Just over half a million veterans call the Grand Canyon State home, and about half of them are over 65 years old. With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, a very affordable cost of living and 421 golf courses, you can see why so many pick Arizona to retire. That and the fact that there’s no gift, estate or inheritance tax in the state.
The state, the 48th to join the union, was a Valentine’s gift to the country. President Taft wanted Arizona to join on Feb. 12, but that’s already Lincoln’s birthday so it was pushed off for a day. Thirteen is an unlucky number so no one wanted to use that day so it was pushed back yet another day to Feb. 14. Does this mean Arizona residents never have to buy Valentine’s Day presents for anyone else? I guess that all depends on who their sweetie is.
If you’re retiring to Arizona or just considering a move to the state, there are a few laws to be aware of first. You’ll face up to 25 years in prison if you cut down a saguaro cactus. It can take up to 100 years for one of these cacti to grow an arm. If you don’t get jail time, you’ll at least be fined and face a class 4 felony. And speaking of felonies, you’ll get hit with a class 6 felony if you’re caught trying to pass off a bag of oregano as weed in the state. In El Mirage you’ll be fined at least $350 if you try to hide you clothesline. In Tucson, women aren’t supposed to wear pants (but it's never enforced). And one of the best laws anywhere can be found in Tombstone where it’s illegal for anyone over the age of 18 to have more than one of their teeth missing when they smile. One wonders how many dentists there are in the state. (There are 2,943 dentists in Arizona, with 714 practicing specialists in case you won't sleep without knowing this.)