Arizona is the New place to retire. Sunny skies, and dry, warm winters make for the perfect spot to get away in your golden years. Arizona has mountainous terrain and dessert valleys, and farmland scattered in between urban cities which are growing quickly. The population in 2005 stands at 5.9 million people, with 5.2 living in urban and suburban areas.
There are 26.5 million acres used for farmland of Arizonas 72.7 million acres. The top exports for the state are cotton, vegetables and seeds. The desert region is not well suited for farming unless irrigation facilities are close by.
In 2000, housing structures were at 2.1 million, a 32% increase from 1990. Of those numbers, 1.8 million were in urban areas and the remainder in rural areas. The median value of occupied homes is $121K. The vacancy rate, taking into consideration the tourists and snowbirds is 13%.