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Flagstaff - A mountain town - 6/27/2008
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Darren
Flagstaff, AZ

What was once a large mountain town is now a small city. Property prices here are above average, and the market is nfluenced by both the influx of "Californians" seeking alternative lifestyles and by second homeowners. The surrounding area, including the San Francisco Peaks on the Coconino NF are nothing but magnificent.

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Flagstaff, AZ

High cost, low wages, growth limits, second-home m - 8/12/2014

Flagstaff is beautiful but the high cost of living, low wages, high housing costs (from the second-home market and university rentals) S,art-growth limits, tourist industry service jobs, and lack of community make it less than ideal to live in. I have been here 17 years and only have one close friend and one sort of friend.

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Dave
Flagstaff, AZ

Outrageous cost of living - 5/9/2013

I moved to FLG in September 1999 having no idea what it was like. The beauty and great quality of life were immediately evident, however it took about a month or two of working (at that time) for about $6 p/h to realize how ridiculously expensive it is to live here! The city government cares only about the almighty tourist dollar and the service jobs (filled by an unending labor supply of college kids) that cater to them. It's been a great 14 years or so but my time is coming to an end and moving to a much more reasonable area (I'm looking at you Bisbee!!)is probably not too far away. A great place to live. . . . but only if you make enough money to be able to afford it!

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Dave
Flagstaff, AZ

The "Ghetto in the Meadow" - 5/7/2013

I love Flagstaff, AZ as a city. I moved here in September 1999 and have hung on "by my fingernails" every since. A wonderful place to live but a city government that couldn't care less about the locals who bear the outrageous cost of living and who DOES bend over backwards for the almighty tourist dollars! With a steady supply of cheap labor (college students) and tax revenue streams from hotels, restaurants, gas stations (HIGHEST gas prices in AZ!) the city has proven it doesn't need locals! A beautiful place to live. . . IF you can afford it!

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deborah
Phoenix, AZ

Living in Flagstaff - 9/16/2012

I lived in Flagstaff in the late 80's and I will say it has changed a lot. There are so many exquisite homes there now. I must say as an Arizona native I am a little surprised. However, it is absolutely beautiful. For all who say it is too expensive I would suggest spending some time online and looking at what it will run you to live in Boulder, Golden, or any Northern California town. If you are in fact comparing one small "mountainous" town to another. The prices seem like a bargain to me. I have lived in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Littleton, Orange County, and Los Angeles. As many of you already know a 45-60 minute (one way) commute is typical in a big city and most public class rooms run about 30-40 kids per teacher. Don't get me started on air quality -yuk! Flagstaff is a small town, offering almost no commute, clean air, small classrooms, friendly people, and easy access to some of the most beautiful desert regions in the world. When considering a new area to live and invest in all of those aspects should certainly seem attractive. I would never move there without a job - no matter what your degree is. That is just common sense... There are only a handful of large employers and there isn't much turnover.

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deborah
Phoenix, AZ

Living in Flagstaff - 9/16/2012

I lived in Flagstaff in the late 80's and I will say it has changed a lot. There are so many exquisite homes there now. I must say as an Arizona native I am a little surprised. However, it is absolutely beautiful. For all who say it is too expensive I would suggest spending some time online and looking at what it will run you to live in Boulder, Golden, or any Northern California town. If you are in fact comparing one small "mountainous" town to another. The prices seem like a bargain to me. I have lived in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Littleton, Orange County, and Los Angeles. As many of you already know a 45-60 minute (one way) commute is typical in a big city and most public class rooms run about 30-40 kids per teacher. Don't get me started on air quality -yuk! Flagstaff is a small town, offering almost no commute, clean air, small classrooms, friendly people, and easy access to some of the most beautiful desert regions in the world. When considering a new area to live and invest in all of those aspects should certainly seem attractive. I would never move there without a job - no matter what your degree is. That is just common sense... There are only a handful of large employers and there isn't much turnover.

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Ethan
Flagstaff, AZ

Poverty with a View - 8/1/2012

It is "poverty with a view." It's a neat little town for it's size. But it is very expensive and wages are low. Most people move here end up leaving after a couple of years. That is probably why there is "no sense of community" as someone else put it. The train does not sound the horn through town anymore due to a city agreement between them and the railroad. It was insane. I have heard that city employees are 18% below market rate. I am a city employee and have been making less each year that I have started. It has been an emotional struggle trying to keep your chin up and survive here. People can be a little stuck up here at first, but others can be friendly. Very tough to make a lot of friends here. Good luck.

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Anonymous
Chandler, AZ

Is the Crime in Flagstaff really that bad? - 5/26/2011

The crime factor shows a 6/8 which is higher than any town its size in the southwest. Is that really accurate?

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Jaybird
Olympia, WA

Looking for opinions from residents of Flagstaff - 5/19/2010

What is it like living in Flagstaff, AZ?

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Diane
Flagstaff, AZ

Living in Flagstaff - 3/10/2010

I moved to Flagstaff in June 2008. I came here for the natural beauty and small community , having lived in big cities since I was 18. Before I moved here, I had heard "poverty with a view", the low wages and high cost of living .This did not deter me ..after all I was highly educated, highly experienced, skilled and highly bred. Well, I have been looking for work every day, have networked/joined every group imaginable and nothing. I feel no sense of community and yes it is a high cost of living , low wages and low standards. Employers would rather hire two students at very low wages than one experienced,quality person. As far as poverty with a view..well..I'm now on food stamps. Need I say more.

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Jon
Flagstaff, AZ

snowbowl opens thursday - 12/15/2009

SWEET!

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Robert
Flagstaff, AZ

Beauty for a price! - 10/16/2009

Flagstaff is a great place to live. Especially for those who love the outdoors. Many rereation opportuities within the city as well as the surrounding area. A very difficult place to make a liviving. Housing prices are unreal. 40-60% higher than Phoenix. Bring your money with you is the message.

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dana
Mesa, AZ

Flagstaff - 8/4/2009

Its hard to choose just one category, but truly Flagstaff has a small town feel and an amazing sense of community. I chose culture and recreation over the others just because there is so much to do and see, over things such as quality of life although it is good, and low cost of living.

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Roberta
Harper Woods, MI

future growth in Flag? - 6/23/2009

Does anyone know why Flagstaff has never grown to nearly the size of Tucson, when it's not as hot and a very disirable place to live? I would like to move their but unless it grows their aren't enough jobs.

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Lindy
Flagstaff, AZ

Flagged Out - 5/12/2009

As a long time resident of Flagstaff I feel qualified to say it ain't what it used to be. Train horns blast incessantly day and night causing us not to be able to open our windows at night in the summer and waking us up all night long. Cost of living very high, wages very low. Unresponsive city governemnt to citizen's needs. After 30 years here we're moving to another State. You can have the pine tress-that's all Flagstaff has left of itself.

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James
Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff's climate - 9/23/2008

I have lived in the heart of Flagstaff since August 2005. I grew up in Buffalo, NY. We had as long a winter in 2007-08 as I can remember having in Buffalo, and I grew up in the 50s and 60s. Flagstaff has a good deal of sunshine, even in the winter, but also can have a good deal of snow. It definitely has cold and very cold days days in the winter, and cold days well into April and even May. I am leaving this area because I want to be able to hike, walk, and camp year-round. Flagstaff's 6,900 elevation characterizes this climate as cold.

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Marilyn
Flagstaff, AZ

Outdoor Wonderland - 8/17/2008

Whether you want to stay in your own backyard, walk about town or take a day trip, your options seem almost limitless. Flagstaff is surrounded by natural beauty and amazing places to visit. As you walk or ride about town, you're able to catch glimpses of the magnificent San Francisco Peaks. It's just a short drive to Walnut Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon, Meteor Crater and Sunset Crater. How about a day trip to Grand Canyon? So many choices, never enough time, when you live in Flagstaff.

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Donna
Flagstaff, AZ

Cost of living high - 8/8/2008

Flagstaff is beautiful, but expensive. A nice place to visit, but hard to live here.

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clark
Flagstaff, AZ

flagstaff - 7/7/2008

great place to live but expensive and growing fast

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Darren
Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff - A mountain town - 6/27/2008

What was once a large mountain town is now a small city. Property prices here are above average, and the market is nfluenced by both the influx of "Californians" seeking alternative lifestyles and by second homeowners. The surrounding area, including the San Francisco Peaks on the Coconino NF are nothing but magnificent.

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James
Flagstaff, AZ

Plusses and minuses concerning Flagstaff's climate - 6/13/2008

I moved to Flagstaff in August 2005 in order to take a graduate forestry degree. The past 3 years have had increasingly colder, snowier, longer winters. If you do not mind a cold, generally windy to very windy climate during certain months, you will like living here. We had snowfall several times this May, albeit just an inch or two. For those of us who want to be able to hike and camp as often as possible, and wear shorts as often as possible, we feel trapped indoors from Nov 1- April 1, even longer, as far getting to do those things. What can make the cold weather tolerable is the great number of sunny days throughout 12 months. Still, I plan to relocate to a much warmer climate. I lived in overcast Buffalo, NY, for 21 years. Except for the abundance of Flagstaff's sunny days, the general coldness of Flagstaff's winters, and the number of months it stays cold in Flagstaff, the November-May weather here rivals Buffalo's, although we have not been getting as much snow. Flagstaff's elevation is 7,000; the deciduous trees in the Northeast and Midwest bud around 3 weeks before ours do. Feel free to contact me for more information.

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