Here are the pros and cons of retiring to Prescott, Arizona

Prescott is one of the most popular retirement towns in the U.S. As a result the town and the entire region have grown rapidly to accommodate the thousands of retirees who are migrating to this very livable town situated in the beautiful hills and deserts of Arizona.

Prescott is a "best place to retire" for many reasons. Climate is one of them; its low humidity and dry heat make it more comfortable than in the Midwest or Northeast

Prescott is an old cowboy town that has been successfully redeveloped. The old Whiskey Row area has been preserved and made into a popular destination. There is always something to do with annual festivals like Frontier Days, interesting shops, galleries, and restaurants. Prescott has several colleges where retirees can take classes to keep their minds sharp.

Another attraction is the wide selection of Prescott Active Adult Communities to choose from. There are developments offering a wide range of lifestyles - from very simple 55+ communities to expensive golf communities featuring golf and other luxury amenities. For people who don't choose to live in a planned development, there are many attractive neighborhoods to choose from. Prices vary according to location and amenities offered - the median selling price of a home in the Prescott area was $270,000 in 2010.

Pros and Cons of Living in Prescott


  • Milder summers than in the rest of AZ
  • The mountains and deserts of Arizona
  • Prescott National Forest
  • Fun downtown with plenty to do
  • Over 500 historic buildings
  • It's a college town
  • Wide choice of communities to live in


  • It is a drive to the attractions of the nearest city, Phoenix
  • If you move here from the east or Midwest, you could be a long way from friends and relatives
  • Prescott is so popular that it risks overdevelopment

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