Retire in Prescott

Affordability

Find out how much it costs to live in Prescott.

Cost of Living

Low income tax? Check. No social security tax? Check. Below average cost of living? Check. Prescott may be your perfect location if you want your retirement income to go a long ways.

Kiplinger Rating:

Tax Friendly

State Income Tax:

2.59-4.54%

Social Security Tax?

None

County + State Sales Tax

8.4%

Property Tax Rate *

0.5%

Property Tax Ranking (County Property Tax rank out of 2,773, higher rank=lower rate) *

2328

* 2008-2010

Cost of Living Index (100=average):

96.2

Housing + transportation costs as % of income:

57%

Tax Details

State Sales Tax Breaks for Seniors:

None

Pensions Taxed?

Mixed

Tax burden: % income going to state and local taxes:

8.9%

Inheritance and estate taxes (per Kiplinger):

None

Taxing of other retirement income (per Kiplinger):

Mixed

Property Tax Break for Seniors (per Kiplinger):

Single homeowners and renters 65 and older who earn $3,750 or less and married couples who earn $5,500 or less are eligible for a property tax credit. Homeowners who are at least 70 years old, have either resided in their primary residence for at least six years or have lived in the state for at least ten years, and do not receive more than $10,000 of taxable income per year can defer their property taxes. Homeowners who are at least 65 years old, have resided in their primary residence for at least two years and fall below certain income limits (for 2014, one owner of a property must have total income of $34,608 or less, and multiple owners of a property must have income of $43,260 or less) can apply to the assessor by September 1 to have the valuation of their property frozen for three years. The freeze can be renewed every third year.

 

For more detailed tax information from Kiplinger, visit www.kiplinger.com/tool/retirement/T055-S001-state-by-state-guide-to-taxes-on-retirees/

Real Estate

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Work Potential

Trying to stay busy to bring in some extra cash, keep the mind sharp, and prevent your spouse from going crazy? Almost 80% of Prescott's jobs for those 65+ are part time. Many of new jobs are becoming available within hotel and food services, the area's fastest growing industry.

  • Area
  • National Average

5 Largest Companies

  • Yavapi County Government
  • Yavapi Regional Medical Center
  • Sturm Ruger & Co Firearms Manufacturer
  • VA Medical Center
  • Prescott Unified School District

GDP Growth Last 3 Years

7.8%

Income Growth Last 3 Years

12%

Employment Growth Last 3 Years

2.9%

Top Industries Hiring

  • Accommodation and food services
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail trade
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Other services, except public administration

Breakdown Fulltime vs Part Time over 65 (%)

  • Part Time over 65
  • Full Time Over 65

Occupation Breakdown (%)

  • Management, Business, Science & Arts (MBSA)
  • Natural Resources, Contruction & Maintenance (NRCM)
  • Production, Transportation, Materials & Moving (PTMM)
  • Sales & Office (S&O)
  • Service

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