The Phoenix Metropolitan Area is the greatest place in the world to live in, if you want my opinion.
Well-run cities, great infrastructure, easy-to-navigate grid system of roads and a new, VERY convenient freeway system.
Phoenix - Sky Harbor International Airport is centrally located and convenient from every suburb.
Vegas is 5 hours by car. So is the beach at Puerto Penasco, Sonora. Skiing is only 2 hours away by car, and if you decide to make Southern California your weekend getaway, you can hit that in 5 hours also.
The cost of living is considerably less expensive than other places, and you get a lot for your money.
You can get awesome Mexican food 24/7, even on holidays. (Repeat after me : FILIBERTOS.)
Phoenix is also one of the few cities in which you can take in Major League Baseball, NBA Basketball, NFL Football, NHL Hockey, and Division 1 college sports - plus secondary sports like NASCAR, Arena Football, etc.
Heck - there's even a WNBA team, if that's your thing.
You have better than 300 days of sunshine a year, and as others have said, you truly DO
get used to the heat - it's not as bad as you think it is. Unlike New York, Boston, Chicago and other similar places, people don't pass out here when it tops 85 degrees.
You can play golf year-round, on some of the best courses in the world. You can have a tan year-round also, if you choose. The shopping is amazing, and all sorts of stores are available within "dead-cat-swinging-distance," as someone else already pointed out.
The schools? Great. The people? Friendly. The women? SMOKIN' HOT
The only thing that sucks? THE DRIVERS! Why? BECAUSE THEY ALL
CAME FROM DIFFERENT PLACES, and driving styles tend not to mix well.
Welcome to The Valley of the Sun!
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Comments made here are my own and are not intended to represent the official position of Alaska Air Group