Central City

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A+ Central City Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Central City Cost of Living Cost of living is 15% lower than Arizona
Central City
8317% less expensive than the US average
Phoenix
955% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Central City cost of living
F Central City Crime Total crime is 204% higher than Arizona
Total crime
10,414279% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 10279% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
8%Year over year crime is up
Central City crime
F Central City Employment Household income is 49% lower than Arizona
Median household income
$26,39552% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$13,95453% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%60% higher than the US average
Central City employment
B+ Central City Housing Home value is 48% lower than Arizona
Median home value
$92,26550% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$67928% lower than the US average
Home ownership
21%66% lower than the US average
Central City real estate
F Central City Schools HS graduation rate is 31% lower than Arizona
High school grad. rates
57%32% lower than the US average
School test scores
27%46% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
Phoenix K-12 schools or Phoenix colleges

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I lived in the central Phoenix area of Osborne and 28th street for several years in my early 20's. Though the crime rate is a little bit high, for a lower income family with young children, it was a fun place to live. We used to take our kids to Encanto Park which has a children's amusement park area, a lagoon where you can rent paddle boats and a swimming area. We used to go hiking at Pike's Peak which was renamed Piestewa Peak in honor of a fallen local servicewoman. There was a bowling alley on Indian School and 30th street that my kids loved and a large grassy park across the street. Fun things to do were never very far away.

The community was mostly spanish speaking but we met several wonderful families that made up a very family-friendly environment. We lived in a three bedroom house with a big backyard and a kid friendly, grassy front yard. It was fairly inexpensive for the size and was walking distance from my kids' elementary school.

We didn't have to go very far to go shopping either. There was a grocery store a few blocks away, and just one street north on Camelback Ave., was a ton of clothing stores, restaurants and strip malls. Just a few block south and west, central Phoenix has the mecca of entertainment. We enjoyed The Chase Ball field, where we'd catch a Diamondbacks ball game, US Airways Center has concerts and shows like Disney on Ice, and The Arizona Center, is home to art exhibits, artisan stores, bars and restaurants and an AMC 24 that allows you to take food and drinks from the center's establishments into the theater!

Overall I had a blast living in Central Phoenix but because I'm not sure it's where I'd want to live as my kids got older due to the amount of the crime. As for Community, the Osborne and 28th Street Neighborhood was beautiful and friendly. Attractions, Nightlife, Shopping and Restaurants can easily be described as amazing. If I were a single person or a couple with no kids, I would move back to the Central Phoenix area in a heartbeat.
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Source: The Central City, Phoenix, AZ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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