Why do so many people feel like moving from California to Arizona? You will be surprised to learn some of the benefits of such relocation.
1. Cost of living
California is 29.3% more expensive than Arizona. If to compare the average cost of living in Phoenix, Arizona, and Los Angeles, California, you will find that CA is far more costlier than AZ. California’s housing cost is 36.8% costlier. The rent price is also way higher. Groceries will cost 30.7% more, transportation 16.1%, clothing 14%, and childcare will be costlier by 74.4%. So you can certainly expect a lot more monthly cost of living if you live in California, which is one main reason why such a large population of CA is moving to Arizona. On the other hand, there is only a small difference in the average monthly income between these two states – $4,757 for Arizona and $5,196 for California.
Tax Rates in both these states differ greatly. Residents of the coastal state have to pay almost twice more of the state income tax. Arizona individual income tax rate is 4.54%, while Californians need to pay 9.3%. State sale tax is also lower in Arizona being 6.60% in comparison with 7.25% in California. The same goes for property tax too: $1,043 vs $1,449.
3. Median home price
The median home cost in the capital city of Arizona Phoenix is $279,650. A home of the same size in Los Angeles, California will cost $670,200. There is also a significant difference in the price per square meter if you want to buy an apartment. A square meter of the flat in the center will cost you $2,145 in Phoenix and $6,966 in LA.
4. A variety of outdoor activities
Arizona has a diverse landscape. With good weather, you can enjoy the state’s plains, deserts, canyons, mountains, and the many outdoor activities there. The state is one of the best places for hiking in the US. There are many other things to do. There is mountain biking, rafting, off-riding, floating, hot-air ballooning, horse riding, and even skydiving. There are many golf courses in Phoenix as well.
5. Lower insurance and drivers license cost
If you arrive in AZ with a driver's license obtained in another state, you should get the local document and obtain a car registration for the vehicle. If you want to get a new driver's license, it will not cost you much. The most expensive one costs $25 and is given to people aged between 16 and 39. The older you are, the cheaper it will be - up to $10. Car insurance is also much cheaper in Arizona than in California. The same car and driver insurance in CA costs $1,500 and in AZ - $475.
6. Excellent education
Public schools of Arizona are located in 666 school districts. In comparison with the state neighbors, there is the biggest number of students - more than 1 million. At the same time, parents spend here the smallest amount of money on their school kids as well - about $7,200. There are many regular schools, but you can also send your child to prestigious magnet and charter schools.
Higher education is represented by 85 colleges and universities. The quality of higher education is ever high. It is confirmed by the fact that Arizona took the 2nd place in the test scores on the ACT college entrance exam and number of bachelor’s degrees in natural sciences and engineering.
7. Tasty food
There is a vibrant restaurant scene in Arizona as well. It differs greatly from a standard US one and has a Spanish and Mexican influence. Who does not like burritos, chimichangas, margaritas, and tacos? There is a popular street food including Sonoran hot dog, green corn tamales, pico de gallo etc.
8. Non-congested roads in metro area
Many cities in California have a severe traffic problem. Relocation to Arizona will solve this problem. Take the state’s capital Phoenix, for example. You can reach the downtown in Phoenix from even the most distant parts of the city in one hour. And that too in the rush hour. That’s quite unbelievable for a big city. When you compare the pros & cons of the traffic condition, CA doesn’t stand a chance. There are ample parking places too in Phoenix.
9. Thriving arts
Not only Phoenix is an art-and-culture environment of Arizona, in fact, but arts are also highly developed all around the whole state. There many annual events organized as well as a variety of organizations, groups, and cultural centers working in this sphere.