Are you thinking about relocating to Phoenix? This guide will show you everything you need to know ahead of time, like job growth, public transportation, top things to do, and more.
You will want to keep these nine things in mind before you move.
1. Consider the weather before relocating to Phoenix
The first thing you have to be wary of before moving to Phoenix is the average temperature. During the summer, the average high could be between 104 degrees Fahrenheit in June, 106 in July, and 105 in August. But it is not unreasonable to see consecutive days of highs in the 110-plus degree heat.
However, during the winter months, the temperature dips into the 60s during the day and the mid-40s at night, making Phoenix winters some of the most desirable in the country.
2. Phoenix Neighborhoods
Best Neighborhoods in Phoenix
- Ahwatukee Foothills
- Desert View
- Paradise Valley
- North Gateway
Best Phoenix Suburbs
- Litchfield Park
- Queen Creek
3. Cost of living in Phoenix
According to PayScale, the cost of living in Phoenix is about 5% lower than the national average. The average rent is around $1,000 while the median home price is just north of $330,000.
4. Job growth in the Valley
Jobs continue to be prevalent throughout Phoenix, having added nearly 80,000 new jobs in 2018. Further, they rank fourth in employment activity.
Experts are saying that there should continue to be an increase in the job market throughout the coming years. So if you’re worried about the lack of opportunities, don’t fret, they are out there.
5. Phoenix Public Transportation
There are a number of ways to get around the city. Buses are prevalent throughout, running through Mesa, Tempe, and the outskirts of Phoenix.
The Valley Metro Rail first opened in December of 2008 and in the last five years, it has transported over 60 million riders.
6. Colleges in the Phoenix area
Looking to advance your education? There are plenty of options in the Phoenix area to do just that.
- Arizona State University
- Grand Canyon University
- Ottaway University - Phoenix
- University of Phoenix
7. Things to do in and around Phoenix
Arizona Day Trips
Want to escape the heat of the summer in Phoenix? There are plenty of day trips you can take to explore and make the most out of Arizona.
- The Grand Canyon: With well over 6 million visitors in 2018, the Grand Canyon is a must-see attraction for anyone moving to Phoenix. It’s a roughly three-hour drive from anywhere within the Valley.
- Lake Powell: A hidden gem on the border of Arizona-Utah, Lake Powell is one of the more underrated destinations within the state. Make a whole weekend of it and explore everything the lake has to offer.
- Flagstaff: Flagstaff, which sits at an elevation of close to 7,000 feet and the mountainous city will more than likely have a much cooler temperature than Phoenix. Going in the winter? Check out the Arizona Snowbowl!
- Tortilla Flat: An authentic old west town east of Phoenix in the Superstition Mountain Range.
- Sedona: This tourist destination in the middle of Arizona offers more than just phenomenal hiking spots for the outdoor enthusiast. Sedona is also home to a number of wineries that offer wine tasting for those so inclined.
- Tucson: Located in the Sonoran Desert, Tucson is surrounded by five mountain ranges including Mount Lemmon, which is the southernmost ski destination in the United States.
- Bisbee: Bisbee is a historical copper-mining town that is located in the Mule Mountains in southeast Arizona.
Best Hiking Trails in Phoenix
- Camelback: This 2.4-mile hike is one of the most trafficked hike in the Phoenix area, offering amazing views of the city.
- Phoenix Mountain Reserve: There are 50 moderate-rated hiking trails in the reserve, which means that you will never be short of new hikes a short drive from the city center.
- Papago Park: Known for its Hole in the Rock, with a stunning view of Phoenix, Papago Park is a quick hike for those looking for something less strenuous.
- Piestewa Peak Park: Right next door to Camelback is Piestewa Peak. This less popular trail offers some of the same views as its more well-known counterpart, but with less foot traffic to deal with.
- South Mountain Preserve: With more than 50 trails, the South Mountain Park is one of the largest in the state where you can run, bike, or go for a nice stroll.
- Superstitions: Just a short drive away from the city, the Superstitions offer challenging, secluded hikes that are fun for every hiker level.
Where to Golf in Phoenix
- The Boulders
- Papago Golf Course
- Rolling Hills Golf Course
- Raven Golf Club
- Quintero Golf Club
- Paradise Valley Golf Course
Top things to do in Phoenix
- Desert Botanical Garden
- Phoenix Zoo
- Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride
- OdySea Aquarium
- Musical Instrument Museum
- Phoenix Art Museum
- Heard Museum
- Arizona Science Center
8. Take in the local sports scene
Love watching sports? Phoenix has sports for every fan. However, they are spread around the valley and could be difficult to get to depending on where you live.
The Arizona Cardinals play at the 63,000 capacity State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and are probably the most popular team in the state. But the Cardinals have only appeared in one Super Bowl which came in the 2008.
Unlike the Cardinals, the Arizona Diamondbacks have won a championship in this century, winning the World Series in 2001, four years after their birth.
Right now, it seems as if heyday for the Phoenix Suns has passed. But that does make attending Suns’ games one of the most affordable in the Valley of the Sun.
Other teams to check out include the Phoenix Mercury and if you’re into soccer, the Phoenix Rising.
9. Best Places to get food and drinks in Phoenix
You’re going to want to explore all the exciting food options in your new city. Luckily, you will not have to go very far to take in a wide variety.
Top Restaurants in Phoenix
- Cocina Madrigal: Authentic Mexican cuisine with an ever-expanding menu.
- Little Miss BBQ: Real deal Texas BBQ in Phoenix with two locations in the city.
- Pizzeria Bianco: Rustic artisanal pizza in downtown Phoenix.
- Chino Bandidos: Fantastic Mexican and Chinese fusion.
- Original Breakfast House: Unique and original twists on classic diner breakfast food.