Payson, Arizona

Life in Payson, Arizona, explained by people who’ve lived in Payson:

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Payson Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Payson?

  • Friendly people. (Paul, 5 months)
  • The people. (Candy, 1 year)
  • Small town. (Kim, 2 years)
  • All the fun town events such as the Christmas light parade, summer concert series, etc. (Rachael, 6 years)
  • The trees and mountains close by. (Jay, 12 years)
  • The small community, and how everyone helps out when a family really needs help. (Lacee, 12 years)
  • Small. (Tanya, 32 years)

Payson Least Favorites

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

  • Slow traffic. (Paul, 5 months)
  • Weekend traffic. (Candy, 1 year)
  • Lack of good restaurants. (Kim, 2 years)
  • There is no endocrine doctor here! (Rachael, 6 years)
  • The small town bully mentality I experienced as a kid. (Jay, 12 years)
  • Obviously all of the drugs and robberies that have been happening. (Lacee, 12 years)
  • Not much to do. (Tanya, 32 years)

Payson Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Payson?

  • Girl Scouts, park visits, forrest visits. (Paul, 5 months)
  • Hike. (Candy, 1 year)
  • Not much to do. (Kim, 2 years)
  • Anything outdoors! Hike, camp, mountain biking, etc! (Rachael, 6 years)
  • Fish, ride horses, motor bike. (Jay, 12 years)
  • We love hiking, hunting, going to the creeks, all of the ranger trails and bowling!! (Lacee, 12 years)
  • Bowling, movies, fishing, swimming at rivers/swim holes. (Tanya, 32 years)

Payson’s Reputation

What’s Payson known for?

  • Rodeo. (Paul, 5 months)
  • Rodeo. (Candy, 1 year)
  • The Rodeo. (Kim, 2 years)
  • Rodeo. (Rachael, 6 years)
  • Back in my day the Swiss village shops and Bakery. (Jay, 12 years)
  • Summer camping and hunting. (Lacee, 12 years)
  • Green Valley Park/Lake. (Tanya, 32 years)

Payson Crime

What’s the crime like in Payson? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • Low, but beware no matter where you are!  (Paul, 5 months)
  • Low crime. (Candy, 1 year)
  • Drugs!! (Kim, 2 years)
  • Low. (Rachael, 6 years)
  • I know on Airport my car was broken into twice. I hear about break-ins and drug busts almost weekly. (Lacee, 12 years)
  • Not too bad. (Tanya, 32 years)

Payson Advice

Any advice for people moving to Payson?

  • Great place to live. (Paul, 5 months)
  • Don’t…not enough housing for rentals. (Kim, 2 years)
  • Have a job in advance! Don’t just move here and hope for the best! (Rachael, 6 years)
  • Great area to visit but job market can be tough compared to cost effective living in the area. (Jay, 12 years)
  • Always be kind, and keep your car doors locked. 😉 (Lacee, 12 years)

Payson Stories

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

  • Being in APS Lights Parade with Girl Scouts. (Paul, 5 months)
  • Taco Tuesdays. (Kim, 2 years)
  • Camping up at Woods Canyon Lake. (Rachael, 6 years)
  • Loved fishing at flowing springs as well as swimming as kids in the river. (Jay, 12 years)
  • The first time I killed an elk was an amazing event in my life. I had my husband, father in law and brothers with me. It was so awesome! (Lacee, 12 years)
  • 4th of July. (Tanya, 32 years)

Payson’s Future

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

  • More people. (Paul, 5 months)
  • Not much. (Candy, 1 year)
  • Probably have more donut shops or fast food places..sad. (Kim, 2 years)
  • Hopefully get another schooling option. (Rachael, 6 years)
  • I think we will definitely grow and become a lot bigger. (Lacee, 12 years)
  • It will keep growing. (Tanya, 32 years)

Payson Facts

Any other interesting facts about Payson?

  • All stores are close by. (Paul, 5 months)
  • Wal-Mart is the hang out spot! 😉 (Rachael, 6 years)
  • Tonto bridge is close and the Rim lakes are also not far away. (Jay, 12 years)
  • Beautiful rivers. (Tanya, 32 years)