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Safest Places to Live in Arizona ( 2018 Updated ! )

EPF Last Update: November 17, 2018

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

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2017. 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 2018

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Thatcher 5,054 1 0.20
2 Oro Valley 44,251 17 0.38
3 Paradise Valley 14,629 6 0.41
4 Buckeye 67,147 32 0.48
5 Florence 25,623 19 0.74
6 Gilbert 242,090 207 0.86
7 Marana 45,123 40 0.89
8 Surprise 135,345 120 0.89
9 Sahuarita 29,373 28 0.95
10 Somerton 15,082 19 1.26
11 San Luis 32,823 44 1.34
12 Scottsdale 251,840 396 1.57
13 Clarkdale 4,304 8 1.86
14 Maricopa 47,466 91 1.92
15 Prescott Valley 43,891 86 1.96
16 Apache Junction 40,672 80 1.97
17 Nogales 19,878 43 2.16
18 Lake Havasu City 53,937 120 2.22
19 Superior 3,026 7 2.31
20 Parker 3,022 7 2.32

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Crime Score in All Cities in Arizona

In case your city didn’t make it to the 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 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 Patagonia 872 0 0.00
2 Pima 2,527 3 1.19
3 Kearny 2,096 6 2.86
4 Jerome 457 2 4.38
5 Springerville 2,000 9 4.50
6 Miami 1,774 31 17.47

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Thatcher 5,054 1 0.20
2 Clarkdale 4,304 8 1.86
3 Superior 3,026 7 2.31
4 Parker 3,022 7 2.32
5 Safford 9,617 23 2.39
6 Eagar 5,001 12 2.40
7 Wickenburg 6,979 20 2.87
8 St. Johns 3,581 11 3.07
9 Winslow 9,764 67 6.86
10 Pinetop-Lakeside 4,392 35 7.97
11 Page 7,632 64 8.39
12 Holbrook 5,077 44 8.67
13 Tolleson 7,289 68 9.33
14 Williams 3,181 30 9.43
15 Willcox 3,471 45 12.96
16 Globe 7,349 126 17.15

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Paradise Valley 14,629 6 0.41
2 Florence 25,623 19 0.74
3 Sahuarita 29,373 28 0.95
4 Somerton 15,082 19 1.26
5 Nogales 19,878 43 2.16
6 Douglas 16,443 41 2.49
7 Camp Verde 11,299 33 2.92
8 Coolidge 12,645 39 3.08
9 Payson 15,504 58 3.74
10 Cottonwood 12,116 49 4.04
11 Snowflake-Taylor 10,025 45 4.49
12 Kingman 29,181 131 4.49
13 Eloy 17,552 90 5.13
14 Show Low 11,163 60 5.37

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Oro Valley 44,251 17 0.38
2 Buckeye 67,147 32 0.48
3 Gilbert 242,090 207 0.86
4 Marana 45,123 40 0.89
5 Surprise 135,345 120 0.89
6 San Luis 32,823 44 1.34
7 Scottsdale 251,840 396 1.57
8 Maricopa 47,466 91 1.92
9 Prescott Valley 43,891 86 1.96
10 Apache Junction 40,672 80 1.97
11 Lake Havasu City 53,937 120 2.22
12 El Mirage 35,611 85 2.39
13 Peoria 165,889 414 2.50
14 Chandler 249,355 647 2.59
15 Goodyear 79,419 210 2.64
16 Avondale 84,041 257 3.06
17 Prescott 42,975 157 3.65
18 Mesa 492,268 2,047 4.16
19 Flagstaff 72,388 307 4.24
20 Sierra Vista 42,859 191 4.46
21 Tempe 186,086 883 4.75
22 Glendale 249,273 1,217 4.88
23 Yuma 95,522 491 5.14
24 Phoenix 1,644,177 12,511 7.61
25 Tucson 532,323 4,268 8.02

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?

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