Where are the best places in the state of Arizona?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Grand Canyon State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Arizona.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 54 places in Arizona, we came up with this list of the best places:
- Paradise Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Scottsdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Gilbert (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Oro Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sahuarita (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Chandler (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fountain Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Litchfield Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Queen Creek (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Marana (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out Paradise Valley if you’re thinking of moving to Arizona — it’s the best the Grand Canyon State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Arizona.
For more Arizona reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Arizona
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Arizona
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Arizona
Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Arizona
The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Phoenix with a population of 1,555,324 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities — Populations over 5,000
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 54 cities, 107 towns, and 126 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Arizona
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Arizona across a number of criteria from one to 54, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Arizona”.
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Arizona? That would be Paradise Valley.
If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Arizona.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Paradise Valley at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Paradise Valley. The crime is the 9th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Paradise Valley make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $1,332,600 and households make $173,487 which is good for 1st in Arizona.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Scottsdale one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.
They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Scottsdale.
Well, I guess technically 5.4% of Gilbert residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 11th closest of any city in Arizona.
You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.
In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Gilbert also ranked well for crime (6th) and median income ($85,581).
Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Oro Valley. Statistically the 7th safest place in the state, there were only 29 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It’s really beautiful in Oro Valley, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $75,966 a year, and homes are valued at more than $281,700.
What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the good things in life?
You might be surprised to see the Town of Sahuarita so high on the list. Unless you live in Sahuarita.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 4.1%, Sahuarita residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Arizona. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Sahuarita is doing quite well.
Let’s be honest — Sahuarita is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Chandler.
Chandler ranked impressively high for its crime rate (18th overall) and its short commute times (29th).
We think that’s worth the price of admission.
With the unemployment rate being the 8th lowest in Arizona and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Fountain Hills.
Plus, the crime rate is the 44th lowest in the state!
Litchfield Park isn’t just the nicest place to live in Arizona – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.
It’s got the 8th lowest unemployment rate, the 5th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you’re looking at science and data, Litchfield Park definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.
Queen Creek has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Queen Creek had the 2nd highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $90,687.
Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.
In Marana, everyone loves to call Marana home! The median home value is the 14th highest in Arizona.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 18th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Grand Canyon State.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Arizona
If you’re looking at areas in Arizona with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Paradise Valley made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Arizona for 2019.
Best Towns To Live In Arizona
- Rio Verde (Pop. 1,946)
- Carefree (Pop. 3,580)
- Citrus Park (Pop. 4,832)
- Pinetop Country Club (Pop. 1,792)
- St. David (Pop. 1,709)
- Fort Valley (Pop. 1,157)
- Linden (Pop. 2,525)
- Eagar (Pop. 4,943)
- Tubac (Pop. 1,471)
- Clarkdale (Pop. 4,159)
Best Small Towns To Live In Arizona
- Parker Strip (Pop. 624)
- Round Valley (Pop. 580)
- Littletown (Pop. 645)
- Lazy Y U (Pop. 618)
- Sonoita (Pop. 851)
- Elgin (Pop. 148)
- Washington Park (Pop. 169)
- East Verde Estates (Pop. 284)
- Solomon (Pop. 285)
- Six Shooter Canyon (Pop. 902)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Arizona according to the data:
- Winslow (Pop. 9,539)
- Eloy (Pop. 17,128)
- South Tucson (Pop. 5,627)
For more Arizona reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Arizona
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Arizona
- 10 Safest Places In Arizona
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Arizona
Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Arizona