(Closed) Can anyone tell me about Arizona?

posted 11 years ago in Reno/Lake Tahoe
Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was born and raised here in Arizona so I will give you my perspective. 

Weather: If you want sunshine, we have a lot of it.  It gets hot, not gonna lie.  It’s the opposite of the cold winters of the Midwest.  They stay in during the winter, we stay in during the summer.  We have a swimming pool and use it often.  Winters are mild, I own a wool coat but rarely get to use it.  Most of the time a sweater is good enough. 

Scenery: The desert is absolutely georgous.  We have some beautiful high country that people escape to during the summer and has snow in the winter as well.

Politics: Hrm…  Let’s just say we haven’t had great governors here since I can remember.  I love it here despite the crazy politicians.  Young people don’t get out and vote enough in my opinion.

Culture: There is a large hispanic population here being a neighbor to Mexico and all.  I am of mixed heritage (hispanic and caucasion) and my fiance is Jewish.  I don’t feel that we are treated any differently than anyone else.  There are so many different cultures here and I like that.

Safety: We live in an older neighborhood in the East Valley and I feel safe living there and staying by myself when my fiance goes out of town.  I will say that we plan on moving to a younger neighborhood when(if) we are able to sell it.  I’d like a house that is less of a fixer upper in a quiet neighborhood.  Just like any city, you are going to have shady people and neighborhoods with more crime.  You will also find there are many nice newer neighborhoods.  It’s such a mix here. 

I hope this helps. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee

I don’t think the OP’s comment about wanting a town who was friendly to non hispanics is a racist comment. There is a stereotypical attitude that the media pushes (all media, not just the news) about border towns and how outsiders are treated. There are small border towns in So Cal where outsiders don’t always feel so welcome. And it isn’t just hispanics, and this isn’t racist. I lived in Hawaii for 5 years. They don’t like outsiders. Not every individual was unfriendly, but the majority were. It’s just how it is. The same can be said for certain towns all over the country.

I spent some time in Yuma in the summer. It was HOT. I mean, we hit 110 here in the summer (CA) but Yuma was dreadful. 

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I visited there with my sister in July 08. We nicknamed it Hell because it was 120 degrees outside. When it’s that hot, humidity doesn’t matter. Yes, it was sunny, but I’d rather not have 100+ degree weather regularly during the summer. I will say that I only visited for a few days, but she stayed for several weeks. She now lives in Seattle and prefers Seattle clouds to Arizona heat.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

A couple I’m friends with from Michigan moved to a suburb of Phoenix and they think its great. They just love the warm weather (although I couldn’t handle that shit, it sounds miserable) and everything about it.  I don’t really know about race relations, though.  My friends are white and they’ve never complained about anyone hating on them for being white. 

Post # 20
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@7-9-11bride: My fiance and I own guns for home protection and for when we go camping. Arizona is pretty relaxed on gun ownership.  Before we purchased ours, we decided to get some training so we got some lessons from my step-dad (who was a firearms trainer in the Air Force).  Then we took the concealed carry classes, when it was still required.  When we purchased ours there was a background check.  We practice every so often, keep them put away, and locked up when children are in the house.

 

 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I grew up in Mesa (a suburb of Phx) and my family still lives there. I was a pre-teen when we moved, but I think Arizona is as nice a place as any to raise a family. Like anywhere else, you just have to find the right neighborhood. However, as a teacher I can’t say that Arizona’s school system is all that great. Personally, I feel that the state legislature doesn’t think much of public education and greiviously under-funds schools. I think kids can still get a pretty good education, but it frustrated me as an educator.

I agree with others that the state is pretty conservative. I think that many of the actual citizens might be more moderate, but the decisions and bills that are made into law are definitely more conservative. Like others also said, I don’t think you need to worry about race issues. At least while I lived there/where I lived the majority of the population is still white.

And, as I’m sure you’re understanding by now, Phx is HOT. It is hands-down the hottest place I’ve ever lived. You can definitely visit in the summer months, but as someone used to other temperatures you will feel like it’s unbearable (I feel that way now when I visit family).  I think you just gradually get used to the heat and adapt to spending a lot of time inside/in a pool/letting your car run for 10 minutes to get the air conditioning going so you can touch the wheel. So, yes rent is cheaper, but you have to budget in the high cost of constant air conditioning for 3-4 months.  On the flip side, the fall/winter months are magnificent (my husband wants to snowbird when we’re older and we love visiting for Christmas & hanging out in shorts).

There’s lots of good things about Arizona and I thought it was a great place to live. Good luck with your choice!

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I live in Phoenix and love it.   I grew up in Seattle and like you my family got tired of the clouds and cold.  I think it was the best decision my family could of made.  I live in North Phoenix in a newer neighborhood and the area is very safe.  The schools are rated very high in my area.  Phoenix is huge and there are several suburbs.  There are bad areas and great area’s like most cities.  You really should do some research.  I’ve lived in Mesa as well and had no complaints.  The months of June, July and Aug are really hot!!  Most people stay in or are at a pool or lake.  Every place is air conditioned and you must have a car with AC as well.  You really get used to it though.  Now I’m a wimp when it comes to cold.  When we first moved here in Feb we were out in the pool and wondered why no one else in the apt complex was!!  haha, I’m sure it would be too cold for me now.  I don’t like the political environment too much either being from Seattle but none of it has effected my life and when I feel strongly about something I go out and vote.  The gun laws are relaxed here.  You can carry a unconcealed gun or get a permit for a concealed on easily. Good luck with your research.  Feel free to ask me any other questions.  

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My parents are currently in the process of purchasing a vacation home in Awatukee. (Right near Chandler, suburb of Phx)

I am from Dallas/Fort Worth and have lived here the majority of my life. I HATE IT! I’m sure you could find tons of people that would love it here! Just the same as Arizona! 🙂 I just came back from a mini vacation a few months ago to see the neighborhood my parents were looking at buying a home and I fell in LOVE. While I’ve traveled to Arizona many times, this place just melted my heart! I am fast tracking things to move on out there! There are so many outdoor activities to do and the Chandler/Awatukee area was adorable! I love the spanish style houses, I love the mountains, I love the walking trails, the cactus, even the beautiful flowers I saw growing everywhere. I would TOTALLY raise a family there! Don’t even get me started on the prices…I mean for the same cost to buy a beautiful new 4 bedroom home, I would barely be able to purchase a 25 year old 2 bedroom dump here in Dallas! I get the complaint about the heat- if you don’t do heat you may not like it. I personally HATE humidity- I don’t even step foot outside during July/August here in DFW unless I’m walking to my car. On the other hand, I love dry heat! 120 degree dry day? No problems here! It doesn’t feel the same and In My Humble Opinion it’s much more tolerable. Bring it on!!

Best of luck to you!!

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I currently live in Mesa, AZ. Not the best place to live but when I lived with my mom in Gilbert, AZ (east valley) it was really nice. If you are thinking about Gilbert check out the Islands Elementary. I went to school there and it was good then and my sister just left that school and went to middle school (Mesquite Junior High). Last year I graduated from Mesquite High School. The Islands neighborhood is quite nice but then again most of Gilbert is. I work in Ahwatukee (near chandler/south phoenix) and I love going there. Lots of shops open and just in general very nice. I heard good things about the schools there too.

I am not a fan of Mesa, Glendale, Laveen, and Apache Junction. Some parts of those cities arent that great and I wouldn’t live in most parts. Like some PP mentioned, check out the crime statistics online, I am sure you will find them.

Good luck and I advice you to visit here one day to see how you really like the heat 😀

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We currently live in AZ, the Mesa/Gilbert area. The people are great, the drivers can be crazy, the heat is almost a constant, but the winters are gorgeous. Great family area.

 

However, if you are looking for entertainment, there doesn’t seem to be much to do unless you are willing to spend. Then again, I’m from Utah where there are mountaints and lakes and various activities every which way you look.

We plan on moving back to UT next year.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@7-9-11bride: My sister actually lives in Medford OR now and is also talking about moving on out to Arizona sometime soon. She said this year has been just cruddy and is hardcore affecting her mood. Although I thought Oregon was so pretty out near Jacksonville- I wouldn’t be able to handle it either. Especially when you have a little that just wants to go outside and play!

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