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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Prescott, Arizona

Located at an elevation of 5400 feet in the mountains of north central Arizona, the City of Prescott (population almost 43,000 in 2008) was the original territorial capital of the Arizona Territory. Prescott is home to several colleges including Yavapai, Prescott College, Emory-Riddle Aeronautical University, plus other specialty campuses. This old mining town  borders the Prescott National Forest to the south and west.

Carrying the nickname, “Everybody’s Hometown,” Prescott is home to the downtown Courthouse Plaza, famous Whiskey Row, World's Oldest Rodeo, Prescott Fine Arts Association, Sharlot Hall Museum, and the Phippen Art Museum. The State of Arizona has been officially designated Prescott as “Arizona’s Christmas City”.  The downtown’s Courthouse Plaza, framed by towering elms, is the focal point for much of what goes on in this active tourist community. Activities include crafts fairs, antique shows and art shows. The photo of the Horned Toad reading at the Prescott Library is courtesy of Wikipedia and PDTillman. (test)

Where to Retire in Prescott and Home Prices

Many active adults 55+ have moved to Prescott for its warm climate and interesting setting. The variety of housing choices keeps increasing to meet the demand of baby boomers who would like to retire here. You can choose to live in town or outside in an active adult community, many of which are gated and golf-oriented (see link at top left to Prescott Active Communities). reported the median home value was $628,142 in mid-2022, a 20.8% rise during the past year.

What Is Special about Prescott

• Prescott National Forest • Charming ambience with historical background • 525 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. • Whiskey Row • 5400 ft. altitude

What Is Not Special about Prescott

There are a lot of tourists; colder winters than the rest of Arizona; watering restrictions.

Climate and Physical Environment

Prescott is in the mountains north of Phoenix. At an elevation of 5400 feet it has cooler summers than most of the rest of Arizona. If you love the outdoors and majestic scenery, this is a great place. The average July high temperature is 88 and the average January high is 51 (the average low is 23). The wettest month is August (3").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Prescott has a vibrant cultural environment. Leading institutions include the Fine Arts Association, Sharlot Hall Museum, Phippen Art Museum, Folk Arts Fair, Frontier Days, and Territorial Days. Yavapai College and Prescott College, along with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are located in Prescott.


Crime here is a little less than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Yavapai Regional Medical Center.


Love Field is the Prescott Airport. Phoenix Sky Harbor is about 80 miles away. Prescott is below average in walkability when compared to other communities.

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