These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Arizona For 2019


We used data and science to determine which places in Arizona go easy on your wallet.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the cheapest places to live in Arizona.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in Arizona definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the cities and places in Arizona where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Grand Canyon State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 57 largest places in Arizona, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

So where is the cheapest place to live in Arizona? That would be Winslow.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Arizona for 2019:

  1. Winslow (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Holbrook (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Eloy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Douglas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Somerton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Snowflake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Page (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Apache Junction (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Florence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Coolidge (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Flagstaff (the most expensive place in Arizona) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Arizona and the cheapest places in the country:

How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Grand Canyon State For 2019

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Arizona
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Arizona to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 57 places in Arizona that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the lowest cost of living in Arizona according to the data is Winslow.

The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Arizona For 2019

Winslow, AZ

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Population: 9,517
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.4x (5th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 58.3x (21st cheapest)
More on Winslow: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Winslow (Navajo: Béésh Sinil) is a city in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 9,655.

The median income in Winslow comes in at $36,647 and the median home value is $87,800 for 2019.

Holbrook, AZ

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Population: 5,005
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.9x (1st most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 66.6x (6th cheapest)
More on Holbrook: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Holbrook (Navajo: Tiisyaakin) is a city in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city was 5,053. The city is the county seat of Navajo County.

The median income in Holbrook comes in at $44,348 and the median home value is $83,700 for 2019.

Eloy, AZ

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Population: 17,537
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.4x (4th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 53.9x (29th cheapest)
More on Eloy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Eloy comes in at $34,040 and the median home value is $80,600 for 2019.

Douglas, AZ

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Population: 16,576
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.8x (15th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 54.0x (28th cheapest)
More on Douglas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Douglas is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States that lies in the north-west to south-east running San Bernardino Valley within which runs the Rio San Bernardino. Douglas has a border crossing with Mexico at Agua Prieta and a history of mining.

The median income in Douglas comes in at $30,986 and the median home value is $88,200 for 2019.

Somerton, AZ

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Population: 15,508
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.1x (23rd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 56.7x (22nd cheapest)
More on Somerton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Somerton comes in at $37,252 and the median home value is $116,700 for 2019.

Snowflake, AZ

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Population: 5,668
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.1x (21st most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 73.5x (2nd cheapest)
More on Snowflake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Snowflake comes in at $49,813 and the median home value is $154,100 for 2019.

Page, AZ

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Population: 7,515
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.4x (6th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 65.4x (10th cheapest)
More on Page: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Page is a city in Coconino County, Arizona, United States, near the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 7,247.

The median income in Page comes in at $60,135 and the median home value is $147,300 for 2019.

Apache Junction, AZ

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Population: 38,452
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.3x (3rd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.2x (40th cheapest)
More on Apache Junction: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Apache Junction comes in at $39,119 and the median home value is $90,600 for 2019.

Florence, AZ

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Population: 26,066
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.7x (11th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 60.8x (16th cheapest)
More on Florence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Florence comes in at $47,188 and the median home value is $127,900 for 2019.

Coolidge, AZ

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Population: 12,221
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.2x (2nd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 52.5x (37th cheapest)
More on Coolidge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coolidge is a city in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the city’s population is 11,825.

The median income in Coolidge comes in at $40,718 and the median home value is $88,200 for 2019.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Arizona Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Arizona, this is an accurate list of the most affordable places to live in arizona for 2019.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Arizona according to the data:

  1. Flagstaff
  2. Litchfield Park
  3. Sedona

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Arizona

Rank City CheapScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Winslow 12.67 9,517 2.4x 58.3x
2 Holbrook 13.0 5,005 1.9x 66.6x
3 Eloy 13.67 17,537 2.4x 53.9x
4 Douglas 16.0 16,576 2.8x 54.0x
5 Somerton 18.0 15,508 3.1x 56.7x
6 Snowflake 19.67 5,668 3.1x 73.5x
7 Page 19.67 7,515 2.4x 65.4x
8 Apache Junction 20.0 38,452 2.3x 51.2x
9 Florence 20.33 26,066 2.7x 60.8x
10 Coolidge 20.33 12,221 2.2x 52.5x
11 Safford 20.67 9,662 2.8x 63.6x
12 Globe 21.0 7,341 2.6x 54.0x
13 Wickenburg 23.33 6,906 5.1x 66.4x
14 Bullhead City 24.0 39,824 2.9x 51.6x
15 Yuma 24.33 93,851 2.7x 53.5x
16 Kingman 24.33 28,855 2.9x 53.6x
17 Show Low 24.67 10,860 3.1x 54.4x
18 Sierra Vista 25.0 43,585 3.1x 62.9x
19 Casa Grande 25.33 52,501 2.8x 52.6x
20 Marana 25.67 41,720 2.9x 66.5x
21 San Luis 26.0 31,509 3.3x 50.2x
22 Nogales 27.33 20,233 4.2x 52.5x
23 Guadalupe 27.33 6,270 3.6x 50.0x
24 Sahuarita 29.67 28,257 2.6x 53.2x
25 Chino Valley 29.67 11,155 3.7x 59.2x
26 Maricopa 29.67 46,248 2.5x 52.6x
27 Peoria 30.0 161,383 3.3x 60.0x
28 Queen Creek 30.0 33,298 3.4x 68.4x
29 Gilbert 30.67 232,176 3.3x 64.3x
30 Oro Valley 30.67 42,889 3.6x 69.8x
31 Bisbee 30.67 5,261 3.6x 49.2x
32 Prescott 31.0 41,468 5.9x 58.6x
33 Chandler 31.0 245,160 3.5x 64.5x
34 Lake Havasu City 31.33 53,463 4.6x 55.2x
35 Tucson 31.33 530,905 3.5x 49.5x
36 Goodyear 31.67 74,953 3.3x 60.2x
37 Youn 32.0 6,625 3.3x 41.8x
38 Mesa 32.0 479,317 3.6x 55.3x
39 Camp Verde 32.33 11,091 4.1x 50.5x
40 South Tucson 32.67 5,624 3.7x 35.1x
41 Avondale 33.67 81,590 3.1x 51.2x
42 Glendale 33.67 241,543 3.7x 53.9x
43 El Mirage 34.0 34,400 2.6x 46.1x
44 Phoenix 34.33 1,574,421 3.8x 54.6x
45 Fountain Hills 35.0 24,047 5.1x 64.8x
46 Cottonwood 35.33 11,634 4.5x 38.2x
47 Cave Creek 35.67 5,423 5.1x 71.6x
48 Scottsdale 36.0 239,283 5.4x 65.8x
49 Tolleson 36.0 7,052 4.0x 48.0x
50 Surprise 36.67 129,534 3.4x 51.6x
51 Payson 36.67 15,338 4.6x 50.7x
52 Prescott Valley 37.0 41,995 4.2x 49.7x
53 Paradise Valley 38.33 13,961 8.0x 98.2x
54 Tempe 42.67 178,339 4.6x 49.1x
55 Sedona 42.67 10,246 7.7x 48.4x
56 Litchfield Park 42.67 5,686 3.4x 49.5x
57 Flagstaff 44.0 69,903 5.7x 45.5x

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