My parents have lived in Prescott since 1995, and they love it. They usually like the weather, cost of living, and low crime rate. Most of the time that they’ve lived there, they’ve had a republican congressman, republican state senator, and republican state rep.
Maybe but if I were you I would be looking at all the crime stats from Arizona in general. They are being over run by the thugs from the southern ‘neighbor’. The kidnappings, assaults, killings, and other atrocities in Arizona don’t get much play in the national media but it is not getting better there. If Mexi-fornia is no longer your cup of tea remember that southern California is being over run too. It is just that the powers that be in California think it is a good thing.
Build your own place on the Ruger Ranch property. Bargains from foreclosures and stuff. Great owners Lodge...
My family lives there now, and I visit pretty regularly. It is a nice town, but the Republicans that run the town are of the “good old boy” variety, with the attendant corruption and cronyism. Though, you’d probably find the same thing with most small towns.
There are quite a few lefties from CA and other places that live there, along with hippy dippy Prescott College students majoring in Granola Sciences. So, be prepared for a few weirdos in the mix. For example, Howard Mechanic, a 60’s radical that got pardoned by Clinton, lives there and is active in the Dem party there.
Prescott is home to a conservative shrine—the Yavapai County Court House, where Barry Goldwater began each of his campaigns with an address on the north side of the building.
Now some stats:
Arizona as a state went for Romney 55% to 43% for Obama (after rounding).
Yavapai County (Prescott is the county seat) went for Romney 65% to 33%. This is the third best RED county in the state. Only Graham County and Mohave County outdid it.
I happen to live in Mohave County near the Grand Canyon and Lake Mead. Mohave County went 70.4% Romney.
I'm damn proud of that.
When we were researching a place to relocate, we found a lot of good info here:
Give it a shot; it can’t hurt.
I think you should look at SHTF scenarios when choosing a retirement location.
Will the weather and water supply support growing your own food?
Are you far enough from major urban dystopias so to be out of reach of the “zombie” hordes that will stream out to the countryside when the food and water supply dries up?
Do you have like minded and armed neighbors that will help form a militia to protect local food growth and repel the hordes?
My uncle, grandmother, and ex-husband all live in Prescott. They love it.
Hardly any rain, and it gets windy. Much cooler than Phoenix.
It’s got an In n Out and a Cracker Barrel.
A couple of years ago I bought a home in Prescott Valley and will be finally moving there in about four more months.
I found a lot to like about the place - lower prices on many products (but not all) and very friendly conservatives are the majority. There are a few drawbacks - you have to drive to Phoenix to buy a few things that just aren't available there - but that's just a tad over an hour away.
I don't like the ridiculously low speed limits, and hordes of little unmanned robo-cars parked in random spots that automatically hand out speeding tickets for driving four miles an hour over those excessively low limits.
And there are a few other nit-picky things that rub me the wrong way, but on the plus side I find far more to be happy with than I find objectionable. I think you'll likely find that too.
It's 'off the beaten path' - far enough that there is quite a bit of protection 'built in' to shield the place from the undesirables that wander from place to place (committing crime) along the main thoroughfares that cross the country. That alone helps make the Prescott area one of the safest to live in.
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Just keep an eye on the AZ Dept.of Revenue. They behave stupidly and attempt to get away with illegal actions.
Hi Chris, I grew up in Prescott, AZ...graduated from high school and college (Yavapai College) in Prescott. Also kids were born there. Please send me a PM if you would like more details. I would be glad to share with you my thoughts.
I miss it if I think about it and if things got bad, it would be an easier place to be, assuming you understand what it takes to live in the desert.
Keep your Kalistan self over there....we don’t have room for yourself.