These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Arizona


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

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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 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 59 largest places in Arizona, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Holbrook
  2. Guadalupe
  3. Coolidge
  4. Winslow
  5. Douglas
  6. Benson
  7. Eloy
  8. South Tucson
  9. Apache Junction
  10. Globe

So listen up Paradise Valley as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things 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” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 59 places in Arizona that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Holbrook

Holbrook, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,060
Services: 92
Groceries: 93
Healthcare: 95
Housing: 54
Transportation: 100
Utiltiies: 95

2. Guadalupe

Guadalupe, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,726
Services: 92
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 97
Housing: 53
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 93

3. Coolidge

Coolidge, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,609
Services: 92
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 97
Housing: 56
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 93

4. Winslow

Winslow, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,609
Services: 92
Groceries: 93
Healthcare: 95
Housing: 59
Transportation: 100
Utiltiies: 95

5. Douglas

Douglas, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,339
Services: 92
Groceries: 93
Healthcare: 95
Housing: 56
Transportation: 106
Utiltiies: 106

6. Benson

Benson, Arizona

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,101
Services: 92
Groceries: 93
Healthcare: 95
Housing: 58
Transportation: 106
Utiltiies: 106

7. Eloy

Eloy, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,583
Services: 97
Groceries: 97
Healthcare: 115
Housing: 46
Transportation: 98
Utiltiies: 94

8. South Tucson

South Tucson, Arizona

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,669
Services: 97
Groceries: 97
Healthcare: 115
Housing: 49
Transportation: 98
Utiltiies: 94

9. Apache Junction

Apache Junction, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,663
Services: 92
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 97
Housing: 61
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 93

10. Globe

Globe, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,544
Services: 92
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 97
Housing: 66
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 93

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Arizona

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Holbrook 1 5,060 92 93 95
Guadalupe 2 5,726 92 101 97
Coolidge 3 11,609 92 101 97
Winslow 4 9,609 92 93 95
Douglas 5 17,339 92 93 95
Benson 6 5,101 92 93 95
Eloy 7 16,583 97 97 115
South Tucson 8 5,669 97 97 115
Apache Junction 9 35,663 92 101 97
Globe 10 7,544 92 101 97
Bullhead City 11 39,694 99 94 100
Florence 12 25,866 92 101 97
Nogales 13 20,858 92 93 95
Tolleson 14 6,556 92 101 97
Kingman 15 28,125 99 94 100
Casa Grande 16 47,675 92 101 97
Bisbee 17 5,591 92 93 95
Camp Verde 18 10,915 92 93 95
El Mirage 19 31,001 92 101 97
Cottonwood 20 11,297 92 93 95
Cottonwood 21 11,297 92 93 95
San Luis 22 25,436 108 108 96
Safford 23 9,549 97 97 115
Chino Valley 24 10,798 92 93 95
Show Low 25 10,613 92 101 97
Wickenburg 26 6,525 92 93 95
Somerton 27 14,212 108 108 96
Avondale 28 75,298 92 101 97
Page 29 7,273 93 97 85
Glendale 30 229,331 92 101 97
Mesa 31 443,875 92 101 97
Tucson 32 521,695 97 97 115
Snowflake 33 5,559 92 101 97
Maricopa 34 41,626 92 101 97
Prescott Valley 35 38,568 92 93 95
Buckeye 36 50,115 92 101 97
Phoenix 37 1,462,368 92 101 97
Yuma 38 93,831 108 108 96
Payson 39 15,205 92 93 95
Sierra Vista 40 44,774 92 93 95
Peoria 41 154,566 92 101 97
Tempe 42 164,139 92 101 97
Surprise 43 115,007 92 101 97
Goodyear 44 64,714 92 101 97
Chandler 45 237,456 92 101 97
Prescott 46 39,916 92 93 95
Gilbert 47 208,850 92 101 97
Flagstaff 48 65,660 92 93 95
Lake Havasu City 49 52,696 96 98 105
Queen Creek 50 25,849 92 101 97
Sahuarita 51 24,643 97 97 115
Marana 52 34,520 97 97 115
Litchfield Park 53 5,173 92 101 97
Fountain Hills 54 22,678 92 101 97
Scottsdale 55 219,867 92 101 97
Oro Valley 56 40,857 97 97 115
Sedona 57 10,131 92 93 95
Cave Creek 58 5,041 92 101 97
Paradise Valley 59 13,025 92 101 97

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