Consider before moving here what you're getting
I moved here for a job a few months ago and unfortunately won't be staying long. To summarize:
-Traffic. I was a little shocked coming from a mid-sized city the amount of traffic. Luckily I time my commutes so they are either after the morning rush and after the evening one. My job luckily permits this, or I'd go even crazier. Drivers are generally bad and I feared getting in accidents often. This has evened out a bit as I try not to drive unless I absolutely have to now. So long, recreational trips. There's just too many people that live here.
-Ugly. I love the southwest and lived in Tucson for a number of years. You won't really get that living here much. It's all infrastructure and roads everywhere. I often forget I'm even in the desert. Trash is kind of everywhere.
-Beggars. I get asked/begged for money every time I stop to get gas.
-Air quality. My sinuses have been bad since moving here. I think it's due to the poor air quality here.
-Higher cost of living. Not terrible, but also not good. I'd be happy to pay extra if this place was worth living.
-Gas prices. Gas is higher here by nearly $1 more a gallon from the Midwest prices.
-Library system is pretty bad for a city of this size.
-I found a fairly high paying job here.
-More dating prospects.
-Apartment cost isn't "terrible" but not low either. I think I got a bit lucky in that I secured a place the next day after arriving.
-Comfortable winter. I haven't experienced the summer here as of yet but hopefully will be gone before that happens.
When I decided to move here, I had many people give me warnings about Phoenix. I didn't listen and thought it'd be fine. Wrong. Yes, it's "okay" but definitely was a mistake coming here and uprooting my life only to begin searching for a new home immediately.
Lee | Phoenix, AZ