These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Arizona For 2019


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 2019:

  1. Rio Verde (Homes For Sale)
  2. Carefree (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Citrus Park (Homes For Sale)
  4. Pinetop Country Club (Homes For Sale)
  5. Fort Valley (Homes For Sale)
  6. Tubac (Homes For Sale)
  7. St. David (Homes For Sale)
  8. Wagon Wheel (Homes For Sale)
  9. Thatcher (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Linden (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:

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 – 100 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 100, 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.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,028
Median Income: $76,452 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $495,500 (2nd Best)
More on Rio Verde: Data | Homes For Sale

Carefree, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,657
Median Income: $95,992 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $687,800 (1st Best)
More on Carefree: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,924
Median Income: $108,781 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $377,400 (4th Best)
More on Citrus Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,677
Median Income: $66,439 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $295,700 (7th Best)
More on Pinetop Country Club: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,195
Median Income: $116,392 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $463,300 (3rd Best)
More on Fort Valley: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,365
Median Income: $52,333 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $296,400 (6th Best)
More on Tubac: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,667
Median Income: $57,422 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,100 (26th Best)
More on St. David: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,259
Median Income: $51,402 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $206,300 (12th Best)
More on Wagon Wheel: Data | Homes For Sale

Thatcher, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,982
Median Income: $51,694 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $146,100 (21st Best)
More on Thatcher: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,856
Median Income: $60,882 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $228,900 (11th Best)
More on Linden: Data | Homes For Sale

Eagar, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 4,894
Median Income: $57,931 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $165,400 (17th Best)
More on Eagar: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,046
Median Income: $58,869 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,900 (25th Best)
More on Red Rock Cdp (Pinal County): Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,260
Median Income: $57,574 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $131,700 (28th Best)
More on Joseph City: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,013
Median Income: $62,674 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $230,000 (10th Best)
More on Kachina Village: Data | Homes For Sale

St. Johns, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,502
Median Income: $47,857 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $93,900 (47th Best)
More on St. Johns: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,167
Median Income: $60,455 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $261,500 (9th Best)
More on Cornville: Data | Homes For Sale

Clifton, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,638
Median Income: $58,684 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $79,700 (63rd Best)
More on Clifton: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,249
Median Income: $54,079 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $93,000 (48th Best)
More on Kearny: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,652
Median Income: $69,125 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $271,900 (8th Best)
More on Parks: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,591
Median Income: $55,714 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $310,300 (5th Best)
More on Pine: 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. Lukachukai

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 2,028 $76,452.0 $495,500.0
2 Carefree 3,657 $95,992.0 $687,800.0
3 Citrus Park 4,924 $108,781.0 $377,400.0
4 Pinetop Country Club 1,677 $66,439.0 $295,700.0
5 Fort Valley 1,195 $116,392.0 $463,300.0
6 Tubac 1,365 $52,333.0 $296,400.0
7 St. David 1,667 $57,422.0 $140,100.0
8 Wagon Wheel 1,259 $51,402.0 $206,300.0
9 Thatcher 4,982 $51,694.0 $146,100.0
10 Linden 2,856 $60,882.0 $228,900.0
11 Eagar 4,894 $57,931.0 $165,400.0
12 Red Rock Cdp (Pinal County) 3,046 $58,869.0 $140,900.0
13 Joseph City 1,260 $57,574.0 $131,700.0
14 Kachina Village 3,013 $62,674.0 $230,000.0
15 St. Johns 3,502 $47,857.0 $93,900.0
16 Cornville 3,167 $60,455.0 $261,500.0
17 Clifton 3,638 $58,684.0 $79,700.0
18 Kearny 2,249 $54,079.0 $93,000.0
19 Parks 1,652 $69,125.0 $271,900.0
20 Pine 1,591 $55,714.0 $310,300.0
21 Valle Vista 1,959 $55,000.0 $128,800.0
22 Parker 3,074 $49,107.0 $164,000.0
23 Williams 3,114 $47,857.0 $168,300.0
24 Clarkdale 4,197 $45,901.0 $198,000.0
25 Salome 1,296 $42,155.0 $59,200.0
26 Willcox 3,557 $41,250.0 $89,600.0
27 Whetstone 2,191 $51,771.0 $117,800.0
28 Swift Trail Junction 3,304 $51,023.0 $107,100.0
29 Tombstone 1,459 $33,504.0 $110,900.0
30 Oracle 3,729 $41,602.0 $191,200.0
31 Centennial Park 1,550 $59,118.0 $143,000.0
32 Pima 2,495 $40,319.0 $112,100.0
33 Superior 2,954 $36,705.0 $86,700.0
34 Springerville 1,751 $38,333.0 $105,600.0
35 St. Michaels 1,245 $41,944.0 $105,400.0
36 Cienega Springs 1,926 $28,750.0 $89,700.0
37 Congress 1,454 $39,853.0 $154,600.0
38 Cactus Flats 1,423 $51,250.0 $106,700.0
39 Benson 4,916 $31,844.0 $84,400.0
40 Mescal 1,509 $34,519.0 $66,500.0
41 Claypool 1,428 $39,688.0 $66,500.0
42 Lake Of The Woods 3,975 $34,694.0 $143,100.0
43 Fredonia 1,236 $37,898.0 $100,700.0
44 Taylor 4,120 $44,868.0 $135,200.0
45 Star Valley 1,816 $26,045.0 $180,300.0
46 Quartzsite 3,669 $31,250.0 $54,400.0
47 Moenkopi 1,273 $44,792.0 $80,900.0
48 Mayer 1,948 $48,494.0 $120,800.0
49 Desert Hills 2,838 $42,667.0 $118,000.0
50 Spring Valley 1,404 $31,750.0 $97,000.0
51 Mohave Valley 2,984 $42,045.0 $156,100.0
52 Shongopovi 1,067 $36,917.0 $88,000.0
53 Beaver Dam 1,587 $38,162.0 $85,700.0
54 Huachuca City 2,348 $35,100.0 $99,900.0
55 Arizona Village 1,129 $29,438.0 $75,700.0
56 Cordes Lakes 2,328 $30,599.0 $85,700.0
57 Miami 2,238 $28,984.0 $61,000.0
58 Black Canyon City 2,892 $38,150.0 $101,400.0
59 Donovan Estates 1,373 $37,232.0 $83,200.0
60 Window Rock 3,282 $37,107.0 $70,000.0
61 Mammoth 1,582 $38,500.0 $63,600.0
62 Gila Bend 1,882 $29,771.0 $85,300.0
63 Second Mesa 1,695 $35,917.0 $85,000.0
64 Arivaca Junction 1,187 $39,844.0 $90,500.0
65 San Manuel 3,714 $41,583.0 $68,300.0
66 Tonto Basin 1,601 $28,026.0 $142,800.0
67 Wellton 2,950 $47,839.0 $39,400.0
68 Kayenta 4,630 $34,009.0 $52,100.0
69 First Mesa 1,928 $22,353.0 $64,100.0
70 Lechee 1,527 $60,000.0 $58,100.0
71 White Mountain Lake 2,476 $33,029.0 $99,000.0
72 Many Farms 1,322 $39,904.0 $61,000.0
73 Rainbow City 1,114 $28,810.0 $59,300.0
74 Leupp 1,295 $51,513.0 $67,800.0
75 Pirtleville 1,838 $21,818.0 $68,100.0
76 Aguila 1,240 $27,614.0 $100,000.0
77 Tsaile 1,308 $31,429.0 $45,000.0
78 North Fork 1,634 $48,333.0 $49,700.0
79 Fort Defiance 4,118 $31,603.0 $40,300.0
80 Ganado 1,035 $34,688.0 $50,900.0
81 Golden Shores 1,294 $26,948.0 $77,400.0
82 Sells 2,688 $31,806.0 $56,600.0
83 Ajo 3,525 $33,178.0 $75,800.0
84 Kaibito 1,712 $51,023.0 $63,000.0
85 Canyon Day 1,293 $22,279.0 $51,100.0
86 Avenue B And C 3,444 $27,739.0 $32,000.0
87 Peridot 1,648 $35,750.0 $39,200.0
88 Dolan Springs 2,479 $19,916.0 $78,500.0
89 Cameron 1,178 $35,625.0 $56,600.0
90 Whiteriver 4,198 $24,506.0 $70,200.0
91 San Carlos 4,395 $27,617.0 $33,600.0
92 Dilkon 1,320 $34,615.0 $82,700.0
93 Peach Springs 1,228 $35,703.0 $59,000.0
94 Casa Blanca 1,189 $12,396.0 $101,200.0
95 Sacaton 2,338 $17,070.0 $85,000.0
96 Blackwater 1,653 $20,993.0 $121,700.0
97 Cibecue 2,218 $17,813.0 $53,800.0
98 Lukachukai 1,660 $30,602.0 $56,800.0
99 Bylas 1,834 $24,875.0 $27,200.0
100 Houck 1,030 $21,118.0 $45,000.0

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