Arizona Retirement: Nine Things You Must Know

The Grand Canyon State offers so much more than that gorgeous hole in the ground. Check out whether you'd like to spend your golden years in this southwestern state.

Scenic view of field against sky during sunset, Tucson, Arizona
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Whatever your age, retirement planning is vital. And that includes deciding where you're going to spend your retirement, either full-time or as a snowbird. The nation's first active adult retirement community sprouted in Youngtown, Arizona in 1954, and since then, many retirees have settled in Arizona year-round. In fact, almost 19% of the state’s 7.4 million residents are 65 and older.

Is Arizona calling to you, too, as you plot your retirement? Here are nine things you should know before deciding to retire in Arizona.

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Bob Niedt
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Bob was Senior Editor at Kiplinger.com for seven years and is now a contributor to the website. He has more than 40 years of experience in online, print and visual journalism. Bob has worked as an award-winning writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., market as well as at news organizations in New York, Michigan and California. Bob joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail, entertainment, and money-saving trends and topics. He was one of the first journalists at a daily news organization to aggressively cover retail as a specialty and has been lauded in the retail industry for his expertise. Bob has also been an adjunct and associate professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Hope College.

 

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