There’s no place like New York City. But you’ve had your fill of the Big Apple. So, where are you going to go next? Wherever you choose, you’re going to experience a bit of culture shock. Knowing that, you do have some good choices, but I think you’ll find Arizona at the top of that list. Let’s take a look at your options.
Moving to Phoenix: What to Consider
The old joke in Arizona is, “Welcome to Phoenix! Winter starts at 6pm, spring at 10:30am, summer at Noon, and fall at 6pm!” That’s about it. There’s no “snow” season here, no hurricanes, no tornadoes, no earthquakes. You’ll be more likely to go out on the golf courses or attend an outdoor wedding in December than to put on a winter parka. That said, yes, the summers are hot. But it really is a dry heat! What does that mean? It means when you step into the shade, it’s actually cooler! Not like that thick, humid heat back East.
Now, we also have some really fun weather here. You’ve probably seen it on TV: the Haboobs! Big dust storms blow in right before the summer monsoon storms.
The great thing about moving to Phoenix is that you’re not alone. Nobody’s from here! You won’t be moving into some southern town or northeastern village and feel like an outsider. We all moved here from somewhere else, and a lot of us are from New York (more on that later!). The people here move more…deliberately…but you’ll really enjoy the more reasonable pace.
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Things to Do: Access to More
The Phoenix area has so much to offer, including museums, pro and college sports, hiking and outdoors, libraries and universities, and amazing parks. It’s also just a jaunt away from beaches in Los Angeles, San Diego and Mexico. During the winter, you’re only a couple hours away from skiing. Then, you’ve got the Grand Canyon, some of the best fishing in the country, Sedona, and even the actual, real London Bridge! The thing is, it’s all here and all easy to get to at your own time and pace.
What Are Your Other (not so great) Options?
Now, I know you might be looking at places like North Carolina, Vermont, and Florida. Let’s go through those really quick here.
Why NOT to Move to North Carolina
- You better love basketball.
- Cities there are always fighting with the State.
- Almost all the hurricanes come through here, even if they’re not a direct hit (Gulf and Coast).
- You’ll have to learn words like Yonder and Thataway.
Why NOT to Move to Florida
- People are leaving Florida! The University of Florida documented 9,540,260 moving out of Florida to a different US state in a 2009 study.
- Too many old people. You’re not old, don’t go old.
- Too many tourists clog up roads, airports, etc. And they never go away.
- It’s a wet, miserable heat. Probably would’ve named the place Misery if Missouri hadn’t beaten ‘em to it.
- Do you love dinosaur roaches?
- Tornadoes, hurricanes, and constant rain
- No mountains
Why NOT to Move to Vermont
- We’re going to toss Vermont in here, simply because people do move there from NYC. But, seriously? Vermont? Like you love the winters so much in NY.
- No coast (though, there is a giant, not quite Great, lake — Champlain).
- Okay, Ben & Jerry’s, but you can get that at grocery stores in Phoenix.
- You hold a great bottle of maple syrup and ask yourself, Is this why I moved to Vermont?
- Oh, look, another bridge. Are we in Madison County or something?
- There’s a reason they have ‘mud rooms’.
- Cost of living is still pretty high, the job market isn’t that great, either.
Ready To Check Out The Valley of the Sun?
If you’re at least curious about this place, come visit. My husband, Steve, and I will take you around and show you the Valley from a New Yorker’s point of view. We’ll give you the whole picture, the good, the bad, and the dry heat. Then, you can make your decision. But we know you’re going to love it as much as we did. So then we can start finding you the right neighborhood.