For some, it’s the 300 days of sunshine a year. For others, job growth. Whatever the reason, Maricopa County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the U.S. because there are a lot of compelling reasons to call Arizona “home.” What are some of those reasons? Why is the idea of living in Arizona inspiring people to relocate?

We asked some Arizona residents for their favorite things about living in Arizona. Here are some of the top reasons to call Arizona home.

• You Never Have To Shovel Sunshine

• Healthy Economy and Growing Job Market

• Diverse Geography

• Outdoor Adventures

• Year-Round Activities

• National Sports Events

• Natural Beauty

• What’s Not To Love?

You Never Have To Shovel Sunshine

My favorite thing about living in Arizona is the weather! While that might be a shock to some, my response is that you never have to shovel sunshine. The summers can be challenging, but we make up for it during the winter months. I’d take a 110+ degree summer day over a sub-zero day anytime!

Jon Schneider, Recruiterie

Beaver Falls.

Healthy Economy and Growing Job Market

The best thing about Arizona is the healthy economy and growing job market. In a recent report made by State Policy Reports, they listed Arizona as being the fourth-ranked state in terms of Economic Momentum, which is measured by personal income growth, employment growth and population growth. Working with so many of the best companies in Arizona has opened my eyes to the resilience these companies have to keep a robust job market and booming economy, even during the COVID-19 downturn. Arizona companies have fought to keep their doors open and keep their people employed. I love Arizona for that reason!

Denise Gredler, BestCompaniesAZ

Diverse Geography

The best thing about living in Arizona is the diverse geography. Most people think Arizona is just a desert, but in two hours you can find yourself fresh snow in Flagstaff or the gorgeous red rocks of Sedona. If you like road trips and exploring the great outdoors, there is nowhere as diverse as Arizona.

Jeanne Kolpek, Cadence Education

An Adventure Packed State

Wide-open spaces with a lot of adventure packed into a wide variety of areas within driving distance. I’m always inspired by the stories we hear from customers who return from an RV adventure within Arizona. Whether that’s Sedona, the Grand Canyon or a camping trip in Pine, there is something for everyone when it comes to Arizona. People travel from all over the world to experience Arizona. It’s a privilege to be able to experience it every day.

Randall Smalley, Cruise America

Year-Round Activities

My favorite thing about living in Arizona is the range of outdoor activities we can participate in year-round! With hiking available most of the year (if you are willing to get up early to beat the summer heat), it’s a popular activity for my friends! But in Arizona, we can also go skiing in the winter. We can go paddle-boarding or kayaking in the summers. As an outdoor recreation person, it is one of the best places in the country for me to explore nature.

Jennifer Klemmetson, Radiall

Sports Lover’s Paradise

As a huge sports fan, Arizona truly has it all! With MLB Spring Training, the Phoenix Open, Division 1 college team, and every professional sports team you can think of within a couple of miles of each other, there is something for sports lovers alike. If being a spectator isn’t your forte, there are also 200+ golf courses in the Phoenix area, as well as parks, outdoor fields and courts for a pickup game of your choosing. Yes, it is hot, but when everyone else in the country is shoveling snow, you could be out on the golf course in shorts and a T-shirt! Arizona is a sports lover’s paradise.

Kayla Centeno, Markitors

Natural Beauty

I’m constantly blown away by just how beautiful our state is. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy, and within a short drive, you are sure to find a hidden gem worth exploring. I’ve lived on both coasts and traveled to almost every other state in between, and I’m confident that Arizona is not only the best place to live, but filled with some of the most friendly people around.

Nicole Spracale, Coaching and Consulting

What’s Not to Love!

I moved here a little over a year ago for my job at the University of Advancing Technology, and I am grateful every day that I did. I’m from the midwest, and seeing the mountains in every direction is my favorite thing. I never knew the desert could be so beautiful. I have hiked most of the ranges around the Tempe and Phoenix area, and they are even more beautiful up close— especially Superstition. For me, Arizona is heaven.

Lisha Dunlap, UAT

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