These Are The 10 Safest Places In Arizona For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Arizona where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Arizona, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Florence.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Grand Canyon State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 47 cities in Arizona with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Arizona

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While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in Arizona.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
10 Most Dangerous Cities In Arizona

For example, there were a total of 173 crimes committed in Florence which had a reported population of 31,130. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0056 which translates into a 1 in 179 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 47 of the biggest cities in Arizona to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 47 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Arizona".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Florence. The most dangerous city in Arizona? Page, where residents had a 1 in 12 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

1. Florence

Florence, AZ

Population: 31,130
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 70 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 485 (1st safest)
More on Florence: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Taking the crown as the safest city in Arizona for 2018 is Florence -- a classic example of everything that makes Arizona great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 206.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,415 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

2. Buckeye

Buckeye, AZ

Population: 64,563
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 54 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,587 (8th safest)
More on Buckeye: PhotosReal Estate | Data

If you're thinking of moving to Arizona and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Buckeye -- the 2nd safest in the Grand Canyon State.

Buckeye is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 63.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Buckeye.

3. Gilbert

Gilbert, AZ

Population: 255,899
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 78 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,316 (4th safest)
More on Gilbert: PhotosReal Estate | Data

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Gilbert ranks as the 3rd safest city in Arizona.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Gilbert.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Thatcher

Thatcher, AZ

Population: 5,019
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,773 (11th safest)
More on Thatcher: 

You might be surprised to find Thatcher this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Thatcher is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Grand Canyon State boasts the 11th best property crime rate and 1st best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Oro Valley

Oro Valley, AZ

Population: 44,089
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 65 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,481 (7th safest)
More on Oro Valley: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Finishing just inside the top five is Oro Valley, AZ.

You get what you pay for in Oro Valley -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 1,520 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Oro Valley residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Oro Valley in a heartbeat.

6. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley, AZ

Population: 14,155
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 63 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,638 (9th safest)
More on Paradise Valley: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Paradise Valley, the 6th safest city in Arizona.

The town of some 14155 people will have to try and continue to keep Paradise Valley a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Paradise Valley?

7. Sahuarita

Sahuarita, AZ

Population: 25,792
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 89 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,453 (6th safest)
More on Sahuarita: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Sahuarita is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Arizona.

It has 1 in 68.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,121 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Arizona.

8. Somerton

Somerton, AZ

Population: 15,196
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 171 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,184 (2nd safest)
More on Somerton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The eighth safest city in Arizona for 2018 goes to Somerton. Let's see why.

There were only 26 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 180 property crimes to boot.

9. San Luis

San Luis, AZ

Population: 32,227
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 121 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,324 (5th safest)
More on San Luis: PhotosReal Estate | Data

If you're looking for a safe place to live in Arizona, may we present San Luis as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Arizona, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

427 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 5th best in Arizona on a rate basis.

10. Maricopa

Maricopa, AZ

Population: 49,627
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 195 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,305 (3rd safest)
More on Maricopa: PhotosReal Estate | Data

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Maricopa.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Maricopa residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 97 violent crimes and 648 property crimes in Maricopa; that's really good for a place of 49627 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Grand Canyon State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Florence is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Arizona residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Arizona according to the data:

  1. Page
  2. Winslow
  3. Tucson
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Arizona For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Florence, AZ 1 3 31,130 70 485
Buckeye, AZ 2 5 64,563 54 1,587
Gilbert, AZ 3 2 255,899 78 1,316
Thatcher, AZ 4 10 5,019 0 1,773
Oro Valley, AZ 5 4 44,089 65 1,481
Paradise Valley, AZ 6 9 14,155 63 1,638
Sahuarita, AZ 7 1 25,792 89 1,453
Somerton, AZ 8 11 15,196 171 1,184
San Luis, AZ 9 8 32,227 121 1,324
Maricopa, AZ 10 7 49,627 195 1,305
Surprise, AZ 11 12 130,679 103 1,904
Peoria, AZ 12 14 174,797 200 2,121
Marana, AZ 13 13 42,808 93 2,441
Prescott Valley, AZ 14 21 42,900 181 2,317
Scottsdale, AZ 15 19 240,885 153 2,365
Snowflake-Taylor, AZ 16 20 9,835 294 1,718
Chandler, AZ 17 18 265,922 209 2,313
Lake Havasu City, AZ 18 15 53,746 262 2,266
Show Low, AZ 19 31 10,892 18 4,030
Douglas, AZ 20 - 16,398 182 2,817
Apache Junction, AZ 21 29 38,506 277 2,391
Sierra Vista, AZ 22 25 42,988 197 2,972
El Mirage, AZ 23 27 34,376 215 3,060
Prescott, AZ 24 24 42,321 401 2,183
Nogales, AZ 25 16 20,143 307 2,492
Camp Verde, AZ 26 30 11,213 267 3,130
Bullhead City, AZ 27 26 39,426 251 3,563
Payson, AZ 28 23 15,351 358 2,468
Mesa, AZ 29 28 478,277 428 2,344
Chino Valley, AZ 30 - 11,202 660 2,222
Eloy, AZ 31 33 17,110 362 2,688
Avondale, AZ 32 34 81,605 285 3,997
Goodyear, AZ 33 17 82,018 377 2,515
Wickenburg, AZ 34 22 6,835 365 2,794
Safford, AZ 35 39 9,717 349 3,972
Coolidge, AZ 36 44 12,387 306 4,819
Flagstaff, AZ 37 35 71,179 372 4,012
Cottonwood, AZ 38 32 11,932 360 4,156
Kingman, AZ 39 37 29,069 347 5,091
Casa Grande, AZ 40 38 51,995 546 3,354
Phoenix, AZ 41 42 1,586,611 674 3,690
Tempe, AZ 42 41 178,654 504 4,558
Glendale, AZ 43 43 242,938 495 5,270
Holbrook, AZ 44 48 5,012 877 4,030
Tucson, AZ 45 46 533,663 795 5,858
Winslow, AZ 46 40 9,581 782 7,086
Page, AZ 47 45 7,516 1,144 6,652

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