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Best Places To Live In Arizona 2021

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score85
  • 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
  • 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]
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]
81
  • 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]
79
  • Litchfield Park, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,449
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  • 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]
79
  • Surprise, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 127,492
  • At TEAM 4 Kids Pediatric Therapy, we cleverly disguise therapy as a play to create a fun and rewarding environment for your child to learn and grow! Our services include Speech, Feeding, Occupational,…[read more]
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  • 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]
78
  • Corona de Tucson, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,550
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  • 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]
78
  • 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]
78
  • 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]
78
  • 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]
77
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 234,495
  • My ex and I lived in Scottsdale for 14 years raising our 2 children from babies to teenagers. Our first home was a condo in the central Scottsdale area which was convenient for runs along the canal and…[read more]
77
  • 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]
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]
76
  • 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]
76
  • Gold Canyon, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,616
76
  • 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]
76
  • 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]
75
  • Mesa, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 470,456
  • My $1,000.00 bike was stolen three feet from my hotel room door at Windemere Hotel & Convention Center, 5750 E Main, Mesa, AZ 85205 on January 1, 2019. The heavy duty security cord was cut. Our car was…[read more]
75
  • Sun City West, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,899
  • Sun City West is a wonderful place to live for a number of reasons. The weather is great, there are lots of sporting events to attend, and you'll never run out of great places to eat. If you want to…[read more]
75
  • 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
  • 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]
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
  • Florence, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,221
  • i been living here for a couple of years now. this city is growing quick and they are building tons of new homes. ill keep my review short. 1.its safe 2.quiet. 3.friendly 4.growing…[read more]
73
  • 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]
72
  • Glendale, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 239,943
  • I absolutely love Glendale, AZ. The city has such a friendly atmosphere, plus all of the perks of a big city, with a low cost. Moving from The Bay Area in California — Silicon Valley to be exact. I was…[read more]
72
  • San Luis, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 31,118
  • I was living in San Luis briefly. It is right up against the Mexico border and not too far from Yuma. There's actually a surprising amount of things you can do here in San Luis, and it's an enjoyable…[read more]
72
  • Cave Creek, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,275
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  • Avondale, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 80,631
  • We bought our first home, here in Avondale, a little over a year ago. It's a growing city with lots of development--from both a housing, and business perspective. My neighbors are friendly, and in…[read more]
72
  • 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]
71
  • Prescott Valley, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,070
  • Let me start by saying I moved here the day I turned 18 back in 1998. Prescott Valley should be Chicago's sister city, its windy almost every day. As for entertainment, if you like hiking this is the…[read more]
71
  • 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]
71
  • Casa Grande, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,571
  • I stayed with my grandparents in Casa Grande for three years during my college days. The city's close proximity to Tucson and Phoenix offers all residents of Casa Grande an easy access to these twin…[read more]
71
  • Cottonwood, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,598
  • I am very thankful and pleased with where I live. There are certainly many places in the U.S. that are safe, many very small towns isolated from natural disasters, nice weather and especially low crime…[read more]
71
  • 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]
70
  • 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…[read more]
70
  • Sun Lakes, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,828
  • This is a quiet city, and there are a few places to visit. The neighborhoods are arranged in country club style, and there are plenty of golf courses. Each community has a fitness center, restaurant and…[read more]
69
  • 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]
69
  • Bullhead City, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,653
  • We just recently purchased a home in BHC off McCormick Blvd in Sunridge Estates, the area is nice, clean, super quiet and great neighbors all the houses are very well kept a decent show a sense of…[read more]
69
  • Snowflake, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,643
  • Snowflake is a delightful town. Strong influences from the Pioneer West, Old Mexico, Navajo, Hopi and White Mountain Apache. Very strong schools, patriotic, safe at all hours. The community is committed…[read more]
68
  • Saddlebrooke, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,324
  • A suburb of Tucson, Saddlebrooke, Arizona is desert living at its best. This sleepy little community enjoys warm weather year-round and a myriad of outdoor activities. I love living in Saddlebrooke…[read more]
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  • Fortuna Foothills, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,826
  • I experienced a true desert oasis while living in Fortuna Foothills Arizona. It is a thriving desert city, which is a part of Yuma County. The area has really grown over the past 10 years, including new…[read more]
68
  • Rincon Valley, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,938
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  • Vail, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,637
  • I have been here for three years and see so many positives for the area. If you are looking for a small town feel with great schools then this is for you. The desert scenery and the backdrop of the…[read more]
68
  • Wickenburg, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,766
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  • Sedona, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,209
  • I lived in Sedona for 5 years between 2013 and 2018. I did not have to work and I am REALLY into hiking and nature, and not at all into nightlife - so for someone like me - it was awesome. I considered…[read more]
67
  • Payson, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,297
  • I lived in Payson for several years in the past and found it quite enjoyable. The weather is fairly mild. Yes, it can get pretty warm in the summer, but it’s nowhere near as hot as it is in phoenix. On…[read more]
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  • Nogales, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,355
  • I lived in Nogales for a little while but wasn't too impressed with the place. There isn't much to do here when it comes to working or having fun and you'll probably spend a lot of your time being bored…[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.