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

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 some more reading about Arizona and the cheapest places in the country:

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

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Arizona
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.

Holbrook, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,060
Services: 92
Groceries: 93
Health Care: 95
Housing: 54
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 95
More on Holbrook: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Holbrook 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.

Guadalupe, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,726
Services: 92
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 97
Housing: 53
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 93
More on Guadalupe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Coolidge, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 11,609
Services: 92
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 97
Housing: 56
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 93
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.

Winslow, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 9,609
Services: 92
Groceries: 93
Health Care: 95
Housing: 59
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 95
More on Winslow: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Bullhead City, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 39,694
Services: 99
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 100
Housing: 71
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 76
More on Bullhead City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bullhead City is a city located on the Colorado River in Mohave County, Arizona, United States, roughly 90mi 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.

Apache Junction, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 35,663
Services: 92
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 97
Housing: 61
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 93
More on Apache Junction: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Globe, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,544
Services: 92
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 97
Housing: 66
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 93
More on Globe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Globe 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.

Kingman, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 28,125
Services: 99
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 100
Housing: 76
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 76
More on Kingman: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kingman 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 southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada and about 165 miles northwest of the state capital, Phoenix.

Florence, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 25,866
Services: 92
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 97
Housing: 67
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 93
More on Florence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Tolleson, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,556
Services: 92
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 97
Housing: 71
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 93
More on Tolleson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tolleson 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. Arizona 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.

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

  1. Lake Havasu City
  2. Oro Valley
  3. Yuma

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Arizona

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Holbrook 22.92 5,060 92 93 95
2 Guadalupe 23.0 5,726 92 101 97
3 Coolidge 23.42 11,609 92 101 97
4 Winslow 23.58 9,609 92 93 95
5 Bullhead City 23.75 39,694 99 94 100
6 Apache Junction 24.0 35,663 92 101 97
7 Globe 24.33 7,544 92 101 97
8 Kingman 24.5 28,125 99 94 100
9 Florence 24.58 25,866 92 101 97
10 Tolleson 25.0 6,556 92 101 97
11 Casa Grande 25.5 47,675 92 101 97
12 Page 25.75 7,273 93 97 85
13 Camp Verde 25.83 10,915 92 93 95
14 El Mirage 26.08 31,001 92 101 97
15 Cottonwood 26.17 11,297 92 93 95
16 Cottonwood 26.17 11,297 92 93 95
17 Douglas 26.17 17,339 92 93 95
18 Benson 26.42 5,101 92 93 95
19 Chino Valley 26.83 10,798 92 93 95
20 Wickenburg 27.08 6,525 92 93 95
21 Show Low 27.08 10,613 92 101 97
22 Nogales 27.33 20,858 92 93 95
23 Avondale 27.5 75,298 92 101 97
24 Glendale 27.67 229,331 92 101 97
25 Mesa 27.83 443,875 92 101 97
26 Snowflake 28.17 5,559 92 101 97
27 Maricopa 28.17 41,626 92 101 97
28 Prescott Valley 28.5 38,568 92 93 95
29 Bisbee 28.5 5,591 92 93 95
30 Buckeye 28.5 50,115 92 101 97
31 Phoenix 28.75 1,462,368 92 101 97
32 Payson 29.0 15,205 92 93 95
33 Peoria 29.5 154,566 92 101 97
34 Tempe 29.67 164,139 92 101 97
35 Surprise 29.83 115,007 92 101 97
36 Goodyear 30.0 64,714 92 101 97
37 Prescott 30.42 39,916 92 93 95
38 Chandler 30.42 237,456 92 101 97
39 Gilbert 30.83 208,850 92 101 97
40 Flagstaff 30.92 65,660 92 93 95
41 Queen Creek 31.0 25,849 92 101 97
42 Litchfield Park 31.5 5,173 92 101 97
43 Fountain Hills 31.67 22,678 92 101 97
44 Sedona 31.75 10,131 92 93 95
45 Sierra Vista 31.75 44,774 92 93 95
46 Scottsdale 31.83 219,867 92 101 97
47 Cave Creek 32.17 5,041 92 101 97
48 Paradise Valley 32.33 13,025 92 101 97
49 Eloy 33.92 16,583 97 97 115
50 South Tucson 34.08 5,669 97 97 115
51 Safford 36.58 9,549 97 97 115
52 Tucson 38.0 521,695 97 97 115
53 San Luis 39.33 25,436 108 108 96
54 Somerton 40.17 14,212 108 108 96
55 Sahuarita 41.42 24,643 97 97 115
56 Marana 41.67 34,520 97 97 115
57 Yuma 41.92 93,831 108 108 96
58 Oro Valley 42.58 40,857 97 97 115
59 Lake Havasu City 46.67 52,696 96 98 105

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