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 ( 1,574,421 1,023,000
Average Home Cost ( $239K $1M
Median Income ( $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 ( A+ A+
Crime ( F D
Schools ( F D
Cost of Living ( C+ F
Healthcare – State Ranking (US News) 21st Best 5th Best