Scottsdale is rated a 6 out of 6 for active lifestyles by Trulia, in part for the Sonoran Desert, Papago Park and the 200 golf courses scattered across the city's landscape. Scottsdale is also a culinary delight, with a 6 out of 6 restaurant rating for the 600 local eateries alternating between fine dining and simple bites. And for families looking to move to Scottsdale, schools in the area are top-notch. Elementary and middle schools rank 8.2 out of 10 while high schools score a 7.75 out of 10 on Trulia's school rating scale.
Scottsdale is a dream vacation spot and a prime place for retirees to settle down, but an elevated cost of living can price many buyers out of the market. The average list price last year was $732,195, an increase of 4.09 percent from the year prior. Real estate inventory decreased marginally year-over-year by .06 percent, but a wide range of homes for sale stood on the market in 2015 with 3,515 listings for sale throughout Scottsdale. Given the high price of real estate, Scottsdale residents have a median income of $80,982 to help offset high housing expenditures. For those who can afford it, Scottsdale offers residents numerous benefits, ranging from general lifestyle to entertainment.