California to Arizona Movers
For people moving out of California, Arizona is one of the top destinations to relocate to. For many, it makes sense – the neighboring state offers similar comforts to California, including year-round warm weather and plenty of outdoor activities.
According to local media, 60,000 Californians moved to Arizona in 2020 alone.
For many, Arizona might conjure up images of deserts, but in reality, the state is much more than that. The northern part of Arizona is home to stunning mountain ranges, forest and canyons – most famously, the Grand Canyon. Even though Arizona is known for being hot, the northern part of the state receives snowfall every year.
While many Californians are used to year-round summer warmth, Arizona brings the heat. The state averages about 100 degrees during the summer and is known for reaching 120 on the hottest days.
The summer heat means changes in the traditional moving season – the busy season is actually during the winter, when seasonal residents flock to the state from colder places in the country. Moving to Arizona in the off-season – the summer – means moving in the heat but will also mean moving will cost less.
The differences in the cost of living in Arizona compared to California are a big reason Californians could consider moving there. According to Numbeo, the Golden State is over 29% more expensive than Arizona overall.
In California, housing is 36.8% more expensive; groceries are 30.7% more; transportation 16% more; and childcare a whopping 74.4% more expensive than in Arizona. The tax rates in the two states also differ a lot, too. Arizona’s individual income tax rate is 4.5%, while California’s is more than double that at 9.3%.
The freeway system in Arizona, particularly in Phoenix, may shock some Californians because the roadways are markedly less congested. Street traffic, though, can become congested during rush hours.
Arizona has a lot of school districts – over 660 – so if you are moving to Arizona, searching for the right school can be a long process. Regardless, Arizona is home to many schools that provide quality education.
A Look at Some of the Best Cities in Arizona
Phoenix: The largest city in Arizona, Phoenix offers a bustling downtown with shopping and busy neighborhoods like Scottsdale and Tempe. Professional sports are popular in Arizona andvery popular in Phoenix, which is home to the Arizona Cardinals (NFL), Phoenix Coyotes (NHL), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Phoenix Suns (NBA), Phoenix Mercury (WNBA), and Arizona Rattlers (AFL).
Phoenix is a great destination for young professionals and families, and is home to Arizona State University in Tempe, just outside the city.
Sedona: Great for outdoors types, Sedona has plenty of hiking trails and red rocks to explore. It’s a small city south of Grand Canyon National Park, so day trips or short excursions to one of the nation’s most beautiful destinations are very easy.
Tucson: Tucson has over 300 sunny days per year, attracting many of those who want sun and nothing else. Boasting a small-town feel, the city is surrounded by mountains which creates opportunities for residents to enjoy hiking and rock climbing.
Prescott: Prescott is known for its array of attractions, including Whiskey Row, the World’s Oldest Rodeo, the Prescott Center for the Arts, and the Phippen Museum, among many more.
Interstate Moving Services from California to Arizona
No matter how far you’re going, an interstate move can be stressful, so make sure that your moving company is experienced and knows what they’re doing. Turner Moving & Storage has been in the moving industry since 1940, so you can rest assured our professional movers can move you to Arizona easily and efficiently.
We make the interstate moving process seamless by offering additional services, like:
- Partial or full packing and unpacking services
- Disassembly and reassembly of large items
- Specialty moving boxes and packing materials for your items
- A free, no-obligation moving estimate
Get a Free Moving Estimate from Turner Today
Wherever you’ve chosen to settle in Arizona, Turner Moving & Storage can move you there.
To start planning your California to Arizona move today, give us a call at (707) 255-8600 or get fill out a free estimate form here.