Flagstaff, AZ

Population: 69,270

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  • Flagstaff has a Livability Score of 68/100, which is considered average
  • Flagstaff crime rates are 35% higher than the Arizona average
  • Cost of living in Flagstaff is 17% higher than the Arizona average
  • Flagstaff real estate prices are 58% higher than the Arizona average
  • Rental prices in Flagstaff are 16% higher than the Arizona average

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      Do not move here

      Here's My review of Flagstaff, if you have children, this place is garbage, there's hardly anything for kids to do and the little that is available is super expensive, a lot of people say the weather is good, it's not it's horrible, it rains All the time, if you work outdoors then this will definitely annoy you and impact you in a negative way. The homes are expensive if you compare what you receive in Flagstaff for your money for that same amount you can get 2-4 sometimes even give times the size and quality in another city traffic is horrible due to the fact that they only have a few main roads most of the city and highways are not manicured at all which gives it an ugly look,. The roads have potholes everywhere, as much as they tax and charge here this city should be an example... It's not. I have lived in over 17 states ranging from the East coast, Midwest and the West, the City of Flagstaff it's at the bottom of the list for sure.
      If it wasn't for my current employment and also Good Ole Amazon i Would have left long ago. Do yourself a favor,. Look towards, Prescott, or even Cottonwood the prices are lower in Cottonwood and the Weather is more favorable, Prescott is about the same as Flagstaff price wise but the difference is there is actual amenities there. Believe what I am saying, I have been here for over 5 years and my opinion has not changed.
      • 6 -15
      Low quality of life for residents

      Flagstaff used to be a relaxed community of friends with a small university. Now it's a big traffic jam with tourist town prices. Quality of life is low because prices and traffic density are high. It's a shame because the natural environment of the area is incredibly beautiful and the town could have been a paradise for residents with some diligent leadership. Instead the city leaders have decided to make tourists and NAU the priorities at the expense of quality of life for residents. It's an ok place to visit, but if you move here be advised, it's like living in an amusement park; crowds of distracted strangers, high prices, roads full of lost tourists, terrible service at overpriced restaurants and the list goes on. It's a town without a soul and zero sense of community. It's a place designed to bring people in, quickly separate them from their money (resident,visitor and student) and move them on down the road. If you move here and are over the age of 30, be advised, it will be almost impossible to make true friends because the people you meet are planning on moving away soon or they expect that you won't live here long enough to bother getting to know you. Best advice regarding Flagstaff, bring lots of money and don't stay long.
      • 8 -3
      The Low Down on Flag Town

      Born and raised in Flagstaff. Moved away while in the military and couldn't afford to stay when I returned. The housing prices are ridiculous. The town centers around the University and the downtown area. City cares about this area and nothing else. Unless of course the else is an industry that wants to bring more jobs or expand. Then the answer is NO! I miss the forest, trails and proximity to Sedona.Bottom line is Flagstaff is for the following people type:Wealthy second home owners or retirees. College Students on mom and dad's dime.Hippies who can't handle the rain in Portland and enjoy poverty.Flagstaff is not for those looking to find affordable housing with costs relative to income. I never thought the crime rate to be that bad but as a long time resident I may have been able to look past it.The weather is pretty awesome with all four seasons. Can be very windy is some areas. Look at the trees before you buy a house.
      • 13 -3
      Flagstaff, AZ: A Great Place to Live

      I have lived in Flagstaff, Arizona for many years and have found much to love about the city. Flagstaff's unique blend of beautiful scenery, clear weather and lively culture make it a fantastic place to live, work or retire. The city has much to offer new residents and travelers, including affordable real estate, a vibrant arts and cultural scene, low crime and a wealth of great shops and restaurants to choose from. While Flagstaff will probably disappoint those who enjoy living in big cities like New York or Los Angeles and their plentiful amenities, its charm and strong sense of community makes it a great place to live for most other people.

      As the gem of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff boasts stunning natural scenery and an abundance of outdoor recreational options. Hiking, biking, bird watching, fishing, mountain climbing and other activities are all easy to do in Flagstaff, and its close proximity to the Grand Canyon makes it an ideal location for day trips there. The city's downtown offers plenty of top-notch restaurants, stores and nightlife spots to explore, while its rich cultural scene includes the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, the Orpheum Theater, the Museum of Northern Arizona and the beautiful Arboretum at Flagstaff. Moreover, the city's economy is robust and highly diverse, with plentiful employment opportunities in sectors such as business, education, government, media, retail and much more.

      In addition to its breathtaking scenery and cultural and recreational options, Flagstaff boasts excellent schools, safe neighborhoods and a strong real estate market. The city is also home to Northern Arizona University, one of the top colleges in the state. Flagstaff offers good roads and highways as well as mass transit options like Amtrak and Flagstaff Pulliam Airport. While big city residents may find the city boring and lacking in attractions, Flagstaff is still a fantastic place to live. Its mix of stunning scenery, rich culture and affordability is hard to beat.
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      Source: The Flagstaff, AZ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).