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.
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:
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:
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
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.
Population: 30,770Property Crime Rank: 122Violent Crime Rank: 916
Population: 25,430Property Crime Rank: 755Violent Crime Rank: 343
3. Oro Valley
Population: 41,965Property Crime Rank: 812Violent Crime Rank: 468
Population: 230,781Property Crime Rank: 841Violent Crime Rank: 575
Population: 10,204Property Crime Rank: 808Violent Crime Rank: 1,176
6. Paradise Valley
Population: 13,477Property Crime Rank: 958Violent Crime Rank: 986
Population: 57,165Property Crime Rank: 1,367Violent Crime Rank: 319
Population: 14,845Property Crime Rank: 845Violent Crime Rank: 1,266
Population: 45,748Property Crime Rank: 728Violent Crime Rank: 1,569
10. San Luis
Population: 30,658Property Crime Rank: 771Violent 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