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Safest Places to Live in Arizona ( 2017 Updated ! )


 

Located in the southwestern part of the United States, Arizona was the last of the contiguous states to be admitted into the United States. It is the 14th most populous state, with a population of almost 7 million.The climate in Arizona is very diverse in different parts – in the southern part, summers are hot and winters are mild. However, in the northern parts, climate is much more moderate – in some areas there is even snow in winter. The landscape of Arizona is very dynamic too: there are desert areas in the South, with sand and cacti. On the other hand, you can see mountain ranges, forests, ski resorts, and of course, canyons like the famous Grand Canyon, when you go to the North.

On the negative side, crime rates in Arizona have been steadily rising for a long time. There was a 16.5% increase in violent crime rates or 14.6% increase per 100,000 residents from 2015 to 2016.

 

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2016. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with population under 3,000.

 

20 Safest Places in Arizona 2017

CityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
Thatcher5,01900.00
Show Low10,89220.18
Buckeye64,563350.54
Paradise Valley14,15590.64
Oro Valley44,089290.66
Florence31,130220.71
Gilbert255,8992000.78
Sahuarita25,792230.89
Marana42,808400.93
Surprise130,6791351.03
San Luis32,227391.21
Eagar4,86361.23
Scottsdale240,8853691.53
Somerton15,196261.71
Prescott Valley42,900781.82
Douglas16,398301.83
Maricopa49,627971.95
Sierra Vista42,988851.98
Peoria174,7973502.00
Chandler265,9225582.10

 

Crime Score in All Cities in Arizona

In case your city didn’t make it to top 20, you can take a look at our full list of Arizona cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why Elite Personal Finance made a detailed analysis and divided all places in Arizona in the following categories:

– Under 3,000 Residents
– 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
– 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
– Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

 

Under 3,000 Residents

CityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
Pima2,55400.00
Jerome45800.00
Kearny2,05510.49
Patagonia88611.13
Springerville1,95231.54
Wellton2,94462.04
Fredonia1,32032.27
Miami1,776147.88

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

CityPopulation Total Number of CrimesCrime Score
Thatcher5,01900.00
Eagar4,86361.23
Clarkdale4,271112.58
Snowflake-Taylor9,835292.95
Safford9,717343.50
Wickenburg6,835253.66
Winslow9,581757.83
Holbrook5,012448.78
Williams3,140309.55
Pinetop-Lakeside4,3544610.56
Page7,5168611.44
Willcox3,5116518.51

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

CityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
Show Low10,89220.18
Paradise Valley14,15590.64
Sahuarita25,792230.89
Somerton15,196261.71
Douglas16,398301.83
Camp Verde11,213302.68
Coolidge12,387383.07
Nogales20,143623.08
Kingman29,0691013.47
Payson15,351553.58
Cottonwood11,932

 

433.60
Eloy17,110623.62
Chino Valley11,202746.61

 

Over 30,000 Residents

CityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
Buckeye64,563350.54
Oro Valley44,089290.66
Florence31,130220.71
Gilbert255,8992000.78
Marana42,808400.93
Surprise130,6791351.03
San Luis32,227391.21
Scottsdale240,8853691.53
Prescott Valley42,900781.82
Maricopa49,627971.95
Sierra Vista42,988851.98
Peoria174,7973502.00
Chandler265,9225582.10
El Mirage34,376742.15
Bullhead City39,426992.51
Lake Havasu City53,7461412.62
Apache Junction38,5061072.78
Avondale81,6052332.86
Flagstaff71,1792653.72
Goodyear82,0183103.78
Prescott42,3211704.02
Mesa478,2772,0514.29
Glendale242,9381,2044.96
Tempe178,6549025.05
Casa Grande51,9952845.46
Phoenix1,586,61110,7006.74
Tucson533,6634,2457.95

 

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in your state?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

Thank you!

 

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