The 10 Best Tucson, AZ Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Tucson.
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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 2019:

  1. Desert Palms Park (Homes)
  2. Eastside (Homes)
  3. Poets Square (Homes)
  4. Houghton (Homes)
  5. Harrison East-South (Homes)
  6. Saguaro Miraflores (Homes)
  7. Civano (Homes)
  8. Broadmoor-Broadway (Homes)
  9. Mesquite Ranch (Homes)
  10. Rosemont East (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Tucson for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Desert Palms Park looks to be the best Tucson neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Tucson hoods in 2019

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.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 861
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 21)
Median Home Value: $208,300 (19th best)
Median Income: $76,875 (7th best)
More on Desert Palms Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 4,072
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $206,300 (20th best)
Median Income: $78,316 (6th best)
More on Eastside: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,146
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 21)
Median Home Value: $191,833 (27th best)
Median Income: $60,578 (15th best)
More on Poets Square: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,646
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $273,400 (9th best)
Median Income: $87,860 (1st best)
More on Houghton: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 3,045
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $154,700 (50th best)
Median Income: $57,993 (18th best)
More on Harrison East-South: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 615
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $213,500 (17th best)
Median Income: $74,054 (8th best)
More on Saguaro Miraflores: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,525
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $229,700 (14th best)
Median Income: $82,886 (2nd best)
More on Civano: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,520
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $281,650 (7th best)
Median Income: $53,963 (25th best)
More on Broadmoor-Broadway: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 945
Rank Last Year: 31 (Up 22)
Median Home Value: $229,700 (14th best)
Median Income: $82,886 (2nd best)
More on Mesquite Ranch: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 430
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $203,700 (22nd best)
Median Income: $69,375 (10th best)
More on Rosemont East: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019

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 Rosemont East 430 $203,700 $69,375
11 Sam Hughes 4,745 $312,312 $51,092
12 Rita Ranch 15,378 $184,900 $80,100
13 Highland Vista Cinco Via 724 $197,650 $72,098
14 Old Fort Lowell 2,798 $188,833 $60,202
15 Bear Canyon 1,569 $300,600 $60,736
16 South Harrison 5,444 $143,660 $57,424
17 Catalina Vista-Blenman-Elm 969 $319,300 $55,920
18 El Conquistador 329 $369,800 $58,295
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 Shaheen Estates 962 $205,300 $39,268
34 Richland Heights East 1,081 $195,900 $35,446
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 Prince Tucson 1,703 $175,650 $35,822
45 El Montevideo 72 $341,200 $79,464
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 Midvale Park 17,271 $101,560 $38,634
52 San Clemente 768 $197,550 $40,067
53 Iron Horse 269 $250,850 $28,903
54 Groves Lincoln Park 5,319 $107,140 $49,612
55 Oak Flower 2,082 $104,400 $22,976
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 Julia Keen 4,315 $73,883 $42,510
65 Cherry Avenue 9,191 $68,825 $35,309
66 Starr Pass 717 $211,400 $61,698
67 Northwest 1,625 $157,200 $28,450
68 Hedrick Acres 3,641 $159,000 $25,980
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 Rancho Buena 2,352 $78,800 $34,750
87 Mortimore 327 $92,200 $48,352
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 Drexel Park 2,048 $46,850 $24,952
92 Elvira 8,254 $85,480 $36,931
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 Feldman’s 1,974 $167,260 $23,128
108 Santa Cruz Southwest 2,826 $58,240 $27,962
109 El Rio Acres 2,413 $84,850 $32,632
110 Las Vistas 4,631 $84,743 $31,826
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 Bravo Park Lane 2,917 $88,933 $29,495
116 Avondale 1,329 $66,600 $24,456
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.