These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Arizona

We used data and science to determine the places in Arizona where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Arizona, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Arizona is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Grand Canyon State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 35 places in Arizona with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Florence
  2. Sahuarita
  3. Gilbert
  4. San Luis
  5. Somerton
  6. Surprise
  7. Buckeye
  8. Thatcher
  9. Peoria
  10. Lake Havasu City

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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How we calculated the safest cities in Arizona

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (2014). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used three criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
  • Total crimes per capita
These Are The 10 Drunkest Cities In Arizona

For example, there were a total of 11 crimes committed in Florence which had a reported population of 25,068. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.000439 which translates into a 1 in 2279 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2014. This left us with a total of 35 places in Arizona to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 35 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places three criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Arizona".

The safest city, based on population, is Florence. The most dangerous? South Tucson, where residents had a 1 in 57 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

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1. Florence

Florence - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,068
Property Crime Rank: 2
Violent Crime Rank: 9

2. Sahuarita

Sahuarita - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,207
Property Crime Rank: 9
Violent Crime Rank: 2

3. Gilbert

Gilbert - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 235,430
Property Crime Rank: 11
Violent Crime Rank: 6

4. San Luis

San Luis - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,059
Property Crime Rank: 8
Violent Crime Rank: 14

5. Somerton

Somerton - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,145
Property Crime Rank: 7
Violent Crime Rank: 15

6. Surprise

Surprise - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 125,049
Property Crime Rank: 13
Violent Crime Rank: 8

7. Buckeye

Buckeye - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,126
Property Crime Rank: 15
Violent Crime Rank: 4

8. Thatcher

Thatcher - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,049
Property Crime Rank: 18
Violent Crime Rank: 1

9. Peoria

Peoria - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 164,722
Property Crime Rank: 16
Violent Crime Rank: 12

10. Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,892
Property Crime Rank: 17
Violent Crime Rank: 16

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Florence is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Arizona residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in Arizona:
3rd Most Dangerous: Tolleson
2nd Most Dangerous: Page
Most Dangerous: South Tucson

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Arizona

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
San Luis432,059814
Lake Havasu City1052,8921716
Prescott Valley1440,0352121
Camp Verde1611,0552428
El Mirage1733,3073217
Apache Junction2137,2743324
Bullhead City2239,3373920
Chino Valley2410,9792746
Casa Grande2550,2073535
South Tucson355,7075050

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