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Great Reasons to Move to Prescott, AZ

Great Reasons to Move to Prescott, AZ



So, you’re thinking of moving to our region. As you may already know, it has consistently been rated as having some of the cleanest air in the U.S. by the American Lung Association, “State of the Air” – “Prescott, AZ is Ranked 1 for cleanest metropolitan areas in the country for annual particle pollution.”


As you may also know, the Prescott region has been consistently ranked one of the best places to retire, ranking #3 out of 100 for best places to retire, according to .


For younger families, Prescott is consistently rated high on the academic rankings. Located at the Prescott Municipal airport is Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. According to U.S. News and World Report, ERAU’s campus is tied at #13 out of 198 schools for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the U.S. and ERAU is #1 in the state of Arizona. Prescott has ranked over 10 times in the top 20 in this education category. Additionally, BASIS Prescott, the region’s public charter school, K-12, has enjoyed a #1 pass rate in Yavapai County for English Language Arts, #2 pass rate in Math and ranked #1 by a significant margin in 8th grade ELA. The BASIS Schools are widely regarded, nationally, as one of the best academic programs anywhere.


When you hear Arizona, you may think hot, but not Prescott, AZ. At an altitude of 5,400′, and a daytime high average of 73 degrees year round, Prescott has four distinct seasons, including just enough snow to make it beautiful in the winter and a dynamic monsoon season in the summer, complete with purple sunsets and golden sunrises. The skies of central Arizona are simply breathtaking.


Prescott is the gateway city to some of the most beautiful places in the world. Sedona is only 60 miles away, great for day trips and hiking. Flagstaff is only 90 miles away, also great for day trips and even snow skiing in the winter. You can’t forget the Grand Canyon, which is only 125 miles away.


Previously referred to as the Tri-Cities area, many now refer to the region as the Quad Cities, including Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and the Town of Dewey-Humboldt. Each area has its distinct characteristics. Prescott is widely known for its historical district, Whiskey Row, intimate shops, and a charming downtown amongst one of the largest stands of Ponderosa pine trees in the U.S. Just a 5 minute drive outside downtown Prescott you are in God’s country, wild with forest, granite mountains, and a plethora of wild life including an abundance of deer, hawk and even Bald Eagle frequently spotted at our lakes. Did we say lakes? Granite Lake, Watson Lake, Lynx Lake, Willow Lake are great spots to hike, or simply relax.


Prescott’s vibrant social scene is driven by a variety of events including arts and crafts fairs, car shows, brew fests, dog friendly events, the World’s Oldest Rodeo and the City’s annual New Year’s Eve Boot Drop. You will quickly find yourself walking the Courthouse Square, which becomes Arizona’s Christmas City every December.


The population of Prescott was reported to be approximately 40,958 in 2014. So, if you are accustomed to big city traffic, you won’t find any of that here. You also won’t find big city home prices. In a 2016 “Local Economic Report”, the median estimated home value for State House District 1 (voting district encompassing Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley) was $300,590.


Great year round weather, air not to die for but to live for, a pet friendly town with events year round, a downtown just minutes from the forest, ranked a best place to retire and a town with great schools. What are you waiting for?  Ready to get out of the rat race, traffic? Check out Prescott, Everyone’s Hometown.



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