These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Arizona For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Lake Havasu City (Photos)
  2. Oro Valley (Photos)
  3. Yuma (Photos)
  4. Marana (Photos)
  5. Sahuarita (Photos)
  6. Somerton (Photos)
  7. San Luis
  8. Tucson (Photos)
  9. Safford (Photos)
  10. South Tucson

So hopefully Holbrook (the cheapest place to live in Arizona) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Arizona or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 most 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.

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. Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,696
Services: 96
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 105
Housing: 109
Transportation: 107
Utilities: 106
Lake Havasu City is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. According to 2010 census, the population of the town is 52,527 people. It is served by Lake Havasu City Airport. Lake Havasu City is geographically isolated from the other cities in Mohave County and is the southernmost community of the Las Vegas–Henderson, NV–AZ combined statistical area.

2. Oro Valley

Oro Valley, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,857
Services: 97
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 115
Housing: 148
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 94
Oro Valley, incorporated in 1974, is a suburban town located 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Tucson, Arizona, United States in Pima County. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 41,011, an increase from 29,700 in 2000 census. Dubbed the ‘Upscale Tech Mecca’ of Southern Arizona by the Arizona Daily Star newspaper, Oro Valley is home to over 10 high tech firms and has a median household income nearly 50% higher than the U.S. median. The town is located approximately 110 miles (180 km) southeast of the state capital of Phoenix.

3. Yuma

Yuma, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 93,831
Services: 108
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 96
Housing: 84
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 123
Yuma (Cocopah: Yuum) is a city in and the county seat of Yuma County, Arizona, United States. It is located in the southwestern corner of the state, and the population of the city was 93,064 at the 2010 census, up from the 2000 census population of 77,515.

4. Marana

Marana, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,520
Services: 97
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 115
Housing: 126
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 94
Marana is a town in Pima County, Arizona, located northwest of Tucson, with a small portion in Pinal County. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 34,961. Marana was the fourth fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona of any size from 1990 to 2000.[citation needed]

5. Sahuarita

Sahuarita, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,643
Services: 97
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 115
Housing: 120
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 94
Sahuarita /swrit/ is a town in Pima County, Arizona, United States. Sahuarita is located south of the Tohono O’odham Nation and abuts the north end of Green Valley, 15 miles (24 km) south of Tucson. The population was 25,259 at the 2010 census.

6. Somerton

Somerton, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,212
Services: 108
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 96
Housing: 71
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 123

7. San Luis

San Luis, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,436
Services: 108
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 96
Housing: 62
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 123
San Luis (the Spanish language name of Saint Louis) is a city in Yuma County, Arizona, United States. The population was 25,505 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Yuma Metropolitan Statistical Area. San Luis, located in the southwest corner of the state directly adjacent to Mexico’s Federal Highway 2, was the second fastest-growing city or town in Arizona from 1990 to 2000. According to 2014 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 31,091.

8. Tucson

Tucson, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 521,695
Services: 97
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 115
Housing: 84
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 94
Tucson (/tusn/ /tusn/) is a city and the county seat of Pima County, Arizona, United States, and home to the University of Arizona. The 2010 United States Census put the population at 520,116, while the 2015 estimated population of the entire Tucson metropolitan statistical area (MSA) was 980,263. The Tucson MSA forms part of the larger Tucson-Nogales combined statistical area (CSA), with a total population of 1,010,025 as of the 2010 Census. Tucson is the second-largest populated city in Arizona behind Phoenix, both of which anchor the Arizona Sun Corridor. The city is located 108 miles (174 km) southeast of Phoenix and 60 mi (97 km) north of the U.S.–Mexico border. Tucson is the 33rd largest city and the 53rd largest metropolitan area in the United States.

9. Safford

Safford, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,549
Services: 97
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 115
Housing: 72
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 94
Safford (Western Apache: Ich Nahit) is a city in Graham County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 9,566. The city is the county seat of Graham County.

10. South Tucson

South Tucson, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,669
Services: 97
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 115
Housing: 49
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 94
South Tucson is a city in Pima County, Arizona, United States and an enclave of the much larger city of Tucson. South Tucson is known for being heavily influenced by Hispanic, and especially Mexican, culture; restaurants and shops which sell traditional Mexican foods and other goods can be found throughout the city. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 5,652.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Arizona that have the highest cost of living, with Lake Havasu City ranking as the most expensive city in the Grand Canyon State.

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

  1. Holbrook
  2. Guadalupe
  3. Coolidge

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Arizona

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

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