December 29, 2017

Flagstaff, Arizona

What life in Flagstaff, Arizona is like, explained by people who live(d) in Flagstaff:



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*Response format = Answer (Your name, How long you’ve lived in Flagstaff)


Flagstaff Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Flagstaff?

  • Weather, downtown, the size of the city. (Christina, 2 years)
  • Wildlife. (Tanya, 5 years)
  • Weather and the Forrest. (Anna, 9 years)
  • Living in the forest. (Anonymous, 14 years)
  • Down to earth community and the Summertime. (Lindsey, 18 years)
  • The accessibility to outdoor activities and surrounding forests when they are not closed. The nice summer weather and beautiful fall seasons. (Rebecca, 25 years)

Flagstaff Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Flagstaff?

  • Nothing. (Christina, 2 years)
  • All the valley people coming to visit. Lol. (Tanya, 5 years)
  • The lack of affordable housing. (Anna, 9 years)
  • Traffic. (Anonymous, 14 years)
  • The new things: traffic, the hub, paid street parking. (Lindsey, 18 years)
  • The politics, HIGH cost of living with low wages, lack of growth allowed, not re-purposing buildings or updating them, vacant properties that invite crime and vandalism, and now the current building on natural forest lands. (Rebecca, 25 years)

Flagstaff Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Flagstaff?

  • Ski, eat downtown, hike. (Christina, 2 years)
  • Hike, ski, fish, see ruins and other national parks. (Tanya, 5 years)
  • It’s pretty endless. (Anna, 9 years)
  • Hiking, enjoying the historic aspects, various bars and eateries. (Anonymous, 14 years)
  • Wandering around downtown and seeing the historical buildings! Driving up Snowbowl road and hiking- every time of year offers something different and special. Strolling through the woods on top of Mars hill by Lowell Observatory. Going to local shows at Firecreek or the Monte Vista Lounge! (Lindsey, 18 years)
  • It depends on what you like to do, but some include hiking, biking, boating, exploring lakes and many other events around town. (Rebecca, 25 years)
  • Rock climb. (Anonymous, 41 years)

Flagstaff’s Reputation

What’s Flagstaff known for?

  • NAU, being the closest city to the Grand Canyon, snow. (Christina, 2 years)
  • Route 66…the most ponderosa pines in one city. (Tanya, 5 years)
  • Route 66, NAU and skiing. (Anna, 9 years)
  • Our elevation. (Anonymous, 14 years)
  • Being close to the Grand Canyon and enjoying all four seasons! (Lindsey, 18 years)
  • The peaks, high altitude living in a small town. (Rebecca, 25 years)
  • Wanna be hippies. (Anonymous, 41 years)

Flagstaff Crime

What’s the crime like in Flagstaff?

  • Very little crime. (Christina, 2 years)
  • 4th St/Greenlaw- not good. (Tanya, 5 years)
  • Sunnyside has high crime. (Anna, 9 years)
  • Minimal. (Anonymous, 14 years)
  • Unsure. Probably low in comparison to other parts of Arizona and other cities in general… but also probably comparable to similarly-sized places. Terrible things do happen. I believe crime is concentrated (but not exclusive to) areas towards the east side of town with more low-income housing. Sunny-side and the 4th St area, etc. Again, I am unsure! (Lindsey, 18 years)
  • If you keep yourself and property safe, then it is not as much of a concern. Being at the intersection of I17 and I40, two major drug corridors, there is drug and people trafficking, low level prostitution, amongst property crimes, gangs, members of crime families, shopping, homicides and others. It truly is a different town day versus night and in certain areas that are known to have higher crime rates than others. It is a smaller town but it still has crime. (Rebecca, 25 years)
  • Getting worse / good if you’re white. (Anonymous, 41 years)

Flagstaff Advice

Any advice for people moving to Flagstaff?

  • Be prepared to pay more for a smaller house. (Christina, 2 years)
  • They say it is poverty with a view—have lots of money. (Tanya, 5 years)
  • Have money for housing. (Anna, 9 years)
  • Smile and enjoy it. Look around, take deep breaths, and don’t litter. (Anonymous, 14 years)
  • Be kind and considerate. Be accepting. Be involved in progressing the community towards a better future for its inhabitants and its environment. Make friends, have fun, create art, be a part of something bigger than yourself. Don’t litter. (Lindsey, 18 years)
  • Ask around, look around, and do not think that just because Flagstaff is a smaller town that it’s like Mayberry. There is the false cover that nothing bad happens and it is a quaint place to be. It is a nice town, but it is expensive and not a place to be caught unaware. Lock your car, house, and keep valuables out of sight and unadvertised. (Rebecca, 25 years)
  • Go away, or don’t try to change it when you do get here. (Anonymous, 41 years)

Flagstaff Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Flagstaff (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • Beautiful wildlife, stars and trees. (Tanya, 5 years)
  • Downtown is always fun. (Anna, 9 years)
  • I always enjoy when visitors comment on how folks smile and say hello while walking downtown. (Anonymous, 14 years)
  • Endless entertaining and enchanting hours wandering downtown after school at Flagstaff Middle School, and still to this day after graduating from NAU in 2014. Deciding to neglect my “flag-stuck” syndrome and move away… only to decide to move back after less than two years when a loving and accepting community was desperately needed in my life once more. Taking a routinely walk to or from work on a different street, or other side of the usual street and always meeting remarkable people or witnessing beauty in the natural world along the way. (Lindsey, 18 years)
  • One of several fun experiences includes going to a local lake and enjoying the wildlife. (Rebecca, 25 years)
  • Life. (Anonymous, 41 years)

Flagstaff’s Future

How do you think Flagstaff will change over the next 10 years?

  • Get bigger :(. (Christina, 2 years)
  • More people. (Tanya, 5 years)
  • More student housing and less dwellings for year-round residents. (Anna, 9 years)
  • Housing and university are gonna explode. (Anonymous, 14 years)
  • More focus on making money. More tall buildings- less immaculate and more obstructed view of the sacred peaks. More pushes towards catering to tourists and not so much locals. More traffic. More construction. More students. (Lindsey, 18 years)
  • It seems that Flagstaff will continue to get more expensive to live in with minimal growth and more student and high density housing. (Rebecca, 25 years)
  • All the a holes coming here wanna change it from why they came here- it’s not Phoenix thank goodness. (Anonymous, 41 years)

Flagstaff Facts

Any other interesting facts about Flagstaff?

  • Lots of family-friendly events. (Tanya, 5 years)
  • Plenty. (Anna, 9 years)
  • Second largest continuous pine forest. (Anonymous, 14 years)
  • Pluto was discovered here! It’s the first international dark sky city! It’s the largest ponderosa pine forest in the world! It has been one of the top snowiest cities in the country! (Lindsey, 18 years)
  • It has a lot of shopping but not a lot of selection. There is still a high need to shop and dine elsewhere for proper customer service and products. (Rebecca, 25 years)