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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • Litchfield Park, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,449
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  • Gold Canyon, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,616
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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
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  • 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
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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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  • 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
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • 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
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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
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  • Rincon Valley, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,938
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  • Tanque Verde, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,546
  • The current town that I call home is Tanque Verde, Arizona. This is a small town on the outskirts of Tucson. The current population of this small community is less than 20,000 so it is a quaint little
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  • 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
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  • Cottonwood, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,598
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cave Creek, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,275
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  • Corona de Tucson, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,550
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  • Williamson, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,207
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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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  • 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
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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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  • Lake Havasu City, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 53,058
  • The lake is the big attraction. Having your own boat is grand, but if not, your friends and neighbors will gladly take you out on the lake in theirs. It is a busy little town, but you can also find some
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  • Douglas, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,764
  • The town of Douglas, Arizona provides me with the basis, but I would not want to raise a family here. Living in Douglas, Arizona has been okay for me as I do not have children. The local school system
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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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  • 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
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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
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  • Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,150
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  • 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
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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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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Show Low, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,875
  • Show Low, Arizona is the place that I call home and overall I enjoy my surroundings. Show Low is located in Navajo County, Arizona and that places it in east central Arizona. The local community is
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  • Wickenburg, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,766
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  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 69,270
  • I have lived in Flagstaff, Arizona for many years and have found much to love about the city. Flagstaff's unique blend of beautiful scenery, clear weather and lively culture make it a fantastic place to
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  • 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
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  • Bisbee, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,330

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.