Thinking About Moving to AZ Sometime.....Need Info - page 2

OK, I've had just about enough of Oregon's famously soggy springs (not to mention autumns and winters)........I love our summers here, and the scenery is gorgeous year-round, but every year I hate... Read More

  1. by   pricklypear
    Hi mjlrn97! As a Tucson native I have to say I am prejudiced. I also lived in Phoenix for several years before leaving the state. I am looking to move back to Tucson in a few years, I really miss Arizona. I think traffic is bad in both areas, just in different ways! Tucson is a totally different culture than Phoenix, though. The other poster who said it's easy to get lost is right! Having grown up there, I don't have a problem, but lots of people who visit comment on how convoluted the streets are. That's part of it's charm, though. There are lots of great hospitals in both cities, but I think you may find housing a little more expensive in Tucson.
    I think you should just take a trip out there and drive around. One of the cities will grab you!!
    PS, Tucson water is WAY better than Phoenix water!!!
  2. by   cardiacRN2006
    I live in Tucson, and during daylight hours, it may take you 45min to 1 hour to get anywhere. Not only is the amount of traffic bad, but the quality of drivers is obscene! :angryfire :angryfire .....Most of the drivers are very old or very stupid. If you haven't learned how to road rage yet, you will pick it up in about 10 minutes.
  3. by   RainDreamer
    Water!! lol. Maybe we're all just biased towards the water where we come from? Maybe it's just what we get used to, I don't know. I would never drink water in Chandler ...... lots of my family live there and I remember when I was little I'd never drink that water, they all had picks in their sink in order to filter the water. But the water from our tap in Tempe was just fine. I just drink bottled water now, as I hate the taste of the tap water here in TX.

    Quote from mjlrn97
    although I'm sure all the old people from the frozen North (and soppy Northwest) are already there, contributing to the traffic and the rising cost of living.
    Oh gosh yeah! Dealing with the snowbirds is one of the worst things about living there! Traffic is a lot worse this time of year.
  4. by   RainDreamer
    Oh and of course the traffic in Phx can be bad .... just like in any other big city. I just avoid driving at the rush hours if it's at all possible. But I definitely don't think it's any worse than Tucson traffic.
  5. by   RainDreamer
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    Most of the drivers are very old or very stupid.
    LOL! Ah, the beauty of living in AZ during the winter months, huh?
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    I live in Tucson, and during daylight hours, it may take you 45min to 1 hour to get anywhere. Not only is the amount of traffic bad, but the quality of drivers is obscene! :angryfire :angryfire .....Most of the drivers are very old or very stupid. If you haven't learned how to road rage yet, you will pick it up in about 10 minutes.
    Aw, come on, they can't be any worse than Washington drivers.......my apologies to any WA nurses, it's just that the drivers are the dumbest on the face of the planet!! They come to Oregon and drive 50 in a 65 MPH zone (or 65 in a 50 MPH zone), cut you off on the freeway and then give YOU the finger, wander all over the road, move over into your lane and just putter along ahead of you, slam on the brakes for NO reason, and then just for giggles they'll put on their left turn signal and then turn right. I go into hyperventilation mode whenever I even SEE a Washington license plate, knowing they're going to endanger my life at some point :angryfire Road rage? My picture is right next to the definition in the dictionary! :angryfire Good thing the snub-nosed .38 I carry in the glove box is unloaded and the ammo's kept in the console........ :uhoh21:
  7. by   RainDreamer
    LOL!! I am laughing so hard at your post, Marla! Those WA drivers sound just like the snowbirds! I grew up driving in the valley, and so maybe I learned some bad habits. When I came here to Abilene to go to school ..... I think I carried some of those habits with me ... this town has the sweetest, nicest people ever, but they sure don't know how to drive! And when one of them cuts in front of me or does something stupid, I have to resist the urge to flip 'em off, even though it's like a reflex. I did it a couple times though here and they looked at me scared half to death, doubt they even knew what it meant.

    I know road rage is nothing to joke about .... and you can get a bullet put through your head if you flip off the wrong person. But I'm a good driver and it just ticks me off when people cut me off or do something stupid that could harm me and the people in my car!
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    OK, back on topic.......so what's the average wage in the Tucson area for a nurse with 8 years experience? I was looking at rental housing and finding some incredibly nice homes for about as much, or even less than what we're paying here (our house is a bargain though, we have about 3200 sq.ft. on 2.75 acres of woods and we pay only $1050 a month.....and this is one of the ritzier neighborhoods). But I don't want to get all jazzed up about doing this, send out feelers about jobs and housing, and then find out the pay for nurses is only around $18-20 an hour (I make just over $28/hr here).......unless the utilities are incredibly inexpensive and the cost of living is well below that here in Oregon.

    Anyone?
  9. by   livy1234
    I moved to Arizona from Oregon via Texas. This place is great. The cost of living has gone up over the past 1 1/2 years that we've been here. The positive is that there are plenty of heathcare needs as the state continues to grow.
    Quote from mjlrn97
    OK, I've had just about enough of Oregon's famously soggy springs (not to mention autumns and winters)........I love our summers here, and the scenery is gorgeous year-round, but every year I hate the damp and the cold and the gloom just a little bit more, and my DH and I have begun talking about moving someplace warmer at some point in the not-too-terribly-distant future.

    We're originally from the San Diego area, but we don't want to go back there for a number of reasons, not the least of which are the cost of living and the overcrowding. We're both intrigued with the idea of moving to Arizona, although we're not nearly as certain which part we want to live in (the Sedona area sounds nice, but again, we want to be where it's warm and sunny most, if not all of the time). I'd like some information from AZ nurses as to the best places to live and work, what the salary ranges are for experienced nurses (I'm a certified Med/Surg RN) and a general idea of the cost of living (we'll want to rent a house with at least 2-3 BR and 2 BA).

    Some other things I need to know are if there any particular health care companies with good reputations, and which ones I should avoid. Are there any electronics manufacturing companies located in your state, and where are they? What do you like, or not like, about where you live and/or work? Are the job prospects good, fair, or poor for RNs, especially older ones who may not want to work full-time? And if you came from someplace else, would you still move to AZ again if you had the chance?

    Any help you can give me would be much appreciated. I don't see us doing this much sooner than four or five years from now when our youngest graduates from high school, but then, I may just get fed up with the emotional and physical lows that hit me every single autumn and last until the temps rise into the 70s again late in the spring......maybe we'll just pull up roots and GO one of these years.

    Thanks!
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  10. by   jnette
    Quote from suzanne4
    Marla,
    Check out Tucson area.............slightly cooler in the summer, much less traffic, more of the small town feeling, and some wonderful hospitals. Love the University of Tucson...............
    Traffic in Phoenix has become unbelievable, lived there for 14 years, was back there a few months ago for a few weeks, then to pick up the rest of my things in storage, and there were car accidents all over. Traffic was a parking lot on the 101.........commutes that become so long are no fun...think LA traffic jams. Did a travel assignment in Tucson and just loved everything about it..............plus plenty of agency jobs if you do not want to deal with the full time thing anymore.........

    Gotta agree with Suzanne here, Marla.. Tucson is super.. just the perfect size, plenty to see and do, Mt. Lemmon only forty minutes up the road for a CRISP camping weekend amongst the pines instead of desert and cacti... Tucson's elevation is a good bit higher than Phoenix, so it satys a good ten degrees cooler than Phoenix.
    Plenty of artsy festivals, parks, lovely small zoo with all kinds of activities.. of course all the Uni kids to make you feel young and alive.. tons of great restaurants.

    I love Tucson.. if I were to live in Az. that would be my choice. Sedona.. while geographically lovely, is VERY pricey... lots of celebs and "new agers" with big money in that area.. and all kinds of restrictions and "political correctness" 'til it makes you want to gag. (JMO lest anyone be offended)

    So do some online research, Girl.. see what's out there that would suit your lifestyle and meet your needs !
  11. by   jnette
    Quote from RainDreamer
    LOL!! I am laughing so hard at your post, Marla! Those WA drivers sound just like the snowbirds! I grew up driving in the valley, and so maybe I learned some bad habits. When I came here to Abilene to go to school ..... I think I carried some of those habits with me ... this town has the sweetest, nicest people ever, but they sure don't know how to drive! And when one of them cuts in front of me or does something stupid, I have to resist the urge to flip 'em off, even though it's like a reflex. I did it a couple times though here and they looked at me scared half to death, doubt they even knew what it meant.

    I know road rage is nothing to joke about .... and you can get a bullet put through your head if you flip off the wrong person. But I'm a good driver and it just ticks me off when people cut me off or do something stupid that could harm me and the people in my car!
    baahaha !!! My sis Pati is ALWAYS flipping ppl off out there.. I hate getting in the car with her because I just KNOW she's going to get PO'd at SOMEBODY's driving... She says they are the worst.. and no, Phoenix is NO BETTER by ANY means... and a whole lot MORE traffic, to boot !

    Hey.. if she gets road rage at those out there in Tucson, I'd hate to see how she'd react here in the Appalacians. No one gets upset here.. easy breezy.. someone screws up, you throw up your hand and wave.. no problem. Ppl don't get upset about stuff like that here. Stress free.

    :Melody: And "that's the way, uh-HUH, uh-HUH, I LIKE it" :Melody: ...
  12. by   breastfeedingRN
    Quote from mjlrn97
    OK, I've had just about enough of Oregon's famously soggy springs (not to mention autumns and winters)........I love our summers here, and the scenery is gorgeous year-round, but every year I hate the damp and the cold and the gloom just a little bit more, and my DH and I have begun talking about moving someplace warmer at some point in the not-too-terribly-distant future.

    We're originally from the San Diego area, but we don't want to go back there for a number of reasons, not the least of which are the cost of living and the overcrowding. We're both intrigued with the idea of moving to Arizona, although we're not nearly as certain which part we want to live in (the Sedona area sounds nice, but again, we want to be where it's warm and sunny most, if not all of the time). I'd like some information from AZ nurses as to the best places to live and work, what the salary ranges are for experienced nurses (I'm a certified Med/Surg RN) and a general idea of the cost of living (we'll want to rent a house with at least 2-3 BR and 2 BA).

    Some other things I need to know are if there any particular health care companies with good reputations, and which ones I should avoid. Are there any electronics manufacturing companies located in your state, and where are they? What do you like, or not like, about where you live and/or work? Are the job prospects good, fair, or poor for RNs, especially older ones who may not want to work full-time? And if you came from someplace else, would you still move to AZ again if you had the chance?

    Any help you can give me would be much appreciated. I don't see us doing this much sooner than four or five years from now when our youngest graduates from high school, but then, I may just get fed up with the emotional and physical lows that hit me every single autumn and last until the temps rise into the 70s again late in the spring......maybe we'll just pull up roots and GO one of these years.

    Thanks!
    hi! if you love the sun, you will love phoenix/the valley of the sun. i hate it here. we don't see the 4 seasons, and i am miserable for 5-6 months each year because i hate the heat.

    that said. phoenix metro area isn't bad if you like a big, sprawling city. there are tons of things to do and other things are just hours away (sedona, flagstaff, mexico, san diego, etc). compared to where you have been, real estate should seem reasonable and there are some great hospitals to work at here. i work at banner (www.banneraz.com) and love it.

    i didn't read the other comments so sorry if i repeated anything. good luck on whatever you decide to do! we are moving to indiana in the next year because i so hate the heat, the prices of housing are just soaring and i hate houses all squished together. i am in search of space!!
  13. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from breastfeedingRN
    hi! if you love the sun, you will love phoenix/the valley of the sun. i hate it here. we don't see the 4 seasons, and i am miserable for 5-6 months each year because i hate the heat.

    that said. phoenix metro area isn't bad if you like a big, sprawling city. there are tons of things to do and other things are just hours away (sedona, flagstaff, mexico, san diego, etc). compared to where you have been, real estate should seem reasonable and there are some great hospitals to work at here. i work at banner (www.banneraz.com) and love it.

    i didn't read the other comments so sorry if i repeated anything. good luck on whatever you decide to do! we are moving to indiana in the next year because i so hate the heat, the prices of housing are just soaring and i hate houses all squished together. i am in search of space!!
    Thank you for your response! I've been hearing some really good things about Banner, and I've got some 'feelers' out just for the heck of it......we figure on waiting at least 2 years, until our oldest son is out of high school, but there's nothing wrong with prior planning.

    We're not interested in buying a house......we're getting older, our kids are grown or almost grown, and we don't want to be tied down to a new 30-year mortgage at 50-plus. We just want to rent something nice like we have now, only a bit smaller since we won't have as many people in the house when we finally do move. I've been researching rents in the Tucson area, and they are very reasonable..........how does Phoenix compare, I wonder?

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