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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

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Thatcher5,05410.20
2Oro Valley44,251170.38
3Paradise Valley14,62960.41
4Buckeye67,147320.48
5Florence25,623190.74
6Gilbert242,0902070.86
7Marana45,123400.89
8Surprise135,3451200.89
9Sahuarita29,373280.95
10Somerton15,082191.26
11San Luis32,823441.34
12Scottsdale251,8403961.57
13Clarkdale4,30481.86
14Maricopa47,466911.92
15Prescott Valley43,891861.96
16Apache Junction40,672801.97
17Nogales19,878432.16
18Lake Havasu City53,9371202.22
19Superior3,02672.31
20Parker3,02272.32

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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

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Patagonia87200.00
2Pima2,52731.19
3Kearny2,09662.86
4Jerome45724.38
5Springerville2,00094.50
6Miami1,7743117.47

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Thatcher5,05410.20
2Clarkdale4,30481.86
3Superior3,02672.31
4Parker3,02272.32
5Safford9,617232.39
6Eagar5,001122.40
7Wickenburg6,979202.87
8St. Johns3,581113.07
9Winslow9,764676.86
10Pinetop-Lakeside4,392357.97
11Page7,632648.39
12Holbrook5,077448.67
13Tolleson7,289689.33
14Williams3,181309.43
15Willcox3,4714512.96
16Globe7,34912617.15

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Paradise Valley14,62960.41
2Florence25,623190.74
3Sahuarita29,373280.95
4Somerton15,082191.26
5Nogales19,878432.16
6Douglas16,443412.49
7Camp Verde11,299332.92
8Coolidge12,645393.08
9Payson15,504583.74
10Cottonwood12,116494.04
11Snowflake-Taylor10,025454.49
12Kingman29,1811314.49
13Eloy17,552905.13
14Show Low11,163605.37

Over 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Oro Valley44,251170.38
2Buckeye67,147320.48
3Gilbert242,0902070.86
4Marana45,123400.89
5Surprise135,3451200.89
6San Luis32,823441.34
7Scottsdale251,8403961.57
8Maricopa47,466911.92
9Prescott Valley43,891861.96
10Apache Junction40,672801.97
11Lake Havasu City53,9371202.22
12El Mirage35,611852.39
13Peoria165,8894142.50
14Chandler249,3556472.59
15Goodyear79,4192102.64
16Avondale84,0412573.06
17Prescott42,9751573.65
18Mesa492,2682,0474.16
19Flagstaff72,3883074.24
20Sierra Vista42,8591914.46
21Tempe186,0868834.75
22Glendale249,2731,2174.88
23Yuma95,5224915.14
24Phoenix1,644,17712,5117.61
25Tucson532,3234,2688.02

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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