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Best Places To Live In Arizona 2022

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score87
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 226,832
  • I moved here to Gilbert 1 1/2 years ago from the East Coast. I mainly wanted to escape the snow and cold for good. I had been researching for years on where I might want to live next to better my life. …[read more]
84
  • Chandler, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 242,131
  • Entertainment and dining, friendly ness of residents, ease of traffic, ease of getting from one point to another, customer service in public services agencies…[read more]
84
  • Litchfield Park, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,449
83
  • Surprise, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 127,492
  • We love living in Surprise. There are a large variety of shops and restaurants. People are friendly and the atmosphere is nice. If you are looking to buy in the Phoenix area you can't go wrong with…[read more]
83
  • Goodyear, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 72,629
  • Family & I moved to Goodyear in 2017 . Goodyear is any town usa. About as bland and suburban as it gets. No culture. No Mall. very little identity (aside from baseball & military) So why an exciting…[read more]
83
  • 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…[read more]
83
  • Peoria, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 158,677
  • Are you 50+ years of age? Are you a republican? Do you love drinking, baseball & football? Do you enjoy 120-degree weather? Do you want mom & pop shops to die? If you said yes to any of these, then…[read more]
82
  • Maricopa, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 45,473
  • Maricopa is a growing, vibrant community, trying to find it's way from tiny farming community to suburban village/town - much as the City of Chandler was doing just a few short year ago. This means…[read more]
82
  • Queen Creek, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,849
  • Queen Creek is a relatively small town. The other review is describing San Tan Valley. If you move here make sure you are in Maricopa county and NOT Pinal. Median income in QC was $89K last I checked,…[read more]
81
  • Anthem, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,571
  • Anthem is a fun city with a rich history and appealing activities that the whole family can enjoy. Anthem Community Park is a wonderful place to visit if you want to walk along the lake, feed the ducks…[read more]
81
  • 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…[read more]
80
  • Apache Junction, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,775
  • I just loved living in Apache Junction, Arizona. As part of the Phoenix metro area, Apache Junction is a community of approximately 38,000 people located just outside of Mesa, Arizona. Like every city in…[read more]
80
  • Fountain Hills, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,863
  • When I lived in Fountain Hills Az, I was living with my Sister who had a high-paying executive job with a hospital. Fountain Hills is a beautiful place to live and I loved every minute it. Now keep in…[read more]
79
  • Buckeye, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 59,310
  • Buckeye attracts new residents with relatively cheap new homes, and a seemingly low crime rate. Unfortunately the majority of the city employees don't actually live in Buckeye, and they have zero…[read more]
79
  • Corona de Tucson, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,550
79
  • 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…[read more]
77
  • 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.…[read more]
77
  • Lake Havasu City, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 53,058
  • Came here about 2 years ago expecting to stay here the rest of my lifr. Now, can't wait to get out of here as soon as my lease is up. My wife has had extensive medical issues with neuropathy and trying…[read more]
77
  • Paradise Valley, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,833
  • The best areas in Paradise Valley, AZ are Dolphinaris where you can get close to and swim with dolphins. You can visit the Phoenix Mountains Preserve that consists of Piestewa Peak, Camelback Mountain…[read more]
77
  • Mesa, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 470,456
  • Not good, in general, unless you want to live a quiet boring suburban life. Every street looks the same unless you are on the west side of mesa. The only apartment I had was in west mesa but my family…[read more]
76
  • Marana, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,221
  • I've been living in Marana for a couple years now and it's a nice little city. It's a little bit north of Tuscon, and a pretty safe place to live in. However, there aren't a lot of options as far as…[read more]
76
  • Prescott, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,090
  • There is an anonymous writer here that has written all the right reasons to move here and I want everyone with the same mind set to read. If you like the liberal way of life, please stay where you are…[read more]
76
  • Gold Canyon, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,616
76
  • Prescott Valley, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,070
  • Prescott Valley seems to have a very faithful following of people that love it here, but I am not one of those people. The locals seem to really love it here and it’s baffling why. If you’re a retiree or…[read more]
76
  • 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,…[read more]
75
  • El Mirage, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,937
  • Once you get past the warm summers, living in El Mirage is actually quite enjoyable. It's not too far from Phoenix if you want to hit up a big city from time to time but still has its own unique…[read more]
75
  • 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…[read more]
74
  • Sun City, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,363
  • I love visiting the state of Arizona. Sun City Arizona is a great stop on this visit. This city is the Original Fun city!! It creates a great atmosphere for adult leisure entertainment, but also is home…[read more]
74
  • Kingman, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,586
  • Kingman Arizona is a great place to live, and if you have friends who will be visiting soon, there are lots of attractions you take them to in the city. Here are some of the locations that you can use to…[read more]
73
  • Chino Valley, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,015
  • I love this little town. Not a lot of attraction, no fancy restaurants, But what's here I love. The climate is awesome. I'm kind of astonished to see the criticism about heat? Really lolol, you think…[read more]

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.