Any opinions on the Apache Junction area?
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#1 Jan 19, 2010
My husband is relocating to this area in Feb. Our son and I will be relocating as well. Any opinions about this area as far as to raise a child, schools, homes and economy?
#2 Feb 4, 2010
We are also looking to relocate to this area. Could someone share what the weather is like? I have the same questions as GAgirl so I won't bother repeating them. Are there any Power plants in that location?
#3 Feb 7, 2010
The weather is fantastic, except for the 110+ degree heat you experience in July and August. June and September are a bit warm as well, but liveable.
The economy here is one of the worst in the US with so much of the Valley dependent on real estate and construction which has largely dried up. There is a 10 year supply of retail, commercial office space and industrial properties and it's difficult to even say where things are at with residential. Despite being a very large metropolitan area, the Valley has preciously few mnid to large sized corporations with either headquarters or even major operations located here. Jobs are few and the rate of pay is low compared to other major metro areas at a comparable cost of living such as Dallas, Houston, Austin, St. Louis, etc.
It is a great time to purchase a home, though, with prices very low. Cost of living here is also reasonable with taxes, housing, groceries, utility and healthcare costs all in check. I do suspect pressure on taxes given the size of the state deficit for 2010 and 2011.
I'm sure you can find good schools here, but you will have to seek them out. The overall public education system in Arizona is ranked 48th in the country - even below that of West Virginia.
Apache Junction has kind of a unique culture, look and feel and you will have to decide whether it is where you want to live after seeing it. Some like the more relaxed, if not somewhat dated, feel to the city and the great mountain views and excellent property values you can find. If you need to live in the immediate area, you can also find a bit more upscale venues in NE Mesa, SE Mesa and possibly Gilbert. Queen Creek is a bit of a commute if you need to work in Phoenix or Scottsdale, but housing prices are very low.
We moved here about 18 months ago to start a business, but got caught up in the recession and local market conditions and ended up closing it down last year. My wife was able to land a job relatively quickly but I've been on the market over a year now - aggressively networking and actively engaged with a number of trade and professional organizations trying to find a position but haven't had any luck. If you are considering moving to the Phoenix area with a job for all wage earners already in hand, it might be a great move. If you are moving here with the hope of finding something after moving then you are taking a major risk. We absolutely love the area, the climate, the culture, the views, the diversity, the activities available in the area - but I really doubt that we'll be able to stay here because of the limited number of opportunities available and the terrible condition of the economy and the limited growth prospects for the area. This is the second time we've lived in Arizona and you'd think I would have learned my lesson the first time.
I hope I didn't paint too terrible of a picture, but it's important to be realistic when contemplating a move.
Good luck and let me know if you require any other information or if I can be helpful to you.
#4 Feb 7, 2010
#5 Feb 20, 2010
Thanks Dave , you kinda said what I expected as I know a teacher who relocated to the valley a few years ago during the boom when they couldn't find enough teachers , well as you can figure she lost her job after the housing crash ,after that she spent a year there unemployed trying to find anything , but couldn't even get a job at a fast food , so she came back to wisconsin and is now teaching here . She is a good elementary teacher with 12 yrs experience...but I guess thats how it goes . so I know where your coming from . Good Luck to you
#6 Feb 22, 2010
Thank you very much for your answers. Certainly is a lot to think about. umm We are in South Carolina and the job market here is terrible too. But my husband has a great job and pretty secure in it for now. Perhaps we might trying visited before we make any sudden moves.
It just looks so beautiful. But then again Beauty is only skin deep.. LOL Food is certainly high on our list of "needs".
We will continue to pray about it. Please if you have anything else to share, We would love to hear.
May the LORD bless donna
#7 Jun 24, 2011
I love aj....I just stick to myself though.....it has a more laid back feel then phx.......being from wv and ga I like it more laid back.....its also close to two lakes.....I don't have kids so schools I don't know about........
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