Tens of thousands of retirees move to Arizona each year, making it the second most popular destination for retirees in the United States after Florida. Scottsdale, Arizona, is home to the highest proportion of over-65s in the nation, with 20 percent of residents in the city aged 65 or older.
Over 10 percent of Arizona's population is aged 55 or over, and the size of the state's retirement age population grew by almost 11 percent between 2010 and 2013.
Retirees are drawn to Arizona for its warm, arid climate. Temperatures in Phoenix, for example, regularly average around 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, and commonly reach over 100 degrees in the summer. Cities in Arizona typically record over 250 days of sunshine each year, while rainfall rarely amounts to more than 30 inches annually. Arizona's natural landscapes, such as the Grand Canyon and Lake Havasu, also prove popular amongst retirees who like to stay active.
Arizona is home to many retirement developments in which the elderly can live safely with other people their own age. Some of the largest retirement communities in the state include Sun City and Sun City West, which together are home to over 60,000 retired individuals.