Arizona City is located in Pinal county so it is best to contact the Pinal County Sheriff Department and asked them for information on the area. Things that me be tolerable to me might not be to you. Their website is http://pinalcountyaz.gov/Sheriff/Pages/home.aspx
I am also from Illinois and currently live in Pinal county. I would be happy to help you with your real estate needs feel free to contact me via phone @ 480-459-9201 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to assisting with all of your real estate needs. Thanks!
We have a number of very affordable places to live in Arizona now that prices have dropped so much.
Would you be willing to provide a little more about what you would like in an area and maybe I could be more helpful to you.
San Tan Valley would be one I would consider as it is still fairly close to the city but yet still has lots of open space. It is large enough to of just gotten a new hospital, WalMart, Target etc. Large enough to have the things you might want and still very affordable.
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