Arizona is a hot destination for retirees and other people looking to relocate—and I’m not talking about the weather. From July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018, more than 83,000 people moved to Arizona from other states. That’s second only to Florida in terms of population growth from domestic migration during that time period.
The Grand Canyon State’s sizzling population growth is partly due to its low state tax burden. It’s the eighth-most taxpayer-friendly state in the country, according to our latest rankings. That favorable assessment is based largely on Arizona’s low state income taxes, but you can still get burned by local property and sales taxes depending on where you live (property taxes typically drain your wallet the most). So if you’re packing your bags and heading to Arizona, or looking to relocate within the state, do yourself a favor and compare the local tax rates first. To make that comparison easier, we ranked the 30 largest cities and towns in Arizona (including “census designated places“) based on the estimated local tax burden (from highest to lowest). Our estimates reflect what a hypothetical couple would pay in common county and municipal taxes in each location if they moved there and purchased a $250,000 home. Check out our list to see where you can go to cool down your overall tax bill.