THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Tempe For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Tempe.
Best Neighborhoods In Tempe

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 Tempe, 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 Tempe 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 Tempe 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. So, if you're thinking of moving to Arizona and Tempe is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Tempe for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Alta Mira looks to be the best Tempe neighborhood to live in.

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

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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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Tempe

Population: 1,433
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $341,650 (11th best)
Median Income: $105,512 (Ninth best)
More on Alta Mira: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 861
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $375,400 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $126,957 (Eighth best)
More on Sandahl: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 490
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $579,500 (Third best)
Median Income: $160,833 (First best)
More on Tally Ho Farms North: Homes For Sale | Data

Camelot Village Tempe, AZ

Population: 1,544
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $324,200 (14th best)
Median Income: $71,100 (23rd best)
More on Camelot Village: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 508
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $601,200 (First best)
Median Income: $153,250 (Third best)
More on Warner Estates: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 437
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $579,500 (Third best)
Median Income: $160,833 (First best)
More on Raintree: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,124
Rank Last Year: 34 (Up 27)
Median Home Value: $173,500 (46th best)
Median Income: $80,292 (16th best)
More on Dava-Lakeshore: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 583
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $463,700 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $141,518 (Fifth best)
More on Tally Ho Farms: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 512
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $601,200 (First best)
Median Income: $153,250 (Third best)
More on Sunburst Farms: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 237
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $565,200 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $138,571 (Sixth best)
More on Corona Del Sol: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Tempe, AZ Neighborhoods In 2020

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Tempe, 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 58 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 Tempe." We're lookin' at you, Alta Mira.

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

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

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Tempe aren't all good. Knoell Gardens takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Tempe.

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 Tempe For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Alta Mira 1,433 $341,650 $105,512
2 Sandahl 861 $375,400 $126,957
3 Tally Ho Farms North 490 $579,500 $160,833
4 Camelot Village 1,544 $324,200 $71,100
5 Warner Estates 508 $601,200 $153,250
6 Raintree 437 $579,500 $160,833
7 Dava-Lakeshore 1,124 $173,500 $80,292
8 Tally Ho Farms 583 $463,700 $141,518
9 Sunburst Farms 512 $601,200 $153,250
10 Corona Del Sol 237 $565,200 $138,571
11 Mission Ridge 195 $565,200 $138,571
12 Broadmor 1,229 $335,900 $81,341
13 Tempe Royal Estates 3,827 $208,050 $61,256
14 Optimist Park Se 985 $245,600 $88,194
15 Optimist Park Sw 1,122 $217,400 $67,821
16 Optimist Park Ne 1,308 $220,550 $74,281
17 Optimist Park Nw 1,150 $206,450 $64,094
18 Shalimar 633 $225,000 $68,125
19 Duskfire Ii 362 $286,800 $86,932
20 Kyrene-Superstition 1,456 $143,600 $52,838
21 Mach 8 1,825 $175,800 $57,459
22 Daley Park 495 $294,300 $78,125
23 Mcclintock 1,112 $190,900 $74,833
24 Ntna-Indian Bend 1,988 $167,200 $56,129
25 Ntna-Canal Park 768 $220,600 $61,250
26 Baseline-Hardy 5,619 $128,166 $50,023
27 Brentwood-Cavalier 492 $240,500 $76,500
28 University Park 2,069 $395,300 $16,875
29 Alegre Community 1,790 $137,500 $20,854
30 Ntna-College 2,884 $161,900 $43,822
31 Estate La Colina 586 $327,400 $83,304
32 University Estates 289 $294,300 $78,125
33 Alameda-Campus 495 $240,500 $76,500
34 Cyprus Southwest 1,972 $174,100 $50,680
35 Rural-Geneva 1,078 $192,750 $51,310
36 Evergreen 1,223 $221,800 $65,312
37 Meyer Park 4,026 $160,700 $44,950
38 Gililland 2,035 $192,500 $37,640
39 Ntna-West Rio 778 $229,500 $44,412
40 Hughes Acres 1,054 $192,750 $51,310
41 Ntna-Cavalier Hills 657 $229,500 $44,412
42 Riverside 1,763 $266,300 $28,919
43 Wood Park 4,260 $134,400 $44,277
44 Tempe Gardens 779 $197,400 $80,647
45 Holdeman 2,018 $192,500 $37,640
46 Mitchell Park East 652 $198,950 $52,110
47 Kiwanis Park 1,874 $163,500 $53,920
48 Clark Park 510 $200,600 $37,895
49 Pepperwood 3,156 $153,350 $49,605
50 Superstition 338 $192,200 $93,516
51 Bell De Mar Crossing 463 $204,000 $59,900
52 Maple-Ash 965 $367,367 $47,372
53 Marilyn Ann 738 $198,100 $42,156
54 Mitchell Park West 852 $198,100 $42,156
55 Hudson Manor 838 $187,500 $23,309
56 Escalante 2,335 $117,233 $32,763
57 University Heights 561 $159,800 $19,850
58 Knoell Gardens 284 $83,100 $42,286

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.

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