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Monday, October 5, 2009

So, You Want Move to Arizona

Compared with the rest of the country, Arizona has an unusually large percentage of retirees and service workers, pays its women better and has among the nation's highest percentage of stay-at-home spouses and parents, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

That the state has a high percentage of retirees and service workers isn't surprising. But the fact that it still shows up in data as recent as 2008 suggests Arizona hasn't made a lot of progress diversifying that picture.

The state placed fifth in the nation for the percentage of workers (19 percent) 16 and older who have service jobs, such as retail, according to the bureau's recent 2008 American Community Survey.

Thus, the bottom-line here is that if you are female, retired, and want to be a 'greeter' at the local WalMart, the door is wide-open.

On the other hand, if you have school age childen, are into advanced technologies, or don't want to work retail or hospitality, think twice. And don't move there for the scenery. Without excellent education, professional political leadership, solid healthcare, and a good paying job, you'll be looking at the cacti far too long, for it to be worth the effort.

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