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Safest Places to Live in Arizona ( 2017 Updated ! )

EPF October 24, 2017


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

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Thatcher 5,019 0 0.00
2 Show Low 10,892 2 0.18
3 Buckeye 64,563 35 0.54
4 Paradise Valley 14,155 9 0.64
5 Oro Valley 44,089 29 0.66
6 Florence 31,130 22 0.71
7 Gilbert 255,899 200 0.78
8 Sahuarita 25,792 23 0.89
9 Marana 42,808 40 0.93
10 Surprise 130,679 135 1.03
11 San Luis 32,227 39 1.21
12 Eagar 4,863 6 1.23
13 Scottsdale 240,885 369 1.53
14 Somerton 15,196 26 1.71
15 Prescott Valley 42,900 78 1.82
16 Douglas 16,398 30 1.83
17 Maricopa 49,627 97 1.95
18 Sierra Vista 42,988 85 1.98
19 Peoria 174,797 350 2.00
20 Chandler 265,922 558 2.10

 

 

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

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Pima 2,554 0 0.00
2 Jerome 458 0 0.00
3 Kearny 2,055 1 0.49
4 Patagonia 886 1 1.13
5 Springerville 1,952 3 1.54
6 Wellton 2,944 6 2.04
7 Fredonia 1,320 3 2.27
8 Miami 1,776 14 7.88

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Thatcher 5,019 0 0.00
2 Eagar 4,863 6 1.23
3 Clarkdale 4,271 11 2.58
4 Snowflake-Taylor 9,835 29 2.95
5 Safford 9,717 34 3.50
6 Wickenburg 6,835 25 3.66
7 Winslow 9,581 75 7.83
8 Holbrook 5,012 44 8.78
9 Williams 3,140 30 9.55
10 Pinetop-Lakeside 4,354 46 10.56
11 Page 7,516 86 11.44
12 Willcox 3,511 65 18.51

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Show Low 10,892 2 0.18
2 Paradise Valley 14,155 9 0.64
3 Sahuarita 25,792 23 0.89
4 Somerton 15,196 26 1.71
5 Douglas 16,398 30 1.83
6 Camp Verde 11,213 30 2.68
7 Coolidge 12,387 38 3.07
8 Nogales 20,143 62 3.08
9 Kingman 29,069 101 3.47
10 Payson 15,351 55 3.58
11 Cottonwood 11,932 43 3.60
12 Eloy 17,110 62 3.62
13 Chino Valley 11,202 74 6.61

 

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Buckeye 64,563 35 0.54
2 Oro Valley 44,089 29 0.66
3 Florence 31,130 22 0.71
4 Gilbert 255,899 200 0.78
5 Marana 42,808 40 0.93
6 Surprise 130,679 135 1.03
7 San Luis 32,227 39 1.21
8 Scottsdale 240,885 369 1.53
9 Prescott Valley 42,900 78 1.82
10 Maricopa 49,627 97 1.95
11 Sierra Vista 42,988 85 1.98
12 Peoria 174,797 350 2.00
13 Chandler 265,922 558 2.10
14 El Mirage 34,376 74 2.15
15 Bullhead City 39,426 99 2.51
16 Lake Havasu City 53,746 141 2.62
17 Apache Junction 38,506 107 2.78
18 Avondale 81,605 233 2.86
19 Flagstaff 71,179 265 3.72
20 Goodyear 82,018 310 3.78
21 Prescott 42,321 170 4.02
22 Mesa 478,277 2,051 4.29
23 Glendale 242,938 1,204 4.96
24 Tempe 178,654 902 5.05
25 Casa Grande 51,995 284 5.46
26 Phoenix 1,586,611 10,700 6.74
27 Tucson 533,663 4,245 7.95

 

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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Elite Personal Finance

October 24, 2017

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