Goodyear, Arizona, could be the place for you if you’re considering relocating. It’s a small city that offers many advantages. You can enjoy abundant sunshine year-round, good schools, ample employment opportunities, recreation, shopping, and entertainment. Goodyear is a vibrant city that’s ideal for families and businesses. It’s also located less than 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix, giving you proximity to a larger city and all it offers. Our Crème de la Crème team shares six of the best reasons to move to Goodyear.

Sunny Weather

A beautiful sunset over the desert near Goodyear, AZ

With over 300 sunny days a year, Goodyear is a city where you can enjoy warm temps and even more opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Fall temperatures usually range between 58 and 86 degrees, with spring temps ranging from 75 to 99. Summers are hot, with temperatures ranging from the mid-80s to over 100 degrees, while temps in the winter range from 40 to 60 degrees. 

Even in the higher summer temps, it’s a more comfortable form of warmth, as it’s a dry heat, thanks to the desert climate. Many people prefer the warm Arizona climate, but if you’re not a fan of the heat, your payoff is the mild winters.

Quality Education

The K-12 education system in Goodyear brings in consistently high rankings. Arizona learning standards are met by almost 10,000 students in Goodyear annually. Striving for academic excellence is a high priority for the city, and they’re also proactive in their advocacy for private and higher education institutions.

Schools in the city of Goodyear are part of multiple school districts, including Avondale Elementary District, Litchfield Elementary District, Agua Fria Union High School District, and Buckeye Union High School District. Some of the best schools in Goodyear include Basis Goodyear Primary, Basis Charter Schools, Basis Goodyear 6-12, Western Sky Middle School, Wildflower School, Millennium High School, Desert Edge High School, and Estrella Foothills High School.

There’s also a variety of local institutions of higher learning for high school grads, and adults continuing their education, including Grand Canyon University, Arizona State University West Campus, Midwestern University Glendale, Estrella Mountain Community College, and Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Abundant Job Opportunities

Goodyear is brimming with jobs close to home, and with Phoenix only 20 minutes away, your job opportunities double. Some of the biggest employers in Goodyear include, Lockheed Martin, UPS, Dick’s Sporting Goods, AeroTurbine, REI, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Nike, Microsoft, Sub-Zero, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and AerSale. Several of the biggest employers in Phoenix include the State of Arizona, the City of Phoenix, Walmart, Banner Health, Bank of America, Arizona State University, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Intel Corp, US Airways, Mesa Unified School District, U.S. Postal Service, and American Express.

Lower Cost of Living

Compared with the state and national average, Goodyear has a lower cost of living than other cities in Arizona, and around the U.S. Generally, you can expect to pay less for housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, and health care. There are 75,000 people comprising 23,400 households in Goodyear, with a median household income of around $79,480 and a median age of 38.4. Your money will go further in Goodyear no matter what your salary is.

A Range of Real Estate Options

Goodyear is a thriving city experiencing significant economic success and growth, making the local real estate market competitive but diverse. The community has much to offer home-seekers, with a variety of housing types at a range of different price points. Luxury accommodations are certainly available, but plenty can be had if you’re looking for affordable housing.

Single-family homes are abundant in the area, as they’re the most common housing type in Goodyear. Single-family homes start as low as $180,000, while the starting point for condos and townhomes in Goodyear is $200,000. The upper price range can be in the millions, but only if you’re looking for a resort-style luxury estate home. From affordable condos and townhomes to moderate single-family homes to large and luxe houses, Goodyear has it all.

Entertainment, Shopping, and Recreation

Sports fans can enjoy ballgames at the award-winning Goodyear Ballpark at 1933 S. Ballpark Way. This advanced complex includes 1,500 lawn seats, 500 pavilion seats, terrace seating, and six luxury suites.

When you need retail therapy, head to The Market at Estrella Falls, 1600 Pebble Creek Parkway. This shopping center has over 30 stores, restaurants, and service providers, including Old Navy, Petco, T.J.Maxx, Home Goods, and Staples. You’ll also find hair and nail salons, a barber shop, a swim school, and massage therapy services.

For an upscale shopping and dining experience, look no further than Biltmore Fashion Park, located at 2502 E. Camelback Road in nearby Phoenix. This outdoor shopping center has lush gardens and relaxing fountains to enjoy as you stroll to such shops as Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lululemon, and Anthropologie. You can stop for a bite to eat at one of the park’s restaurants, including Breakfast Club, The Capital Grille, True Food Kitchen, and Blanco Tacos + Tequila.

Before you leave Biltmore Fashion Park, you can enjoy a resort-like experience at Arizona’s only Diamond-Level Life Time club. Much more than a fitness club, it has a spa, cafe, sushi bar, cocktail lounge, and rooftop beach club. The stunning facility spans 110,000 square feet and includes the following:

  • An expansive workout floor.
  • Group fitness studios.
  • Indoor and outdoor pools.
  • Dedicated kids’ spaces.

Check out the Goodyear Recreation Campus at 420 S. Estrella Parkway when you want to relax or play. The 86-acre campus has classes and activities for residents of all ages. This top-notch recreation facility has an aquatic center with an indoor heated year-round 25-yard lap pool, plus a seasonal outdoor play pool, lazy river, water slides, and pool cabanas. The Recreation Center has a fitness floor with the latest equipment, an elevated walking track, fitness studios, a multipurpose gymnasium, and more.

You’ll also discover a teen activity center with eGaming stations, a lounge area with Wi-Fi, and an outdoor patio for enjoying a beautiful day in Goodyear. The park includes a playground, sports courts, a walking path, group ramadas, and picnic areas.

Are You Ready to Move to Goodyear, Arizona?

Our Crème de la Crème of Goodyear staff welcomes you to our city. If you decide to move here and are searching for early childhood education, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at 623-900-1508 or schedule a tour of our early learning center of excellence.

Arizona sunset… by Tracy is licensed with CC BY 2.0