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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Glendale, Arizona?

Overview: Homesteaders first came to the desert land that is now Glendale in 1882 and built a canal. The new community drew Russian, Mexican and Japanese farmers, but it was not until the 1940s when Luke Field (now Luke Air Force Base) was built that Glendale began to grow.

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These days Glendale is only nine miles north west of downtown Phoenix and is still racially diverse. It has all the amenities of a big city and is the home of two pro-sports teams, the National Football League's Arizona Cardinals and the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes. Glendale also manages the MLB's spring training facility, Camelback Ranch. Both the Gila River Arena and the University of Phoenix Stadium are state-of-the-art sport facilities and host everything from wrestling tournaments to lacrosse competitions. The Catlin and Old Towne districts have large concentrations of antique shops, but there are also big box store centers and malls. The city supports a symphony, a desert botanic gardens and multiple performing groups. The Chocolate Affaire has a national reputation.

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Residents enjoy seven public pools, a group of dog parks and two golf courses. Regional parks such as Thunderbird Mountain and Estrella Mountain offer hiking and dramatic desert views. There are several community colleges.

Neighborhoods are varied, some attractive and some not so great. Generally, older sections of town are not as nice as newer areas and have smaller single family homes. Newer neighborhoods are on the north end and include Arrowhead Ranch, a large community with golf course and waterfront homes.

Population:  245,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  27%

Cost of Living:  Meets the national average

Median Home Price: $199,000

Climate:  This area has very hot summers and mild winters.   Summer temperatures are in the 90s and low-100s, and winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s.   On average, Glendale receives 9 inches of rain per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  Yes

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?  Yes

Public Transit:   Yes, and its light-rail system has a planned opening date of 2026. 

Crime Rate:  Meets the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:    Conservative

Is Arizona Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Yes

Cons:   The air quality is poor.  Some people say that Glendale lacks a sense of identity.

Notes:    Glendale has grown by 65% within the last couple of decades.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes, although it may not be a great spot for people with respiratory issues.

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Arizona:

The Grand Canyon State was originally part of New Mexico. After the land was ceded to the U.S. in 1848, it became a separate territory. It did not enter the union until February 14, 1912. Copper was discovered in the area in 1848, and metals mining continues to be an important part of the economy. Cattle and tourism are two of the states other vital industries.

Although Arizona can be one of the hottest states in the union, air conditioning continues to bring more and more people to the urban areas. The Colorado Plateau spreads through Arizona from the north and is interspersed with remnants of the Rocky Mountains. The land flattens into desert near Phoenix. The Colorado River forms the state's western borders and snakes through the Grand Canyon.

Arizona is stubborn when it comes to time. It observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis.

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Stats:

Population - 6,931,030 

Persons 65 years old and over - 17%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 86% 

Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27% 

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 31% 

White persons, not Hispanic - 58% 

Median household income - $50,225 

Median home value - $167,500 

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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