Deciding where to live can be a daunting process with many factors to consider. Maybe you want to live close to work but don’t want to be in the heart of a city. Maybe you’re looking for good schools for your kids. Or maybe you’re hunting for a community that has plenty of amenities nearby for you and your family.
Whatever your checklist, there is a wide range of reasons why Peoria should be at the top of your list if you’re thinking about living in Arizona. Ranked as the seventh-best city to live in America in 2016 by 24/7 Wall St., Peoria is quickly becoming a top choice for home buyers. If Peoria, AZ, isn’t on your list yet or you’re having trouble deciding, here are the top six reasons you should choose Peoria as your next home.
1. Prime location
One of the largest suburbs of Phoenix, Peoria’s location just northwest of the major hub is ideal for having easy access to abundant employment and entertainment opportunities while being a step away from the urban bustle. The length of Peoria stretches across both urban and natural settings, encompassing the Peoria Regional Preserve and Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
2. A beautiful climate
Many people choose to live in Arizona due to the beautiful, sunny climate, and Peoria is no exception. With an average of just 9 inches of rain per year compared to the national average of 39 inches, you’ll get to enjoy gorgeous days outside nearly every day of the year. Peoria has, on average, 299 sunny days per year and temperatures ranging from lows of 41 in January to highs of 105 in July. Winter comes with no snow, so you can still get outside for hikes, bike rides and other outdoor recreation in the middle of winter. If you enjoy hot summers and mild winters, then this is the place for you.
3. Employment growth
Employment in both Peoria and Phoenix has been on an upswing in recent years, with unemployment rates in Peoria below the national average. Peoria’s top employers are the Peoria Unified School District with more than 3,400 staff members and the city itself with 1,100 staff members. Other nearby employers include USAA, Discover Card, American Express and Luke Airforce Base.
4. Quality schools
The Peoria, AZ, Unified School District is the fifth largest unified school district in Arizona, with 32 elementary schools and 9 high schools. There are more than 36,000 students in the district and a strong focus on one-on-one education, evidenced by extensive school awards and college scholarships for graduating seniors.
5. Abundant arts, entertainment and culture
Living in Peoria, AZ, provides you with the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of arts, entertainment, and culture all year round, including sporting events, concerts, theater performances and fine dining, either in Peoria itself or in nearby Phoenix. Theater Works and The Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria feature an extensive slate of entertaining musicals, plays, concerts and other events. The West Valley Arts Council also puts on live music events, lunchtime theater, block parties and more. The Westgate Entertainment District in nearby Glendale, AZ, meanwhile provides vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment all in an outdoor setting. It includes the Gila River Arena, home of Arizona Coyotes, and is right by the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals.
6. Affordable housing and living costs
Housing costs in Peoria, AZ, are 14 percent less expensive than the national average and living costs are just below the national average, making it an affordable place to live and giving you more flexibility to spend on the abundant arts and entertainment opportunities available.
With all of these reasons and more, it’s time to move Peoria, AZ, to the top of your location list for your next home. If you’re interested in living in the Vistancia community in Peoria, AZ, call (623) 933-6233 for more information.