There is an abundant of information in the news about the amount of people moving from California to Texas, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada.

In a previous blog, we shared one of the reasons people are making the move, and it’s mainly because of California’s excessively high cost of living. Over the past 3 years, over 30,000 people every year have moved from California to Arizona.  No doubt, this is a direct result of the difference in tax rates.  Did you know that Arizona’s income tax rate is 4.17%, while California’s rate is 9.3%?

READPrescott versus California Cost of Living

Arizona’s income tax rate for incomes between $53,000 and $159,000 is a low 4.17%.  On the other hand, in California, incomes above $53,980, have a tax rate of 9.3%. That is double Arizona’s rate!

Along with the high costs to live in California, there are some leadership issues that are fueling the move of people from California.

California Issues Under Governor Newsom

  • Highest State Income Tax in the United States

  • Second Highest Gasoline Tax in the United States
  • $1.3 Trillion in debt
  • Ammo regulations and taxes
  • Highest poverty rate in the US at 20%
  • Proposition 57, allowing the early release for “non-violent offenders”
  • Applied a tax to drinking water
  • Reducing support for police departments
  • Highest homeless population in the US threatening public health with the return of the plague and leprosy
  • Health Care to illegal aliens at a cost of over $100 million a year
  • Teachers cannot suspend students for bad behavior

I enjoy numbers, so here are some staggering numbers on housing expenses from some of the popular counties in California:

Orange County, CA

  • Housing expenses are 157% higher than the national average.
  • Utility prices are 5% higher than the national average.
  • Transportation expenses and gas prices are 37% higher than the national average.
  • Grocery prices are 13% higher than the national average.
  • Healthcare is 7% higher than the national average.

San Diego, CA

  • Housing expenses are 136% higher than the national average.
  • Utility prices are 15% higher than the national average.
  • Transportation expenses and gas prices are 29% higher than the national average.
  • Grocery prices are 13% higher than the national average.
  • Healthcare is 8% higher than the national average.

Now look at Prescott’s numbers, this is why Prescott is a popular relocation destination. In addition to income tax rate, Prescott is significantly lower in 80% of the cost of living categories.

Prescott, AZ

  • Housing expenses are 13% higher than the national average.
  • Utility prices are 25% lower than the national average.
  • Transportation expenses and gas prices are 11% lower than the national average.
  • Grocery prices are 2% lower than the national average.
  • Healthcare is 5% lower than the national average.

Consider Prescott

Many Californians, including myself, have chosen Prescott, Arizona, as a place to call home.  Since I am a Prescott resident, I may sound bias, but nothing beats this town! Prescott has something for everyone. Prescott, Arizona is dubbed as "Everyone's Hometown." Located in the mountains of north central Arizona in Yavapai County, surrounded by National Forest, and sitting at a mile-high elevation, Prescott has a perfect climate with four distinct but gentle seasons. 

There are around 43,000 people in Prescott. The surrounding “Quad-City” area of Dewey-Humboldt, Chino Valley, and Prescott Valley and the smaller towns of Mayer, Paulden, and Wilhoit, comprise around 103,000 people.

Prescott is full of activity.  You will find a variety of things to do in Prescott, including horseback riding, golfing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, local breweries, restaurants, and shopping.  Prescott offers a hometown feel that keeps our visitors, young and old, coming back year after year.

Let’s Talk Prescott

I am John Gorden, a local realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Bloomtree Realty in Prescott, Arizona.  I am a Southern California refuge, moving to Prescott in 1992.  Since we still had family in Orange County, we chose to move to Prescott.  It is only six hours between the towns, and the beauty of the Prescott was irresistible.  The first time we came to Prescott in 1992, when we crossed the Colorado River, my heart rate went down, drastically down. Prescott has that effect on people!  Call me at (928) 308-0101. and we will talk Prescott.