These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Arizona For 2018


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.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Arizona for 2018:

  1. Holbrook (Photos)
  2. Guadalupe (Photos)
  3. Coolidge (Photos)
  4. Winslow (Photos)
  5. Bullhead City (Photos)
  6. Apache Junction (Photos)
  7. Globe (Photos)
  8. Kingman (Photos)
  9. Florence (Photos)
  10. Tolleson

So listen up Lake Havasu City (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 the best places to live in Arizona or the most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Grand Canyon State For 2018

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
Health Care: 95
Housing: 54
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 95
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.

2. Guadalupe

Guadalupe, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,726
Services: 92
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 97
Housing: 53
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 93

3. Coolidge

Coolidge, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,609
Services: 92
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 97
Housing: 56
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 93
Coolidge is a city in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the city’s population is 11,825.

4. Winslow

Winslow, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,609
Services: 92
Groceries: 93
Health Care: 95
Housing: 59
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 95
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.

5. Bullhead City

Bullhead City, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,694
Services: 99
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 100
Housing: 71
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 76
Bullhead City is a city located on the Colorado River in Mohave County, Arizona, United States, roughly 90 mi (140 km) south of Las Vegas, Nevada, and directly across the Colorado River from Laughlin, Nevada, whose casinos and ancillary services supply much of the employment for Bullhead City. Bullhead City is located on the southern border of Lake Mohave. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 39,540. The nearby communities of Laughlin, Needles, California, Fort Mohave and Mohave Valley bring the Bullhead area’s total population to about 100,000, making it the largest micropolitan area in Mohave County.

6. Apache Junction

Apache Junction, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,663
Services: 92
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 97
Housing: 61
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 93

7. Globe

Globe, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,544
Services: 92
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 97
Housing: 66
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 93
Globe (Western Apache: Bésh Baa Gowh, ‘place of metal’) is a city in Gila County, Arizona, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 7,532. The city is the county seat of Gila County. Globe was founded c. 1875 as a mining camp. Mining, tourism, government and retirees are most important in the present-day Globe economy.

8. Kingman

Kingman, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,125
Services: 99
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 100
Housing: 76
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 76
Kingman (Huwaalyapay Nyava in the Mojave language) is a city in and the county seat of Mohave County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 28,068. The nearby communities of Butler, and Golden Valley bring the Kingman area total population to over 45,000. Kingman is located 85 miles (137 km) southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada and about 165 miles (266 km) northwest of the state capital, Phoenix.

9. Florence

Florence, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,866
Services: 92
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 97
Housing: 67
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 93
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.

10. Tolleson

Tolleson, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,556
Services: 92
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 97
Housing: 71
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 93
Tolleson /tlsn/ is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 6,545.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Arizona, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Arizona

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

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