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Phoenix is a vibrant, sun-kissed city nestled in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert amid several mountain ranges, including the McDowell Mountains and White Tank Range. Originally occupied by the Hohokam native people and later settled as a farming community, it wasn’t until after World War II that this fertile Valley saw explosive growth. In 1940, Phoenix was little more than a town, with just 65,000 residents. Today, it’s a sprawling city that’s home to over 1.5 million people, making it the 6th largest city in the nation. And that’s just Phoenix proper; the greater metropolitan area, which includes the cities of Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Chandler, has over 4.5 million residents. Why is everyone clamoring to live here? There are lots of good reasons!

If you’re considering a move to Phoenix or one of the surrounding metros, you’re in for a treat. But before you pack your bags and move to the desert, our friends from Great Guys Moving Company and Moonraker Marketing have put together an informative infographic you should check out first. From taxes to walkability, this helpful graphic shows facts and figures about what life is like in the Valley of the Sun. Here are some of the key takeaways:

1. Walking Isn’t Ideal, But the Hiking is Spectacular

If you’re looking for a compact metropolitan area where everything is just a short walk or subway ride away, then Phoenix may not be your first choice. With over 500 square miles of land area, Phoenix is not a very walkable city, nor is the public transportation superb. While most of your daily errands here will require the use of a vehicle, there are a handful of great neighborhoods like Downtown or Governmental Mall that are more pedestrian-friendly. However, if you’re just itching to work those legs, there are plenty of options for day-hiking in the area. Strap on a pack and head up Camelback Mountain with the masses or for a quieter hike, head up Tom’s Thumb for a great view of the Valley below.

2. Expect (Almost) Perpetual Sunshine

One of the greatest things about this town is the nearly endless sunshine. On average, Phoenix only gets 20 days of rainfall annually, most of which occur during the stormy monsoon season. The rest of the year, you can expect sunny skies and warm or (scorching) temperatures. Winter temps rarely dip below freezing, and it’s not unusual to spot residents using their pools in the middle of January. Summers are notoriously hot and dry, leading many residents to escape to towns at higher elevation for some reprieve.

3. Home Ownership is a Reality

For a metropolitan area, Phoenix is one of the most affordable cities in the country. While a few things like energy bills and a gallon of gas cost a bit more than the national average, almost everything else is cheaper, including housing. The average Phoenix home price is over 7% lower than the national average, making homeownership more attainable for many people. In fact, Phoenix has far more homeowners than renters (56% versus 44%).

With breathtaking scenery, ample opportunities for an active lifestyle, almost 300 days of sunshine, and affordable living, Phoenix is a great place to call home. When you’re ready to make the leap and move here, keep the Hill Group in mind. Whether you’re looking for a spacious retirement home on one of Scottsdale’s many golf courses or a more modest space closer to downtown, you can trust us to help you find the perfect place to live. Specializing in East Valley and Scottsdale real estate, we have consistently been ranked as one of the top realtors in Maricopa County for almost a decade. Let us put our expertise to work as you settle in to life in the Valley of the Sun.