10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Arizona For 2019

We used science and data to determine which cities in Arizona have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Arizona.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.


According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Arizona? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Grand Canyon State for 2019:

  1. Maricopa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Somerton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Florence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Coolidge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Prescott (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Douglas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Chandler (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Scottsdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Sahuarita (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Peoria (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Arizona, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Arizona and the best places for families in the country:

How do you determine which place is best for families in Arizona anyways?

To give you the places in Arizona which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Grand Canyon State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Arizona, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Arizona, that meant a total of 36 cities.

Read on to see why Maricopa is where all the families are headed, while Eloy is probably a place made for singles.

Maricopa, AZ

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Population: 46,248
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
Closest Major City: Chandler
Households with kids: 35.4%
More on Maricopa: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Maricopa is a city in the Gila River Valley in the State of Arizona. With an estimated 48,602 residents as of 2015, Maricopa is the second most populous incorporated city in Pinal County and eighteenth most populous in Arizona. Maricopa forms part of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Somerton, AZ

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Population: 15,508
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Chula Vista
Households with kids: 53.3%
More on Somerton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Somerton is a city in Yuma County, Arizona, United States.

Somerton has an annual Tamale Festival that benefits students from the area who will be attending Arizona State University. More than 20,000 visitors attend the festival each year. The festival is put together by The El Diablito Arizona State University Alumni chapter.

Florence, AZ

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Population: 26,066
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City: Gilbert
Households with kids: 16.3%
More on Florence: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Florence is a town, 61 miles southeast of Phoenix, in Pinal County of Arizona, United States. Florence, which is the county seat of Pinal County, is one of the oldest towns in that county and is regarded as a National Historic District with over 25 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The population of Florence was 30,770 at the 2015 census.

Coolidge, AZ

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Population: 12,221
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Gilbert
Households with kids: 29.0%
More on Coolidge: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Coolidge is a city in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the city’s population is 11,825.

Prescott, AZ

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Population: 41,468
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 86
Closest Major City: Scottsdale
Households with kids: 12.4%
More on Prescott: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Prescott is a city in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 39,843. The city is the county seat of Yavapai County. In 1864 Prescott was designated as the capital of the Arizona Territory, replacing the temporary capital at Fort Whipple. The Territorial Capital was moved to Tucson in 1867. Prescott again became the Territorial Capital in 1877, until Phoenix became the capital in 1889.

Douglas, AZ

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Population: 16,576
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Tucson
Households with kids: 39.5%
More on Douglas: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Douglas is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States that lies in the north-west to south-east running San Bernardino Valley within which runs the Rio San Bernardino. Douglas has a border crossing with Mexico at Agua Prieta and a history of mining.

Chandler, AZ

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Population: 245,160
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Households with kids: 34.6%
More on Chandler: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chandler is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, and a prominent suburb of the Phoenix, Arizona, Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is bordered to the north and west by Tempe, to the north by Mesa, to the west by Phoenix, to the south by the Gila River Indian Community, and to the east by Gilbert. As of July 2015, the population was 260,828 according to the United States Census Bureau, According to the city’s official website, Chandler’s Transportation & Development Department estimated the population, as of May 2016, to be 247,328. It also has satellite locations for many technology companies, including Intel and Orbital ATK.

Scottsdale, AZ

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Population: 239,283
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Households with kids: 18.6%
More on Scottsdale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Named Scottsdale in 1894 after founder Winfield Scott and incorporated in 1951 with a population of 2,000, the 2015 population of the city is estimated to be 236,839 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach” and as having “plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene.” Its slogan is “The West’s Most Western Town.”

Sahuarita, AZ

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Population: 28,257
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Tucson
Households with kids: 38.2%
More on Sahuarita: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sahuarita is a town in Pima County, Arizona, United States. Sahuarita is located south of the Tohono O’odham Nation and abuts the north end of Green Valley, 15 miles south of Tucson. The population was 25,259 at the 2010 census.

Peoria, AZ

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Population: 161,383
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Glendale
Households with kids: 31.1%
More on Peoria: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Peoria is a city in Maricopa and Yavapai counties in the State of Arizona. Most of the city is located in Maricopa County, while a tiny portion in the north is in Yavapai County. It is a major suburb of Phoenix. According to 2010 Census Bureau releases, the population of the city is 154,065. Peoria is currently the sixth largest city in Arizona for land area, and the ninth largest for population. It was named after Peoria, Illinois. The word “peoria” is a corruption of the Illini word for “prairie fire.” It is the spring training home of the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners who share the Peoria Sports Complex. In July 2008, Money magazine listed Peoria in its Top 100 Places to Live.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Arizona

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Arizona ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Arizona according to the data:

  1. Eloy
  2. Goodyear
  3. Cottonwood

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Arizona

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Maricopa, AZ 46,248 43
2 Somerton, AZ 15,508 48
3 Florence, AZ 26,066 55
4 Coolidge, AZ 12,221 37
5 Prescott, AZ 41,468 58
6 Douglas, AZ 16,576 34
7 Chandler, AZ 245,160 50
8 Scottsdale, AZ 239,283 70
9 Sahuarita, AZ 28,257 40
10 Peoria, AZ 161,383 39
11 Nogales, AZ 20,233 45
12 Avondale, AZ 81,590 41
13 Gilbert, AZ 232,176 57
14 Camp Verde, AZ 11,091 52
15 Yuma, AZ 93,851 66
16 Paradise Valley, AZ 13,961 43
17 Apache Junction, AZ 38,452 56
18 Surprise, AZ 129,534 42
19 Kingman, AZ 28,855 48
20 Mesa, AZ 479,317 55
21 El Mirage, AZ 34,400 43
22 Flagstaff, AZ 69,903 69
23 Oro Valley, AZ 42,889 38
24 Tempe, AZ 178,339 70
25 San Luis, AZ 31,509 39
26 Glendale, AZ 241,543 68
27 Prescott Valley, AZ 41,995 35
28 Phoenix, AZ 1,574,421 100
29 Show Low, AZ 10,860 37
30 Tucson, AZ 530,905 100
31 Marana, AZ 41,720 60
32 Sierra Vista, AZ 43,585 49
33 Payson, AZ 15,338 38
34 Cottonwood, AZ 11,634 37
35 Goodyear, AZ 74,953 46
36 Eloy, AZ 17,537 55

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