These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Arizona For 2017

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 47 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. Oro Valley
  4. Gilbert
  5. Sedona
  6. Paradise Valley
  7. Buckeye
  8. Somerton
  9. Maricopa
  10. San Luis

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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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 (Sept 2015). 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 Most Dangerous Cities In Arizona

For example, there were a total of 1,038 crimes committed in Florence which had a reported population of 30,770. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0337 which translates into a 1 in 30 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 47 places in Arizona to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 47 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 1 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: 30,770
Property Crime Rank: 122
Violent Crime Rank: 916

2. Sahuarita

Sahuarita - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,430
Property Crime Rank: 755
Violent Crime Rank: 343

3. Oro Valley

Oro Valley - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,965
Property Crime Rank: 812
Violent Crime Rank: 468

4. Gilbert

Gilbert - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 230,781
Property Crime Rank: 841
Violent Crime Rank: 575

5. Sedona

Sedona - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,204
Property Crime Rank: 808
Violent Crime Rank: 1,176

6. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,477
Property Crime Rank: 958
Violent Crime Rank: 986

7. Buckeye

Buckeye - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,165
Property Crime Rank: 1,367
Violent Crime Rank: 319

8. Somerton

Somerton - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,845
Property Crime Rank: 845
Violent Crime Rank: 1,266

9. Maricopa

Maricopa - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,748
Property Crime Rank: 728
Violent Crime Rank: 1,569

10. San Luis

San Luis - Safest Places In Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,658
Property Crime Rank: 771
Violent Crime Rank: 1,523

There You Have It - The Safest In Arizona

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: Globe
Most Dangerous: South Tucson

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Arizona

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Oro Valley341,965812468
Paradise Valley613,477958986
San Luis1030,6587711,523
Lake Havasu City1253,0101,2941,513
Prescott Valley1940,2582,0481,997
Sierra Vista2244,8922,2501,978
Bullhead City2439,4242,6261,896
El Mirage2633,0102,6322,025
Camp Verde2711,0082,2002,855
Apache Junction2836,5862,7522,113
Show Low3310,7683,4161,689
Casa Grande3649,7962,8133,012
South Tucson475,6863,8563,836

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