These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live 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 | Homes For Sale)
  2. Oro Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Yuma (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Marana (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Sahuarita (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Somerton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. San Luis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Tucson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Safford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. South Tucson (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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.

1. Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Population: 52,696
Services: 96
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 105
Housing: 109
Transportation: 107
Utilities: 106
More on Lake Havasu City: Homes For Sale | Data
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

Population: 40,857
Services: 97
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 115
Housing: 148
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 94
More on Oro Valley: Homes For Sale | Data
Oro Valley, incorporated in 1974, is a suburban town located 6 miles 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 southeast of the state capital of Phoenix.

3. Yuma

Yuma, Arizona

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Population: 93,831
Services: 108
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 96
Housing: 84
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 123
More on Yuma: Homes For Sale | Data
Yuma 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

Population: 34,520
Services: 97
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 115
Housing: 126
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 94
More on Marana: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

5. Sahuarita

Sahuarita, Arizona

Population: 24,643
Services: 97
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 115
Housing: 120
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 94
More on Sahuarita: Homes For Sale | Data
Sahuarita 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 south of Tucson. The population was 25,259 at the 2010 census.

6. Somerton

Somerton, Arizona

Population: 14,212
Services: 108
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 96
Housing: 71
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 123
More on Somerton: Homes For Sale | Data
Somerton is a city in Yuma County, Arizona, United States.

Somerton has an annual Tamale Festival that benefits students from the area who will be attending Arizona State University. More than 20,000 visitors attend the festival each year. The festival is put together by The El Diablito Arizona State University Alumni chapter.

7. San Luis

San Luis, Arizona

Population: 25,436
Services: 108
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 96
Housing: 62
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 123
More on San Luis: Homes For Sale | Data
San Luis 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

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Population: 521,695
Services: 97
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 115
Housing: 84
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 94
More on Tucson: Homes For Sale | Data
Tucson 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 was 980,263. The Tucson MSA forms part of the larger Tucson-Nogales combined statistical area, 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 southeast of Phoenix and 60mi 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

Population: 9,549
Services: 97
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 115
Housing: 72
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 94
More on Safford: Homes For Sale | Data
Safford 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

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Population: 5,669
Services: 97
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 115
Housing: 49
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 94
More on South Tucson: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

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

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Live In Arizona Map
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 58 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.

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

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Arizona

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

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