Everything you need to know about moving to Phoenix Arizona.

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Arizona Cost of Living

Anyone  planning  to  relocate  needs  to  know  just  how far  their  paychecks  will  stretch  in their  new, adopted city.  After  all, if  you’re  used  to  inexpensive mortgages  or  rental  prices,  reasonable  grocery bills  and affordable health care, you don’t want to be surprised if the bills skyrocket when you choose to move to another city. The good news is that, in Phoenix and Tucson, when compared to cities that are about the same size, your hard-earned dollar will likely stretch a bit further – and that attracts  people to the area.

In fact, since 2000, Phoenix has experienced a thriving population growth of 24 percent, and Tucson (Pima County) has experienced thriving population growth, with Marana (519 percent!) and Oro Valley (345 percent!) leading the way with the highest and second-highest growth rate of any Arizona city or town!  The ACCRA Cost of Living Index ranks a range of living expenses in major cities. Compiled by ACCRA – a national organization dedicated to economic development and policy research – the index measures differences between areas in the cost of consumer goods and services, minus taxes and non-consumer expenditures. The  index  also  measures  relative  price  levels  for  consumer  goods  and  services  in  participating  areas,  like groceries, housing, utilities and more. The average for a participating place – both metropolitan and non-metro –is 100, and each participant’s index is read as a percentage of the average for all places.

In Phoenix and Tucson, you’ll find yourself paying about the same for transportation, utilities, health care, and other goods and services as  with other, similar-sized cities. And when it comes to necessities like housing and groceries, Phoenix and Tucson prices remain affordable. Whether you’re thinking about moving here, or are already here, it’s easy to see that Arizona measures up not only in terms ‚Äčof quality of life, but also with its affordability


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