Top 15 Safest Cities In Arizona For 2018

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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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Florence.

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

In all, we analyzed 47 cities in Arizona with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Arizona for 2018:

  1. Florence (Photos | Homes)
  2. Buckeye (Photos | Homes)
  3. Gilbert (Photos | Homes)
  4. Thatcher (Photos | Homes)
  5. Oro Valley (Photos | Homes)
  6. Paradise Valley (Photos | Homes)
  7. Sahuarita (Photos | Homes)
  8. Somerton (Photos | Homes)
  9. San Luis (Photos | Homes)
  10. Maricopa (Photos | Homes)
  11. Surprise (Photos | Homes)
  12. Peoria (Photos | Homes)
  13. Marana (Photos | Homes)
  14. Prescott Valley (Photos | Homes)
  15. Scottsdale (Photos | Homes)

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

How we calculated the safest cities in Arizona

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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 2017) in Arizona.

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 two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 173 crimes committed in Florence which had a reported population of 31,130. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0056 which translates into a 1 in 179 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 2016. This left us with a total of 47 of the biggest cities in Arizona to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 47 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two 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 our criteria, is Florence. The most dangerous city in Arizona? Page, where residents had a 1 in 12 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.

1. Florence

Florence, AZ

Population: 31,130
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 70 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 485 (1st safest)
More on Florence: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Florence is a town, 61 miles southeast of Phoenix, in Pinal County of Arizona, United States. Florence, which is the county seat of Pinal County, is one of the oldest towns in that county and is regarded as a National Historic District with over 25 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The population of Florence was 30,770 at the 2015 census.

2. Buckeye

Buckeye, AZ

Population: 64,563
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 54 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,587 (8th safest)
More on Buckeye: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Buckeye is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona and is the westernmost suburb in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The population was 6,537 at the 2000 census. From 2000 to 2010, the Buckeye population growth percentage was 678.3% as it had 50,876 people at the 2010 census.

3. Gilbert

Gilbert, AZ

Population: 255,899
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 78 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,316 (4th safest)
More on Gilbert: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Gilbert is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located southeast of Phoenix, within the Phoenix metropolitan area. Once known as the "Hay Shipping Capital of the World", Gilbert is currently the most populous incorporated town in the United States. It is the sixth-largest municipality in Arizona, and the fifth-largest in the Metropolitan Phoenix Area.

4. Thatcher

Thatcher, AZ

Population: 5,019
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,773 (11th safest)
More on Thatcher: PhotosReal Estate | Data

hatcher is a town in Graham County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the town is 4,865. It is part of the Safford Micropolitan Statistical Area. Thatcher is the home of Eastern Arizona College, a college that offers two year degrees and includes a nursing school

5. Oro Valley

Oro Valley, AZ

Population: 44,089
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 65 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,481 (7th safest)
More on Oro Valley: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Oro Valley, incorporated in 1974, is a suburban town located 6 miles north of Tucson, Arizona, United States in Pima County. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 41,011, an increase from 29,700 in 2000 census. Dubbed the "Upscale Tech Mecca" of Southern Arizona by the Arizona Daily Star newspaper, Oro Valley is home to over 10 high tech firms and has a median household income nearly 50% higher than the U.S. median. The town is located approximately 110 miles southeast of the state capital of Phoenix.

6. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley, AZ

Population: 14,155
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 63 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,638 (9th safest)
More on Paradise Valley: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona. The town is known for its luxury golf courses, shopping, and restaurant scene. It should not be confused with Paradise Valley Village, an official municipal designation, in northeast Phoenix. For instance, Paradise Valley Community College, Paradise Valley High School, Paradise Valley Hospital, Paradise Valley Mall, and Paradise Valley Golf Course are all located several miles to the north of the town, in Phoenix. T

7. Sahuarita

Sahuarita, AZ

Population: 25,792
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 89 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,453 (6th safest)
More on Sahuarita: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Sahuarita is a town in Pima County, Arizona, United States. Sahuarita is located south of the Tohono O'odham Nation and abuts the north end of Green Valley, 15 miles south of Tucson. The population was 25,259 at the 2010 census.

8. Somerton

Somerton, AZ

Population: 15,196
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 171 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,184 (2nd safest)
More on Somerton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Somerton is a city in Yuma County, Arizona, United States. Somerton has an annual Tamale Festival that benefits students from the area who will be attending Arizona State University. More than 20,000 visitors attend the festival each year. The festival is put together by The El Diablito Arizona State University Alumni chapter.

9. San Luis

San Luis, AZ

Population: 32,227
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 121 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,324 (5th safest)
More on San Luis: PhotosReal Estate | Data

San Luis is a city in Yuma County, Arizona, United States. The population was 25,505 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Yuma Metropolitan Statistical Area. San Luis, located in the southwest corner of the state directly adjacent to Mexico's Federal Highway 2, was the second fastest-growing city or town in Arizona from 1990 to 2000. According to 2014 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 31,091.

10. Maricopa

Maricopa, AZ

Population: 49,627
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 195 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,305 (3rd safest)
More on Maricopa: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Maricopa is a city in the Gila River Valley in the State of Arizona. With an estimated 48,602 residents as of 2015, Maricopa is the second most populous incorporated city in Pinal County and eighteenth most populous in Arizona. Maricopa forms part of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

11. Surprise

Surprise, AZ

Population: 130,679
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 103 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,904 (12th safest)
More on Surprise: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Surprise is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona. The population was 30,848 at the 2000 census; however, rapid expansion has boosted the city's population to 117,517 at the 2010 census, an increase of 281%. As such, it is the second fastest-expanding municipality in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and, between 1990 and 2000, it was the sixth fastest-expanding place among all cities and towns in Arizona.

12. Peoria

Peoria, AZ

Population: 174,797
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 200 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,121 (13th safest)
More on Peoria: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Peoria is a city in Maricopa and Yavapai counties in the State of Arizona. Most of the city is located in Maricopa County, while a tiny portion in the north is in Yavapai County. It is a major suburb of Phoenix. According to 2010 Census Bureau releases, the population of the city is 154,065. Peoria is currently the sixth largest city in Arizona for land area, and the ninth largest for population. It was named after Peoria, Illinois. The word "peoria" is a corruption of the Illini word for "prairie fire." It is the spring training home of the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners who share the Peoria Sports Complex. In July 2008, Money magazine listed Peoria in its Top 100 Places to Live.

13. Marana

Marana, AZ

Population: 42,808
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,441 (22nd safest)
More on Marana: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Marana is a town in Pima County, Arizona, located northwest of Tucson, with a small portion in Pinal County. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 34,961. Marana was the fourth fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona of any size from 1990 to 2000.

14. Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley, AZ

Population: 42,900
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 181 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,317 (18th safest)
More on Prescott Valley: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Prescott Valley is a town with a current population of about 45,500 residents located in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States, and a suburb of Prescott. Prescott Valley was the seventh fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona between 1990 and 2000.

15. Scottsdale

Scottsdale, AZ

Population: 240,885
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 153 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,365 (20th safest)
More on Scottsdale: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Named Scottsdale in 1894 after founder Winfield Scott and incorporated in 1951 with a population of 2,000, the 2015 population of the city is estimated to be 236,839 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as "a desert version of Miami's South Beach" and as having "plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene." Its slogan is "The West's Most Western Town."

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Grand Canyon State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Florence is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Arizona residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Arizona according to the data:

  1. Page
  2. Winslow
  3. Tucson
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Arizona For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Florence, AZ 31,130 70 485
2 Buckeye, AZ 64,563 54 1,587
3 Gilbert, AZ 255,899 78 1,316
4 Thatcher, AZ 5,019 0 1,773
5 Oro Valley, AZ 44,089 65 1,481
6 Paradise Valley, AZ 14,155 63 1,638
7 Sahuarita, AZ 25,792 89 1,453
8 Somerton, AZ 15,196 171 1,184
9 San Luis, AZ 32,227 121 1,324
10 Maricopa, AZ 49,627 195 1,305
11 Surprise, AZ 130,679 103 1,904
12 Peoria, AZ 174,797 200 2,121
13 Marana, AZ 42,808 93 2,441
14 Prescott Valley, AZ 42,900 181 2,317
15 Scottsdale, AZ 240,885 153 2,365
16 Snowflake-Taylor, AZ 9,835 294 1,718
17 Chandler, AZ 265,922 209 2,313
18 Lake Havasu City, AZ 53,746 262 2,266
19 Show Low, AZ 10,892 18 4,030
20 Douglas, AZ 16,398 182 2,817
21 Apache Junction, AZ 38,506 277 2,391
22 Sierra Vista, AZ 42,988 197 2,972
23 El Mirage, AZ 34,376 215 3,060
24 Prescott, AZ 42,321 401 2,183
25 Nogales, AZ 20,143 307 2,492
26 Camp Verde, AZ 11,213 267 3,130
27 Bullhead City, AZ 39,426 251 3,563
28 Payson, AZ 15,351 358 2,468
29 Mesa, AZ 478,277 428 2,344
30 Chino Valley, AZ 11,202 660 2,222
31 Eloy, AZ 17,110 362 2,688
32 Avondale, AZ 81,605 285 3,997
33 Goodyear, AZ 82,018 377 2,515
34 Wickenburg, AZ 6,835 365 2,794
35 Safford, AZ 9,717 349 3,972
36 Coolidge, AZ 12,387 306 4,819
37 Flagstaff, AZ 71,179 372 4,012
38 Cottonwood, AZ 11,932 360 4,156
39 Kingman, AZ 29,069 347 5,091
40 Casa Grande, AZ 51,995 546 3,354
41 Phoenix, AZ 1,586,611 674 3,690
42 Tempe, AZ 178,654 504 4,558
43 Glendale, AZ 242,938 495 5,270
44 Holbrook, AZ 5,012 877 4,030
45 Tucson, AZ 533,663 795 5,858
46 Winslow, AZ 9,581 782 7,086
47 Page, AZ 7,516 1,144 6,652

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