Nothing just another place the scenery is different only place where you get the mountains, cactus and painted deserts in one area. Just pick what part you part you want to live in its not all the same in Central AZ, some people live by lakes and have horses, some people live in Hi rise buildings overlooking the city, some live next to malls and light rail train stations, etc. I would say most people that buy houses have a decent amount of land with front and back yards that can fit a swimming pool. Apartments can be tricky usually the cheaper ones has crime As far as Taxes go visit: Aruzona tax rates. Yes there is a state tax, and all automobiles must pass clean air emissions testing before it can be registered.