Moving to Phoenix, AZ

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Phoenix is now the sixth largest city in the country. The city has shined on the national spotlight for hosting several Super Bowls, the national football championships and the yearly Cactus Spring Training League. The city offers downtown high-rises and historic neighborhoods like the Willows for you to plant your roots.

Our guide to Phoenix neighborhoods will give you the flavor of different sections of town and our best realtor list provides a trusted resource to find a top agent to secure your new home.

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Traffic

Phoenix traffic seems to increase each year, but compared to other big cities the gridlock isn’t bad. According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Urban Mobility Report, Phoenix only ranks 40th for the time people spend in traffic. However the report says Phoenix drivers should plan to spend 64 minutes behind the wheel to make a 20-minute trip on time in rush hour. A Travel Time Index developed by AZTech found that in the morning the I-10 in both directions is the slowest freeway, followed by Loop 101 Northbound from Chandler to Scottsdale and the Loop 202 West. Your best commute lies on SR 51 South.

Beat the commute: Carpool/HOV lanes, try the light-rail system, download routing apps like Waze to steer clear of accidents and live close to where you work.

Weather

Ask why someone moved here and at least half the time you’ll hear weather as the reason. Phoenix basically enjoys two seasons: heaven and hell. The majority of the year is dry and mild, but come summer, temperatures are well over 100 degrees and the city experiences a monsoon that brings rain and dust storms.

Average High/Low

Winter: 43° F-73° F
Spring: 51°F-92°F
Summer: 75°-104° F
Fall: 75° F-87°F

Economy

Historically tourism was the big driver of the Phoenix economy, and while it is still very strong, lucrative tech jobs are coming to the city. Over the next decade Arizona is projected to be #2 in the nation for IT jobs and #4 in STEM jobs. The challenge for the city is to attract more corporate headquarter and more skilled workers.

Unemployment rate: 4.7% (April, 2016)
Average mean hourly rate: $22.04 (May, 2014)

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Phoenix, AZ Arts and Entertainment

Rusconi's American Kitchen

Rusconi's American Kitchen, North Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana

Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana Phoenix, North 1st Street, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Fuego Bistro

Fuego Bistro, East Palo Verde Drive, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Bobby Q

Bobby Q, North 27th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Little Miss BBQ

Little Miss BBQ, East University Drive, Phoenix, AZ, United States

TEN

TEN - Handcrafted American Fare and Spirits, East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Most Wanted Taco Shop

Most Wanted Taco Shop, North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ, United States

43rd Express

Pho 43 Express, North 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Restaurants

The foodie scene is on fire in Phoenix fueled by creative local chefs redefining what Arizona cuisine means.

Rusconi's American Kitchen
Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana
Fuego Bistro
Bobby Q
Little Miss BBQ
TEN
Most Wanted Taco Shop
43rd Express

Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum, North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Heard Museum

Heard Museum, North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Arizona Science Center

Arizona Science Center, East Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Arizona State Capitol

Arizona State Capitol, West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Hall of Flame Fire Museum

Hall of Flame Fire Museum, East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, East 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ, United States

Pioneer Living History Village

Pioneer Living History Museum, West Pioneer Road, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Museums

From the award-winning Heard Museum to the Phoenix Art Museum, the Phoenix cultural scene is rich for discovery.

Phoenix Art Museum
Heard Museum
Arizona Science Center
Arizona State Capitol
Hall of Flame Fire Museum
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Pioneer Living History Village

The Whining Pig

The Whining Pig, Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Valley Bar

Valley Bar, North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ, United States

FilmBar

FilmBar, North 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ, United States

The Pig's Meow

The Pig's Meow, East Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ, United States

The Lost Leaf

The Lost Leaf, North 5th Street, Phoenix, AZ, United States

The Vig

The Vig, North 40th Street, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Merc Bar

MercBar Phoenix, East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Stand Up LiveComedy Theater

Stand Up Live, West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Gammage Auditorium

ASU Gammage, South Forest Avenue, Tempe, AZ, United States

Nightlife

Phoenix after hours is perfect for craft beer aficionados and cocktail lovers alike.

The Whining Pig
Valley Bar
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
FilmBar
The Pig's Meow
The Lost Leaf
The Vig
Merc Bar
Stand Up LiveComedy Theater
Gammage Auditorium
Nightlife

Downtown and Midtown Phoenix are experiencing a revival in after-hours popularity. While downtown Scottsdale is where the local club scene is, Phoenix draws craft cocktail and craft beer aficionados, with haunts like award-winning Bitter & Twisted, Milk Bar and Angels Trumpet Ale House. The entertainment district City Scape boasts Gypsy Bar, Stand Up Live and Lucky Strike. Midtown is hopping with just opened Joe’s Midnight Run and Honor among Thieves. The Biltmore corridor is popular with financial types who can be found sipping martinis at the Merc Bar.

Food

Years ago Phoenix food could be summed up by saying Mexican and Chain. My, how things have changed! The foodie scene is on fire in Phoenix fueled by creative local chefs redefining what Arizona cuisine means. No matter what your taste buds desire, you can find it, from sushi, to Italian, to farm-to-table and of course Mexican. Phoenix is home to Pizzeria Bianco, named best pizza in the world by everyone from Bon Appetit to Rachael Ray, Elements restaurant helmed by Food Network star Beau McMillian, and Silvana Salcido Esparza who is redefining Mexican cuisine at Barrio Café.

Sports

Phoenix plays in the big leagues in all the major sports. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Arizona Rattlers all play downtown, while the Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Coyotes home stadiums are in nearby Glendale. During Spring, the Cactus League has many MLB teams playing games throughout the Valley. The city is home to the Fiesta and Cactus Bowl games.

Events

Phoenix loves its events and there isn’t a weekend where something isn’t going on. In January the city turns into a car lovers paradise with some of the biggest car auctions in the world like the Barrett Jackson auction, taking place around town. February brings the biggest party on the PGA Tour in the form of the Waste Management Open, and the popular Arabian Horse Show. Throughout the year, culinary fests like Devoured Culinary Classic and Eat Drink and be Pretty whet the appetite.

Culture

Phoenix gets a bum rap for having no culture, but nothing could be further from the truth. From the award-winning Heard Museum that showcases Native American art and history to the unique-in –the-world interactive Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) to the Phoenix Art Museum which houses one of the best fashion collections in the country, the Phoenix cultural scene is rich for discovery.

Nitty Gritty
  • Metro Population: 4,503,400
  • Major Industries: Technology, Tourism
  • Gross Metro Product: $203.7 B
  • Median Household Income: $52,518
  • Median Home Price: $184,600
  • Unemployment: 5.4%
  • Job Growth (2014): 2.3%
  • Cost of Living: 2.5% above national average
  • College Attainment: 29.2%
  • Net Migration (2014): 17,150

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