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:
- Desert View (Homes)
- Ahwatukee Foothills (Homes)
- North Gateway (Homes)
- Paradise Valley (Homes)
- 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”.
- 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.
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.
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 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