Top 10 Cities for Single Women: #7, Phoenix, AZ
By Austin Brown
Life: The Greater Phoenix area, known locally as “The Valley of the Sun,” is made up of a mix of many cities such as Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Peoria, and Surprise among others. A metro area of just 750,000 people in 1960, by 2010 had a population of 4.2 million people and ranked as America’s 14th largest metropolitan area.
Metro Phoenix offers an astounding array of affordable housing opportunities in areas with attractive amenities. It also offers all the major league sports, and is home to baseball’s Cactus leagues, which gives residents for one month every year in the early spring a chance to see many of the nation’s top baseball stars compete in the cozy confines of ballparks that seat 6,000, as opposed to 60,000, fans.
The only way to discover Phoenix is by car. While mass transit exists, as in Los Angeles, it truly is a city to be explored, and understood, with the help of your own vehicle.
Love: Ranked #7 in SMW’s “Single and Available” list, Phoenix has a large seniors population, but it has a thriving young singles scene as well.
Some like it hot. If you’re a lady who likes a little sizzle in your life — say, an afternoon in July when it’s a 110 in the shade — then Phoenix might be the city for you.
Whereas days can be spent seeking the cool air conditioned surroundings that allow you to beat the desert sun, the dry warm nights are perfect for outside partying, at some of the countries best bars and restaurants. Sure, while May through September can be far too hot for a stroll in the noonday sun, there is no better place in America for a tennis game late on a summer night. From trendy Scottsdale to offbeat hangouts in Phoenix proper, the city offers a vibrant nightlife that surprises most visitors expecting a city moving at a slower pace.
Careers: Phoenix, somewhat analogous to Florida, was ground zero for the housing boom of the last decade. With builders and sellers making thirty percent returns on their high flying real estate values, there was not a great temptation to follow another economic paths to success. So Phoenix took a particularly hard hit when the housing market collapsed at the epicenter of the 2008 meltdown.
Clearly 2011 marked a turnaround in the area’s economic fortunes but it’s most likely two or more years before it returns to the type of growth experienced through 2006. High Tech, Manufacturing, Aerospace, and Biosciences are helping to lead the charge along with a variety of and service industries. What makes the city more attractive is the attractive cost of housing and lower costs than most of the nation in other areas of daily life as well.
A Phoenix comeback is not a matter of if, but when. It has far too vibrant an economy, meaning that now — before costs rise again– might be a very wise time to put your bet down on the next stage of growth in the Valley of the Sun.