Prescott, Arizona: High on the list of retiree-friendly communities

September 30, 2021

We’re very proud that Prescott, the place we call home (and build custom homes) figured prominently in an article posted on, a website dedicated to the 50+ traveler.

Here’s an excerpt of what author, Cindy Barks, an Arizona-based newspaper reporter, freelance travel writer and travel blogger, had to say:


Arizona’s warm winter days and gorgeous desert landscapes have long combined to be an irresistible draw for people looking for the perfect spot to spend their retirement years.

Throughout the late 20th century and into the 21st, Arizona has ranked among the top states in the United States for retirees. Along with its temperate winter climate and cactus-studded terrain, the state has other notable features going for it as well — not the least of which is the Grand Canyon, a true natural wonder of the world.

Add in a wealth of golfing, hiking, and mountain biking opportunities, along with countless places to indulge in mining and ranching history, and a lively dining scene, and Arizona can make a perfect spot to while away retirement years.

Retirees settle all over the state, but there are a few communities that attract residents considerably more than others. U.S. Census statistics show that a number of Arizona communities have upwards of 30% of residents aged 65 years and older. That compares with the national average of about 16.5%.

ABOUT PRESCOTT (#7 on the list)

Surrounded by the 1.25-million-acre Prescott National Forest, the north-central Arizona city is known for its mountain/forest scenery, hometown atmosphere and charming downtown.

The mid-sized city of about 44,000 also features plenty of recreational opportunities, including more than 100 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and kayaking and canoeing on area lakes. Prescott is also home to the World’s Oldest Rodeo, a multi-day event that takes place over the week of the July 4 holiday.

Prescott is popular with retirees looking for a mild four-season climate. Located at about mile-high elevation, the community posts average highs in the summer in the mid-to-high 80-degree Fahrenheit range, and spring and fall averages in the 60s and 70s. Winter months have average highs in the 50s, along with occasional snowstorms.

Cindy’s Tip: Prescott is home to a number of scenic lakes including Watson Lake and Lynx Lake — two of 9 Gorgeous Lakes To Explore In Arizona.



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