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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Mesa, Arizona

A Large Phoenix Suburb, Mesa is Home to Golf Courses, an Arts Center, 10 Aquatic Centers and a Wide Variety of Housing

This sprawling Phoenix bedroom community is Arizona's third largest city. It was settled by Mormon pioneers in the late-1800s and until the mid-1900s was an agricultural center, thanks to an expansive canal system.

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Today, Mesa is primarily residential but also home to ASU's Polytechnic Campus and Maricopa County's biggest community college. Neighborhoods vary greatly, from very modest areas with simple ranch ramblers to expensive sections with large Mediterranean-style homes. Verde Groves is a quiet 55+ patio home community. The Mesa Arts Center has a comprehensive arts education facility, a five-gallery visual arts complex, four theaters, and a museum. The Arizona Museum of Natural History and the Mesa Historical Museum are among the city's other cultural institutions. HoHoKam ruins are part of Mesa's Park of the Canals. Celebrations in the city's walkable downtown include Movies on Main and Second Friday Night Out.

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More than 40 golf courses are within a 30-minute drive, and Mesa is the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs. The city manages 2,280 acres of parkland, 10 aquatic centers, and four major recreation centers. Its largest park has a lake and playgrounds. The neighboring Tonto National Forest offers tubing and fishing along the Salt River. Hiking in the Superstition Mountains is a popular pastime.

Population:  515,000 (city proper)

Age 45 or Better:  33%

Cost of Living:   8% above the national average

Median Home Price: $450,000   See This Darling Mesa Home for Sale for $119,000

Climate:  Summer temperatures are in the 90s and low-100s, and winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s and 60s.   On average, the area receives seven 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, but buses do not run on Sunday.

Crime Rate:   Meets the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:  Conservative

College Educated:  26%

Is Arizona Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:   None

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Notes:    Mesa is popular with "snowbirds" and has a lot of RV parks.   Many Mesa workers commute to Phoenix.  The city has grown 15% within the last decade, and home prices have increased 28% since last year.

Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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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 home to places with names like Nothing, a ghost town in western Arizona, and the Horspitality Resort.

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

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