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2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live In America Sponsored by: See homes for sale on Movoto by OJO

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#80. Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale, AZ is known for its resort lifestyle. The area has 200 or so golf courses, plus destination spas and luxury hotels with sprawling pools. But this Southwestern city also has a serious business edge, attracting software startups, artists, architecture lovers and, every spring, Major League Baseball players who come for preseason training. Set in the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale has miles of trails to hike and dozens of art galleries to explore, making it a well-rounded place to call home.

Top Colleges/Universities: Scottsdale Community College

Top Industries & Employers: Business services, tourism, retail, biomedicine, health care and software design are leading industries in Scottsdale. Honor Health, Vanguard and CVS are top employers.

Weekend Plans: Enjoy Scottsdale’s best resorts as a local with day passes to the pools. Come spring, this city turns into a baseball haven with the arrival of spring training: Fifteen teams play more than 200 games in just 30 days. More options include booking a tee time (there are more than 200 golf courses in the Scottsdale area!), enjoy a massage at one of Scottsdale’s famed spas or stroll through the Desert Botanical Garden.

Favorite Place to Feast: Diego Pops serves street corn queso, ceviche and tacos in a hip space. Save room for a Fruity Pebbles paleta. 

Beloved Beverage: Margaritas are on the menu at Scottsdale’s Mexican restaurants. A favorite is the spicy peach margarita from Sumomaya, a Mexican-Asian fusion restaurant.

Outdoorsy Activity: Hike saguaro-studded desert trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which is more than 30,000 acres. 

Rooftop Bar: Catch a pastel Scottsdale sunset at the Outrider Rooftop Lounge atop the Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale.

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: If you staycation at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, your pet will be pampered with in-room dining and special toys and treats.

Remote Work Perk: Close proximity to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport should you need to occasionally travel to your company’s headquarters.

One More Thing … Scottsdale’s slogan is “The West’s Most Western Town.”

– Brittany Anas

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