I am a transplanted Californian who moved to Arizona several years ago. I live and work in Northern Arizona in the Prescott area and I can tell you it was the best move I could have made.
Prescott is the fourth largest city in Arizona and still growning. It still maintains a small town feel and actually has four seasons, blue skies and no smog! It really helps one undersatnd why people are selecting this area to move to.
Tucson and Phoenix are the fastest growing areas in Arizona. Prices and taxes are much lower in Arizona than California. Both cities are only eight hours by car from San Diego and Los Angles and only a forty five minute flight from Phoenix. We don't have earth quakes and I think many home buyers are tired of living in the "quake zone". Tucson has reached one million people and we have lots of new housing.
Hope this little fact helps.
A very interesting changing world order.
I actually met someone last week who might want to sell land in AZ they recently inherited from relatives who had relocated from NJ to AZ.
For good or bad we have a direct relationship to California and always will. They are neighbors to the west. As population grows in California, everyone from investors, families, to retirees will continue to look at Arizona as an option for a different lifestyle or a lower priced alternative from a housing standpoint.
Uncertainty in the housing market has cooled the migration east, but not for long and not for everyone. I am seeing new families and professionals visiting Prescott for a move and an attempt at a better lifestyle.
I was born and raised here in Arizona and can see why anyone would love to be here in the best state in the Union. So look at it as a pause to the Great Arizona Rush.