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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Show Low, Arizona?

Overview:  Show Low sits in northeastern Arizona's White Mountains, about three hours northeast of Phoenix, and it is tucked into a massive stand of ponderosa pines. In 1876, a young Virginian named Cooley arrived and won a poker game. His prize was the ranch that eventually became the mellow town of Show Low.

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Deuce of Clubs, a reference to Show Low's beginnings, is the four lane, main drag through town. It is lined with national retailers (CSV Pharmacy, etc.), motels, strip malls, gas stations, banks, grocery stores and the like. Large box stores are along another major road to the south of town. The White Mountain campus of Northland Pioneer College is based here and offers an array of non-credit classes for lifelong learners. The Arts Alliance of the White Mountains has a gallery and gift shop. Other local arts organizations include the Lakeside Writers Group and the White Mountain Regional Theater.

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Neighborhoods are wooded and low density with manufactured homes, cabins, ranch ramblers, ranch houses, chalets and more. Many homes are vacation properties owned by Phoenix residents.

Fool Hollow Lake and Show Low Lake are popular with anglers and picnickers. Pintall Lake attracts waterfowl and bird watchers. There are 180 miles of trails within the White Mountain system, and Sunrise Peak Ski Area is only an hour away. Stars sparkle above the trees at night.

Population:  11,500 (city proper)

Age 45 or Better:   45%

Cost of Living:  15% below the national average

Median Home Price: $295,000  

Climate:  Summer temperatures are in the 70s, 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s and 30s. On average, the area receives 17 inches of rain and 26 inches of snow per year. The elevation is 6,427 feet above sea level.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  Yes

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?    No. Whiteriver, about 30 miles away, has the closest accredited hospital.

Public Transit:   Yes

Crime Rate:   Slightly above the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:  Conservative

College Educated:  20%

Is Arizona Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:   None

Notes:    The town is isolated but has grown by 5% in the last decade.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes, although the distance to an accredited hospital is a concern.

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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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