Sierra Vista, AZ, has been selected as a top retirement destination in the sixth edition of “America’s 100 Best Places to Retire,” a comprehensive guidebook of the country’s most appealing retirement towns.
Compiled, edited, and published by Where to Retire, the publication represents 35 states and just five Arizona communities. Sierra Vista was listed as one of the best small towns for retirement—the only named in Arizona—and one of only two in the West. The remaining eight communities include four in Florida, and one each in North and South Carolina, New Jersey, and Michigan.
Editors and staff researched more than 800 communities, evaluating size, climate, amenities, lifestyle, and in-depth interviews from 670 relocated retirees.
“Sierra Vista’s affordable housing, temperate climate, medical services, and easy access to large metropolitan areas make it an ideal location for retirees,” says Judy Hector, marketing and public affairs manager for the City of Sierra Vista. “The extraordinary views and mountain topography make Sierra Vista stand out as a unique Arizona community.”
Thanks to adjacent Fort Huachuca, Sierra Vista has long been a retirement destination for retired military servicemen and women. Central to other Southeast Arizona destinations and located along a primary bird migratory superhighway, Sierra Vista offers services to a population in excess of 100,000 and carries the moniker of “The Hummingbird Capital of the United States.”
Other Arizona cities named include the Greater Phoenix Area and Verde Valley, named as two of the best arts towns; Prescott, one of the best mountain towns; and Tucson, one of the best college towns.