These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Phoenix, AZ For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Phoenix are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Phoenix, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Phoenix neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Phoenix are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Phoenix for 2018:

  1. Desert View (Homes)
  2. North Gateway (Homes)
  3. Ahwatukee Foothills (Homes)
  4. New Village (Homes)
  5. Paradise Valley (Homes)
  6. Laveen (Homes)
  7. Camelback East (Homes)
  8. Deer Valley (Homes)
  9. Encanto (Homes)
  10. North Mountain (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Phoenix that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Phoenix.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Phoenix for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Phoenix, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 15 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Phoenix.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Desert View.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Phoenix has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Desert View

Population: 47,652
Median Income: $97,488
Median Home Value: $317,848

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2. North Gateway

Population: 15,539
Median Income: $92,078
Median Home Value: $238,312

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3. Ahwatukee Foothills

Ahwatukee Foothills Phoenix, AZ

Source: Public domain

Population: 77,349
Median Income: $92,913
Median Home Value: $273,545

Ahwatukee Foothills, often simply called Ahwatukee, is an urban village of Phoenix, Arizona. While geographically, Ahwatukee forms the southernmost portion of Phoenix, it is normally considered to be part of the East Valley region of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
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4. New Village

Population: 5,615
Median Income: $84,160
Median Home Value: $196,075

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5. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley Phoenix, AZ

Population: 175,020
Median Income: $70,493
Median Home Value: $231,544

Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona. The town is known for its luxury golf courses, shopping, and restaurant scene. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town was 12,820. Despite the town’s relatively small area and population compared to other municipalities in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Paradise Valley is home to eight full-service resorts, making it one of Arizona’s premier tourist destinations. It is also known for expensive real estate.
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6. Laveen

Laveen Phoenix, AZ

Population: 50,986
Median Income: $62,572
Median Home Value: $158,462

Laveen is an ‘urban village’ within the city of Phoenix in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, situated eight miles southwest of Downtown Phoenix between South Mountain and the confluence of the Gila and Salt rivers. Parts of Laveen constitute an unincorporated community in Maricopa County, while the remainder falls within the city limits of Phoenix, constituting the city’s ‘Laveen Village’. Laveen Village is split between District 7 and District 8, both notable as minority-majority districts for the city. Although Laveen has been home to ‘pastoral alfalfa, cotton, and dairy farms’ since the 1880s, housing and commercial developments have been increasingly urbanizing the area.
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7. Camelback East

Camelback East Phoenix, AZ

Population: 136,706
Median Income: $52,334
Median Home Value: $226,153

The Camelback East Village, also sometimes referred to as East Phoenix or the East Side, is one of the 15 villages that make up Phoenix, Arizona, United States. It is adjacent to the suburbs Paradise Valley and Scottsdale and sits between Piestewa Peak and Camelback Mountain. There are two main cores of the village. The first is the 24th Street and Camelback Road core and the other is the 44th Street and Van Buren Avenue core.
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8. Deer Valley

Deer Valley Phoenix, AZ

Population: 165,609
Median Income: $61,691
Median Home Value: $147,528

Deer Valley or Deer Valley Village is one of the 15 urban villages that make up Phoenix, Arizona, United States. As of 2010, the population was 165,656, 25% of whom were under 18 years of age. The origin of the name is unclear; it first appeared on a 1921 General Land Office map of the area describing the valley created by Skunk Creek.
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9. Encanto

Encanto Phoenix, AZ

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Population: 53,559
Median Income: $43,273
Median Home Value: $147,559

Encanto Village is one of the 15 Urban villages that make up the City of Phoenix, in Arizona. The village includes the city’s midtown and uptown districts, as well as the popular Encanto neighborhood, its namesake. In 2010, Encanto had a population of 54,614 residents.
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10. North Mountain

North Mountain Phoenix, AZ

Population: 164,463
Median Income: $48,344
Median Home Value: $126,694

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Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Phoenix

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Phoenix where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Phoenix:

  1. Central City
  2. Maryvale
  3. South Mountain

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Phoenix

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Desert View 47,652 $317,848 1,746 3.4%
2 North Gateway 15,539 $238,312 2,336 3.0%
3 Ahwatukee Foothills 77,349 $273,545 1,746 4.5%
4 New Village 5,615 $196,075 3,317 5.6%
5 Paradise Valley 175,020 $231,544 2,403 5.3%
6 Laveen 50,986 $158,462 4,584 6.4%
7 Camelback East 136,706 $226,153 2,690 6.1%
8 Deer Valley 165,609 $147,528 4,238 5.1%
9 Encanto 53,559 $147,559 4,355 6.6%
10 North Mountain 164,463 $126,694 4,760 7.2%
11 Alahambra 131,584 $125,731 5,168 8.3%
12 Estrella 84,229 $80,451 6,506 6.3%
13 South Mountain 115,225 $96,300 5,881 7.0%
14 Maryvale 211,609 $69,777 6,718 8.4%
15 Central City 53,865 $86,237 6,409 7.6%

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