Retire in Scottsdale

Best Retirement City - Scottsdale

See why many believe that Scottsdale is the best city to retire

Described by the New York Times as "a desert version of Miami's South Beach", Scottsdale, Arizona is popular destination for retirees who still like to be out and about. Scottsdale's arid climate means that retirees will enjoy mild winters, but also very hot summers. Scottsdale also has the most spas per capital in the United States, so a relaxing afternoon is never more than a stone's throw away. Residents of Scottsdale also have ample access to the outdoors, with spaces such as the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and Pinnacle Peak Park providing an abundance of hiking trails. A part of the Greater Phoenix Area, Scottsdale is also home to top notch restaurants, museums, and performing arts, leaving plenty of options for a night out on the town. In regards to neighborhoods, Scottsdale has a few master planned communities, two of which are Gainey Ranch and McCormick Ranch. At over 500 acres, Gainey Ranch has both townhouses and single family homes, as well as commercial centers and nine hole golf courses. McCormick Ranch originated as an Arabian horse ranch, and now boasts over 60 subdivisions with stellar mountain views. For those looking for a bit more action, downtown Scottsdale is buzzing with activity, and a rich cultural and culinary scene. Click on the tabs to learn more about what it's like to retire in Scottsdale.

City Highlights

  1. Thriving cultural scene
  2. Year-round warm weather
  3. Strong healthcare
  4. Top golf city
  5. Tax friendly

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Very hot in the summer

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 71,338

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Mesa, AZ

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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