You simply get more house for your dollar in AZ, compared to CA. Comparing average cost of living in The Phoenix Metro Area, and Los Angeles, it’s thrice cheaper to live in Arizona. Housing as the main component of the cost of living is three times cheaper here. Take it from someone who knows. I moved here from The Bay Area in 2002 and have been watching the real estate market the entire time. The one constant? It’s always more bang for your buck in Arizona. The other constant? Freedom, freedom, and more freedom! You can ask me about all that freedom in an email 😉 .
The median price of a home sold in Scottsdale is $423,700. Compare that to $1,364,300 in San Francisco and the difference is almost palpable. But it gets better! The average home value in Scottsdale is currently at $532,275 which means…equity! I encourage you to see what $500,000 gets you in Scottsdale and what it would get you in S.F.. Then do the same for $1.36m! Hey, I’ll even send you listings and do that work for you, just ask me to in an email.
CNN’s Cost of Living Calculator estimates that a salary of $100,000 in San Francisco will buy you the same as roughly $50,000 in The Phoenix Metro Area (as shown below). The same $100k salary in San Diego amounts to $65,000 in The Phoenix Metro Area. This is because the cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care are significantly less in Arizona. Click here to find out why Scottsdale is so great!