THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Tucson For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Tucson 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 Tucson.
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Don't just come to Tucson to experience some of the tastiest cuisine, its jammin' music festivals, and/or its mega outdoor scene; come to "America's Biggest Small Town" to experience some of the best places to live in the state as well. And if you're not sure where those are located, take a look below at HomeSnacks' list of the best neighborhoods in Tucson for 2020.

To get the most accurate list, we had to do a little research. First, we looked at the latest census report for the median income levels and median home prices for each one of Tucson's 129 neighborhoods. We then stuck those two variables into a formula that calculated the ratio of income level to home price, which in turn ranked each neighborhood based on what place was the best deal. However, it didn't end there. We also looked at things that people find important when looking for their forever home: like, safety, unemployment rates, and cool stuff to do--we call this a neighborhood's SnackAbility score. Let's just say, if you haven't thought about moving to one of Tucson's best neighborhoods, you should start.

If you need to live close to The University of Arizona, there are homes on S. Tucson Blvd in the Broadmoor Broadway neighborhood that will only cost you around $143,325.34108527133. If you need to live close to the Mister Car Wash Headquarter -- because you just accepted a job with the third largest employer in Tucson -- then, the Saguaro Miraflores neighborhood should suit you just fine. And if you need to live close to the Tucson International Airport the Rita Ranch has some pretty great deals and the five-alarm sunsets here aren't half bad, either.

But, if you want to know the Tucson neighborhoods that are meeting and exceeding their community goals year after year, you're going to have to keep reading.

Did we mention that Tucson is a hub of activity and you can reach any one of the city's six distinct districts using the Sun Link Streetcar? Or, that there are 45 golf courses in or near The Old Pueblo? Ok, we've listed so many reasons why you should choose Tucson as your forever home; now, it's up to you to decide what neighborhood speaks to you.

So, want to know what Tucson neighborhood ranked number one? According to our calculations, that would be Desert Palms Park.

Take a look at the list below to see how Tucson's other great neighborhoods ranked; and if you don't find what you're looking for there, the rest of the rankings are just a couple clicks away.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Tucson

Population: 861
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $208,300 (19th best)
Median Income: $76,875 (Seventh best)
More on Desert Palms Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 4,072
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $206,300 (20th best)
Median Income: $78,316 (Sixth best)
More on Eastside: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,146
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $191,833 (27th best)
Median Income: $60,578 (15th best)
More on Poets Square: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,646
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $273,400 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $87,860 (First best)
More on Houghton: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,045
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $154,700 (50th best)
Median Income: $57,993 (18th best)
More on Harrison East-South: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 615
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $213,500 (17th best)
Median Income: $74,054 (Eighth best)
More on Saguaro Miraflores: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,525
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $229,700 (13th best)
Median Income: $82,886 (Second best)
More on Civano: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,520
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $281,650 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $53,963 (25th best)
More on Broadmoor-Broadway: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 945
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $229,700 (13th best)
Median Income: $82,886 (Second best)
More on Mesquite Ranch: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 15,378
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 15)
Median Home Value: $184,900 (35th best)
Median Income: $80,100 (Fourth best)
More on Rita Ranch: Homes For Sale | Data

Rita Ranch is a masterplanned community located in southeastern Tucson, Arizona. It is home to the Vail School District, one of the top public school districts in Arizona. It borders the small towns of Vail and Corona de Tucson. Many military families from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base live in the area. The population was estimated at 18,925 in 2007.

How We Determined The Best Tucson, AZ Neighborhoods In 2020

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 129 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, Desert Palms Park.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Tucson, 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 Tucson

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

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

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 Tucson For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Desert Palms Park 861 $208,300 $76,875
2 Eastside 4,072 $206,300 $78,316
3 Poets Square 1,146 $191,833 $60,578
4 Houghton 2,646 $273,400 $87,860
5 Harrison East-South 3,045 $154,700 $57,993
6 Saguaro Miraflores 615 $213,500 $74,054
7 Civano 2,525 $229,700 $82,886
8 Broadmoor-Broadway 1,520 $281,650 $53,963
9 Mesquite Ranch 945 $229,700 $82,886
10 Rita Ranch 15,378 $184,900 $80,100
11 Sam Hughes 4,745 $312,312 $51,092
12 Highland Vista Cinco Via 724 $197,650 $72,098
13 Old Fort Lowell 2,798 $188,833 $60,202
14 Bear Canyon 1,569 $300,600 $60,736
15 South Harrison 5,444 $143,660 $57,424
16 Catalina Vista-Blenman-Elm 969 $319,300 $55,920
17 El Conquistador 329 $369,800 $58,295
18 Rosemont East 430 $203,700 $69,375
19 Richland Heights West 622 $179,500 $37,212
20 Blenman-Elm 3,458 $287,443 $53,350
21 Rosemont West 1,765 $144,650 $53,629
22 Tucson Park West 3,752 $152,700 $29,854
23 Harlan Heights 2,058 $138,550 $37,409
24 Enchanted Hills 1,663 $98,400 $40,114
25 Sewell 2,022 $273,550 $17,408
26 Mountain First Avenue 1,485 $186,733 $36,169
27 Samos 1,286 $191,775 $36,803
28 North University 2,062 $238,200 $32,647
29 El Gheko 2,453 $186,150 $48,534
30 Lakeside Park 5,124 $115,675 $44,417
31 Thunderbird Heights-Wilmot Desert 886 $150,700 $39,635
32 Glenn Heights 669 $168,200 $51,845
33 Richland Heights East 1,081 $195,900 $35,446
34 Shaheen Estates 962 $205,300 $39,268
35 Vista Del Monte 2,060 $125,500 $54,378
36 Armory Park 1,194 $243,550 $35,231
37 Barrio Viejo 580 $220,450 $42,584
38 La Madera 1,228 $163,167 $48,269
39 Toumey Park 2,354 $112,700 $41,346
40 Ironwood Ridge 275 $165,800 $50,652
41 Rillito 1,209 $137,100 $41,625
42 Country Glenn 787 $103,650 $50,934
43 Dietz 7,533 $100,867 $40,835
44 El Montevideo 72 $341,200 $79,464
45 Prince Tucson 1,703 $175,650 $35,822
46 Campbell-Grant 965 $183,000 $38,164
47 Terra Del Sol 5,241 $94,167 $44,142
48 Peter Howell 2,180 $192,550 $47,262
49 Jefferson Park 3,094 $132,840 $34,103
50 Westside Development 3,401 $128,300 $62,475
51 San Clemente 768 $197,550 $40,067
52 Midvale Park 17,271 $101,560 $38,634
53 Iron Horse 269 $250,850 $28,903
54 Oak Flower 2,082 $104,400 $22,976
55 Groves Lincoln Park 5,319 $107,140 $49,612
56 Cabrini 1,906 $116,600 $34,580
57 Colonia Del Valle 1,776 $142,200 $54,839
58 Desert Aire-Loma Linda 978 $69,950 $38,159
59 Stella Mann 7,732 $107,050 $37,098
60 Western Hills 1,172 $81,500 $31,838
61 Mitman 1,032 $153,700 $37,630
62 Broadway-Northeast 944 $172,800 $55,127
63 Corbett 6,292 $100,200 $34,805
64 Starr Pass 717 $211,400 $61,698
65 Cherry Avenue 9,191 $68,825 $35,309
66 Julia Keen 4,315 $73,883 $42,510
67 Hedrick Acres 3,641 $159,000 $25,980
68 Northwest 1,625 $157,200 $28,450
69 Barrio San Antonio 255 $186,450 $36,460
70 Midtown 6,862 $109,883 $34,518
71 Limberlost 2,988 $111,900 $29,124
72 Millville 673 $186,450 $36,460
73 Wilshire Heights 423 $153,800 $63,511
74 Sunnyside 13,801 $82,260 $32,113
75 El Cortez 530 $97,400 $30,931
76 A Mountain 3,075 $116,100 $32,821
77 Barrio Santa Rosa 1,019 $140,900 $32,396
78 Swan Way Park 895 $71,000 $32,944
79 Campus Farm 5,209 $112,700 $32,027
80 Udall Park 198 $157,800 $56,875
81 Miles East West 967 $60,250 $31,489
82 Rincon Heights 2,443 $116,183 $25,657
83 Saint Cyrils 2,346 $85,600 $30,441
84 Palo Verde 4,587 $145,112 $30,461
85 San Gabriel 931 $163,567 $31,206
86 Mortimore 327 $92,200 $48,352
87 Rancho Buena 2,352 $78,800 $34,750
88 West University 3,900 $229,620 $20,605
89 Miracle Manor 2,583 $64,400 $22,053
90 Flowing Wells 11,466 $83,992 $39,991
91 Elvira 8,254 $85,480 $36,931
92 Drexel Park 2,048 $46,850 $24,952
93 Barrio Centro 949 $97,350 $46,230
94 Menlo Park 5,448 $145,383 $29,858
95 Arroyo Chico 1,984 $78,800 $37,537
96 Silvercroft 351 $89,700 $35,303
97 Barrio Blue Moon 501 $97,650 $23,499
98 Mountain View 1,238 $143,900 $36,620
99 Miramonte 3,835 $142,400 $27,899
100 Pie Allen 889 $188,600 $17,456
101 Doolen-Fruitvale 1,404 $93,267 $36,038
102 Wakefield 4,657 $70,714 $28,200
103 Dunbar Spring 874 $184,167 $25,779
104 Barrio Anita 278 $132,400 $37,269
105 Barrio Hollywood 2,631 $98,550 $27,950
106 Ocotillo Oracle 1,180 $157,625 $20,694
107 Santa Cruz Southwest 2,826 $58,240 $27,962
108 Feldman's 1,974 $167,260 $23,128
109 Las Vistas 4,631 $84,743 $31,826
110 El Rio Acres 2,413 $84,850 $32,632
111 Naylor 604 $97,200 $27,861
112 Keeling 5,018 $88,420 $21,261
113 Amphi 7,389 $79,540 $20,269
114 Rose 1,881 $83,200 $25,698
115 Avondale 1,329 $66,600 $24,456
116 Bravo Park Lane 2,917 $88,933 $29,495
117 North Dodge 2,258 $60,450 $24,251
118 Dodge Flower 3,106 $62,950 $24,580
119 San Ignacio Yaqui 676 $71,450 $19,844
120 Myers 5,159 $48,150 $25,509
121 Balboa Heights 1,355 $85,300 $12,854
122 South Park 3,131 $96,667 $28,574
123 Sunset Villa 338 $107,200 $31,458
124 Roberts 2,156 $67,300 $19,452
125 Santa Rita Park 586 $88,850 $30,286
126 Parkway Terrace 81 $97,600 $44,922
127 Alvernon Heights 1,314 $47,800 $19,452
128 El Presidio 672 $66,200 $25,976
129 Fairgrounds 2,142 $71,300 $25,005

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.