The 10 Best Phoenix, AZ Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Phoenix.
Best Neighborhoods In Phoenix
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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 2019:

  1. Desert View (Homes)
  2. Ahwatukee Foothills (Homes)
  3. North Gateway (Homes)
  4. Paradise Valley (Homes)
  5. Deer Valley (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Phoenix for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Desert View looks to be the best Phoenix neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Phoenix hoods in 2019

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 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, Arizona has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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Population: 50,657
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $358,674 (1st best)
Median Income: $101,587 (1st best)
More on Desert View: Homes For Sale | Data

Ahwatukee Foothills Phoenix, AZ

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Population: 79,838
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $298,053 (2nd best)
Median Income: $95,258 (3rd best)
More on Ahwatukee Foothills: Homes For Sale | Data

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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Population: 17,226
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $260,769 (3rd best)
Median Income: $92,782 (4th best)
More on North Gateway: Homes For Sale | Data

Paradise Valley Phoenix, AZ

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Population: 178,412
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $252,702 (4th best)
Median Income: $72,905 (5th best)
More on Paradise Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Deer Valley Phoenix, AZ

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Population: 170,028
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $167,384 (9th best)
Median Income: $62,353 (7th best)
More on Deer Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Phoenix

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Phoenix aren’t all good. Central City takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Phoenix.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Phoenix For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Desert View 50,657 $358,674 $101,587
2 Ahwatukee Foothills 79,838 $298,053 $95,258
3 North Gateway 17,226 $260,769 $92,782
4 Paradise Valley 178,412 $252,702 $72,905
5 Deer Valley 170,028 $167,384 $62,353
6 New Village 5,653 $172,650 $96,497
7 Camelback East 144,021 $247,059 $56,425
8 Encanto 54,597 $186,183 $47,479
9 Laveen 55,112 $178,000 $68,008
10 North Mountain 169,088 $138,865 $50,524
11 Alahambra 134,116 $138,611 $43,225
12 Estrella 90,255 $85,516 $38,644
13 Maryvale 224,370 $84,540 $36,517
14 South Mountain 123,300 $107,310 $42,577
15 Central City 55,934 $92,265 $26,395

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.