Phoenix 65 Below average
Phoenix Livability #203 ranked city in Arizona#17,623 ranked city in the USARanks better than 39% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Phoenix Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Phoenix Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% lower than Arizona
973% less expensive than the US average
1011% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Phoenix cost of living
F Phoenix Crime Total crime is 40% higher than Arizona
Total crime
3,78861% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2761% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-6%Year over year crime is down
Phoenix crime
D Phoenix Employment Household income is 4% lower than Arizona
Median household income
$49,32811% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$25,21315% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%9% higher than the US average
Phoenix employment
B+ Phoenix Housing Home value is 1% higher than Arizona
Median home value
$178,2004% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9144% lower than the US average
Home ownership
53%17% lower than the US average
Phoenix real estate or Phoenix rentals
F Phoenix Schools HS graduation rate is 6% lower than Arizona
High school grad. rates
77%7% lower than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:117% higher than the US average
Phoenix K-12 schools
F Phoenix User Ratings There are a total of 78 ratings in Phoenix
Overall user rating
49% 78 total ratings
User reviews rating
43% 28 total reviews
User surveys rating
58% 50 total surveys
all Phoenix poll results

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      Living in Phoenix, AZ

      Phoenix is a big city located in the state of Arizona. The city has a population of 1,555,324 inhabitants. Phoenix has a population density of 3,005 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. According to the most recent Census, 73% of Phoenix residents are White, 7% Black and 4% Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Phoenix are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 31% of the population also speak Spanish. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Phoenix residents is 33.

      If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Phoenix, Arizona. To help you find the best places to live in and around Phoenix, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, weather, employment, housing and more.

      Phoenix, AZ receives 70 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #109 in Arizona and #10,306 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we see that Phoenix ranks very well for amenities (A+), weather (B+) and housing (B+). There are some categories that Phoenix does not rank well for, including: crime (F), education (F) and employment (D). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Phoenix, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Desert Botanical Garden, Musical Instrument Museum, and Phoenix Zoo.

      Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Phoenix has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Phoenix is real estate affordability. The median home price for Phoenix homes is $178,200, which is 0.7% higher than the Arizona average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Phoenix, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.6, which is 2.9% higher than the Arizona average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Phoenix area were 8.4% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 10.5%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Phoenix transportation information

      Average one way commute25min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work74.9%76.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool12.1%10.9%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit3.4%2.0%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.7%1.0%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.8%2.0%2.8%
      Working from home5.2%5.7%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Phoenix, AZ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).