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Peoria has recently been featured as the 7th most livable city in the US according to Yahoo Finance. Peoria, Arizona is the 9th largest city in Arizona and has grown 10.9% over the last five years.  Job creation has been key to this growth. Peoria truly is beautiful, with its desert scenery and planned neighborhoods, the list goes on as to why Peoria is tops. The home prices, property taxes and crime rates are very low.   The city marks high in education, recreation, entertainment, and of course its notoriously beautiful weather.


Some of the most popular planned developments of Peoria include Sonoran Mountain Ranch, Vistancia, West Wing Mountain, Talas, Paradise West Estates, Sunrise III, Calle Lejos Estates, and SilverCrest at Treasure Canyon. The average cost of housing in Peoria is lower on average than Phoenix, you'll also be happy to hear that the cost of living is also about 2% lower.  Northern Peoria in particular, has a very low crime rate when compared to other cities with similar populations.


Schools in Peoria have very high academic standards. There are 34 elementary schools and 7 high schools, in the Peoria, AZ Unified School District.  Thats more than 36,000 students with more than a 93% graduation rate. Not to mention there are also private charter schools such a Brightmont Academy and Benjamin Franklin.  Although there are no large universities in Peoria, its just a hop skip and a jump to ASU west side campus, Thunderbird Business school and the very popular Midwestern University. 


There is no shortage of recreational activities for the residents of Peoria. Check out the Peoria Sports Complex, Challenger Learning Center, Rio Vista Recreation Center, West Valley Art Museum, Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, and Lake Pleasant. During the winter months one can enjoy skiing and playing in the snow by making a short trip up north to Flagstaff, AZ. With three major shopping malls in the community, Peoria offers numerous options to local shopaholics. If you love food and enjoy spending your evenings at gourmet restaurants, Peoria will not disappoint. With more than 250 restaurants, the city offers multiple cuisine styles to its residents. 


There are more than 300 days a year of sunshine in Peoria, which certainly offers one of the best climatic conditions in the country. If you ignore the rising mercury during the short summer months, the mild winters of Peoria, AZ are blissful.  Perfect for golf at some of the finest courses such as Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia and Quintero Golf.  The fall and spring seasons are especially delightful. The city receives less than 9 inches of rainfall annually, which makes it one of the driest places in the US. 


If you are planning to retire in Peoria, you'll be pleased that the suburb is rated as one the top 10 cities in America for an early retirement. If that's not enough, this suburban city of Phoenix also has a reputation for "the good life".  Retired or not, living in Peoria will to add peace, serenity and happiness to your life.

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