Happy Canada day! We may be an Arizona company – but we have helped a lot of Canadian families make the move. Whether for a winter home or permanent change, there are a lot of individuals making the move from Canada to Arizona. According to the Arizona Office of Tourism, Canadians spent $1.5 billion on Arizona Real estate in the last 12 months. Plus, when it comes to relocating from Canada, Arizona falls in the top 5 states. Some of these are our beloved “snowbirds” looking for a way to escape the cold, while dodging high property taxes and costs of living, others are young families and entrepreneurs following Canadian businesses.
Arizona has done a great job exciting Canadian companies who are on the hunt for a low-cost U.S. base of operations. Compared to other states like Oregon, Washington, Nevada, or California, Arizona offers a low-cost launching pad to the Southwest market, a pro-business environment, and plenty of cheap space. There are about 350 Canadian businesses operating in Arizona, with no signs of slowing down.
So, if you are a Canadian getting ready to make the move, ditch the parka, and dive into these 2019 Relocation Costs & Tips:
First, here are some fun facts about your new home:
Population: Phoenix Metro area is estimated at 4.5 million
Size Comparison: Phoenix Metro area would be comparable in size to Ottawa, just a little smaller.
GDP Per Capita: $55,547 (2015)
Currency: US Dollar. $1 US = $1.31 CA
When making the move, packing is one of the first things to tackle. You can check out our moving list here. If you want to use a container shipping, that starts around $851+ leaving from Vancouver. Keep in mind, that is just the shipping, and doesn’t include all your moving costs.
Housing Costs: If you are looking to purchase right away, contact us and we can provide you with the right tools! The average purchase price is as follows:
Price per square metre (10.7 sqft) in the City Centre: $1,900+
Price per square metre (10.7 sqft) outside the City Centre: $1,200+
To give you an idea of the market, here are the average monthly rental prices in Phoenix:
1 bedroom apartment in City Centre: $700+
1 bedroom apartment outside the City Centre: $640+
3 Bedroom apartment in City Centre: $1,030+
3 Bedroom apartment outside of City Centre: $957+
Compared to Toronto, we are 26.41% less expensive to live. Woo hoo!
Food and Groceries: While it is true, a lot of restaurants and groceries are cheaper in Toronto, don’t let that detour you from sampling some of the amazing restaurants Arizona has to offer!
Inexpensive Restaurant: $10 – $18
Takeout Coffee: $2.75 – $5.00
Bottle of Coke: $1.00 – $2.00
1L of Milk: $0.54 – $0.79
Loaf of Bread: $1.21 – $3.86
12 Eggs: $1.75 – $3.00
1kg Chicken: $4.41 – $12.76
Transportation Costs: Phoenix transportation is available and ran by Valley Metro. Both rail and busses are available and are a part of the same fare system. There is also an Express bus/RAPID bus option available for more money.
Here are ticket costs:
Adult Single: $2.00
One Day Ticket: $7.00
Monthly Season Ticket (unlimited): $64.00
Most of the people living in the Phoenix area utilize a car for transportation. According to AAA, here are some sample costs of owning a vehicle in the Phoenix area:
VW Gold: $21,175
Gallon of Gas: $2.24
Other fees: Arizona average for taxes, license, title, and registration is $665 per annum
Sunny Arizona can’t wait to see you! And don’t worry, anytime you get homesick, a quick 1-3 hour drive from the valley you will find cooler climate and SNOW!
Pioneer Title Agency is a full service company with an operating philosophy of "Commitment to Service." The company provides title insurance, escrow, account servicing, trustee sales, as well as builder related trust services through more than 70 offices in Arizona.