These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Tucson For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Houghton
  2. Eastside
  3. Rita Ranch
  4. Harrison East-South
  5. Shaheen Estates
  6. Civano
  7. Sam Hughes
  8. Armory Park
  9. Broadmoor-Broadway
  10. Blenman-Elm

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

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Arizona check out the best places in Arizona overall or the worst neighborhoods in Tucson.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Tucson for 2018?

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 90 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, Houghton.

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. Houghton

Population: 2,499
Median Income: $77,847
Median Home Value: $285,900

2. Eastside

Population: 4,224
Median Income: $71,094
Median Home Value: $214,700

3. Rita Ranch

Population: 15,418
Median Income: $83,096
Median Home Value: $181,000

4. Harrison East-South

Population: 2,897
Median Income: $65,367
Median Home Value: $155,950

5. Shaheen Estates

Population: 1,191
Median Income: $47,339
Median Home Value: $199,400

6. Civano

Population: 2,293
Median Income: $72,849
Median Home Value: $219,300

7. Sam Hughes

Population: 4,590
Median Income: $48,940
Median Home Value: $340,662

8. Armory Park

Population: 1,218
Median Income: $30,892
Median Home Value: $234,475

9. Broadmoor-Broadway

Population: 1,455
Median Income: $54,106
Median Home Value: $282,500

10. Blenman-Elm

Population: 3,443
Median Income: $49,383
Median Home Value: $263,057

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. Santa Cruz Southwest
  2. El Rio Acres
  3. North Dodge

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Tucson

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Houghton 1 2,499 $285,900 2,662 3.5%
Eastside 2 4,224 $214,700 3,973 4.0%
Rita Ranch 3 15,418 $181,000 4,697 3.7%
Harrison East-South 4 2,897 $155,950 5,091 1.3%
Shaheen Estates 5 1,191 $199,400 5,274 11.4%
Civano 6 2,293 $219,300 3,866 5.2%
Sam Hughes 7 4,590 $340,662 2,662 3.1%
Armory Park 8 1,218 $234,475 4,182 4.0%
Broadmoor-Broadway 9 1,455 $282,500 2,662 3.1%
Blenman-Elm 10 3,443 $263,057 2,662 5.1%
Bear Canyon 11 1,560 $297,600 2,662 6.4%
Poets Square 12 1,189 $182,500 3,449 2.4%
Richland Heights East 13 1,230 $192,800 4,640 10.6%
Catalina Vista-Blenman-Elm 14 1,033 $318,900 2,662 5.6%
Old Fort Lowell 15 2,716 $200,500 2,662 4.6%
Peter Howell 16 2,063 $194,050 4,240 5.3%
Westside Development 17 4,160 $130,675 5,793 4.8%
Pie Allen 18 1,536 $238,450 6,699 10.2%
Sewell 19 1,725 $275,600 3,611 2.8%
El Gheko 20 2,107 $176,950 4,712 5.1%
Avondale 21 1,619 $146,600 7,313 10.0%
Mitman 22 1,249 $168,150 5,113 4.3%
Oak Flower 23 1,350 $126,750 7,385 2.6%
Broadway-Northeast 24 1,180 $158,600 5,842 4.8%
Dietz 25 7,336 $92,083 8,262 14.8%
Rosemont West 26 1,442 $141,900 7,039 3.3%
Limberlost 27 3,483 $128,900 7,272 6.0%
Corbett 28 6,602 $101,820 8,851 11.3%
Flowing Wells 29 10,429 $99,133 7,784 6.0%
A Mountain 30 3,080 $117,900 8,576 12.3%
Harlan Heights 31 1,386 $144,350 5,989 3.1%
Jefferson Park 32 3,110 $204,060 5,281 6.5%
South Harrison 33 5,915 $151,200 6,118 8.9%
Roberts 34 2,516 $68,767 10,071 17.3%
Lakeside Park 35 5,120 $118,825 7,904 7.7%
Drexel Park 36 1,966 $44,750 10,646 14.2%
La Madera 37 1,389 $165,067 6,478 7.7%
Miramonte 38 4,393 $165,380 6,610 8.8%
Alvernon Heights 39 1,764 $48,200 10,621 14.8%
Barrio Hollywood 40 2,788 $103,900 9,001 12.5%
Palo Verde 41 5,309 $135,012 6,927 8.8%
Saint Cyrils 42 2,071 $98,000 7,315 3.8%
North University 43 1,731 $304,000 4,585 7.1%
Stella Mann 44 7,451 $104,375 8,063 8.4%
Terra Del Sol 45 5,100 $97,517 8,291 6.1%
Mountain First Avenue 46 1,299 $178,533 5,927 6.5%
Mountain View 47 1,164 $105,150 7,997 3.3%
Hedrick Acres 48 3,581 $128,067 8,252 3.7%
Rillito 49 1,539 $137,000 7,915 9.8%
Vista Del Monte 50 2,073 $152,950 6,847 7.8%
Doolen-Fruitvale 51 1,116 $87,800 7,766 11.0%
Fairgrounds 52 2,074 $85,920 9,851 10.2%
Colonia Del Valle 53 2,003 $136,667 7,123 9.1%
Samos 54 1,195 $183,775 5,700 8.7%
Elvira 55 7,985 $82,240 9,510 12.0%
Cherry Avenue 56 9,621 $69,162 9,890 11.9%
Cabrini 57 1,984 $114,400 8,028 7.3%
West University 58 3,558 $254,520 5,853 9.0%
Rose 59 1,990 $84,950 8,750 10.0%
Prince Tucson 60 1,655 $180,200 4,914 9.5%
Midtown 61 8,126 $131,400 7,804 9.9%
South Park 62 2,855 $113,833 8,515 11.1%
Rincon Heights 63 2,426 $168,317 7,103 7.1%
Groves Lincoln Park 64 5,181 $107,480 7,857 8.3%
Barrio Centro 65 1,268 $98,800 9,007 10.2%
Keeling 66 4,803 $90,960 9,255 15.3%
Miracle Manor 67 2,922 $103,267 9,225 6.6%
Sunnyside 68 13,924 $80,150 9,810 11.0%
Campus Farm 69 5,424 $125,757 7,164 7.4%
Enchanted Hills 70 2,110 $100,500 8,790 8.2%
Bravo Park Lane 71 2,565 $89,867 9,193 11.7%
Northwest 72 1,487 $170,600 7,932 9.9%
Menlo Park 73 5,838 $133,450 7,571 6.1%
Myers 74 4,343 $52,450 10,009 6.4%
Rancho Buena 75 2,241 $84,700 9,427 10.6%
Balboa Heights 76 1,235 $82,500 8,645 18.3%
Midvale Park 77 16,904 $98,030 9,024 8.7%
Ocotillo Oracle 78 1,090 $156,400 7,173 6.1%
Amphi 79 6,572 $70,220 9,942 11.3%
Julia Keen 80 4,201 $71,367 9,232 8.1%
Toumey Park 81 2,260 $113,800 8,971 9.8%
Feldman’S 82 1,823 $198,000 7,243 9.3%
Dodge Flower 83 2,528 $61,100 8,898 8.7%
Las Vistas 84 4,661 $84,543 9,684 10.2%
Arroyo Chico 85 1,835 $113,100 8,000 8.2%
Wakefield 86 4,695 $84,857 9,696 8.3%
Tucson Park West 87 3,536 $125,400 8,582 5.3%
North Dodge 88 2,134 $69,300 9,785 9.7%
El Rio Acres 89 2,241 $88,750 9,589 9.3%
Santa Cruz Southwest 90 2,827 $63,860 9,586 6.6%

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