The short answer, although not the most definitive answer is, "it depends."
No questions about it, if you asked that question in reverse, you'd have plenty of Kentucky agents telling you that you'd probably be crazy NOT to move to Kentucky from the crazy heat and scorpions found in Arizona!
Personally, I moved out here from North Dakota in '95 and haven't regretted it for a single second, but it depends on what's most important to YOU. Only you can answer that question.
Keep in mind that there are a LOT of different areas that make up Arizona (even though roughly two-thirds of all Arizonans reside in the Greater Phoenix area), and even within the Phoenix area, many locations have a different "feel" from the next.
What I like about Arizona?
1. Weather / Climate: Fabulous winter weather with about 3 months of tough weather - misters help! Climate rocks because there is very little humidity, and when there's very little humidity, there's few BUGS, which is a huge bonus in my book. This weather is also great for those with health ailments, especially respiratory.
2. Outdoor Activities: Arizona attracts a ton of people who enjoy the outdoors. Whatever you might like to do outdoors, you can almost be assured you can do it here, even though during the summer it will be in the early morning. If you like to golf, play tennis, swim, bike, hike, canoe, ski (yes, i said ski), mountain climb, boat, etc., then you will find your utopia in Arizona.
3. Entertainment: At least in the Phoenix area, you have it all - collegiate and professional sports teams, broadway plays and other theatrical productions, concerts, museums, festivals, restaurants, professional golf tournaments, NASCAR and Grand Prix, and the list goes on and on and on. Most people don't have a problem finding enough to do - it's figuring out which interests they are going to have to put on the sideline!
4. Cost: You have the best of both worlds here in my opinion. In January of 2011 the Cost of Living Index for Phoenix was 92.7, or 7.3 less than the norm, which basically means you can live more affordably here than you can in the average city.
5. City setting for everyone: The Phoenix area isn't just about heavy traffic and congestion - at all. I grew up in a town of 7,000 in North Dakota, and there are plenty of rural areas around the Valley of the Sun that remind me far more of my hometown than they would of say, Chicago! There's really a location and price point that suits just about any buyer.
Sure, there are other reasons I love Arizona, but this should give you a feel for at least a few that tend to attract buyers like you to the area.
If you'd like to chat a bit about if it might be a good fit for YOU, feel free to give me a call at (480) 238-3865.
Best of luck!