Moving from Tacoma, WA to Phoenix, AZ
Tackling the Trek from Tacoma to Phoenix
Congratulations! Making a 1,400-mile move is not for the faint of heart. But you’re not alone in your bravery; a lot of people are moving to Phoenix these days. And no wonder! There’s no snow to shovel, very few allergy-reactive plants (which means high air quality) and tons of stuff to keep boredom at bay.
So if you’ve been nervous about changing cities, stress no more. Check out some of the reasons why you’ll love your new home in the capital of The Grand Canyon State!
Why the Weather in Phoenix Will Make You Happy
Near Puget Sound, you’re accustomed to precipitation – both in rain and snow (though not tons of snow). In Arizona, you’ll have much less rainfall and lots more sunshine. Sunshine for days — literally! Expect more than 200 days of full-on sunshine during the year and nearly 100 days of “mostly sunny” weather. So if you’re moving to Arizona to be a meteorologist, your job should be super easy! The steady weather is one of Phoenix’s biggest draws.
Here are some other things to consider about living in Phoenix:
Even during the winter, you won’t have to worry about your joints aching because of cold days. The average low temperature is in the lower 40’s. That will seem quite chilly to the locals, so during your first January there, you’ll chuckle at the neighbors getting bundled up for the 45-degree weather when you’re used to January temperatures hovering above freezing! You’ll have, on average, less than 40 days of precipitation per year, and that’s rain – not snow.
Much Lower Humidity
While your non-frizzy hair will love you, your skin might need a bit of TLC while it gets used to the lower humidity levels. So drink tons of water to hydrate from the inside out and slather on shea butter or lotion to keep hydrated from the outside in.
A Higher UV Index
The UV Index in The Valley (a common nickname for the Phoenix metro area) typically ranges between 6 and 7. So pick your sun protection of choice: hats, long sleeves, shaded areas, or sunscreen. This isn’t something to focus on every single day. Keep an eye on the local weather and when the UVI seems higher than what you’re comfortable with, either stay out of the sunshine or cover up to protect your skin. Problem solved!
July Will Be Warm
As you may already know, the summer months will be toasty. July is usually the hottest month, with highs over 100 degrees. From June through August, you’ll often see your thermometer reach between 100 and 106. The locals have found all kinds of ways to stay cool during this time: Daily swimming in pools and nearby lakes and rivers, wandering through the malls, aquarium or zoo, and season passes to the multiple water parks in the area. So even though your Tacoma summers are much cooler than the comparable time in Phoenix, a chat with your new co-workers and neighbors will offer plenty of insight into how to make sure the heat doesn’t become a problem.
It’s a Higher Elevation … But Not the Scary Height
Phoenix is about 800 feet higher than Tacoma. It might take your system a few weeks to adjust, but it’s not like you’re living in, say, Denver, where newcomers can pass out taking a jog around the neighborhood.
The Valley Has Low Unemployment and a Strong Economy
Currently, Phoenix has a lower unemployment rate than Tacoma. The job market has been on the rise for several years and is expected to follow the same trend for the next decade.
The median household income in the Phoenix area is between $45,000 and $50,000. The income tax is 4.2 percent, and sales tax is 8.6 percent. The metroplex region holds bragging rights in that they have recovered almost 85 percent of the jobs lost during the recession!
Four Fortune 500 companies call The Valley home: Freeport-McMoRan (mining), PetSmart (animals and animal needs), Avnet (electronics), and Republic Services (waste management). Best Western also is headquartered in Phoenix, but you probably can’t get a discount on your hotel stay just because you’ll be living in Phoenix. Wouldn’t that be cool, though?
There’s a Lot to Do
Staying busy is not a challenge in Phoenix. These popular activities will keep you stimulated and plugged into all the area has to offer:
- If you like sports, you’ll have entertainment year-round. Professional sports lovers could hang out in Phoenix all the time, taking in baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and even ice hockey. (Ice hockey in Arizona! Who would have thought?).
- Incredible food is on the menu! The Valley is home to tons of steakhouses and Southwest cuisine specialty restaurants. But you can enjoy food from all over the world, as well: from the Caribbean Islands, Asia, Europe, and South America, it’s all available in The Valley.
- The zoo is a favorite for the entire family, as are the national parks. If you love all things equestrian, then you’ll be overjoyed to learn that nearby Scottsdale hosts the world’s largest Arabian horse show. This annual event draws more than 2,200 horses and brings in millions of dollars to the local economy.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Once you get to Phoenix, you’ll find places to go and events to attend from January to December!
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