Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Arizona a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Arizona.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Grand Canyon State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Arizona, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 13 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Grand Canyon State for 2018:
- Yavapai County (Photos)
- Maricopa County (Photos)
- Pinal County (Photos)
- Pima County (Photos)
- Cochise County (Photos)
- Coconino County (Photos)
- Graham County (Photos)
- Santa Cruz County (Photos)
- Mohave County (Photos)
- Yuma County (Photos)
Yavapai County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Arizona. And you might want to avoid Navajo County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Arizona, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
How do you determine which Arizona county is the best?
To give you the best county in Arizona, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Arizona across each of the criteria from one to 13, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Arizona’.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Grand Canyon State.
Read on to see why Yavapai County is the best county, while Navajo County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Arizona.
3. Pinal County
4. Pima County
10. Yuma County
There You Have It – The Best Counties In Arizona To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Arizona can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Arizona according to the data:
- Navajo County
- Apache County
- Gila County
For more Arizona reading, check out:
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Arizona
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Arizona
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Arizona
- These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Arizona
Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Arizona
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