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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:
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)
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".
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: 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:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Florence (O'odham: S-auppag) is a town, 61 miles (98 km) 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.
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:Photos | Real 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.
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:Photos | Real 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.
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:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Oro Valley, incorporated in 1974, is a suburban town located 6 miles (9.7 km) 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 (180 km) southeast of the state capital of Phoenix.
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:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Sahuarita /swrit/ 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 (24 km) south of Tucson. The population was 25,259 at the 2010 census.
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:Photos | Real Estate | Data
San Luis (the Spanish language name of Saint Louis) 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.
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:Photos | Real 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[update], 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.
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.