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A+ Sierra Vista Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Sierra Vista Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% lower than Arizona
Sierra Vista
973% less expensive than the US average
Arizona
982% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Sierra Vista cost of living
D- Sierra Vista Crime Total crime is 1% higher than Arizona
Total crime
3,44925% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2925% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
9%Year over year crime is up
Sierra Vista crime
C- Sierra Vista Employment Household income is 10% higher than Arizona
Median household income
$56,2802% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$26,97810% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%14% lower than the US average
Sierra Vista employment
F Sierra Vista Housing Home value is 1% higher than Arizona
Median home value
$178,0004% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9084% lower than the US average
Home ownership
54%16% lower than the US average
Sierra Vista real estate or Sierra Vista rentals
F Sierra Vista Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than Arizona
High school grad. rates
90%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
39%20% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:116% higher than the US average
Sierra Vista K-12 schools or Sierra Vista colleges

Living in Sierra Vista, AZ

Located in the state of Arizona, Sierra Vista is a mid-sized city with a population of 44,381 residents. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (77% White). Given that fact, Sierra Vista could be considered less diverse than other cities. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Sierra Vista are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 14% of the population also speak Spanish. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Sierra Vista residents is 33. 75% of the people in Sierra Vista (over the age of 15) are married and 63% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Are you trying to decide if living in Sierra Vista is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before moving to any new city in Arizona, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. To help you find the best places to live in and around Sierra Vista, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living, employment and more.

Sierra Vista has a livability score of 73/100 and is ranked #67 in Arizona and #7,390 in the USA. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Sierra Vista has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+), crime (B-) and weather (B+). Sierra Vista does not score well for the following: education (F) and housing (F). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Sierra Vista has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Ramsey Canyon Preserve, Fort Huachuca Museum, and Beatty's Miller Canyon Apiary & Orchard.

Assuming that Sierra Vista meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Sierra Vista. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Sierra Vista are simply unattainable. The median home price for Sierra Vista homes is $178,000, which is 0.6% higher than the Arizona average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Sierra Vista, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.2, which is 8.6% lower than the Arizona average. Real estate appreciation rates in Sierra Vista are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Sierra Vista homes comes in at 5.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were -1.3%.

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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 getting outside to bike or hike any time of the year. Even when it gets hot during June and July, mornings and evenings are almost always cool. Those are my favorite times to go out biking. The city offers an extensive map of bike trails to area attractions, but just biking around the 20 miles of city paths is fun.

Sierra Vista is close to the Coronado National Memorial in the Huachuca Mountains. You can park at the visitor center, learn about the Spanish quest for gold, then walk the forested trails. Friends and I would hike to a cave and climb down inside if we remembered our flashlight. A short drive down Highway 90 brings you to the San Pedro River, a national conservation area known for its diversity of wildlife. It's a wonderful place for seeing birds and hiking under the cottonwoods that line the river.

If you love the outdoors, Sierra Vista is fantastic, but it's short on culture. Apart from occasional events at Veteran's Memorial Park or the high school, there's not much happening. Tuscon is 75 miles away and has many museums and theaters. Restaurants are average. If you're looking for great Mexican food, a quick trip across the border is the best bet. Shopping is also average, except for the thrift stores. They're wonderful! The nearby Fort Huachuca army base means people come and go, often donating interesting items to Goodwill or St Vincent de Paul.
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Source: The Sierra Vista, AZ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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