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Best Places To Live In Arizona 2018

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  • Oro Valley, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 42,379
  • I first noticed this town when i went to the Bioshere 2 in oracle. I would totally move here. Yes it got a D for cost of living, but its worth it. Yes its a suburb of Tuscon, but it keeps the City
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  • Gilbert, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 226,832
  • We're a retired couple and we've lived in Gilbert (southwest of Lindsay & Germann, east of the irrigation canal) for 9 years now. Nearby are restaurants, shopping, parks, doctors and hospitals (Mercy
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  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 234,495
  • I've lived in Scottsdale for over a year and my girlfriend grew up here. It's catered very much to the rich and we are planning to move to a different part of Phoenix. We are down to earth middle class
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  • Catalina Foothills, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,329
  • Tucson, Arizona is nestled in a valley between four mountain ranges. The Santa Catalinas are to the north, the Rincons to the east, the Tucson Mountains are to the west and the Santa Ritas to the south.
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  • Queen Creek, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,849
  • queen creek has been split into san tan valley also, but they're pretty much the same. traffic was bad but has only gotten worse since they are building a new subdivision on every open plot of land, u
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  • Prescott, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,090
  • No customer service and angry disposition when handling complaints. When I called after buying the same item I always get there every week for 3 months because this time the buns were mushy and the pork
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  • Chandler, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 242,131
  • Relocated here from Michigan a year ago very calm atmosphere here in Chandler. Insurance rates are unbelievably reasonable depending on your location searching for the right school for elementary and
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  • Peoria, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 158,677
  • I have lived in Glendale/Peoria for over two years now. If you enjoy 120 degree summers, 100% republican views and every one treating you like they're better than you; then this is the place to be. The
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  • Fountain Hills, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,863
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  • Litchfield Park, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,449
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  • Saddlebrooke, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,324
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  • Surprise, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 127,492
  • The city of surprise is a beautiful place. It would not be a good place to live however. They have a young eager police force. You are taking a BIG risk driving through the city of Surprise Arizona.
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  • Rincon Valley, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,938
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  • Cottonwood, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,598
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  • Gold Canyon, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,616
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  • Maricopa, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 45,473
  • We lived in Maricopa 2012-2014. We bought a huge, nice, house with 4 car garage for only $155K. We lived in the Villages of El Dorado. We moved there from Yuma, AZ, thinking it would be a big step up for
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  • Sierra Vista, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 44,381
  • I lived in Sierra Vista AZ for one year while I was teaching in Douglas, a nearby town on the Mexican border. Sierra Vista is a desert town of about 45,000 people, and the best part about living there is
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  • Mesa, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 470,456
  • Justice for Daniel Shaver. Look him up. Seriously, don't come to this town. The police shoot innocent people here and get away with it. It was cold blooded murder of an innocent man with no
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  • Tanque Verde, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,546
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  • Prescott Valley, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,070
  • The place is cool if you stay to yourself. Most people seem to stay to themselves. there is a huge retiree population here with the VA hospital and another good hospital in town. There is no bus
69
  • Paradise Valley, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,833
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  • Anthem, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,571
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  • Williamson, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,207
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  • Florence, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,221
  • Yes, it's hot. Days begin breaking the 100° mark in March. But don't let the number scare you: It's a dry heat, which means that while the intensity is there, it's really not as noticeable when compared
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  • Corona de Tucson, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,550
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  • Buckeye, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 59,310
  • Only Negative I find in Buckeye is I have a wonderful neighbor who's suffering hard times and I come to realize that Buckeye Water Utility doesnt do any extensions or work out plans so once I've seen
67
  • Sahuarita, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,780
  • The Estates at Madera HighlandsWe found this community online and went to check it out, one word IMPRESSIVE. This is a very small gated community with large lots, amazing views, and peacefulness. The
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  • Douglas, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,764
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  • Marana, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,221
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  • Sun Lakes, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,828
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  • Nogales, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,355
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  • Goodyear, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 72,629
  • Having lived in Airizona all my life, I'd like to say I know this state pretty well. I've explored the deserts, panned for gold and listened to the coyotes sing me to sleep ever since I was a young boy.
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  • Casas Adobes, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 68,695
  • Nice neighborhoods in selected locations with relatively large tracts of desert and plenty of restaurants, shopping areas, entertainment venues and parks. There is no disagreement that Casas Adobes,
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  • Cave Creek, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,275
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  • Sedona, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,209
  • I've lived in the Sedona area my entire life (40+ years). I have seen so many changes, and none for the better. 1) Local Government/Real Estate - Sedona continually has tax increases, supposedly to help
66
  • Tempe, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 174,708
  • I lived here back in 2006, back then I think we lived in a bad area of Tempe. Believe it was off Hardy Dr. South at the Standard Apartments, not the best but it worked. Bunch of drug dealers were always
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  • Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,150
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  • San Luis, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 31,118
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  • Sun City West, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,899
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  • Vail, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,637
  • This are is a great place to live. I currently live here and it is a great place. I would rate the amenities a D, Cost of living an F, Crime an A+, Education an A, Employment an A, Housing a B, and
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  • Green Valley, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,249
  • The neighbors told me when I moved here at 56, this was God's waiting room for Heaven. What a thing to say! I find most are not really that friendly, and heaven forbid if you don't play golf! It has
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  • New River, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,305
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  • Doney Park, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,775
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  • Phoenix, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 1,555,324
  • Thris used to be a nice place to live but know its got 95% of the people are bad very very rude people ellgel immtrion is the worst in the courty they care more about them then the,people,paying taxes
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  • Avondale, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 80,631
  • I've lived here for 2 years now and have to say the city has a lot of shops and can be a great place for families. Im a young black career woman and I have a big problem with the police harassing not
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  • Glendale, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 239,943
  • Glendale, AZ is overpopulated and run down. There are a lot of shopping centers in the area, however they are the same stores on every corner. The environment is not aesthetically appealing and there are
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  • Sierra Vista Southeast, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,768
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  • Kingman, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,586
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  • Bisbee, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,330
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  • Sun City, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,363

Arizona: The Secret is Out

In 1912, Arizona became the last of the contiguous state to achieve statehood. Today, Arizona has a booming economy. It leads the nation in private-sector job growth, and it ranks top 10 in the nation in population growth. Health care, transportation, and government are the leading industries in Arizona, but the high-tech and finance industries are finding a home in Arizona and attracting workers to the state.

Arizona is the sixth largest state in the U.S. with an area of 113,990 square miles. To the west, the Colorado River forms Arizona’s border with California and Nevada, to the north is Utah, and to the east is New Mexico. Arizona shares an international border with Mexico to the south. Arizona has a population of just under seven million people, which ranks the state 14th in the nation. The capital of Arizona and its largest city is Phoenix, which has a population of around 1.6 million people. This makes Phoenix the sixth largest city in the U.S. The Phoenix metropolitan area is the 12th largest in the U.S. with a population of around 4.5 million residents.

Arizona has a desert climate, but the weather can vary depending on location. The southwest corner and the region along the Colorado River are the hottest and driest area of the state. The eastern half and most of the northern part of the state has milder desert weather, and there are sections of Arizona in the highland mountain areas that have Mediterranean weather. 100-degree temperatures are typical throughout the state from late May through early October. Most areas of Arizona receive less than 10 inches of rain per year, and almost all the precipitation occurs in the winter and late summer. Monsoonal rains that come up from Mexico during the late summer causes severe flooding in certain parts of the state.

The Grand Canyon dominates the image of Arizona. At 227 miles long, one mile deep, and an average width of 10 miles, the Grand Canyon is an impressive natural wonder of the world. In addition to the Grand Canyon, Arizona has over two dozen designated national monuments, parks, trails, sites, and recreation areas. Some of these places are Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the Petrified Forest National Park, Tonto National Monument, and Wupatki National Monument. About a quarter of the state is covered in forest, and another quarter of the state is made up of Indian reservations. The Navajo Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S., is in Arizona.

Arizona has a variety of great places to live from small desert towns to alpine villages to large metropolitan cities. The median housing and rent prices in Arizona have risen over the past year, but prices are still more affordable than in California, Nevada, and Utah. AreaVibes can provide you with a list of the best places to live in Arizona. You can customize this list to find the type of city, neighborhood, and residence where you like to live. The best places in Arizona are not hard to find with AreaVibes.