4 reasons why 68,000 Californians chose Arizona
According to new U.S. Census data, more than 690,000Californians left the state in 2018. Where were they headed? No.1 on the list was Texas, but No. 2 was Arizona. In 2018, 68,516 Californians chose the Grand Canyon State as their new home. The updated data is no surprise to Prescott and Talking Rock,where many new home owners recently moved from California. But why are Californians choosing Arizona? The answers are individual and vary, but there are several common factors:
1. Lower cost of living: The largest benefit for residents of California moving to Arizona is the lower cost of living. On average, consumer prices are about 20 percent lower and housing prices are one-third the cost. A large part of that is because taxes are significantly lower in Arizona,including northern Arizona cities like Prescott.
2. More home for your money: With home pricing inArizona about one-third that of California, selling aCalifornia house is a no-brainer to trade up for more land, larger/newer home and tremendous amenities in a community like Talking Rock in Prescott, Arizona.
3. Outdoor activities/mild four seasons: Arizona has many opportunities for outdoor activities without battling endless hours of California traffic. We don’t have the ocean but large lakes, mountains, valleys and even sand dunes aregreat for hiking, biking, mountain climbing, kayaking, boating, fishing and ATV riding. Californians choosing Prescott also will enjoy mild four-season living for year-round outdoor recreation.
4. Quality education:
Among the appeal of Arizona for Californians are the high-quality education opportunities, which include the largest community-college system in the nation, highly regarded public and private universities and a variety of trade and higher-education options. State universities in Arizona are more affordable. As an open-enrollment education state, parents of K-12 students may choose from a plethora of high-performing public district, public charter or private elementary and secondary schools as well.
According to the census, the leading Arizona cities that Californians choose are Prescott, Flagstaff, Sedona, Scottsdale and Phoenix. If you’re serious about moving to Prescott from California, consider an overnight Discovery Visit to Talking Rock so you can talk to community members. Come see for yourself why so many of your California neighbors are happy they now call Arizona home.https://talkingrockaz.com/discovery-visit/
*Date release from the U.S. Census Bureau on October 31, 2019.
If you love Prescott but like your independence, go to talkingrockaz.com. Thirty minutes from downtown Prescott, this private, guard-gated, master-planned community offers a variety of home sites and new customized homes, whether you want to live on the golf course or adjacent to Arizona State Trust Land. Home sites are one-half acre to 10-acres. Ready-to-move-in homes also are available.