Phoenix

Phoenix is the capital of the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona. Known for its year-round sun and warm temperatures, it anchors a sprawling, multicity metropolitan area known as the Valley of the Sun. It’s known for high-end spa resorts, Jack Nicklaus–designed golf courses, and vibrant nightclubs. Other highlights include the Desert Botanical Garden, displaying cacti and numerous native plants.

The Economics

Houston San Jose
Estimated Population (BestPlaces.net) 1,574,421 1,023,000
Average Home Cost (BestPlaces.net) $239K $1M
Median Income (BestPlaces.net) $46,881 $55,216
Overall Tax Burden (Based on Statewide Averages – WalletHub) 30th Highest 10th Highest
Tax Friendliness for Retirees

(Ranked By State – Kiplinger)

Least Tax-Friendly Tax-Friendly

 

The Intangibles

Houston San Jose
Amenities (AreaVibes.com) A+ A+
Crime (AreaVibes.com) F D
Schools (AreaVibes.com) F D
Cost of Living (AreaVibes.com) C+ F
Healthcare – State Ranking (US News) 21st Best 5th Best