Move to Arizona from Ohio

Move to Arizona from Ohio

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Xandra

United States

#1 Dec 18, 2007
Hello there! I am a recent college graduate with a job offer in Coolidge. I have lived in Ohio my entire life, and Indianapolis, Indiana is as west as I have ever been. I am just wondering about the changes I will experience in Arizona. I know the climate is a change. I am also used to rolling hills and rivers...I'm sure the environment is different. Also, how are Coolidge Schools? Is there a nearby town that you would recommend to me? I see that Casa Grande is close. All helpful comments welcome...Thanks for your help!:)
Mike

Casa Grande, AZ

#2 Dec 31, 2007
Get ready for small town life. Still a rural area but coming off significant growth. Casa Grande is ~ 15 miles from Coolidge and probably the economic hub of central Pinal county.

Today cotton farms are side by side with a new outdoor mall - The Promenade at Casa Grande.

Housing has slowed a great deal. Builders are sitting on inventory homes - a great time to buy.

The desert has its own terrible beauty - takes some getting used to. Summers are beyond anything you have experienced - very hot! But you don't have to shovel sunshine and fall, winter and spring are great.

Schools in Casa Grande and Coolidge are not up to par with what you have in Ohio...but are not as bad as some may have you believe.

Life is more laid back in the West. Services are often provided maƱana.
Matt

Casa Grande, AZ

#3 Jan 1, 2008
We escaped WI in 03, bought a house in Casa Grande in 05. It's great out here. DON'T get rid of your winter jackets though, it seems like highs in the 50s is paradise for winter weather, but after you get used to the desert, it will seem cold. Very cold. Also, you will enjoy driving 90 mph, and being able to see long distances. Casa is fun, kind of nicely backwoods but 20 min from Phx, 30-40 minutes from Tucson and most of what you need to buy every week is available right in town. For a bit there it looked like it might be turned into Suburbville USA in no time flat, but the housing stall seems to have bought us a little time for things to slow down. Heat in the summer is not that bad...it's pretty much like winter in the north...you go from AC in the house to AC in the car to AC at work. But heat doesn't make you wince like bitter cold, you don't have to scrape it off the windows, you don't have to worry about the car starting, and honestly, with the low humidity, 115 is not all that hot unless you have to stand directly in the sun for long periods. Your AC definitely has to work, though. Good choice! Escape the north!
Xandra

Gallipolis, OH

#4 Jan 5, 2008
Thank you both for your replies...I'm still making my decision...up until now, I have heard almost all bad things about Pinal County.

Hahaha, escape the north? You mean the currently icy and snowy roads, and such bitter cold you don't even want to go out to your mailbox? Who would want to leave such a place? lol
Matt

Casa Grande, AZ

#5 Jan 9, 2008
As the knights put it in Monty Python and the Holy Grail...run away! Don't look back...get out of there!:)
sade

Gallipolis, OH

#6 Jan 10, 2008
Well would you recommend living in Casa Grande or Coolidge?
Matt

Casa Grande, AZ

#7 Jan 11, 2008
Depends what you like, and what you're looking for. Casa has more stores, restaurants, apartments (although there's not a whole lot), subdivisions, is generally bigger. Coolidge is smaller, but more rural. It's about 15-20 minutes inbetween them at most, and no ice or snow to deal with. We live just outside Casa, we wanted more space and more rural. A big change I forgot to mention between AZ and the Midwest is that your normal daily range is much higher. Distance is much less of a problem. Speeds are faster, especially in the boonies (which we are discussing) and there are very few bad road condition days. We both have daily 40 mile commutes..which would only take a half hour except for the traffic jams in Phx. The Phx metro area is approx 100 miles across and it is no big deal to drive 30-40 miles to go shop or eat.

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