*WARNING* DO NOT COME!!! IT'S A TRAP!!
I didn't have to go out of my way to create an account to do this but, I feel as a good person/citizen it is my "right" to help those who may read this.
If anyone can read this and it helps them, even one person thinking about moving here,then it will serve my heart right and i'll be glad that I could help someone
A little about me... I'm a southern baptist raised, WHITE, conservative man from a GOOD family who has ties to the South and the Midwest. I am educated and have always had a good income and am well connected across the country. I have lived in 4 other states before and have friends and family totalling around 10 states.
I want to be objective about this so I will list PROS first...
PROS: Terrific winter weather, honestly it's pretty sweet(at first), relatively low housing and rent(but I will get to this later), good location to nice places like Flagstaff/Sedona, San Diego, Las Vegas, SLC, LA pretty easily and quickly, if you are educated and actually successful there are networking opportunities in certain areas(think Arcadia/Biltmore and Scottsdale Ranch), Tempe is a fun town...
-No character or soul
-I've lived in Dallas, and I feel that Scottsdale is where the "30k millionaire" originaed from and there is a LOT of that here. A LOT.
-The housing market is set up for a BIG CRASH soon(think within the next 1-2 years)
- VERY rude, pissed off, mad, unfriendly(for no reason) people... the metro is filled with Psychopaths
- It is EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to "trust" people here, they are ungenuine(sp?) and there isn't a sense of "I can believe/trust" so and so, people are not sincere/honest here
- No community, culture(unless you're Latino), sense of "comraderie" like we're in this together and etc like you may feel in other cities
-Absolutely ZERO soul or character
-VERY transient(i would be an example)
- VERY, VERY uneducated area ( i believe there's a statistic that shows only about 1/4 of the metro actually holds a college degree)
- VERY bad ILLEGALS problem... car theft, vandalism, robbery, etc is a BIG BIG problem here
- not a strong economy... compared to most cities of it's size, there actually aren't a lot of large companies that have their ACTUAL "HQ" here... they may have a satelite or a local site but not the "big/HQ" site
- Not a bright future with the population. The young crowd is very uneducated(compared to most other big cities), very fake, wannabee, vapid, not intelligent... does NOT set up for a "bright future"
= Many of the bright LOCALS are MOVING AWAY!!!!
*I want to highlight this as living in so many other states, this is probably the highest rate I've EVER encountered of the local, young crowd wanting to move away... it's ASTOUNDING
- Many of the smart money is moving away too! (read other reviews) and if you know of people in the in "inner circle" you can see it and hear it
- Going to several country clubs in North Scottsdale, the "word" was that many of the "smart/ACTUAL" money was moving away. That's why there are also so VERY many EMPTY country clubs in the GOOD MONTHS of Phoenix! It is because NO ONE wants to live there that ACTUALLY HAS money (again, very transient)
- Lots of "hidden fees" for registration and tax costs to live here so the COL actually isn't that "low" if you calculate all those in
- Many, Many people will warn you and tell you that they want out(more on this later)
I have to be honest here. When I first moved here, I work a mobile job and have no mortgage, no kids, single, minimal debt.. so I'm "mobile"; I had met a guy who would become my roommate at a mixer.
He had only stayed in the Phoenix metro for 2 months longer than me and had gotten a 3 month lease in a 2 bed. He offered an open room in his place for the remaining month of his lease. He was from the Midwest and we had some family and friend connects at the mixer. And ALREADY he was "on the fence" of staying in the metro. We got along very well and had a blast at parties and mixers for the remaining month. After the stay, he signed another 3 month lease in Tempe and we kept in touch. He told me had left Phoenix when his lease was up. So all in all he had only been there for 6 months!!!
AS stated before, I've lived in 4 states and NEVER have I met so many people that I met "in passing" that they told me they wanted to LEAVE! It is unbelievable and ASTONISHING! In my first 2 months there I probably met atleast 5 or 6 people who wanted to leave and told me in passing. As in, we might just have a casual/organic conversation and they would basically tell me all the cons I just listed(lol) and how they wanted to leave.
Eventually 1 + 1 = 2 and we realize the sky is BLUE and grass "should" be GREEN
*say NO to Arizona