Livability Awards

A+ Sun City West Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Sun City West Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% higher than Arizona
Sun City West
100same as the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Sun City West cost of living
D Sun City West Crime Total crime is 13% lower than Arizona
Total crime
2,7286% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 376% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-9%Year over year crime is down
Sun City West crime
C+ Sun City West Employment Household income is 14% lower than Arizona
Median household income
$44,40920% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$36,23921% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
1%81% lower than the US average
Sun City West employment
F Sun City West Housing Home value is 1% lower than Arizona
Median home value
$175,8005% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$1,24832% higher than the US average
Home ownership
87%36% higher than the US average
Sun City West real estate or Sun City West rentals
A- Sun City West Schools HS graduation rate is 12% higher than Arizona
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/aequal to the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average

Living in Sun City West, AZ

Sun City West is a mid-sized city located in the state of Arizona. The city has a population of 24,899 inhabitants. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (98% White). Given that fact, Sun City West could be considered less diverse than other cities. With an average age of 75 years, Sun City West residents appear to be older compared to the national average. For senior and retirees, this city could be a solid option. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 93% of the population considered married and 100% with kids under the age of 18, Sun City West could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Sun City West could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Arizona if you know where to look. The best areas in Sun City West and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, weather, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Arizona and national averages.

The livability score in Sun City West is 74/100 and the city is ranked in the 80th percentile of all cities across America. For each of the livability categories, we see that Sun City West ranks very well for amenities (A+), weather (B) and education (A-). Sun City West does not rank well for the following: housing (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Sun City West on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Sun City West is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 0.87%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

Sun City West real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Sun City West. The median home price for Sun City West homes is $175,800, which is 0.6% lower than the Arizona average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Sun City West, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4, which is 14.3% higher than the Arizona average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Sun City West will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Sun City West, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 9.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6.9%.

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      Making the Most of Your Time In Sun City West, AZ

      Sun City West is a wonderful place to live for a number of reasons. The weather is great, there are lots of sporting events to attend, and you'll never run out of great places to eat.

      If you want to catch a baseball game, take the family to Surprise Stadium to see your favorite athletes play up close. The Peoria Sports Complex is another ideal place to enjoy baseball in the city. You can also make the most of the weather by visiting Bell Recreation Center, where you can relax by the pool in between activities.

      When you want to spend quality time in nature and see some wildlife, the Surprise Aquatic Center is a great local attraction. You can also see creative and artistic features of the city, like Arts HQ Gallery, which shows innovative work from artist who come from all over the world. You can also do some shopping at Arrowhead Towne Center, which has a variety of quality shops and lots of dining options.
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      Source: The Sun City West, AZ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).