Arizona Lifestyle

With a year-round climate and breathtaking scenery in every direction, the predominant common thread in nearly every Arizonan's lifestyle is The Outdoors. Whether its golf, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, boating, birdwatching or running, Arizonans favor active and healthy outdoor pasttimes.

Arizona residents support their active lifestyles with a median household income of $46,693. Nearly a quarter of all Arizonans over age 25 have a Bachelor's degree or higher and spend less than half an hour commuting to and from work. Over 68% of Arizona residents are homeowners (year 2000), and homeowners in the greater Phoenix area enjoy a median home value of $180,000 (as of September 2008)

Perhaps it's the Wild West history, the summer heat or the spirit of Manifest Destiny that makes Arizona's population so laid back, but whatever the cause, the Arizona lifestyle is nothing if not relaxed. A casual manner of dress is noticably apparent in nearly any restaurant around the state, from family-friendly favorites to the fanciest fine dining establishments. Arizona style - from fashion to architecture to interiors - is an eclectic combination of Spanish and desert influence with a contemporary, metropolitan twist.

Nearly everyone you meet in Arizona is "from someplace else." You'll often hear people say that it's rare to find an Arizona native. A mini-melting pot, Arizona is a popular destination for people moving in from Chicago, California, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Canada and Mexico. As a result, Arizona is a tapestry of east coast, west coast and midwestern flavors and traditions; no matter where you're from, you'll feel right at home.