These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Arizona


We analyzed over 32 places in Arizona to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Arizona.

But where exactly in Arizona? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Arizona that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in San Luis don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Grand Canyon State to retire:

  1. San Luis
  2. Sahuarita
  3. El Mirage
  4. Somerton
  5. Chandler
  6. Phoenix
  7. Gilbert
  8. Mesa
  9. Florence
  10. Surprise

Why did San Luis take the top spot? And where are Phoenix and Mesa? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Grand Canyon State

To create our list of the best places in Arizona to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Grand Canyon State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 32 places from across the state.

For these 32, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 32, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case San Luis, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. San Luis

San Luis, Arizona

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Population: 30,139
Cost Of Living: 88
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,682
San Luis ranked 1 overall thanks to its 7 place rank for cost of living and 5 place safety rank.

2. Sahuarita

Sahuarita, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,441
Cost Of Living: 98
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,520
Sahuarita ranked 2 overall thanks to its 17 place rank for cost of living and 2 place safety rank.

3. El Mirage

El Mirage, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,600
Cost Of Living: 91
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,285
El Mirage ranked 3 overall thanks to its 12 place rank for cost of living and 15 place safety rank.

4. Somerton

Somerton, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,679
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,634
Somerton ranked 4 overall thanks to its 9 place rank for cost of living and 3 place safety rank.

5. Chandler

Chandler, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 245,231
Cost Of Living: 113
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,491
Chandler ranked 5 overall thanks to its 28 place rank for cost of living and 10 place safety rank.

6. Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,490,758
Cost Of Living: 99
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,408
Phoenix ranked 6 overall thanks to its 18 place rank for cost of living and 23 place safety rank.

7. Gilbert

Gilbert, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 223,131
Cost Of Living: 116
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,650
Gilbert ranked 7 overall thanks to its 30 place rank for cost of living and 4 place safety rank.

8. Mesa

Mesa, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 452,091
Cost Of Living: 101
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,330
Mesa ranked 8 overall thanks to its 21 place rank for cost of living and 16 place safety rank.

9. Florence

Florence, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,513
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
Crime Per 100k: 686
Florence ranked 9 overall thanks to its 9 place rank for cost of living and 1 place safety rank.

10. Surprise

Surprise, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 121,648
Cost Of Living: 103
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,838
Surprise ranked 10 overall thanks to its 22 place rank for cost of living and 6 place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Arizona goes to San Luis.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Chino Valley
  • Prescott
  • Globe

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Arizona

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
San Luis 1 30,139 88 13 1,682
Sahuarita 2 26,441 98 12 1,520
El Mirage 3 32,600 91 21 3,285
Somerton 4 14,679 89 6 1,634
Chandler 5 245,231 113 13 2,491
Phoenix 6 1,490,758 99 10 4,408
Gilbert 7 223,131 116 17 1,650
Mesa 8 452,091 101 17 3,330
Florence 9 26,513 89 42 686
Surprise 10 121,648 103 30 1,838
South Tucson 11 5,675 80 5 20,511
Nogales 12 20,699 84 6 2,835
Tolleson 13 6,707 89 14 11,063
Yuma 14 93,078 93 10 4,140
Apache Junction 15 36,965 94 27 3,549
Peoria 16 160,231 107 29 2,211
Kingman 17 28,381 85 30 5,440
Holbrook 18 5,003 85 146 5,636
Flagstaff 19 67,419 119 122 4,887
Buckeye 20 54,927 96 36 2,130
Prescott Valley 21 39,575 99 82 2,567
Eloy 22 17,062 81 53 3,416
Casa Grande 23 50,316 92 39 4,044
Tempe 24 166,975 108 5 5,296
Coolidge 25 12,058 85 43 4,561
Payson 26 15,234 103 68 2,829
Camp Verde 27 10,965 100 78 2,818
Wickenburg 28 6,629 116 56 2,398
Page 29 7,374 107 209 7,255
Globe 30 7,463 89 73 5,775
Prescott 31 40,130 115 82 3,413
Chino Valley 32 10,879 104 92 3,401

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