These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Arizona For 2018


We analyzed over 94 places in Arizona to determine where the 1% live.

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Paradise Valley, Queen Creek, Litchfield Park: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Arizona. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Grand Canyon State.

Paradise Valley in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $173,487 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 6.2%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Arizona share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 57 places in Arizona with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Arizona for 2018:

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

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Arizona.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the best places to live in Arizona or the poorest.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Arizona For 2018

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the ‘richest places’. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2012-2016 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 57 places with more than 5,000 people in Arizona, we ranked each place from 1 to 57 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.
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We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a ‘Rich Score’ with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Paradise Valley, crowned the ‘Richest Place In Arizona For 2018’.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 57 places.

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1. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,833
Median Income: $173,487
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%

2. Queen Creek

Queen Creek, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,849
Median Income: $90,687
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.8%

3. Litchfield Park

Litchfield Park, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,449
Median Income: $79,821
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
Litchfield Park is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is twenty miles northwest of Phoenix. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 5,476.

4. Gilbert

Gilbert, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 226,832
Median Income: $85,581
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
Gilbert is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located southeast of Phoenix, within the Phoenix metropolitan area. Once known as the ‘Hay Shipping Capital of the World’, Gilbert is currently the most populous incorporated town in the United States. It is the sixth-largest municipality in Arizona, and the fifth-largest in the Metropolitan Phoenix Area.

5. Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,863
Median Income: $75,297
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
Fountain Hills is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. Known for its impressive fountain, once the tallest in the world, it borders on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and Scottsdale, Arizona. The population is 22,489, as of the 2010 census. Between the 1990 and 2000 censuses it was the eighth fastest-growing place among cities and towns in Arizona.

6. Sahuarita

Sahuarita, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,780
Median Income: $69,333
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
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.

7. Goodyear

Goodyear, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,629
Median Income: $74,417
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.9%
Goodyear (O’odham: Valin Thak) is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is a suburb of Phoenix and is in the Phoenix metropolitan area. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 65,275. Goodyear was the third fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona of any size between 1990 and 2000 (with an increase of 245.2%). The July 1, 2015, MAG population estimate was 79,003.

8. Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 234,495
Median Income: $76,543
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 9.2%
Scottsdale (O’odham: Vaai S-vaon; Yaqui: Eskatel) is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Named Scottsdale in 1894 after founder Winfield Scott and incorporated in 1951 with a population of 2,000, the 2015 population of the city is estimated to be 236,839 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as ‘a desert version of Miami’s South Beach’ and as having ‘plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene.’ Its slogan is ‘The West’s Most Western Town.’

9. Oro Valley

Oro Valley, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,379
Median Income: $75,966
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
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.

10. Marana

Marana, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,221
Median Income: $76,484
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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]

There You Have It – The Richest Places In Arizona For 2018

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Arizona, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Arizona.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Arizona, according to data:

Poorest: South Tucson
2nd Poorest: Nogales
3rd Poorest: San Luis

For more Arizona reading , check out:

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  • Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Arizona

    City Rank Median Income
    Paradise Valley 1 $173,487
    Queen Creek 2 $90,687
    Litchfield Park 3 $79,821
    Gilbert 4 $85,581
    Fountain Hills 5 $75,297
    Sahuarita 6 $69,333
    Goodyear 7 $74,417
    Scottsdale 8 $76,543
    Oro Valley 9 $75,966
    Marana 10 $76,484
    Chandler 11 $74,329
    Maricopa 12 $68,888
    Peoria 13 $66,163
    Cave Creek 14 $82,095
    Sedona 15 $56,607
    Chino Valley 16 $48,002
    Surprise 17 $61,035
    Wickenburg 18 $40,653
    Avondale 19 $56,120
    Mesa 20 $50,615
    Holbrook 21 $51,192
    Sierra Vista 22 $56,280
    Tempe 23 $50,474
    Payson 24 $45,593
    Snowflake 25 $49,018
    Page 26 $59,850
    El Mirage 27 $49,504
    Flagstaff 28 $50,677
    Prescott 29 $48,259
    Lake Havasu City 30 $44,376
    Glendale 31 $46,817
    Prescott Valley 32 $43,801
    Show Low 33 $44,874
    Phoenix 34 $49,328
    Casa Grande 35 $46,017
    Globe 36 $42,557
    Florence 37 $48,919
    Kingman 38 $42,646
    Safford 39 $49,161
    Tolleson 40 $39,714
    Yuma 41 $44,216
    Bisbee 42 $31,134
    Bullhead City 43 $37,206
    Apache Junction 44 $38,053
    Cottonwood 45 $33,371
    Camp Verde 46 $33,817
    Tucson 47 $37,973
    Youn 48 $37,136
    Guadalupe 49 $30,326
    Coolidge 50 $36,932
    Somerton 51 $34,318
    Winslow 52 $34,239
    Douglas 53 $29,207
    Eloy 54 $30,662
    San Luis 55 $31,743
    Nogales 56 $27,929
    South Tucson 57 $20,241

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