These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Tucson


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Tucson 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 Tucson, 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 Tucson 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 Tucson 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 Tucson:

  1. Eastside
  2. Harrison East-South
  3. Old Fort Lowell
  4. Sam Hughes
  5. Desert Palms Park
  6. Houghton
  7. Thunderbird Heights-Wilmot Desert
  8. Blenman-Elm
  9. Broadmoor-Broadway
  10. Poets Square

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

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Tucson?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Tucson, 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 95 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 Tucson.” We’re lookin’ at you, Eastside.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Tucson 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. Eastside

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,353
Median Home Price: $228,650
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,210
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

2. Harrison East-South

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,336
Median Home Price: $177,050
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,750
Unemployment Rate: 0.6%

3. Old Fort Lowell

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,943
Median Home Price: $214,600
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,252
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%

4. Sam Hughes

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,072
Median Home Price: $335,412
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,252
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

5. Desert Palms Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,063
Median Home Price: $222,700
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,588
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%

6. Houghton

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,537
Median Home Price: $320,350
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,252
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%

7. Thunderbird Heights-Wilmot Desert

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,133
Median Home Price: $213,000
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,232
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%

8. Blenman-Elm

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,065
Median Home Price: $260,829
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,487
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%

9. Broadmoor-Broadway

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,274
Median Home Price: $293,450
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,252
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%

10. Poets Square

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,058
Median Home Price: $189,000
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,582
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Tucson

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

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

  1. Fairgrounds
  2. Drexel Park
  3. Santa Cruz Southwest

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Tucson

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Eastside 1 4,353 $228,650 3,210 3.6%
Harrison East-South 2 3,336 $177,050 3,750 0.6%
Old Fort Lowell 3 2,943 $214,600 2,252 2.0%
Sam Hughes 4 4,072 $335,412 2,252 3.7%
Desert Palms Park 5 1,063 $222,700 3,588 7.3%
Houghton 6 2,537 $320,350 2,252 3.2%
Thunderbird Heights-Wilmot Desert 7 1,133 $213,000 4,232 2.5%
Blenman-Elm 8 3,065 $260,829 2,487 5.0%
Broadmoor-Broadway 9 1,274 $293,450 2,252 5.6%
Poets Square 10 1,058 $189,000 3,582 2.5%
Peter Howell 11 2,047 $201,250 4,313 3.9%
El Gheko 12 2,307 $186,150 3,706 2.1%
Bear Canyon 13 1,596 $342,750 2,252 6.0%
Rita Ranch 14 14,282 $196,986 3,949 3.5%
Broadway-Northeast 15 1,117 $172,700 4,549 1.7%
Civano 16 2,075 $219,800 2,948 6.4%
Mitman 17 1,315 $187,400 4,759 4.3%
Sewell 18 1,875 $282,700 4,138 4.0%
Harlan Heights 19 1,429 $176,700 4,769 3.1%
Limberlost 20 3,632 $143,000 6,401 2.5%
Lakeside Park 21 5,614 $137,300 6,225 6.9%
South Harrison 22 6,507 $171,480 5,022 8.1%
Rincon Heights 23 2,315 $251,925 4,700 5.6%
Jefferson Park 24 2,551 $229,260 4,567 5.1%
Prince Tucson 25 1,894 $185,750 4,227 6.0%
Rillito 26 1,360 $171,700 6,365 4.5%
Saint Cyrils 27 1,958 $128,700 5,808 3.2%
Rosemont West 28 1,425 $166,100 4,943 6.9%
Pie Allen 29 1,456 $277,150 5,121 5.7%
Samos 30 1,148 $211,550 4,468 6.6%
Hedrick Acres 31 3,447 $182,267 6,273 5.6%
Miramonte 32 4,279 $192,960 5,171 8.5%
Colonia Del Valle 33 2,088 $172,233 5,623 7.5%
West University 34 3,340 $293,050 4,406 7.2%
Groves Lincoln Park 35 5,014 $123,180 6,480 3.6%
Vista Del Monte 36 2,014 $163,050 5,505 8.5%
Mountain First Avenue 37 1,077 $198,067 5,201 5.8%
Terra Del Sol 38 5,065 $126,640 6,581 7.0%
Mountain View 39 1,157 $167,850 6,442 4.4%
Dietz 40 6,842 $123,500 6,277 8.7%
Stella Mann 41 7,207 $116,275 6,698 7.8%
Armory Park 42 1,177 $233,167 4,614 6.1%
Palo Verde 43 5,957 $165,600 5,852 9.5%
North University 44 1,783 $266,050 4,912 6.4%
San Gabriel 45 1,035 $190,100 5,012 9.7%
La Madera 46 1,295 $176,967 5,927 6.6%
Westside Development 47 3,738 $145,625 5,700 6.3%
Dodge Flower 48 2,674 $163,400 6,627 7.0%
Richland Heights East 49 1,079 $189,850 4,582 9.7%
Swan Way Park 50 1,352 $162,850 6,378 8.4%
Country Glenn 51 1,067 $194,750 5,544 12.0%
Campus Farm 52 5,314 $132,186 6,278 5.8%
Midtown 53 6,923 $139,700 6,783 9.6%
Barrio Santa Rosa 54 1,066 $194,167 6,076 6.2%
Menlo Park 55 5,957 $126,233 6,566 4.9%
Tucson Park West 56 3,574 $137,400 7,513 5.9%
Avondale 57 1,575 $163,900 6,044 11.2%
Midvale Park 58 17,956 $118,860 7,359 7.5%
Naylor 59 1,018 $99,200 7,717 1.5%
Northwest 60 1,426 $195,700 6,681 12.1%
Ocotillo Oracle 61 1,279 $188,275 5,781 5.8%
Enchanted Hills 62 1,775 $141,200 7,103 9.1%
Cabrini 63 1,936 $121,500 6,719 10.6%
Corbett 64 6,326 $111,800 7,191 11.2%
Julia Keen 65 4,737 $90,067 7,293 8.2%
Oak Flower 66 1,615 $104,350 7,724 6.9%
A Mountain 67 3,019 $138,100 7,011 15.6%
Arroyo Chico 68 2,028 $157,750 6,152 7.7%
Feldman’S 69 1,902 $204,575 6,339 7.7%
Flowing Wells 70 9,942 $104,050 6,556 5.9%
Toumey Park 71 2,439 $144,050 7,209 12.5%
Doolen-Fruitvale 72 1,175 $147,833 6,224 10.4%
Elvira 73 8,605 $95,820 7,880 10.6%
Miracle Manor 74 2,895 $99,833 8,110 6.2%
Rose 75 2,194 $100,850 7,080 8.7%
Barrio Hollywood 76 2,545 $125,600 7,391 10.7%
Myers 77 4,884 $103,100 7,810 6.4%
North Dodge 78 2,054 $122,800 7,373 12.8%
Amphi 79 6,155 $118,820 7,520 8.2%
Western Hills 80 1,084 $103,200 8,215 9.8%
Keeling 81 5,117 $114,340 7,593 10.5%
Cherry Avenue 82 9,766 $79,375 8,381 13.3%
South Park 83 3,685 $130,700 7,152 14.4%
Roberts 84 2,040 $115,250 7,952 13.4%
Bravo Park Lane 85 2,669 $101,167 7,718 10.9%
Balboa Heights 86 1,105 $89,150 7,205 10.1%
Wakefield 87 4,623 $93,000 7,818 10.4%
El Rio Acres 88 2,231 $96,200 7,944 8.5%
Rancho Buena 89 2,156 $86,300 7,849 10.4%
Sunnyside 90 13,905 $91,330 8,309 11.3%
Alvernon Heights 91 1,513 $113,000 8,095 13.4%
Las Vistas 92 4,955 $98,743 8,035 10.9%
Santa Cruz Southwest 93 2,461 $74,280 7,756 8.5%
Drexel Park 94 1,737 $53,500 9,006 15.6%
Fairgrounds 95 2,174 $92,940 8,031 11.9%

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