4 Best Arizona Cities To Retire on $2,500 a Month

  • Total monthly expenditures: $2,456
  • Livability score: 77

Although Mesa is not the cheapest city on this list, it has the highest percentage of people age 65 and older at 16.6% and the highest livability score. There’s no shortage of things to do in Mesa, with Wild West towns for history lovers, mountains and lakes for those seeking outdoor adventure, museums, restaurants, shopping, golf courses and more.

Methodology: For this study, GOBankingRates found the best cities in Arizona to retire on $2,500 or less. GOBankingRates used ApartmentList’s June 2022 data to find the cheapest cities in Arizona in terms of (1) average 2022 monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment. GOBankingRates then used Sperling’s Best to find the cost of living index for every city on the list, looking at (2) grocery, (3) utilities and (4) healthcare index scores. Next, GOBankingRates used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2020 Consumer Expenditure Survey to find the annual expenditure amount for both grocery (“food at home”) and healthcare costs for people ages 65 and older in order to find how much a person 65 and over would spend on groceries and healthcare in each city on a monthly basis. GOBankingRates then added monthly housing, grocery and healthcare costs together to find where a person 65 and older could survive on $2,500 or less. In order for a city to be qualified for the study, it had to have a livability score of 65 or higher, as sourced from AreaVibes. For final rankings, all qualified cities were ranked by (5) total monthly expenditures, (6) percentage of the population over 65 and (7) livability, with the lowest score being best. Factor (7) was weighted 1.5x. All data was collected on and up to date as of July 27, 2022.

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