Having lived in Airizona all my life, I'd like to say I know this state pretty well. I've explored the deserts, panned for gold and listened to the coyotes sing me to sleep ever since I was a young boy. When I finally got a good job, I decided to buy a house. I will admit, Goodyear was not the first place I looked, but after actually spending some time there, I quickly made up my mind.
To me it's the perfect compromise - removed enough from the big city of Phoenix to be able to relax and take life at my own pace, but easy freeway access to get to the state capital in a reasonable amount of time. There are plenty of public parks, good shopping areas and restaurants in Goodyear as well as nearby golf courses. The nights tend to be rather quiet and peaceful except for the occasional yipping of a coyote.
Of course though, like all good things, there are some downsides. It's still Arizona, so it can get incredibly hot in the summer time and 120 degrees is not unheard of around these parts. Thankfully the summer heat really only lasts May to September, with the worst parts being in July and August. The monsoon season can bring giant dust storms but they also often bring much-needed rain to the arid landscape. All in all, I wouldn't trade it for the world. Plenty of sunshine and gorgeous winters are the norm, and while the summers can bring intense heat, the worst of it is over within a couple months.