These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Arizona For 2018


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Arizona are the best of the best..

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Arizona, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Grand Canyon State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Arizona based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Arizona ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Arizona for 2018:

  1. Rio Verde (Homes For Sale)
  2. Carefree (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. St. David (Homes For Sale)
  4. Citrus Park (Homes For Sale)
  5. Pinetop Country Club (Homes For Sale)
  6. Fort Valley (Homes For Sale)
  7. Eagar (Homes For Sale)
  8. Pinetop-Lakeside (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Tubac (Homes For Sale)
  10. Red Rock CDP (Pinal County) (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Rio Verde, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Grand Canyon State check out:

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How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Arizona

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 105 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 105, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Arizona. Top of that list — Rio Verde.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Arizona.

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1. Rio Verde


Population: 1,946
Median Income: $70,069 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $494,500 (2nd Best)
More on Rio Verde: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Carefree

Carefree, AZ

Population: 3,580
Median Income: $91,979 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $645,800 (1st Best)
More on Carefree: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

3. St. David


Population: 1,709
Median Income: $55,505 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,100 (25th Best)
More on St. David: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Citrus Park


Population: 4,832
Median Income: $99,063 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $366,900 (4th Best)
More on Citrus Park: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Pinetop Country Club


Population: 1,792
Median Income: $65,218 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $277,600 (7th Best)
More on Pinetop Country Club: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Fort Valley


Population: 1,157
Median Income: $113,730 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $445,300 (3rd Best)
More on Fort Valley: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Eagar


Population: 4,943
Median Income: $58,321 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $162,500 (18th Best)
More on Eagar: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Pinetop-Lakeside

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ

Population: 4,314
Median Income: $57,623 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $192,700 (14th Best)
More on Pinetop-Lakeside: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

9. Tubac


Population: 1,471
Median Income: $42,639 (44th Best)
Median Home Value: $289,200 (6th Best)
More on Tubac: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Red Rock Cdp (Pinal County)

Source: Public Domain

Population: 2,710
Median Income: $50,250 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $133,700 (30th Best)
More on Red Rock Cdp (Pinal County): Data| Homes For Sale

11. Central Heights-Midland City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 2,891
Median Income: $37,173 (59th Best)
Median Home Value: $81,900 (65th Best)
More on Central Heights-Midland City: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Kachina Village

Source: Public Domain

Population: 2,588
Median Income: $50,599 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $219,000 (11th Best)
More on Kachina Village: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Clarkdale

Clarkdale, AZ

Population: 4,159
Median Income: $46,223 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $184,200 (15th Best)
More on Clarkdale: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

14. Linden


Population: 2,525
Median Income: $52,663 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $196,700 (13th Best)
More on Linden: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Thatcher

Thatcher, AZ

Population: 4,972
Median Income: $43,083 (43rd Best)
Median Home Value: $143,800 (22nd Best)
More on Thatcher: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

16. Wagon Wheel


Population: 1,332
Median Income: $44,750 (38th Best)
Median Home Value: $155,500 (19th Best)
More on Wagon Wheel: Data| Homes For Sale

17. Whetstone


Population: 2,653
Median Income: $49,735 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $128,200 (33rd Best)
More on Whetstone: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Pine


Population: 1,180
Median Income: $63,056 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $293,300 (5th Best)
More on Pine: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Kearny


Population: 2,306
Median Income: $55,357 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $90,100 (56th Best)
More on Kearny: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Mountainaire


Population: 1,150
Median Income: $55,292 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $239,100 (10th Best)
More on Mountainaire: Data| Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Arizona are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Arizona:

  1. Houck
  2. Bylas
  3. Blackwater

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Arizona

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Rio Verde 1,946 $70,069 $494,500
2 Carefree 3,580 $91,979 $645,800
3 St. David 1,709 $55,505 $140,100
4 Citrus Park 4,832 $99,063 $366,900
5 Pinetop Country Club 1,792 $65,218 $277,600
6 Fort Valley 1,157 $113,730 $445,300
7 Eagar 4,943 $58,321 $162,500
8 Pinetop-Lakeside 4,314 $57,623 $192,700
9 Tubac 1,471 $42,639 $289,200
10 Red Rock Cdp (Pinal County) 2,710 $50,250 $133,700
11 Central Heights-Midland City 2,891 $37,173 $81,900
12 Kachina Village 2,588 $50,599 $219,000
13 Clarkdale 4,159 $46,223 $184,200
14 Linden 2,525 $52,663 $196,700
15 Thatcher 4,972 $43,083 $143,800
16 Wagon Wheel 1,332 $44,750 $155,500
17 Whetstone 2,653 $49,735 $128,200
18 Pine 1,180 $63,056 $293,300
19 Kearny 2,306 $55,357 $90,100
20 Mountainaire 1,150 $55,292 $239,100
21 Dewey-Humboldt 3,965 $50,173 $198,500
22 Willcox 3,617 $43,324 $92,900
23 St. Johns 3,542 $42,108 $88,000
24 Cornville 2,647 $46,375 $240,300
25 Parker 3,043 $45,509 $138,200
26 Clifton 3,583 $60,139 $66,300
27 Pima 2,471 $50,321 $117,300
28 Williams 3,079 $42,557 $164,900
29 Swift Trail Junction 3,262 $52,841 $110,800
30 Oracle 3,735 $48,409 $179,600
31 Parks 1,413 $55,093 $262,800
32 Joseph City 1,137 $50,994 $105,100
33 Cienega Springs 1,795 $34,239 $98,500
34 Centennial Park 1,528 $45,990 $150,000
35 Fredonia 1,210 $42,404 $130,800
36 Lake Of The Woods 4,113 $34,666 $139,200
37 Salome 1,422 $31,698 $72,200
38 Moenkopi 1,159 $49,740 $85,600
39 Superior 2,895 $40,089 $76,700
40 Mescal 1,525 $39,583 $75,400
41 Tombstone 1,479 $30,921 $100,800
42 Congress 1,247 $38,830 $143,700
43 Mohave Valley 2,861 $47,935 $117,900
44 Cactus Flats 1,398 $58,750 $99,100
45 Taylor 4,153 $45,263 $124,300
46 Miami 2,153 $36,298 $67,000
47 Benson 4,974 $30,010 $83,600
48 Valle Vista 1,907 $47,273 $121,200
49 Scenic 1,704 $43,587 $134,600
50 Tonto Basin 1,466 $36,726 $151,500
51 Springerville 1,728 $37,118 $123,000
52 Claypool 1,605 $34,871 $61,000
53 St. Michaels 1,409 $47,734 $100,400
54 Heber-Overgaard 2,736 $31,237 $130,700
55 Star Valley 1,976 $26,193 $135,800
56 Paulden 4,729 $45,660 $123,700
57 Grand Canyon Village 1,787 $32,236 $36,300
58 Spring Valley 1,374 $31,951 $94,600
59 Wellton 2,947 $45,492 $39,800
60 Huachuca City 2,180 $32,801 $97,900
61 Desert Hills 2,782 $38,432 $113,900
62 San Manuel 3,725 $43,717 $70,000
63 Mayer 1,759 $45,842 $117,600
64 Shongopovi 1,080 $33,611 $80,800
65 Donovan Estates 1,435 $37,763 $82,400
66 Hotevilla-Bacavi 1,222 $41,513 $97,900
67 Cordes Lakes 2,519 $30,228 $84,500
68 Gila Bend 1,952 $29,054 $81,400
69 Second Mesa 1,537 $32,143 $84,200
70 Black Canyon City 2,681 $34,355 $95,000
71 Window Rock 3,355 $37,315 $63,100
72 Tsaile 1,218 $34,167 $34,300
73 Lechee 1,550 $58,466 $61,200
74 Mammoth 1,553 $36,643 $62,900
75 Maricopa Colony 1,027 $34,141 $103,800
76 Ajo 3,696 $37,200 $77,600
77 Kayenta 4,838 $32,736 $47,100
78 Many Farms 1,522 $43,125 $66,100
79 First Mesa 1,737 $22,917 $58,300
80 Peridot 1,633 $40,870 $38,400
81 Dolan Springs 2,096 $19,981 $70,400
82 Aguila 1,168 $21,518 $100,700
83 Sells 2,688 $29,107 $60,100
84 Fort Defiance 4,022 $27,969 $38,300
85 Rainbow City 1,181 $27,625 $55,200
86 Ganado 1,028 $30,500 $49,700
87 Leupp 1,186 $41,094 $65,900
88 White Mountain Lake 2,245 $29,200 $100,100
89 Golden Shores 1,500 $24,375 $85,600
90 North Fork 1,506 $48,438 $67,400
91 Avenue B And C 3,623 $26,870 $35,000
92 Pirtleville 1,537 $19,124 $61,900
93 Canyon Day 1,286 $21,176 $44,100
94 Kaibito 1,768 $38,393 $68,000
95 Cameron 1,158 $33,125 $56,900
96 Peach Springs 1,102 $34,911 $63,000
97 Ak-Chin Village 1,182 $24,750 $53,300
98 San Carlos 4,440 $26,875 $44,300
99 Whiteriver 4,447 $23,341 $60,000
100 Dilkon 1,393 $33,750 $83,100

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