These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Arizona For 2019

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 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 49 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 2019:

  1. Florence (Photos | Homes)
  2. Oro Valley (Photos | Homes)
  3. Thatcher (Photos | Homes)
  4. Paradise Valley (Photos | Homes)
  5. Gilbert (Photos | Homes)
  6. Somerton (Photos | Homes)
  7. Sahuarita (Photos | Homes)
  8. Buckeye (Photos | Homes)
  9. Maricopa (Photos | Homes)
  10. Surprise (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 2018) 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 142 crimes committed in Florence which had a reported population of 25,623. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0055 which translates into a 1 in 180 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 2017. This left us with a total of 49 of the biggest cities in Arizona to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 49 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? Tolleson, where residents had a 1 in 8 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.

Florence, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 25,623
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 74 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 480 (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. Oro Valley, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 44,251
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,414 (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. Thatcher, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 5,054
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 19 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,681 (10th 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 Paradise Valley, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 14,629
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 41 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,517 (8th 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 Gilbert, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 242,090
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 85 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,385 (6th 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.
Somerton, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
4
/10

Population: 15,082
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 125 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,060 (3rd 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. Sahuarita, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 29,373
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 95 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,116 (4th 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. Buckeye, AZ
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 67,147
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 47 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,715 (11th 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. Maricopa, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 47,466
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 191 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,272 (5th 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. Surprise, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 135,345
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 88 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,788 (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.

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. Tolleson
  2. Globe
  3. Holbrook
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Arizona For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Florence, AZ 25,623 74 480
2 Oro Valley, AZ 44,251 38 1,414
3 Thatcher, AZ 5,054 19 1,681
4 Paradise Valley, AZ 14,629 41 1,517
5 Gilbert, AZ 242,090 85 1,385
6 Somerton, AZ 15,082 125 1,060
7 Sahuarita, AZ 29,373 95 1,116
8 Buckeye, AZ 67,147 47 1,715
9 Maricopa, AZ 47,466 191 1,272
10 Surprise, AZ 135,345 88 1,788
11 San Luis, AZ 32,823 134 1,593
12 Eagar, AZ 5,001 239 919
13 Marana, AZ 45,123 88 2,623
14 Prescott Valley, AZ 43,891 195 2,143
15 Scottsdale, AZ 251,840 157 2,172
16 Lake Havasu City, AZ 53,937 222 2,158
17 Peoria, AZ 165,889 249 2,040
18 Apache Junction, AZ 40,672 196 2,372
19 Wickenburg, AZ 6,979 286 2,034
20 Bullhead City, AZ 40,039 92 3,696
21 Chandler, AZ 249,355 259 2,329
22 Prescott, AZ 42,975 365 2,101
23 Nogales, AZ 19,878 216 2,882
24 El Mirage, AZ 35,611 238 2,822
25 Camp Verde, AZ 11,299 292 2,548
26 Mesa, AZ 492,268 415 2,171
27 Goodyear, AZ 79,419 264 2,870
28 Safford, AZ 9,617 239 3,774
29 Snowflake-Taylor, AZ 10,025 448 2,364
30 Douglas, AZ 16,443 249 3,995
31 Payson, AZ 15,504 374 3,586
32 Cottonwood, AZ 12,116 404 3,136
33 Sierra Vista, AZ 42,859 445 3,002
34 Yuma, AZ 95,522 514 2,716
35 Avondale, AZ 84,041 305 3,982
36 Flagstaff, AZ 72,388 424 3,769
37 Eloy, AZ 17,552 512 2,894
38 Coolidge, AZ 12,645 308 4,191
39 Phoenix, AZ 1,644,177 760 3,670
40 Tempe, AZ 186,086 474 4,121
41 Show Low, AZ 11,163 537 3,887
42 Kingman, AZ 29,181 448 4,951
43 Glendale, AZ 249,273 488 4,530
44 Page, AZ 7,632 838 4,874
45 Winslow, AZ 9,764 686 8,142
46 Tucson, AZ 532,323 801 5,251
47 Holbrook, AZ 5,077 866 5,022
48 Globe, AZ 7,349 1,714 7,538
49 Tolleson, AZ 7,289 932 10,605

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