These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Arizona For 2019


We analyzed 57 places in Arizona to determine where the 1% live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Arizona.

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Paradise Valley, Queen Creek, Gilbert: 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 $175,673 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 5.8%.

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 2013-2017 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 2019:

  1. Paradise Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Queen Creek (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Gilbert (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Sahuarita (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Oro Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Goodyear (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Scottsdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Marana (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Fountain Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Chandler (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 some more reading about Arizona:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Arizona For 2019

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Arizona
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 2013-2017 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.

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 City In Arizona For 2019”.

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

Paradise Valley, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,961
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $175,673
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Paradise Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Queen Creek, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 33,298
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $92,917
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.9%
More on Queen Creek: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gilbert, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 232,176
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $87,566
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Gilbert: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Sahuarita, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 28,257
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $73,174
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Sahuarita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Oro Valley, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 42,889
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Income: $79,458
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Oro Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Goodyear, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 74,953
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $77,930
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
More on Goodyear: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Scottsdale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 239,283
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $80,306
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
More on Scottsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.”

Marana, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 41,720
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $81,041
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
More on Marana: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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]

Fountain Hills, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,047
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Income: $76,729
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Fountain Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Chandler, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 245,160
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $77,278
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 9.1%
More on Chandler: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chandler is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, and a prominent suburb of the Phoenix, Arizona, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). It is bordered to the north and west by Tempe, to the north by Mesa, to the west by Phoenix, to the south by the Gila River Indian Community, and to the east by Gilbert. As of July 2015, the population was 260,828 according to the United States Census Bureau, According to the city’s official website, Chandler’s Transportation & Development Department estimated the population, as of May 2016, to be 247,328. It also has satellite locations for many technology companies, including Intel and Orbital ATK.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Arizona For 2019

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: Guadalupe
3rd Poorest: Douglas

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Arizona

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Paradise Valley 1.83 $175,673
2 Queen Creek 4.5 $92,917
3 Gilbert 6.33 $87,566
4 Sahuarita 7.17 $73,174
5 Oro Valley 8.67 $79,458
6 Goodyear 8.67 $77,930
7 Scottsdale 8.83 $80,306
8 Marana 9.33 $81,041
9 Fountain Hills 9.5 $76,729
10 Chandler 11.17 $77,278
11 Maricopa 11.33 $68,908
12 Litchfield Park 13.0 $77,917
13 Cave Creek 13.33 $91,500
14 Peoria 14.17 $69,589
15 Chino Valley 17.67 $49,012
16 Surprise 17.83 $62,927
17 Wickenburg 21.17 $42,752
18 Sedona 21.33 $58,417
19 Mesa 21.5 $52,155
20 Avondale 21.5 $56,585
21 Sierra Vista 22.83 $58,839
22 Payson 23.67 $46,602
23 Lake Havasu City 24.83 $47,424
24 Tempe 25.83 $51,829
25 El Mirage 26.17 $51,915
26 Prescott 26.17 $50,812
27 Glendale 28.33 $49,383
28 Phoenix 29.0 $52,080
29 Snowflake 30.0 $49,813
30 Page 31.5 $60,135
31 Florence 31.67 $47,188
32 Tolleson 31.83 $40,846
33 Prescott Valley 32.17 $45,684
34 Flagstaff 32.83 $51,758
35 Show Low 33.0 $44,693
36 Bisbee 34.33 $35,045
37 Casa Grande 34.33 $46,357
38 Holbrook 34.67 $44,348
39 Kingman 35.67 $44,092
40 Safford 36.0 $48,795
41 Yuma 36.5 $46,151
42 Globe 38.33 $44,821
43 Apache Junction 40.17 $39,119
44 Bullhead City 40.67 $38,983
45 Cottonwood 42.0 $32,746
46 Camp Verde 42.33 $40,465
47 Youn 43.0 $40,385
48 Coolidge 44.67 $40,718
49 Tucson 46.0 $39,617
50 Somerton 50.33 $37,252
51 Winslow 50.67 $36,647
52 Eloy 53.0 $34,040
53 Nogales 53.0 $28,264
54 San Luis 53.0 $33,767
55 Douglas 53.33 $30,986
56 Guadalupe 55.33 $28,491
57 South Tucson 57.0 $21,160

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