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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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. #Score

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 10 cities on our Family Friendly Arizona cities for 2019, 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 10,000.

There were 36 said family friendly cities in one of the largest states in the Southwest.

Without further adieu, the most family friendly city in Arizona for 2019 is Maricopa.

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.

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.

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Arizona For 2019

Maricopa, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 46,248
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
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

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 15,508
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 34
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

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 26,066
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
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

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,221
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
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

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 41,468
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
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.

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!!!

Douglas, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 16,576
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
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.

Review Of Douglas by Rayne D.

Take my hometown of Douglas, Arizona, out of all of the beautiful, old and stately homes in town, you used the street closest to the border, in an old part of town, never bothering to show the history and beauty of the town.

It is an old copper town which hit a recession when Phelps Dodge closed the smelter.

Holbrook, Winslow and Show Low are mountain towns that get and rely on tourism in the summer, hundreds of people enjoy the areas for camping, fishing and enjoying the sites!

Before I close, I would also like to tell you that as a retired business owner in Casa Grande, I have met people from around the globe. Australia, Wales, England, Belgium, just to name a few who told me Arizona is one of the most beautiful states they have seen.

Every city/town falls on bad times due to recession, economy, etc., and kudos to the towns which citizens and families still call home!

Chandler, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 245,160
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
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

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 239,283
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
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

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 28,257
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
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

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 161,383
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
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.

Review Of Peoria by HomeSnacks User

It was mainly suburban areas there so not much as far as crime, but being in the big city you always have the chance of something happening.

I really liked going to the outdoor malls and all the wonderful mexican food restaraunts. One restaraunt to look out for is Filibertos mexican food. The bad thing is that it is the suburbs so there isn’t much to do as in activities.

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:

How Is The Area In ?

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Arizona

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Maricopa, AZ 46,248 56
2 Somerton, AZ 15,508 32
3 Florence, AZ 26,066 39
4 Coolidge, AZ 12,221 66
5 Prescott, AZ 41,468 70
6 Douglas, AZ 16,576 44
7 Chandler, AZ 245,160 76
8 Scottsdale, AZ 239,283 90
9 Sahuarita, AZ 28,257 45
10 Peoria, AZ 161,383 62
11 Nogales, AZ 20,233 65
12 Avondale, AZ 81,590 61
13 Gilbert, AZ 232,176 43
14 Camp Verde, AZ 11,091 38
15 Yuma, AZ 93,851 52
16 Paradise Valley, AZ 13,961 32
17 Apache Junction, AZ 38,452 62
18 Surprise, AZ 129,534 40
19 Kingman, AZ 28,855 68
20 Mesa, AZ 479,317 56
21 El Mirage, AZ 34,400 60
22 Flagstaff, AZ 69,903 75
23 Oro Valley, AZ 42,889 60
24 Tempe, AZ 178,339 63
25 San Luis, AZ 31,509 43
26 Glendale, AZ 241,543 56
27 Prescott Valley, AZ 41,995 47
28 Phoenix, AZ 1,574,421 100
29 Show Low, AZ 10,860 59
30 Tucson, AZ 530,905 100
31 Marana, AZ 41,720 51
32 Sierra Vista, AZ 43,585 43
33 Payson, AZ 15,338 37
34 Cottonwood, AZ 11,634 63
35 Goodyear, AZ 74,953 52
36 Eloy, AZ 17,537 44

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