Arizona - Reaching the Filipino Familys American Dream

By: Jose & Maria Baltazar

Why would Arizona, among all other US states, be perfect for the Filipino American who wishes to settle or find a second home?

Coming to America is a common Filipino dream. In the quest for better job and a more comfortable American living, Filipinos (Pinoys) have looked to the US as a paragon to realize that goal.

From the story of a friendly Filipino American and a growing movement of Pinoy population in Arizona, you'll come to discover that USA's 6th largest state has:

- affordable cost of living
- huge employment opportunities
- no major natural disasters
- the best retirement communities
- a lot of catholic churches
- closeness to the best hospitals, schools and low-priced commercial centers
- similar summer temperatures
- proximity to Las Vegas and California
- open-wide spaces away from pollution and congestion
- more family-friendly way of living

Arizona is one of the Four Corners states that also borders New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. It is home to the colorful and steep Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The state's large area and variations in elevation make it possess a wide variety of localized conditions. Isn't it amazing to know how Arizona can have temperatures that can actually adapt water skiing and snow skiing in the same day?

Containing much of America's history on Indian tribal lands, Arizona's national and state forests attract millions of tourists yearly. The Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest, meteor craters, ancient Native American and Spanish colonial ruins, the warm climate and also contribute mainly to the tourism trade. World-class golf courses and other leisure facilities, plus ghost towns, make Arizona a favorite family getaway.

Approximately 118,000 square miles, the State of Arizona is almost the same size as the Republic of the Philippines. Arizona is predominantly a Christian region while the Philippines is the 3rd largest Christian nation. And geographically, the Philippines lies within the typhoon belt of the Western Pacific and the earthquake path of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Arizona is free of major catastrophes except for minor occasional dust storms.

The Philippines today is a major source of Filipino migrant workers because of its high 96% literacy rate which is one of the highest in Asia. Over 8 million overseas workers' remittances contributes a significant portion of the country's gross national product. Arizona, on the other hand, provides ample job opportunities for the skilled Pinoy as one of the fastest growing states in the USA now.

To describe Arizona's untapped geographic and economic attributes befitting the Filipino / Filipino American family's needs to relocate to the USA would not fit in a page. If you're thinking of moving to the US and don't know where to begin, it's well worth checking out further why Arizona is the Filipino's best kept secret in America.

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