 1,633,017 people. So, it’s rather densely populated when compared to other suburbs in Arizona. There are slightly more homeowners in Phoenix than renters. With 54% of Phoenix residents owning their homes, and 46% of residents renting their homes. The median household income in Phoenix is $57,459. The median home value is $435,400. This is very typical for Arizona and is slightly lower than the median home value in other cities within the state. The median rent in Phoenix is $1,253. Which is also standard if not slightly below averages compared to other Arizona suburbs.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA CRIME AND SAFETY
Phoenix comes highly ranked in a few categories, but may not have as many awarded rankings as some of the other cities in the state. Nonetheless, Phoenix is ranked #58 for Most Diverse Cities in America out of 228 cities. This is because Phoenix is more heavily populated than other cities in Arizona. Therefore, it has much more diversity and culture to offer its residents. Phoenix is also ranked #64 for Best Cities to Retire in America out of 228 cities. Additionally, Phoenix holds the #92 spot for Cities with the Best Public Schools in America.
Crime rates in Phoenix are going to be a little higher than in the other cities in Arizona, and even slightly higher than the national average sometimes. The rates are calculated annually per 100,000 residents. The robbery rate in Phoenix is 189.3 while the national average rate for robbery is 135.5. The rate for motor vehicle theft in Phoenix is 419. The national rate for the same category is 284. Lastly, Phoenix’s rate for assault is 434.4 while the national average for assault is 282.7.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA SCHOOLS
Phoenix does have a number of excellent school options. The BASIS charter schools are seen throughout Arizona, but they have a few campuses in the Phoenix area. These schools all hold an A+ grade. So, if you’re looking for an exceptional public school to place your kids in be sure to check out the BASIS Phoenix and Ahwatukee campuses. If you’d like to place your kids in a private school, then Phoenix also has quite a few suitable options to fit your needs. Some of the best private schools in the area are Brophy College Preparatory High School (rated #1 in Best Catholic High Schools in Arizona) and Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy ( rated #6 in Best Private High Schools in Arizona).
PHOENIX, ARIZONA ENTERTAINMENT
In Phoenix, you’ll find a variety of activities to engage in. There’s access to everything from amazing mountain parks to fun social events in Phoenix. Be sure to stop by the Desert Botanical Garden. This beautiful garden spans 140 acres and houses over 50 thousand plants. Also, check out the Japanese Friendship Garden for an experience that takes you out of the desert. To see some amazing artwork venture into the Roosevelt Row neighborhood. This is a walkable art district where there is an endless amount of art to see and little boutique shops to explore. Also, be sure to join Phoenix’s First Friday celebrations. On the First Friday of every month, Phoenix hosts a variety of different food trucks, art galleries stay open late, and people explore all the neat activities lining the streets.
In summary, there are so many amazing things to do in Phoenix, Arizona. Outside of the seclusion of the neighborhoods in Phoenix that you choose to call home, there is an endless amount of activities, and gatherings of the local residents to keep you busy. From museums, concerts, trips to the many hiking destinations, and art installations, to many of the amazing restaurants that call the Phoenix Metropolitan area home, we’re sure that you will find a lot to entertain you here. The city also boasts a vibrant culinary scene, beautiful golf courses, and a thriving sports culture, making it a diverse and exciting destination to explore. Come to Phoenix! And, GET OUT THERE AND DO LIFE!
Until next time!