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Safest Places to Live in Arizona 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

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, the 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 9.5% increase in violent crime rates or 7.9% increase per 100,000 residents from 2016 to 2017.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. 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.

30 Safest Places in Arizona 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Thatcher 5048 0 0,00
2 Paradise Valley 14519 3 0,21
3 San Luis 33074 8 0,24
4 Oro Valley 44844 17 0,38
5 Marana 46447 33 0,71
6 Clarkdale 4367 4 0,92
7 Gilbert 247463 234 0,95
8 Somerton 16380 19 1,16
9 Surprise 136611 165 1,21
10 Sahuarita 29896 38 1,27
11 Florence 25987 34 1,31
12 Prescott Valley 45337 67 1,48
13 Lake Havasu City 54678 88 1,61
14 Scottsdale 254961 422 1,66
15 Buckeye 71318 125 1,75
16 Eagar 4876 9 1,85
17 Maricopa 48660 93 1,91
18 Parker 3060 6 1,96
19 Apache Junction 41245 81 1,96
20 Wellton 3003 6 2,00
21 Nogales 19973 41 2,05
22 El Mirage 35733 77 2,15
23 Superior 3095 7 2,26
24 Peoria 170177 388 2,28
25 Chandler 255986 606 2,37
26 Sierra Vista 42574 104 2,44
27 Goodyear 82159 203 2,47
28 Willcox 3465 9 2,60
29 Camp Verde 11249 31 2,76
30 Coolidge 12815 37 2,89

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Crime Score in All Cities in Arizona 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, 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 ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and divided all places in Arizona into 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

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Springerville 1955 2 1,02
2 Jerome 456 1 2,19
3 Tombstone 1283 3 2,34
4 Kearny 2116 5 2,36
5 Fredonia 1300 5 3,85
6 Hayden 970 5 5,15
7 Miami 1764 18 10,20

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Thatcher 5048 0 0,00
2 Clarkdale 4367 4 0,92
3 Eagar 4876 9 1,85
4 Parker 3060 6 1,96
5 Wellton 3003 6 2,00
6 Superior 3095 7 2,26
7 Willcox 3465 9 2,60
8 Safford 9657 32 3,31
9 Wickenburg 7042 25 3,55
10 Holbrook 5048 18 3,57
11 Snowflake-Taylor 9971 36 3,61
12 Quartzsite 3695 15 4,06
13 Williams 3176 13 4,09
14 St. Johns 3510 21 5,98
15 Tolleson 7305 61 8,35
16 Winslow 9361 83 8,87
17 Page 7576 79 10,43
18 Pinetop-Lakeside 4371 48 10,98
19 Globe 7330 157 21,42

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Paradise Valley 14519 3 0,21
2 Somerton 16380 19 1,16
3 Sahuarita 29896 38 1,27
4 Florence 25987 34 1,31
5 Nogales 19973 41 2,05
6 Camp Verde 11249 31 2,76
7 Coolidge 12815 37 2,89
8 Chino Valley 11840 42 3,55
9 Kingman 29669 118 3,98
10 Payson 15549 63 4,05
11 Eloy 19549 81 4,14
12 Show Low 11156 59 5,29

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 San Luis 33074 8 0,24
2 Oro Valley 44844 17 0,38
3 Marana 46447 33 0,71
4 Gilbert 247463 234 0,95
5 Surprise 136611 165 1,21
6 Prescott Valley 45337 67 1,48
7 Lake Havasu City 54678 88 1,61
8 Scottsdale 254961 422 1,66
9 Buckeye 71318 125 1,75
10 Maricopa 48660 93 1,91
11 Apache Junction 41245 81 1,96
12 El Mirage 35733 77 2,15
13 Peoria 170177 388 2,28
14 Chandler 255986 606 2,37
15 Sierra Vista 42574 104 2,44
16 Goodyear 82159 203 2,47
17 Prescott 43172 136 3,15
18 Avondale 85204 286 3,36
19 Mesa 504873 1837 3,64
20 Bullhead City 40354 149 3,69
21 Glendale 249799 1167 4,67
22 Flagstaff 72852 342 4,69
23 Tempe 188543 913 4,84
24 Yuma 96121 491 5,11
25 Casa Grande 56479 346 6,13
26 Phoenix 1653080 12110 7,33
27 Tucson 537392 3958 7,37

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the 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.

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