The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Phoenix For 2020

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Phoenix are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Phoenix.
Safest Neighborhoods In Phoenix
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We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Phoenix are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Phoenix. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Phoenix neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

Here are the safest neighborhoods in Phoenix for 2020:

  1. Desert View (Homes)
  2. North Gateway (Homes)
  3. New Village (Homes)
  4. Ahwatukee Foothills (Homes)
  5. Paradise Valley (Homes)

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Phoenix in 2020? That would be Desert View. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Phoenix.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Phoenix neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Phoenix that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Phoenix.

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How We Determined The Safest Phoenix Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Phoenix.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 15 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Phoenix.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Desert View.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Phoenix. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 5 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Phoenix For 2020

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Population: 50,657
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 126
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,234
More on Desert View: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Desert View comes in at 126 and the property crime per capita is 1,234 for 2020.

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Population: 17,226
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 169
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,396
More on North Gateway: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in North Gateway comes in at 169 and the property crime per capita is 1,396 for 2020.

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Population: 5,653
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 161
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,083
More on New Village: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in New Village comes in at 161 and the property crime per capita is 2,083 for 2020.

Ahwatukee Foothills Phoenix, AZ

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Population: 79,838
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 219
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,655
More on Ahwatukee Foothills: Homes For Sale | Data

Ahwatukee Foothills, often simply called Ahwatukee, is an urban village of Phoenix, Arizona. While geographically, Ahwatukee forms the southernmost portion of Phoenix, it is normally considered to be part of the East Valley region of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The violent crime per 100K people in Ahwatukee Foothills comes in at 219 and the property crime per capita is 1,655 for 2020.

Paradise Valley Phoenix, AZ

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Population: 178,412
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 361
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,239
More on Paradise Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona. The town is known for its luxury golf courses, shopping, and restaurant scene. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town was 12,820. Despite the town’s relatively small area and population compared to other municipalities in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Paradise Valley is home to eight full-service resorts, making it one of Arizona’s premier tourist destinations. It is also known for expensive real estate.

The violent crime per 100K people in Paradise Valley comes in at 361 and the property crime per capita is 2,239 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Phoenix

Looking at the data, you can tell that Desert View is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Arizona residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you’re informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Phoenix For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Desert View 1,360
2 North Gateway 1,565
3 New Village 2,244
4 Ahwatukee Foothills 1,874
5 Paradise Valley 2,600
6 Deer Valley 3,644
7 Laveen 3,887
8 Estrella 4,371
9 Maryvale 4,524
10 Camelback East 5,010
11 South Mountain 4,847
12 North Mountain 5,162
13 Encanto 6,601
14 Alahambra 7,118
15 Central City 10,414

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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