These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Arizona


We used science and data to determine which cities in Arizona that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Arizona does this very well. Families love the Grand Canyon State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Arizona that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Arizona:

  1. Paradise Valley (Photos)
  2. Cave Creek (Photos)
  3. Sedona (Photos)
  4. Scottsdale (Photos)
  5. Oro Valley (Photos)
  6. Fountain Hills (Photos)
  7. Litchfield Park (Photos)
  8. Marana (Photos)
  9. Sahuarita (Photos)
  10. Flagstaff (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Guadalupe is the most affordable city in Arizona.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Arizona.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Paradise Valley, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,243
Services Index: 92
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 743
Healthcare Index: 97
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 93

2. Cave Creek

Cave Creek, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,014
Services Index: 92
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 261
Healthcare Index: 97
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 93

3. Sedona

Sedona, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,092
Services Index: 92
Groceries Index: 93
Housing Index: 198
Healthcare Index: 95
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 95

4. Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 223,519
Services Index: 92
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 191
Healthcare Index: 97
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 93

5. Oro Valley

Oro Valley, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,493
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 97
Housing Index: 148
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 94

6. Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,051
Services Index: 92
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 177
Healthcare Index: 97
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 93

7. Litchfield Park

Litchfield Park, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,122
Services Index: 92
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 157
Healthcare Index: 97
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 93

8. Marana

Marana, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,028
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 97
Housing Index: 126
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 94

9. Sahuarita

Sahuarita, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,441
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 97
Housing Index: 120
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 94

10. Flagstaff

Flagstaff, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 67,419
Services Index: 92
Groceries Index: 93
Housing Index: 143
Healthcare Index: 95
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 95

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Arizona that have the highest cost of living, with Paradise Valley ranking as the most exensive city in the Grand Canyon State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Arizona:

  1. Guadalupe
  2. Holbrook
  3. Coolidge

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Arizona

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Paradise Valley 1 13,243 92 101 97 743 94 93
Cave Creek 2 5,014 92 101 97 261 94 93
Sedona 3 10,092 92 93 95 198 100 95
Scottsdale 4 223,519 92 101 97 191 94 93
Oro Valley 5 41,493 97 97 115 148 98 94
Fountain Hills 6 23,051 92 101 97 177 94 93
Litchfield Park 7 5,122 92 101 97 157 94 93
Marana 8 37,028 97 97 115 126 98 94
Sahuarita 9 26,441 97 97 115 120 98 94
Flagstaff 10 67,419 92 93 95 143 100 95
Lake Havasu City 11 52,827 96 98 105 109 107 106
Queen Creek 12 28,529 92 101 97 142 94 93
Gilbert 13 223,131 92 101 97 134 94 93
Prescott 14 40,130 92 93 95 131 100 95
Chandler 15 245,231 92 101 97 126 94 93
Goodyear 16 70,148 92 101 97 119 94 93
Surprise 17 121,648 92 101 97 115 94 93
Tempe 18 166,975 92 101 97 114 94 93
Peoria 19 160,231 92 101 97 112 94 93
Sierra Vista 20 45,365 92 93 95 105 106 106
Payson 21 15,234 92 93 95 109 100 95
Yuma 22 93,078 108 108 96 84 95 123
Phoenix 23 1,490,758 92 101 97 97 94 93
Prescott Valley 24 39,575 92 93 95 97 100 95
Buckeye 25 54,927 92 101 97 96 94 93
Tucson 26 525,031 97 97 115 84 98 94
Maricopa 27 45,388 92 101 97 93 94 93
Snowflake 28 5,595 92 101 97 93 94 93
Mesa 29 452,091 92 101 97 92 94 93
Glendale 30 231,978 92 101 97 91 94 93
Page 31 7,374 93 97 85 93 100 87
Avondale 32 77,912 92 101 97 90 94 93
Wickenburg 33 6,629 92 93 95 88 100 95
Somerton 34 14,679 108 108 96 71 95 123
Show Low 35 10,754 92 101 97 86 94 93
Chino Valley 36 10,879 92 93 95 86 100 95
Safford 37 9,574 97 97 115 72 98 94
San Luis 38 30,139 108 108 96 62 95 123
Cottonwood 39 11,358 92 93 95 83 100 95
Cottonwood 40 11,358 92 93 95 83 100 95
El Mirage 41 32,600 92 101 97 78 94 93
Camp Verde 42 10,965 92 93 95 78 100 95
Bisbee 43 5,475 92 93 95 76 106 106
Casa Grande 44 50,316 92 101 97 75 94 93
Kingman 45 28,381 99 94 100 76 93 76
Nogales 46 20,699 92 93 95 67 106 106
Tolleson 47 6,707 92 101 97 71 94 93
Bullhead City 48 39,480 99 94 100 71 93 76
Florence 49 26,513 92 101 97 67 94 93
Globe 50 7,463 92 101 97 66 94 93
South Tucson 51 5,675 97 97 115 49 98 94
Apache Junction 52 36,965 92 101 97 61 94 93
Benson 53 5,075 92 93 95 58 106 106
Eloy 54 17,062 97 97 115 46 98 94
Douglas 55 17,137 92 93 95 56 106 106
Winslow 56 9,570 92 93 95 59 100 95
Coolidge 57 12,058 92 101 97 56 94 93
Holbrook 58 5,003 92 93 95 54 100 95
Guadalupe 59 5,892 92 101 97 53 94 93

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