Lake Havasu City, Arizona – Retirement Guide

Lake Havasu City, Arizona   Retirement Guide

If you think retiring to Arizona means you’ll always find yourself surrounded by a dry and dusty — albeit, sunny — desert, think again. Lake Havasu City offers retirees the benefits of land-locked Arizona’s warm weather with the added bonus of Lake Havasu’s presence. The lake is, technically, a reservoir, but no matter. Its presence means residents have access to water-based activities, like boating, fishing (at least 10 different species of fish can be found in the lake), and swimming at the beaches.

Worried you won’t want to spend your summer days outdoors because of the Arizona heat? There’s even water-fueled respite for retirees during those hot months: pay a visit to the wave pool and waterslide at the Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center.

Plenty of land-based and indoor recreation also await retirees in Lake Havasu City. The town is home to a number of golf courses, hiking trails in nearby mountains and desert, and a number of ATV trails for the adventurous at heart. You’ll also find boutique shops, a mall, and the popular tourist attraction, London Bridge, the relocated 1831 bridge that spanned the River Thames in London.

Pros: Access to boating, swimming and fishing on Lake Havasu, low cost of living
Con: Hot summers, high unemployment rate

At a Glance:
Best For: Those wanting Arizona sun, with the bonus of a lake
Population: 52,935
Cost of Living: 11.2% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $153,950
Unemployment: 9.4%
Top State Income Tax: 4.54%
Crime Rate: 42.3% lower than national average

Lake Havasu City also attracts retirees thanks to its low cost of living, low crime rate, the presence of well-established medical and surgery centers, and a median home price of $153,950.

People relocating here should be prepared for very hot summers. Additionally, retirees who’d like a working retirement may have trouble finding work; the unemployment rate is 9.4 percent.

Top Retirement Cities in Arizona:  Lake Havasu City Mesa | Prescott | Tucson

Photo by akfoto via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.