A small town in Eastern Arizona with a large Mormon
population, a large Catholic
population, and a large tweaker
population. Home to one of the most prominent mountain peaks in the United States, and more outdoor activity that you can shake a stick at. Not a bad place to live if you can find work. Jobs tend to come and go based on the copper mining industry, but Cotton farming and Correctional facilities provide a stable economic base for the majority of its residents and will continue to do so for years to come.
The neighboring town of Thatcher
is the home of Eastern Arizona College
, which hosts an excellent nursing program.
Housing costs were quite low before expansion of the Morenci mine in 2006 and construction of the new Safford mine in 2007 created a shortage in housing, causing home prices and rent rates to skyrocket. Home construction boomed as a result, along with the construction of new hotels and apartment complexes. In January 2009, Freeport McMoRan announced massive layoffs due to the economy and major dips in the price of copper. This may actually result in a large surplus of housing, causing prices and rent rates to fall to pre-2006 levels.
You're from Safford? I used to live there, before I got laid off at the mine earlier this month. I had to move somewhere else to find another job.
I used to live in Safford, but I had to move away in 2007 when they jacked up my rent. These construction workers are making a decent wage and willing to shack up together. My landlady said to either pay up or pack up. I can't afford $1500 a month when six months ago I was paying $700 for the same house. Who cares if I've been renting this house for 5 years and I've been a good tenant. I guess all she cares about is a quick buck.
I've been working at the Safford prison for 20 years. I bought my house for cheap when mine activity was in a lull, and I've seen these workers come and go. People are always going to get sent to prison, so I never have to worry about getting laid off.