Flagstaff, AZ

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Flagstaff, AZ

About Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff, Arizona is home to stunning mountain peaks and towering forests that make up one of the most picturesque cities in the state. From hiking trails that weave through national parks like Grand Canyon National Park to art galleries in downtown Flagstaff, visitors have many opportunities to explore this charming city. There are also plenty of places to eat and drink with numerous restaurants serving up delicious regional cuisine or local breweries serving craft beers on tap. Finally, many visitors come here to attend events like Skydive Flagstaff or cheer on college football teams at Northern Arizona University's Walkup Skydome. No matter what brings you here, Flagstaff will provide an unforgettable experience. Small mountain city - North-central Arizona, 50 miles south of Grand Canyon National Park.

State: Arizona
Metro Area: Flagstaff Metro Area
City: Flagstaff, Sedona, 34 total
Zip Codes: 86001, 86004, 86045, 86040, 86011, 86046, 86044, 86053, 86020, 86022, 23 total
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Time zone: Mountain Standard Time (no daylight savings time)
Elevation: 6993 ft above sea level

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.

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Flagstaff Cost of Living

Nearby mountains, low heat and humidity, and attractive setting make Flagstaff a great place to live.

+40.9% higher than avg
-11.5% lower than avg
$1,237 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
+7.2% higher than avg
Flagstaff Crime
40.8 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Flagstaff
   Nearby mountains
Rising living costs
   Low heat and humidity
Growth and sprawl
   Attractive setting
Some winter cold
Cost of Living