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Old 10-28-2016, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ
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I live in Sun City and I've always wondered how this neighborhood stays so predominately Caucasian. I think one time, about two years ago, I saw an older African American riding a bike down my street. That literally was the only time I ever saw a black in the entire neighborhood.

Sun City (the original one), isn't an affluent community. Most of these residents are middle class mid-westerners seeking cheap retirement, many of them having spent their careers in blue collar work. I've never seen so many Kias before. The houses are cheap. I scored a 3 bedroom a few years ago for a little over $140,000. I don't play golf, but they have a real good deal on golf membership.

With such a low cost of living here, I'm surprised I haven't seen any older blacks, or Hispanics or Asians retiring here. Is it a cultural thing, do other races tend to stay in their original homes throughout their lives?

Just curious that's all, I'm not on an agenda to diversify my neighborhood.
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Old 10-28-2016, 11:54 PM
 
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You're not looking very hard, I see them quite frequently. One lives just a few doors down from me. And a few streets away I saw 2 walking their dogs.

Here's the latest ethnic makeup for Sun City. http://suncityaz.areaconnect.com/statistics.htm
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:53 AM
 
Location: North Phoenix/Moon Valley
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You're not looking very hard, I see them quite frequently. One lives just a few doors down from me. And a few streets away I saw 2 walking their dogs.

Here's the latest ethnic makeup for Sun City. Sun City Population and Demographics (Sun City, AZ)

Actually this is a more up to date census result from 2010 with a comparison to the 2000 census. It does show that the white population is predominant but the numbers have gone down a small percentage while the other races have actually increased in numbers by a much larger percentage.

Sun City, AZ Population - Census 2010 and 2000 Interactive Map, Demographics, Statistics, Quick Facts - CensusViewer
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Old 10-29-2016, 07:36 AM
 
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Sun City is becoming younger and more diverse every day. I am one of the younger and I see many folks under 60 moving in. It's interesting to watch the changes. This is such a cool place to live.
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Old 10-29-2016, 01:18 PM
 
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Today's retirees don't want to be isolated on a golf course away from the city. The retirees in Sun City were older white Americans born in the 1920's and 30's. It's a different generation and mindset. Today's retirees want to live in the city and want all of the same amenities that anyone else wants. They want to eat at modern restaurants, go to the movies, go to sports games. Also, many current retirees have children in Phoenix unlike the past. They want to be near their kids who live more centrally. In the past, Phoenix was seen as a snowbird haven. Now, it's viewed as a city for young people and families.

The old model of retirees living in an isolated part of Phoenix while their kids live in another part of the country is an old concept. You are seeing less of that.
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Old 10-29-2016, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Also, America used to be much more predominately white than it is now...so it makes sense that a town full of seniors only, would therefore be "whiter" than the general population of all ages.
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Old 10-29-2016, 05:53 PM
 
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AZRiverFan, your idea of Sun City is outdated now. I'd say you were correct maybe ten plus years ago.

There are a lot of newly 55 end of years Baby Boomers moving in now, and in a couple of years first year Genxrs. I regularly walk to the library, the bank, drug store, two grocery stores and five eateries, not to mention various different types of shopping and medical facilities.
Your view is the same view my husband and I had until we took a look for ourselves in 2012. Prices have nearly doubled for similar properties to ours, and listings priced right do not stay on the mls for long. No, I'm not in real estate.
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Old 10-29-2016, 07:20 PM
 
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Hmmm, are the golf courses for whites only?
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Old 10-29-2016, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ
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Actually this is a more up to date census result from 2010 with a comparison to the 2000 census. It does show that the white population is predominant but the numbers have gone down a small percentage while the other races have actually increased in numbers by a much larger percentage.

Sun City, AZ Population - Census 2010 and 2000 Interactive Map, Demographics, Statistics, Quick Facts - CensusViewer
Wow, I didn't realize there were that many blacks living in Sun City, 528 at the 2010 census.
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Old 10-30-2016, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Today's retirees don't want to be isolated on a golf course away from the city. The retirees in Sun City were older white Americans born in the 1920's and 30's. It's a different generation and mindset. Today's retirees want to live in the city and want all of the same amenities that anyone else wants. They want to eat at modern restaurants, go to the movies, go to sports games. Also, many current retirees have children in Phoenix unlike the past. They want to be near their kids who live more centrally. In the past, Phoenix was seen as a snowbird haven. Now, it's viewed as a city for young people and families.

The old model of retirees living in an isolated part of Phoenix while their kids live in another part of the country is an old concept. You are seeing less of that.
Most homes in Sun City sell in a day or two. Brand new homes are being built. Old homes are being completely renovated. You are way off in your idea of what type of person moves to Sun City or most 55+ communities.

We are allowed to leave Sun City. We go to restaurants all over The Valley. We go to sporting events all over The Valley.
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