Why You Should Retire in Tempe, Arizona

Tempe Sunset

When it comes to your retirement lifestyle, location really does matter. If you see your retirement as a time of friendship and fun with the freedom to enjoy life more, you might want to consider living in Tempe, AZ. As the home of the Arizona State University (ASU) Sun Devils, it combines the entertainment options and youthful energy of a college town with cloudless skies and an affordable cost of living. Plus, many young professionals and families call the city home, as well as some of the fastest-growing tech companies in the country.  

A Tempting Place to Retire

Are you asking yourself: “Is Tempe, Arizona, a good place to live”? Well, wonder no more. To help you decide, this post will cover some of  the reason why you should retire in Tempe, AZ. But beyond the beautiful weather — it averages 300 sunny days/year with the average January temperature in the mid-50s and the average July temperature 90 — here are some other reasons you may enjoy living in Tempe, Arizona:

  • Culture and entertainment. Being a college town means Tempe has a lot of cultural activities for a city of its size. There are NCAA division 1 teams including basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball and more. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed ASU Gammage Auditorium seats 3,000 and offers a variety of plays, Broadway shows, and other forms of entertainment throughout the year. Tempe has an expanding arts scene showcased in several museums throughout the city, and hosts the Tempe Festival of the Arts with artists from across the country. Plus, you’re close to all the entertainment options Phoenix has to offer.
  • Dining. Well known for Southwestern cuisine and seasonal menus, The Mill Avenue area features a thriving dining scene — from rustic cafes to five-star restaurants — that are sure to satisfy your cravings. 
  • Transportation. Some of the public transportation services available in Tempe include the Valley Metro Light Rail with service to Phoenix, the Tempe Streetcar to get around downtown, and Tempe FLASH, a free shuttle to and from the ASU campus. Tempe also is also a very pedestrian-friendly town.
  • Parks. With more than 50 neighborhood and community parks, Tempe has a number of playgrounds, open green spaces and athletic fields.
  • Hiking. You’ll find numerous hiking trails throughout the city, ranging from easy to more challenging routes.
  • Live music. Tempe welcomes local, national and international musicians across all music genres, so you’re sure to find something you like.
  • Shopping. There’s no shortage of shopping around Tempe and the greater metro area. Enjoy a variety of retailers, local boutiques and outlet stores.
  • Family fun. Kids, parents, and grandparents will all love the many family-friendly activities Tempe has to offer, including  an aquarium, LEGOLAND, a botanical garden, arcades and a water park.

Ready for some fun in the sun?

Tempe offers the right blend of culture, climate and activity. To be honest, that’s what drew the first residents of Friendship Village Tempe here in the first place. And we’ve been in the heart of all the action ever since. So if you’re considering Tempe retirement communities, look no further than Friendship Village. To learn more, contact us here and start having more fun than you ever imagined.