Residents of Arizona are truly privileged when it comes to pools, according to a new study by StorageCafe, a nationwide self storage marketplace. The research ranked the country’s top 100 biggest cities based on indicators such as the share of apartments for rent and homes for sale with access to pools, the rent and price difference between dwellings that allow daily swims and those who don’t, and the number of public pools. Chandler comes out on top in the rankings as the best city for pool lovers, and another six Arizonan cities make it into the top 20 best cities for pool lovers.
Chandler, Arizona, is the country’s best city for pools
Chandler is the place to be for those who enjoy spending time near a pool. Virtually all apartments for rent in Chandler offer pool access, while 60% of the homes and condos for sale in the city also come with a pool. Self storage is also well developed in Chandler, and it can help locals deal with the extra stuff, such as lounge chairs, water toys, pool maintenance devices and so on. There are more than 20 facilities available in the city and renting a 10’x10’ self storage unit in Chandler comes in at around $140 per month.
Gilbert lands on the fourth position in the list, with almost all the apartments in the city offering renters the enjoyment of a pool. Moreover, about half of the homes listed for sale in the city come with a pool attached. Mesa and Scottsdale rank 6th and 7th respectively, cementing Arizona’s status as the best state for pool lovers. Scottsdale is the city that features the largest share of homes and condos with a pool for sale – 70% of the listings. However, those properties also come with substantial price tags – the median price for them stands at $1.5M, making Scottsdale the most expensive city for homes with a pool among the country’s top 100 biggest cities.
Tucson, Glendale and Phoenix also make waves among pool lovers, with all of them ranking among the best 20 cities for this amenity. These cities ensure very generous access to pool-related fun for renters, and many of the homes and condos for sale include a pool. Phoenix registers the biggest price difference among the Arizonan cities for homes with pools – they are 28% more expensive compared to the homes that don’t have one.
Several cities in Florida and Texas are also excellent choices for Americans interested in having access to a pool: Orlando and St. Petersburg in Florida, along with Plano, Austin and Irving in Texas, all make it into the list of the top 20 best cities for pool lovers. Nevada, with Henderson, claims a very honorable second position in the ranking.
Public pools are more popular in the Midwest
Arizona’s climate makes it appealing for homeowners to build their own pools. However, in other areas of the country, where pool usage is possible just a few months per year, public pools ensure that residents have somewhere to cool off during the summers. Cleveland and Cincinnati, in Ohio, are the country’s best cities for public pools – with, respectively, 10 and 8.3 pools per 100K residents.
Detroit, MI, is the city that makes it the hardest for residents to enjoy pool-related activities among the country’s top 100 biggest cities, followed by NYC and Louisville, KY.