Ranked in the 29th percentile


  • Payson is ranked #198 in Arizona
  • Payson is ranked #20,789 in the USA
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  • High Income per Capita
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Payson Arizona is great for the outdoor enthusiast.

I lived in Payson for several years in the past and found it quite enjoyable. The weather is fairly mild. Yes, it can get pretty warm in the summer, but it’s nowhere near as hot as it is in phoenix. On the flip side, the winters are pretty mild. That being said, the town is within a reasonable driving distance to the Ski park in Show Low Arizona and to the warmth of phoenix. In my opinion, the city is ideally located between these extremes. My favorite part about living in Payson AZ was that it is located within the Tonto National forest. The town itself is fairly small and doesn’t offer much in the way of entertainment unless your into camping, hiking, horseback riding, or fishing. The best places in Payson are the ones that cater to this advantage. There are numerous hiking trails and campgrounds along the outskirts of the city, and to the south, Lake Roosevelt offers more camping hiking and fishing. The area is beautiful and offers just about everything an outdoor enthusiast could ask for.
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Is there HUD housing in Payson? I'm currently living at the Westward Ho in downtown Phoenix. The air pollution in this valley has gotten so bad I want to move to Payson. I would like to know about the senior low income housing, section 8, and HUD possibilities. Please Let me know if you do know something about this.
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senior housing and do you need a car in payson? I would like to know if there is HUD type housing in Payson where the government takes 30% of your monthly income for rent? Please let me know. I would also like to know if it's possible to live without a car comfortably in Payson. I live in downtown Phoenix where you can take a bus or the lightrail anywhere. I realize you can live anywhere, …
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Source: The Payson, AZ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).