These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Tucson, AZ 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 (Homes)
  2. Eastside (Homes)
  3. Rita Ranch (Homes)
  4. Harrison East-South (Homes)
  5. Shaheen Estates (Homes)
  6. Civano (Homes)
  7. Sam Hughes (Homes)
  8. Armory Park (Homes)
  9. Broadmoor-Broadway (Homes)
  10. Blenman-Elm (Homes)

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

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How do you determine the top 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.

1. Houghton

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

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2. Eastside

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

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3. Rita Ranch

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

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4. Harrison East-South

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

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5. Shaheen Estates

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

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6. Civano

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

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7. Sam Hughes

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

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8. Armory Park

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

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9. Broadmoor-Broadway

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

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10. Blenman-Elm

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

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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

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

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