Moving from San Francisco, CA to Phoenix, AZ

Warm up to the idea of life in the Valley of the Sun 

Phoenix, AZ is a real hot spot — literally and figuratively. If you’re planning to move there, you’re not alone. Find out why the Valley of the Sun is such a popular place to live and learn about the easiest way to move there from San Francisco.  

What draws people to Phoenix from San Francisco? 

San Francisco is an eclectic, high-energy global city with something for everyone. But it’s also possible to find your oasis in the Arizona desert. Here are three reasons why Phoenix may be a good fit: 


Overall, Phoenix is 63 percent less expensive than San Francisco. The median home cost in Phoenix is $235,400 compared to just over $1 million in San Francisco. And if you rent in Phoenix, it’s almost 70 percent less than what you’ll pay in San Francisco. Another bonus: Arizona has no state tax. 

Diverse job market 

While San Francisco is an established technology hub, Phoenix is quickly emerging into one. The city is among the nation’s leaders in tech job growth and tech job salaries, which is boosting manufacturing employment as well. Besides those two sectors, Phoenix offers a range of opportunities in everything from finance and retail to tourism and hospitality. 

Fun in the sun 

Even if you love sunshine and heat, shifting from cool and breezy San Francisco to the oven-like conditions of Phoenix will be a major adjustment. Say goodbye to those 68-degree summer days by the bay and get ready for average mid-year highs of 103 in the dessert. You’ll want to enjoy your outside activities early or late in Phoenix. But, with only about 9 inches of rain per year, there’s plenty of opportunity to explore the area’s trails, lakes and golf courses.  

Start your new life stress-free with U-Pack 

The heat will be on as soon as you get to Phoenix, so avoid it before then with U-Pack. Our long-distance moving experts customize your experience with door-to-door service; all you have to do is pack and load. Moving with U-Pack is easy and comparable in price to a rental truck. Learn more and get a free quote today! Curious where all we can move you to? Check out our coverage map