best quality of life cities - Sierra Vista, Arizona

Exceptional Quality of Life

Nestled at the base of the Huachuca Mountains, Sierra Vista sits at 4,623 feet and offers nearby recreational trails reaching peaks of over 9,000 feet.

The San Pedro River feeds a lush riparian area just east of Sierra Vista, which serves as a primary migratory corridor for wildlife, including more than 300 species of birds. This makes the area a major draw for birders from around the world and has led to Sierra Vista’s common nickname as the “hummingbird capital of the United States.”

Sierra Vista’s average high temperature is about 77 degrees, while it dips to an average low of 49 degrees. Sierra Vista also avoids lasting freezes, though snow often dusts the Huachuca Mountains in the winter. With an average of 284 sunny days each year and low humidity, Sierra Vista’s climate is ideal for retirees and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

The community’s 25-plus miles of shared use paths can be enjoyed year-round as local residents are spared the extreme summer heat of Tucson and Phoenix, while benefiting from the temperate Arizona winters.

The city’s rich network of parks, ball fields and paths are supplemented by two local golf courses and the only disc golf course in Cochise County. It’s no wonder that so many soldiers stationed at Fort Huachuca end up making Sierra Vista their permanent home.

And, housing prices within Sierra Vista are very affordable. The City offers neighborhood living, executive housing on large lots, as well as a variety of apartments and town homes for rent. There are also a number of housing projects proposed for future development.

Lastly, Sierra Vista also has a joint-use airport, which it shares with Fort Huachuca. This three-runway airport is frequently used by general aviation pilots.

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