These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Arizona For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Arizona have the most for people looking to make the move to Arizona.

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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:

  1. Yavapai County (Photos)
  2. Maricopa County (Photos)
  3. Pinal County (Photos)
  4. Pima County (Photos)
  5. Cochise County (Photos)
  6. Coconino County (Photos)
  7. Graham County (Photos)
  8. Santa Cruz County (Photos)
  9. Mohave County (Photos)
  10. 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.

Or, check out the best places to live in Arizona and the best places to raise a family in Arizona.

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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.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

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.

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1. Yavapai County

Camp Verde, AZ

Biggest Place: Peoria
Population: 218,586
Median Income: $46,638 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $199,300 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (3rd best)
More on Yavapai County: PhotosData

2. Maricopa County

Apache Junction, AZ

Biggest Place: Phoenix
Population: 4,088,549
Median Income: $55,676 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $204,900 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (1st best)
More on Maricopa County: PhotosData

3. Pinal County

Apache Junction, AZ

Biggest Place: San Tan Valley
Population: 397,604
Median Income: $51,190 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $142,200 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (6th best)
More on Pinal County: PhotosData

4. Pima County

Marana, AZ

Biggest Place: Tucson
Population: 1,003,338
Median Income: $46,764 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $160,800 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (5th best)
More on Pima County: PhotosData

5. Cochise County

Bisbee, AZ

Biggest Place: Sierra Vista
Population: 128,177
Median Income: $45,383 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $140,700 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.6% (4th best)
More on Cochise County: PhotosData

6. Coconino County

Flagstaff, AZ

Biggest Place: Flagstaff
Population: 138,064
Median Income: $51,106 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $231,300 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.2% (2nd best)
More on Coconino County: PhotosData

7. Graham County

Safford, AZ

Biggest Place: Safford
Population: 37,529
Median Income: $47,422 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $121,400 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 14.4% (11th best)
More on Graham County: PhotosData

8. Santa Cruz County

Nogales, AZ

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Nogales
Population: 46,547
Median Income: $38,941 (11th best)
Median Home Price: $135,200 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.7% (7th best)
More on Santa Cruz County: PhotosData

9. Mohave County

Bullhead City, AZ

Biggest Place: Lake Havasu City
Population: 203,629
Median Income: $39,856 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $130,000 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 11.7% (8th best)
More on Mohave County: PhotosData

10. Yuma County

San Luis, AZ

Biggest Place: Yuma
Population: 203,292
Median Income: $41,467 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $113,400 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 12.5% (10th best)
More on Yuma County: PhotosData

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:

  1. Navajo County
  2. Apache County
  3. Gila County

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Arizona

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Yavapai County 1 218,586 $46,638 $199,300
Maricopa County 2 4,088,549 $55,676 $204,900
Pinal County 3 397,604 $51,190 $142,200
Pima County 4 1,003,338 $46,764 $160,800
Cochise County 5 128,177 $45,383 $140,700
Coconino County 6 138,064 $51,106 $231,300
Graham County 7 37,529 $47,422 $121,400
Santa Cruz County 8 46,547 $38,941 $135,200
Mohave County 9 203,629 $39,856 $130,000
Yuma County 10 203,292 $41,467 $113,400
Gila County 11 53,179 $40,593 $139,800
Apache County 12 72,346 $32,460 $77,900
Navajo County 13 108,209 $36,868 $106,100

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