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Safest Places to Live in Arizona 2020

EPF Last Update: March 6, 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

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Thatcher504800,00
2Paradise Valley1451930,21
3San Luis3307480,24
4Oro Valley44844170,38
5Marana46447330,71
6Clarkdale436740,92
7Gilbert2474632340,95
8Somerton16380191,16
9Surprise1366111651,21
10Sahuarita29896381,27
11Florence25987341,31
12Prescott Valley45337671,48
13Lake Havasu City54678881,61
14Scottsdale2549614221,66
15Buckeye713181251,75
16Eagar487691,85
17Maricopa48660931,91
18Parker306061,96
19Apache Junction41245811,96
20Wellton300362,00
21Nogales19973412,05
22El Mirage35733772,15
23Superior309572,26
24Peoria1701773882,28
25Chandler2559866062,37
26Sierra Vista425741042,44
27Goodyear821592032,47
28Willcox346592,60
29Camp Verde11249312,76
30Coolidge12815372,89

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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

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Springerville195521,02
2Jerome45612,19
3Tombstone128332,34
4Kearny211652,36
5Fredonia130053,85
6Hayden97055,15
7Miami17641810,20

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Thatcher504800,00
2Clarkdale436740,92
3Eagar487691,85
4Parker306061,96
5Wellton300362,00
6Superior309572,26
7Willcox346592,60
8Safford9657323,31
9Wickenburg7042253,55
10Holbrook5048183,57
11Snowflake-Taylor9971363,61
12Quartzsite3695154,06
13Williams3176134,09
14St. Johns3510215,98
15Tolleson7305618,35
16Winslow9361838,87
17Page75767910,43
18Pinetop-Lakeside43714810,98
19Globe733015721,42

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Paradise Valley1451930,21
2Somerton16380191,16
3Sahuarita29896381,27
4Florence25987341,31
5Nogales19973412,05
6Camp Verde11249312,76
7Coolidge12815372,89
8Chino Valley11840423,55
9Kingman296691183,98
10Payson15549634,05
11Eloy19549814,14
12Show Low11156595,29

Over 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1San Luis3307480,24
2Oro Valley44844170,38
3Marana46447330,71
4Gilbert2474632340,95
5Surprise1366111651,21
6Prescott Valley45337671,48
7Lake Havasu City54678881,61
8Scottsdale2549614221,66
9Buckeye713181251,75
10Maricopa48660931,91
11Apache Junction41245811,96
12El Mirage35733772,15
13Peoria1701773882,28
14Chandler2559866062,37
15Sierra Vista425741042,44
16Goodyear821592032,47
17Prescott431721363,15
18Avondale852042863,36
19Mesa50487318373,64
20Bullhead City403541493,69
21Glendale24979911674,67
22Flagstaff728523424,69
23Tempe1885439134,84
24Yuma961214915,11
25Casa Grande564793466,13
26Phoenix1653080121107,33
27Tucson53739239587,37

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.

Thank you!

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