Best Places To Raise A Family In Arizona For 2020


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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for families in Arizona.

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Living in Arizona is not painful like falling into a cactus in the Saguaro National Park would be. Actually, it's quite the opposite. The Grand Canyon State is super safe and extremely family friendly.

Speaking of the Grand Canyon, there's ton of family friendly activities everywhere you turn in Arizona. The Copper State is just one big playground for little kids and big kids alike. For example, you and your family can hike Camelback Mountain in Phoenix and snowboard in Flagstaff in the same day. Now if that doesn't wear out your kids, you can stop in Sedona and check out some great art on the way to whitewater raft the Colorado River in Page: mountain biking in Payson along the way would just be extra icing on the cake.

There are also really great camps that ask that your kids to stay a week. We recommend Sky Y in Prescott. There's nothing wrong with a little husband, wife or partner time; so after you drop off the kids, head to one of the many relaxing spas in Scottsdale to celebrate your new found freedom. In all seriousness, Arizona has some of the best schools in the country. Blue ribbon elementary schools, gold star high schools, and colleges like University of Arizona, Arizona State, and Northern Arizona, have been delivering the next generation to work at major Arizona companies like the McDonald's Corporation, Banner Health, Intel Corporation, and American Airlines.

Now don't count yourselves out of the mix, parents. There are plenty of jobs available in Arizona for everyone--they have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. And with a $53,000/year household median, there's plenty of cheddar to keep your family happy, healthy, and having fun year round. To take a closer look at the top ten cities on our family friendly Arizona cities for 2020, grab your family, a no-mess carne asada burrito, and head to a sunny spot on Lake Havasu and read on.

To narrow down the most family friendly cities in Arizona, we looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities and percent of households that currently have children. The cities also had to have a population of at least 11,000.

There were 34 said family friendly cities in one of the largest states in the Southwest. But what was the best place for families in Arizona? Without further adieu, the most family friendly city in Arizona for 2020 is Coolidge.

So, if you care about your family living where crime is low, schools are awesome, and a there's a ton of stuff to do, take a look at the list below. The Valentine State is calling.

Check out some more reading about Arizona and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Arizona For 2020

Coolidge, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,503
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Gilbert
Households with kids: 41.5%
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.

Maricopa, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 47,314
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: Chandler
Households with kids: 39.3%
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

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,932
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Chula Vista
Households with kids: 59.2%
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

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 26,350
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Gilbert
Households with kids: 19.9%
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.

Prescott, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 42,068
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 66
Closest Major City: Scottsdale
Households with kids: 15.1%
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.

Review Of Prescott by HomeSnacks User

We went to Apple Creek Cottages for the week of 4th of July. The place was so cute and quaint. I love that there is a town center. The hotel was fantastic too...they are dog friendly, which made our life so much easier. A lot of the restaurants in Prescott were also dog friendly, which surprised me. I live in Los Angeles and this is such a nice get away. It feels like a town you would see in tv shows or movies, not a place that really exists.

Look for dog friendly places...if you like dogs you can bring yours with you and not have to leave your fur baby at home, and if you don't then you know where to avoid. Also the rodeo they do every 4th of July was a blast and the Pulled Pork BBQ was amazing!!!

Avondale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 83,392
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Glendale
Households with kids: 45.7%
More on Avondale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chandler, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 248,631
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 73
Households with kids: 37.4%
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.

Camp Verde, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,169
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Scottsdale
Households with kids: 30.9%
More on Camp Verde: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sahuarita, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 28,949
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Tucson
Households with kids: 39.9%
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

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 164,572
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Glendale
Households with kids: 34.4%
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.

Review Of Peoria by HomeSnacks User

The crime was very bad and I did not like it there

The schools were good

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 11,000 people. For Arizona, that meant a total of 34 cities. You can download the data here.

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. Goodyear
  2. Marana
  3. Payson

For more arizona reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Arizona?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Coolidge, AZ 12,503 51
2 Maricopa, AZ 47,314 35
3 Somerton, AZ 15,932 36
4 Florence, AZ 26,350 40
5 Prescott, AZ 42,068 87
6 Avondale, AZ 83,392 60
7 Chandler, AZ 248,631 61
8 Camp Verde, AZ 11,169 51
9 Sahuarita, AZ 28,949 59
10 Peoria, AZ 164,572 41

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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