Moving to Phoenix
Arizona’s ‘urban heart' makes our Top 5 Moving Cities list because of its sunshine, low cost of living, and the never-ending catalogue of things to do. Because there’s so much to do, you have no time for an inefficient move. SureMove will make sure you get to your new home economically and efficiently, so you can hit the ground running to explore your new city.
They don’t call Phoenix “the Valley of the Sun” for nothing. Phoenix is usually warm year-round, averaging a blissful 75 degrees annually. Phoenix’s heat is usually a dry one, but in the summer months humidity can rear its ugly head. You’ll only need that defrizzing spray for a few months out of the year!
Arizona also has its own time zone and doesn’t follow the rules of daylight savings…so you won’t have to worry about losing sleep here.
Because of its large land area, Phoenix is the country’s fifth largest city— but it doesn’t feel like it. Phoenix is unique because it is quite large, but has a fairly condensed downtown radius and low population density on par with a mid-sized city. Most of Phoenix’s land area consists of suburbs and sprawl, while a smaller portion has the traditional “downtown” feel with an arts district, cocktail bars, food halls, and shopping. The good news is that you’ll probably have more land and space at your new home, all while being a short drive from downtown. Start imagining your life in one of these great Phoenix neighborhoods, all of which have one thing in common—a profound sense of community.
With great schools, parks, and a suburban feel, this is a great place to raise a family.
A peaceful desert suburb, part of the greater Phoenix metro area, North Scottsdale is for the older, more mature crowd. However, it’s still a short drive into two urban areas, Downtown Scottsdale and Phoenix.
This area is the wealthiest area in Arizona—but clearly worth it. With ample golf courses, shopping, and majestic landscape, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.
If you’re looking for a downtown neighborhood with a true community feel, then Coronado is your neighborhood—small businesses and friendly neighbors will make you feel like you’ve lived here your whole life.
Roosevelt Row Arts District (RoRo)
This is a vibrant community mixing old with the new as a hub for culture, while still preserving its rich historical background.
Voted one of the top 10 cottage communities in the U.S., Willo is known for its vivid greenery and excellent walking and biking paths.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Phoenix is slightly above the U.S. average, but lower than most large metropolitan cities, like New York, Washington, D.C., or Los Angeles.
Entertainment & Activities
Whether you love arts and culture, food, parks, or music, one things for sure — you’re going to have a great time living in PHX. Take a look at some of our top things to do in the Silicon Desert.
- Appreciate the colorful ode to Latin culture at the at the Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center.
- Walk through hundreds of different lush desert plants and unique cacti at the Desert Botanical Gardens.
- Visit one of the many nature parks surrounding Phoenix—like South Mountain Park or Camelback Mountain. You could even take a trip to the Grand Canyon, which is only a 3.5-hour drive.
- Love golf? Phoenix is home to the biggest—and some say the most entertaining PGA golf event ever: The Waste Management Phoenix Open is known as the “greatest show on grass,” with live music and entertainment.
Phoenix has the best-maintained freeways and bridges in the country, and is notorious for low congestion on the highway. A highway may be congested to a Phoenix native, but to a New Yorker or Washingtonian, it would be a breeze.
Phoenix is a unique, booming city where you’ll replace skyscrapers for cacti, high fashion for casual jeans and a t-shirt, and Central Park for 33,000 acres of desert preserves. Get used to this, and you’ll be a Phoenician in no time.
Are you—or someone you know—one of the many people who will be moving to or from Phoenix or the surrounding area this year? Make sure that your move is a SureMove. Just call SureMove toll-free at 866-347-2260 for more information about how we can help you with your Phoenix interstate or cross-country move.
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