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|Low State Taxes Ranking: 11
Low Cost of Living Ranking: 34
State Economy Ranking: 44
|Average Temperatures (Phoenix):
The Short of It
The state of Arizona is brought to you by the following awesome OFB readers:
1) jrm // 2) Danny C. // 3) Britt
What food best represents Arizona?
- Mexican Food (We have In-n-Out and Habit Burger too) 2
- Mexican and Dutch Oven Camp CookingCorn! 3
What song best represents Arizona?
- A Horse With No Name – America 1
- “Take It Easy” – The Eagles/ “Ocean Front Property” – George Strait/”By the Time I Get to Arizona” – Public Enemy 2
- Country Must Be Country Wide – Brantley Gilbert 3
How does AZ refer to a carbonated beverage drink?
- Soda 1, 2, 3
If you could take a friend to one place in AZ, where would it be?
- Prescott, Sedona then Grand Canyon. Prescott and Sedona are on the way to Grand Canyon from Phoenix. 1
- Sedona 2
- The White Mountains or Havasupai Falls 3
Havasupai Falls (photo by runnr_az)
The Long of It
Biggest misconception about AZ?
- I live in Arizona, where do I start? That we’re all a bunch of gun crazy, anti-immigrant crazy people. While yes, there are some of those types, my overall impression is that most people here are very laid back, kind and well spoken. 1
- That it’s hot all year round 2
- It’s not all desert! I’ve lived at almost 8000 feet my entire life. And it’s not all snowbirds, although there is a huge population increase in Phoenix and Tucson in the winters. 3
Best aspect about living in AZ?
- The weather from October-May. That it is pro-states rights. I used to work for a branch of state government and we’d routinely tell our federal equivalent agency to “go pound sand” — in so many words. That Phoenix and Tucson have everything you could possibly want but you can easily escape to coastal California and other naturally beautiful scenic places. 1
- Awesome winters, driving distance to snow and beach (Rocky Point, Mexico is our coast, or Southern California), low cost of living. 2
- The outdoors. Hiking, fly fishing, the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, rodeos….you can drive a few hours and be in completely different terrain. Plus we have a great mix of cultures…the Hispanic, Native, and Old West lifestyles come together throughout the state. We also have some amazing musicians that call AZ home. 3
Worst aspect about living in AZ?
- Well, for Phoenix, the weather from May to mid-September. While I consider myself a conservative Catholic who is pro-gun rights, I think the anti-immigration efforts here could be handled better. Yes, I think there needs to be better policy and enforcement but don’t think the state has gone about it the best way possible. And public schools. As a disclaimer, I don’t have children (not married)but what limited knowledge I know from friends w/children, some public schools are terrible, some are great. Granted there are state tax incentives to send your children to private schools, charter schools, etc., so there are options. 1
- The summer will melt your face off. 2
- Dare I say the politicians? 3
Summarize your feelings about Arizona in five words.
- Sunny skies laid back cool. 1
- We have In-n-Out 2
- Preserving the western lifestyle 3
Our Freaking Take
Neither Johnny nor I have ever lived in Arizona before. I did stop in Flagstaff when I was a teenager, and I remember thinking it was pretty darn beautiful. Arizona has always intrigued Johnny and me because of the possibility of warm (okay, reallly hot) weather year round. And it seems like a state that offers a big buncha outdoor opportunities. Now that we’re going to be living in a state that borders Arizona, we’re considering a sans baby trip to Havasupai in the next year or so. Arizona is a definite consideration on our forever-place list.
How did these answers line up with your perception of Arizona? Have your thoughts on the state changed after reading this? Could you see it fitting your forever-place bill?