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Things You Should Know Before Moving to Glendale, AZ

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Home to the 2015 Super Bowl, Glendale is about to get some visitors. Whether or not the Arizona Cardinals will be competing in the NFL's annual event is yet to be seen, but one thing for sure is the worldwide watched event will draw a lot of attention to this Arizona area.

But before business starts booming and bets are made, now is a good time to consider moving to the 55.8 square-mile town that touts excellent employment, education and entertainment opportunites.

Browse through this guide and see why almost a quarter million residents gather in Glendale and call it their home.

Glendale Climate

Slightly cold winters and very warm summers make Glendale a great place to live if you love wearing few layers and like a lot of sunshine.

With zero snowfall and only around nine inches of rain a year, the region is rarely wet. The hottest month of the year is July with an average temperature hovering around 100 degrees, and the coldest month of the year is December with the standard climate at around 40 degrees. The fall and spring seasons are fair, giving residents a chance to get quite comfortable in-between the hotter and colder seasons.

Glendale neighborhoods

With 193 registered neighborhoods in the region, many distinct subdivisions make up the district, with structures in the Glendale Historic District flaunting ratings in the National Register of Historic Places. While some areas reflect the past, other regions are made up of reasonable rentals and contemporary condominiums.

Downtown Glendale is a hot spot for dining and antique shopping, making the city center a great place to live or visit. A hub of hustle and bustle very day of the week, downtown has a Broadway theater, botanical garden and space center that turns area blocks into corners of culture, giving residents a few good reasons to boast about their own backyards.

Registering Your Car

An office for the Arizona Department of Transportation is conveniently located in Glendale making it easy for new residents to switch over their license and registration. The state mandates new residents obtain a license immediately if they have moved to Arizona for either work or school.

Several types of identification are needed to get an Arizona license, including a former driver's license, birth certificate, marriage certificate, U.S. passport, social security card, credit and bank card or medical insurance ID. If you present your former state license, you are likely to have both the written and driving tests waived, however you have to take the vision test. The average cost of an Arizona license is $25, but permit fees are less expensive for older adults.

Arizona title and registration costs begin around $15 and rise depending on the make, model and year of your vehicle. To obtain a new title and plates, new residents must fill out an application and emission compliance form, present an out-of-state title and license plates, pass a vehicle inspection and show lien clearance or power of attorney if your car is leased.

Glendale Schools

There are several schools in Glendale serving young and older students alike. The Glendale Elementary School District has 18 schools and the Glendale Union High School District has 9 four-year secondary schools.

After graduating high school, Glendale students can move right on to the regions many higher education institutions. Glendale Community College, part of the Maricopa Community College system, gives students a chance at a two-year degree by simply driving up the street from their house. Midwestern University and the Thunderbird School of Global Management also reside in Glendale, giving residents a few colleges to choose from.

Glendale Employment

Don't' let the 7.15% unemployment rate in Glendale deceive you. With the state capital of Phoenix only 9 miles away, residents can ride a short commute to work in the adjacent city if necessary. However, if you choose to not leave Glendale to get a pay check, search Jobing.com to find local employment that will make you happy while holding up the household.

Living Costs in the City

With the cost of living at 6.5% less than the national average and 8.25% less than the Arizona average, Glendale is a good place to move to during difficult economic times. CNN Money stats show that Glendale's median family income is $64,324 and the median home cost is $110,000. An average one to two-bedroom apartment ranges from $500 to $1,000 depending on the landscape and luxury accommodations of the location.

Glendale Moving Resources

Moving and storage companies are ready and willing to help you with your move to Glendale, whether you're moving from out of state or from another county in Arizona. Make sure you get estimates from multiple moving services before you commit to hiring any (at least three estimates). Check back to our guides for tips on how to choose your moving service wisely with important questions to ask, differentiating between types of estimates, and mistakes to avoid. Visit the following pages at Movers.com to get quotes for the following services:

Glendale Transportation

Other than driving through town in your own car, there are a few ways to get around Glendale and all of them can found through the city's public transportation system. One of the most popular ways to get from point A to B is through Valley Metro, a bus and light rail system. The Glendale Dial-A-Ride and Urban Shuttle are two simple and more local routes that transfer residents short distances for fares as low as 25-cents for adults and 10-cents for seniors. Of course, a taxi or limousine service is available to citizens for a fare price, making movement around the area easy and affordable.

Culture & Contemporary Life

Citizens can attend a local symphony or see a show at the Arizona Broadway Theater for a fine night out. Of course, Glendale gives culture in other ways, with the ZinGaro Gallery hosting artwork from 49 countries and 22 states. Glendale gives residents a choice of four museums to frequent all year through and offers plenty of parks and gardens to enjoy each season. Glendale is a gorgeous place to live with so many area attractions, eateries and shopping centers to experience, making the region a perfect place to call home.


Glendale Relocation Tips

  • Research Maricopa County and find out if the larger region Glendale lies in is where you want to move.


  • Search Glendale City Website to find out about city utilities like water and sanitation that you will need to maintain once moving to the area.


  • Glendale Local Government
    Find out about who will be your new local leaders and what district your residence is in.

Staff Writer  Posted by Staff Writer on March 3, 2013

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