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-Nearby mountains
-Low heat and humidity
-Attractive setting


-Rising living costs
-Growth and sprawl
-Some winter cold

What Bert Has To Say About Flagstaff Metro Area

Flagstaff is an old Route 66 railroad town, located in the high plateau of the San Francisco Mountains. The city has the second highest altitude among metropolitan areas, and thus escapes the desert heat associated with much of Arizona. Serving as a gateway for the Grand Canyon National Park, the predominant industry is tourism, supported by motel and restaurant strips. Downtown is clean with a strong Western feel.

Downsides include a fairly undiversified economy, but the area’s recent popularity as a Sun Belt alternative has brought new business and Flagstaff has completely reversed its previous negative economic trends. Unfortunately, this growth has brought with it higher living costs. Northern Arizona University adds a college-town flavor, the population is the best educated in the state, and there’s an overall youthful spirit.

The area, with its pleasant, healthy climate most seasons has become more of a retirement destination as well. Home prices, while reasonable for the region in general, have risen fast as they have through most of Arizona. The area has reversed some of its prior negatives and represents a good blend of lifestyle features, hence the dramatic jump in rankings. The negatives of growth and cost, however, bear watching.

The highest mountains in Arizona surround Flagstaff. Local vegetation is mainly desert scrub, grasses and small trees, with coniferous forests in the nearby mountains. The landscape is generally attractive but a bit sparse in the immediate city area. The climate is decidedly high-altitude semiarid. Cold nights prevail year-round—at 200+ days per year, Flagstaff drops below freezing more often than any other metropolitan area.

Summers are mild and pleasantly cool with moderate humidity and a considerable diurnal temperature range. Temperatures often rise above 80 degrees and may reach 95 degrees. Winters bring snow cover, clear skies, and below-zero temperatures. Two distinct precipitation seasons occur in winter and late summer. First freeze is late September, last is mid-June.


Quick Facts About Flagstaff

    The unemployment rate in Flagstaff is 4.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Flagstaff jobs have Increased by 1.86 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Flagstaff's cost of living is 19.40% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Flagstaff's population is 65,660 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 22.58 percent.
    Average Commute time is 15 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Flagstaff is $267,600. Home appreciation the last year has been 8.10 percent.
    Flagstaff public schools spend $10,843 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 21 students per teacher in Flagstaff.

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My wife and I retired to Flagstaff in 2012. Our search criterion was for a college town to add culture, good medical facilities, four seasons, within two hours of major... (read more)
Climate change; quality of living
I'm afraid these postings are from 2008. I have lived here 23 years and consider the city to be deteriorating. There is very little winter and more and more wind. It has... (read more)
re: Flagged Out - 5/12/2009
Amen to that! Local gov sells its soul for tourists, doesn't give a damn about the... (read more)
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