Best Small Towns In Arizona For 2020


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

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in Arizona.

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 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Arizona for 2020.

What’s the best small town in Arizona? Rio Verde is the best small town in Arizona based on the most recent Census data. 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:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Arizona For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,107
Median Income: $79,583 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $477,300 (2nd Best)
More on Rio Verde: Data | Homes For Sale

Eagar, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 4,875
Median Income: $64,297 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $170,800 (19th Best)
More on Eagar: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Carefree, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,749
Median Income: $97,773 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $721,500 (1st Best)
More on Carefree: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,549
Median Income: $118,271 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $473,800 (3rd Best)
More on Fort Valley: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,634
Median Income: $66,971 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $302,400 (6th Best)
More on Pinetop Country Club: Data | Homes For Sale

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,330
Median Income: $59,500 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $225,800 (13th Best)
More on Pinetop-Lakeside: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,602
Median Income: $55,313 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $221,100 (14th Best)
More on Wagon Wheel: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,230
Median Income: $60,987 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $327,000 (4th Best)
More on Tubac: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,581
Median Income: $73,493 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $251,600 (9th Best)
More on Kachina Village: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,065
Median Income: $56,875 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $146,500 (28th Best)
More on Six Shooter Canyon: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,557
Median Income: $60,000 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $125,800 (36th Best)
More on Joseph City: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,848
Median Income: $56,897 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $246,400 (10th Best)
More on Linden: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,392
Median Income: $72,426 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $283,500 (7th Best)
More on Parks: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,192
Median Income: $54,400 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $254,700 (8th Best)
More on Cornville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,236
Median Income: $64,402 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $138,200 (33rd Best)
More on Centennial Park: Data | Homes For Sale

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 2014-2018 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. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Arizona.

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 15 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. Bylas
  2. Cibecue
  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, AZ 2,107 $79,583.0 $477,300.0
2 Eagar, AZ 4,875 $64,297.0 $170,800.0
3 Carefree, AZ 3,749 $97,773.0 $721,500.0
4 Fort Valley, AZ 1,549 $118,271.0 $473,800.0
5 Pinetop Country Club, AZ 1,634 $66,971.0 $302,400.0
6 Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ 4,330 $59,500.0 $225,800.0
7 Wagon Wheel, AZ 1,602 $55,313.0 $221,100.0
8 Tubac, AZ 1,230 $60,987.0 $327,000.0
9 Kachina Village, AZ 2,581 $73,493.0 $251,600.0
10 Six Shooter Canyon, AZ 1,065 $56,875.0 $146,500.0
11 Joseph City, AZ 1,557 $60,000.0 $125,800.0
12 Linden, AZ 2,848 $56,897.0 $246,400.0
13 Parks, AZ 1,392 $72,426.0 $283,500.0
14 Cornville, AZ 3,192 $54,400.0 $254,700.0
15 Centennial Park, AZ 1,236 $64,402.0 $138,200.0
16 St. Johns, AZ 3,500 $57,929.0 $88,700.0
17 Pine, AZ 1,727 $53,438.0 $317,500.0
18 Dewey-Humboldt, AZ 4,026 $57,500.0 $195,900.0
19 Kearny, AZ 2,263 $54,875.0 $91,400.0
20 St. David, AZ 1,332 $38,281.0 $134,800.0
21 Clarkdale, AZ 4,258 $48,685.0 $229,200.0
22 Clifton, AZ 3,691 $61,848.0 $68,500.0
23 Parker, AZ 3,121 $52,708.0 $165,400.0
24 Pima, AZ 2,507 $43,942.0 $117,400.0
25 Williams, AZ 3,152 $50,781.0 $176,100.0
26 Oracle, AZ 3,920 $48,468.0 $206,100.0
27 Tombstone, AZ 1,375 $33,935.0 $109,700.0
28 Mescal, AZ 1,760 $42,857.0 $85,700.0
29 Desert Hills, AZ 2,703 $45,365.0 $144,900.0
30 Bouse, AZ 1,078 $48,393.0 $96,700.0
31 Valle Vista, AZ 2,132 $53,375.0 $145,300.0
32 Central Heights-Midland City, AZ 2,838 $35,565.0 $79,500.0
33 Star Valley, AZ 1,907 $26,667.0 $159,600.0
34 Swift Trail Junction, AZ 3,292 $53,684.0 $82,900.0
35 Scenic, AZ 1,792 $38,601.0 $234,200.0
36 Whetstone, AZ 2,146 $48,789.0 $120,000.0
37 Lake Of The Woods, AZ 3,671 $42,150.0 $152,600.0
38 Heber-Overgaard, AZ 2,542 $35,453.0 $174,100.0
39 Bluewater, AZ 1,004 $36,875.0 $56,600.0
40 Willcox, AZ 3,549 $36,921.0 $81,500.0
41 Fredonia, AZ 1,069 $37,063.0 $116,100.0
42 Cienega Springs, AZ 1,882 $30,833.0 $114,700.0
43 Springerville, AZ 1,946 $41,150.0 $117,900.0
44 Taylor, AZ 4,170 $43,659.0 $162,000.0
45 Moenkopi, AZ 1,300 $45,714.0 $59,300.0
46 Cactus Flats, AZ 1,378 $41,932.0 $135,400.0
47 Mohave Valley, AZ 2,674 $36,250.0 $158,800.0
48 Benson, AZ 4,884 $31,132.0 $89,400.0
49 Paulden, AZ 4,559 $41,811.0 $167,300.0
50 Huachuca City, AZ 2,275 $36,115.0 $97,500.0
51 Congress, AZ 1,540 $38,365.0 $146,400.0
52 St. Michaels, AZ 1,218 $38,750.0 $75,800.0
53 Superior, AZ 3,018 $30,395.0 $79,400.0
54 Claypool, AZ 1,278 $45,745.0 $66,800.0
55 Mayer, AZ 2,101 $48,244.0 $117,200.0
56 Quartzsite, AZ 3,707 $21,740.0 $51,500.0
57 Donovan Estates, AZ 1,276 $39,630.0 $80,900.0
58 Miami, AZ 2,084 $26,639.0 $61,800.0
59 Cordes Lakes, AZ 2,410 $31,630.0 $90,300.0
60 Spring Valley, AZ 1,636 $33,375.0 $101,600.0
61 Hotevilla-Bacavi, AZ 1,102 $38,036.0 $102,000.0
62 Wellton, AZ 2,994 $47,761.0 $73,200.0
63 Salome, AZ 1,215 $25,670.0 $50,500.0
64 Mammoth, AZ 1,856 $41,094.0 $60,700.0
65 Black Canyon City, AZ 3,172 $38,796.0 $102,800.0
66 Ganado, AZ 1,035 $39,219.0 $44,700.0
67 Tonto Basin, AZ 1,540 $31,806.0 $145,400.0
68 Gila Bend, AZ 1,782 $29,712.0 $78,900.0
69 Window Rock, AZ 2,952 $36,154.0 $65,900.0
70 Arivaca Junction, AZ 1,233 $40,911.0 $93,300.0
71 San Manuel, AZ 3,753 $43,233.0 $71,800.0
72 Hondah, AZ 1,034 $57,536.0 $81,700.0
73 Lechee, AZ 1,589 $62,344.0 $56,300.0
74 Pirtleville, AZ 1,572 $32,131.0 $80,300.0
75 White Mountain Lake, AZ 2,605 $41,533.0 $113,800.0
76 Kayenta, AZ 4,889 $26,750.0 $53,400.0
77 First Mesa, AZ 1,981 $24,100.0 $57,800.0
78 Shongopovi, AZ 1,102 $33,333.0 $88,500.0
79 Rainbow City, AZ 1,008 $29,821.0 $56,700.0
80 Leupp, AZ 1,314 $54,844.0 $69,700.0
81 Ajo, AZ 3,279 $34,019.0 $76,400.0
82 Golden Shores, AZ 1,064 $26,821.0 $76,300.0
83 Second Mesa, AZ 1,736 $38,846.0 $69,600.0
84 Sells, AZ 2,749 $30,714.0 $57,200.0
85 Komatke, AZ 1,156 $33,938.0 $150,000.0
86 Tsaile, AZ 1,296 $31,429.0 $45,800.0
87 North Fork, AZ 1,787 $48,000.0 $48,500.0
88 Avenue B And C, AZ 3,708 $27,553.0 $33,000.0
89 Fort Defiance, AZ 4,209 $32,716.0 $33,900.0
90 Kaibito, AZ 1,522 $50,455.0 $62,900.0
91 Sacaton, AZ 2,051 $16,500.0 $89,600.0
92 Many Farms, AZ 1,288 $35,357.0 $49,700.0
93 Whiteriver, AZ 4,185 $26,855.0 $69,500.0
94 Canyon Day, AZ 1,466 $27,904.0 $52,000.0
95 Dolan Springs, AZ 2,180 $22,653.0 $85,600.0
96 Dilkon, AZ 1,215 $36,761.0 $89,400.0
97 Peridot, AZ 1,643 $33,125.0 $22,800.0
98 Ak-Chin Village, AZ 1,185 $23,036.0 $88,100.0
99 Cameron, AZ 1,077 $36,080.0 $55,300.0
100 Casa Blanca, AZ 1,044 $9,470.0 $114,300.0

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.

One thought on “Best Small Towns In Arizona For 2020

  1. You moron. These are not all cities or towns. DIs you even go to school or are you just talking out of your loser millennial ass?

    Take some geography you idiot.

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