These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Phoenix


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:

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

Read on to see how we determined the places around Phoenix that deserve a little bragging rights.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Phoenix?

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.

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1. Desert View

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,813
Median Home Price: $364,623
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,718
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

2. Ahwatukee Foothills

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 78,112
Median Home Price: $295,286
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,718
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%

3. North Gateway

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,052
Median Home Price: $279,331
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,313
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%

4. Paradise Valley

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 174,057
Median Home Price: $256,518
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,353
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

5. Camelback East

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 129,629
Median Home Price: $258,270
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,490
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

6. New Village

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,634
Median Home Price: $211,000
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,494
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

7. Deer Valley

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 166,940
Median Home Price: $175,272
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,962
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%

8. Encanto

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,255
Median Home Price: $181,911
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,984
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%

9. Laveen

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,540
Median Home Price: $196,428
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,156
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%

10. North Mountain

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 165,379
Median Home Price: $159,457
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,345
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%

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. Maryvale
  2. Estrella
  3. Central City

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Phoenix

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Desert View 1 44,813 $364,623 1,718 3.4%
Ahwatukee Foothills 2 78,112 $295,286 1,718 5.1%
North Gateway 3 14,052 $279,331 2,313 3.5%
Paradise Valley 4 174,057 $256,518 2,353 5.2%
Camelback East 5 129,629 $258,270 2,490 5.7%
New Village 6 5,634 $211,000 3,494 4.1%
Deer Valley 7 166,940 $175,272 3,962 5.5%
Encanto 8 54,255 $181,911 3,984 6.6%
Laveen 9 48,540 $196,428 4,156 5.4%
North Mountain 10 165,379 $159,457 4,345 7.2%
Alahambra 11 134,420 $157,786 4,865 8.7%
South Mountain 12 108,678 $116,341 5,607 6.4%
Central City 13 51,593 $118,128 6,060 5.9%
Estrella 14 79,867 $127,252 5,848 6.3%
Maryvale 15 206,429 $91,563 6,378 8.4%

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