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Places With The Best Housing In Arizona 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score76
  • 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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  • Cave Creek, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,275
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rincon Valley, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,938
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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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  • Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,150
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  • Williamson, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,207
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Doney Park, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,775
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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
77
  • Litchfield Park, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,449
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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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  • New River, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,305
  • The best areas in New River, AZ is Cave Creek Regional Park, the Pioneer Living History Museum and Liberty Bell Park. This city has its share of parks and nature preserves as well as museums and sites to
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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
76
  • Gold Canyon, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,616
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Corona de Tucson, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,550
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • 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
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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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  • Sierra Vista Southeast, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,768
  • The best areas in Sierra Vista, AZ are Brown’s Canyon Ranch, the Garden Canyon and the Presidio of Santa Cruz de Terrenante. These are some astonishing places to visit and have spectacular views. There
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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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  • 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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  • Wickenburg, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,766
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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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  • Page, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,532
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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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  • 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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  • San Tan Valley, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 88,507
  • 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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  • Chino Valley, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,015
  • I’ve lived in Chino Valley, AZ for a little more than 4 years. I must say that this is one of the more expensive areas in AZ as oppose to other cities such as Phoenix and Kingsman. I love living here
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Verde Village, AZ
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,287
  • I lived in Verde Village for a total of 3 whole years. The living cost weren’t bad at all. I had a decent paying job and still had money left over after paying the rent and other bills for the month.

Housing is one of the most important factors when deciding where to live in Arizona. Housing prices continue to rise, but there are still some deals to be had. When searching for a new home, you want to ensure that home prices in that area are appreciating, but you also need to ensure that the home prices will fit within you budget. AreaVibes used science and data to create a list of the best cities in Arizona to buy a new home with a population over 5,000 people.

The cities listed above have been chosen as the best places to buy a new home in Arizona as they have seen high appreciation rates combined with a solid income to home price affordability ratio. High appreciation rates are a good indicator that the home will continue to increase in value, while the affordability ratio ensure that homes in that area are affordable based on the median household income to home price ratio.

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