Lake Havasu City, AZ

Population: 53,058

Key findings

  • Lake Havasu City has a Livability Score of 76/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Lake Havasu City crime rates are 53% lower than the Arizona average
  • Cost of living in Lake Havasu City is 4% higher than the Arizona average
  • Lake Havasu City real estate prices are 18% higher than the Arizona average
  • Rental prices in Lake Havasu City are 8% lower than the Arizona average

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      a nightmare living in Havasu...

      Came here about 2 years ago expecting to stay here the rest of my lifr. Now, can't wait to get out of here as soon as my lease is up. My wife has had extensive medical issues with neuropathy and trying to find specialists here that actually know something is IMPOSSIBLE. All the doctors "feed" each other patients, all for money and no concern for the patient. We have reverted to using doctors in Las Vegas. Then, finding a person to do any kind of home repair is as bad. There are a few actual licensed contractors in the plumbing and a/c field that are good, DON'T use a handyman service, they are a handyman for a reason... The city billing system for water/sewer is a scam in itself. Your sewer rate is determined by water usage the previous winter months, OH WAIT, they forget to tell you that... If this town dries up and blows away, NO BIG LOSS... About 90% of the people driving here are too ignorant to know what a four-way stop sign is, or they are just so rude that they think they should go first, if they even stop. Most, but not quite all, of the locals are rude and arrogant and think they are "special" and deserve to be treated so. AGAIN, CAN'T WAIT TO LEAVE......
      • 8 -3
      Great Lake Community

      The lake is the big attraction. Having your own boat is grand, but if not, your friends and neighbors will gladly take you out on the lake in theirs. It is a busy little town, but you can also find some quiet, tranquil spots to live in the foothills. There is something here for everyone, except good shopping, but then Las Vegas is only a 2.5 hour drive away. There you will find a plethora of shopping, shows and casinos. There is also a small casino across the lake; catch the 15 minute ferry ride over. Lake Havasu City is a little piece of paradise and I love living here.
      • 1 -2
      Lake Havasu City: A Jewel in the Desert

      I lived in Lake Havasu City for over a year, and I think I can safely say that I had the time of my life. It has a reputation as a party city, and I guess that reputation is deserved, but it has much more to offer than a fun getaway locale for a spring break vacation. Admittedly, that was the atmosphere that I was after when I first moved there, but that kind of lifestyle is only fun for so long.

      In retrospect, the things that stand out to me the most are relatively simple, like getting a beer with my friends at the Mudshark Brewery, which has shockingly good food in addition to the expected (but appreciated) selection of beer on tap, or reading a book by the lake. It turns out that this place can be just as good for an easygoing, normal lifestyle as it is for an insane vacation hotspot. Housing prices are very reasonable, and there's almost always something to do. For better or worse, I was rarely bored.

      I guess if there is any problem with it, it lies in it its isolation. Not that it's impossible to get anywhere; it isn't. It just isn't terribly convenient. Ironically, this was mostly an issue for me when tourists came into town. All of my favorite restaurants got crowded and loud. People were suddenly rude and entitled. I think I left for good because I felt that when push came to shove, everything was more for the visitors than it was for me, someone who had tentatively decided to settle down there and make a life. The summer heat didn't help.

      It really is a heck of a good time, though.
      • 6 -2
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      Source: The Lake Havasu City, AZ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).