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:
- Houghton (Homes)
- Eastside (Homes)
- Rita Ranch (Homes)
- Harrison East-South (Homes)
- Shaheen Estates (Homes)
- Civano (Homes)
- Sam Hughes (Homes)
- Armory Park (Homes)
- Broadmoor-Broadway (Homes)
- 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.
If you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Arizona check out:
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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.
Median Income: $77,847
Median Home Value: $285,900
Median Income: $71,094
Median Home Value: $214,700
3. Rita Ranch
Median Income: $83,096
Median Home Value: $181,000
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.
More on Rita Ranch: Real Estate | Data
4. Harrison East-South
Median Income: $65,367
Median Home Value: $155,950
5. Shaheen Estates
Median Income: $47,339
Median Home Value: $199,400
Median Income: $72,849
Median Home Value: $219,300
7. Sam Hughes
Median Income: $48,940
Median Home Value: $340,662
8. Armory Park
Median Income: $30,892
Median Home Value: $234,475
Armory Park Historic Residential District is a historic district in Tucson, Arizona. It was listed on the NRHP in 1976 and the district boundaries were increased in 1996.
More on Armory Park: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $54,106
Median Home Value: $282,500
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:
- Santa Cruz Southwest
- El Rio Acres
- North Dodge
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Tucson
|13||Richland Heights East||1,230|
|15||Old Fort Lowell||2,716|
|45||Terra Del Sol||5,100|
|46||Mountain First Avenue||1,299|
|50||Vista Del Monte||2,073|
|53||Colonia Del Valle||2,003|
|64||Groves Lincoln Park||5,181|
|71||Bravo Park Lane||2,565|
|87||Tucson Park West||3,536|
|89||El Rio Acres||2,241|
|90||Santa Cruz Southwest||2,827|