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Apartment Living in Arizona
Renowned for its sunsets, snowbirds, the Colorado River, Painted Desert, Grand Canyon, and smoldering summer temperatures, Arizona is still one of the most popular states in the southwestern regions of North America. Of the state's 118,000 square miles, only 15 percent of the land is privately owned with the rest of the land designated for public parks, forestland, and Native American reservations. Arizona runs the gamut with activities that you can enjoy on any one of its 300 days of sunshine including snow skiing, hiking, rock climbing, wine-tasting, river rafting, museum hopping, fishing, hunting for gold, and of course, golfing. The state has over 325 golf courses to choose from.
Reports in 2006 indicated that Arizona was the nation's fastest growing state making the demand for apartments high then and now. With a population over 6.1 million, Arizona has plenty of places and apartments to see. The first city you may want to explore for an apartment is the largest city in Arizona, which by the way, means "little spring" in the Papago Indian language.
Phoenix, named because it resembled a city born from the ruins of a former civilization, is the state's capital and fifth largest city in the United States with a population of over 1.5 million. If you take into account the greater Phoenix area, the count is over 3.4 million. Don't let the crowds scare you though; there are plenty of apartments to choose from in the Phoenix metro area. The area includes the surrounding cities of Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Tempe and more. All these cities are conveniently located to a host of experiences from first-rate resorts and spas, museums, galleries, one-of-a-kind dining, boutiques, and your pick of many golf courses. In addition, the area offers the Old West and Native American history, and all of the mountains that completely surround the city.
Just a soothing 110 miles southeast of Phoenix, you'll find the state's second largest city, Tucson. In 2007, this city exceeded the million-resident mark. It is no wonder why people continue to look for an apartment to move into in this southern region, with its natural wonders, Native American history, golf courses, resorts, regional cuisine, arts and culture. All of this plus the affordable cost of living, low crime rate, and weather makes deciding to relocate and find an apartment in Tucson a practical and fun venture. The average price for a two-bedroom apartment starts in the $700 range.
While it isn't the third largest city in the state, Flagstaff is the largest city in Northern Arizona and for some, their first choice for apartment living. With an elevation of 7000 feet, the temperatures in Flagstaff are a welcome relief for many Arizonans. Combined with The Ponderosa Pine forests and the San Francisco Peaks, this city and its surrounding areas are a pleasant contrast to Arizona's hot and dry regions. Not far from one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Flagstaff profits from many of the tourists visiting the Grand Canyon, trekking historic Route 66, or finding harmony in Sedona.