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Living a Mountain Lifestyle in Cottonwood, Arizona

Cottonwood, population 11,500, is located in central Arizona, where the scenery is pretty, the values conservative, and the outdoor activities aplenty. Cottonwood is ringed with mountains and buttes, and it either contains or is minutes from golfing, canyons, thousand-year-old dwellings and wineries. A historic downtown, well-maintained, caps off the charm of this community.

Where to Retire in Cottonwood and Home Prices

There is at least one active adult community in the area. The typical home value was $370,807 in early 2023, according to Zillow.

What Is Special about Cottonwood

Cottonwood has plenty of sunny days, great medical care, and active senior programs, and is above average in walkability when compared to other communities. Access to the outdoors is a great attraction. Focused on the Old Town Cottonwood tourist area, the city is the epicenter of the Verde Valley wine region of Arizona.

What Is Not Special about Cottonwood

It's hot and it is small.

Climate and Physical Environment

Cottonwood's January's high is about 60's degrees, and July's weather is hot, with plenty of sunshine and an average high of 100 degrees.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Old Town Center for the Arts and the Cottonwood Public Library offers cultural opportunities in Cottonwood. The Cottonwood Parks and Recreation department is very active, providing exercise classes geared toward seniors. You can also sit in on community college classes. The public library is part of the Yavapai County Library Network.


The crime rate is average.

Medical Facilities

Verde Valley Medical is an award-winning acute care hospital.


Prescott Municipal Airport is 58 miles away, and the closest international airport is in Phoenix, about 110 miles away.

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