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Many people retire and live in Mesa or other parts of the East Valley. There is a large number of hospitals, medical centers, specialists, and general practitioners here, primarily due to the "Winter Visitors" that come down here from the northern US and Canada during our winters. Many of these visitors take care of their medical issues while here.
On the other hand, this is an extremely hot climate, not well suited for many elderly visitors. Public transportation is sporadic. You really need a car, expecially in the summer.
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How did Arizona earn the grade of C+? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Arizona has a state sales tax of 5.60%. Of particular interest is that Arizona does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Arizona has an effective property tax rate of 0.77%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Arizona earned its state tax grade of C+.
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