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.
Con: Hot summers, high unemployment rate
Best For: Those wanting Arizona sun, with the bonus of a lake
Cost of Living: 11.2% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $153,950
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.