10 Best Places To Live In Arizona

Best place to live in Arizona

Many people are relocating for the opportunity to call the sunny state of Arizona “home.”

In fact, Maricopa County is the fastest-growing county in the United States. Apartments and condos under construction are a common sight around the state. Arizona residents are fielding texts from friends and family about the best places to live in the Grand Canyon state.

With so many choices, you may be wondering, “Where is the best place to live in Arizona?”.

It’s really a subjective question, which is why we asked Arizona residents about their opinions. Here are the ten best cities to live in Arizona according to these local experts and a few fast facts from WalkScore, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the FBI Crime Statistics.


If you are a small business enthusiast like me, Arcadia is the best place to live in Arizona! This up-and-coming part of Phoenix is the sweetest place for young, growing families. You can find a variety of gorgeous newly built houses, delicious local eateries, and great local boutiques as well. If you are looking to make a move, consider checking out some real estate in Arcadia.

Nikitha Lokareddy, Markitors

Arcadia Fast Facts

  • Population: 41,102 residents
  • Average Income: $102,192/year
  • Walkability Score: 77
  • Safety Grade: C+
  • Unemployment Rate: N/A

North Scottsdale

North Scottsdale is one of the best places to live in Arizona. Whether you are raising children, establishing yourself as a young professional, or settling down as a retiree, North Scottsdale has a little something for everyone. Great dining, plenty of job opportunities, safe suburban areas, parks, some of the best schools in Arizona – there’s plenty of reasons to consider North Scottsdale for residence.

Carey Wilbur, Charter Capital

North Scottsdale Fast Facts

  • Population: 123,245 residents
  • Average Income: $84,601/year
  • Walkability Score: 73
  • Safety Grade: A-
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.6%


I really like living in the Phoenix area. In the cooler winter months, there is plenty to do in the Valley. In the hot summer months, you are just a couple of hours away from driving to the relief of cooler temperatures. It’s the best of both worlds! Phoenix is a great place to call home.

Jon Schneider, Recruiterie

Phoenix Fast Facts

  • Population: 4,511,000 residents
  • Average Income: $46,881/year
  • Walkability Score: 91
  • Safety Grade: B
  • Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley, Arcadia, Phoenix, and Scottsdale are the best places to live in Arizona. In those cities, the best communities to live in are The Village at Silverleaf, The Village at Mountain Shadows, The Village at Seven Desert Mountain, Paradise Reserve, Cholla Heights, Ironwood Golf Villas, and Ascent at the Phoenician.

All seven communities have a 24/7 guard-gate. The Village at Mountain Shadows and Ascent at the Phoenician are great to live in because they have access to the resort amenities. The Village at Mountain Shadows has access to the Mountain Shadows Resort and Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort. Soon-to-be homeowners at Ascent at the Phoenician will have access to The Phoenician. The Village at Seven Desert Mountain has access to seven golf courses, clubhouses, hiking trails, and dining. Cholla Heights is located on the northeast slope of Camelback Mountain.

Arizona communities are great places to consider living because of easy access to top golf courses, dining, resort amenities, city and mountain views, clubhouses, and hiking trails.

Paul Colwell, Cullum Homes

Paradise Valley Fast Facts

  • Population: 15,003 residents
  • Average Income: $82,022/year
  • Walkability Score: 49
  • Safety Grade: B
  • Unemployment Rate: 6.1%


Living in Gilbert brings the best of all worlds; big metropolitan city benefits with a small local community feel. Arizona is such a diverse state with lakes, mountains, and canyons that are just hours away while living in a mild dry desert climate!

Mark Christensen, People & Partnerships

Gilbert Fast Facts

  • Population: 263,461 residents
  • Average Income: $42,564/year
  • Walkability Score: 55
  • Safety Grade: B-
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.4%


I am so lucky to live in this community, which is full of vibrant businesses, many strong academic institutions (Forks Up!), great parks and recreation including the Western Canal Path, Tempe Town Lake, Kiwanis Park, and so much more. Most of all, I love that my neighbors care about one another, are friendly and compassionate, and regularly support their local community.

Nicole Spracale, Coaching and Consulting

Tempe Fast Facts

  • Population: 151,531
  • Average Income: $30,221/year
  • Walkability Score: 53
  • Safety Grade: C
  • Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

Old Town

I love living in Old Town Scottsdale. We are conveniently close to Tempe, North Scottsdale, and Phoenix. Trees and landscaping are mature, and the culture is always diverse and lively. Our town is clean, and the parks are amazing! It’s been so fun having so many people enjoying our parks and bike paths during the quarantine.

Candace Cotton, HALO Branded Solutions

Old Town Fast Facts

  • Population: 41,102 residents
  • Average Income: $102,192/year
  • Walkability Score: 70
  • Safety Grade: C+
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.6%


In the Valley, Gilbert is the best place to live because I have two young kids with one on the way. It offers a plethora of professional opportunities in the tech industry, great places to dine and shop, and is ultimately a crime-free area. My son is autistic, so city safety is a huge priority. However, if our blended family could live wherever we wanted, we would definitely live in Flagstaff. This northern Arizona city offers everything similar to Gilbert, but with better weather! I definitely consider it the best place to live in Arizona.

Sarah Potter, Mother of Marketing

Flagstaff Fast Facts

  • Population: 77,590 residents
  • Average Income: $26,954/year
  • Walkability Score: 38
  • Safety Grade: C+
  • Unemployment Rate: 8%


Can we give Tucson some love? The Old Pueblo is a great place to live in Arizona. The Tucson community has strong pride and gathers around The University of Arizona, which is an energy that permeates throughout the city. There are almost a million people living in Tucson, but it has a small-town vibe with some of the best food gems and outdoor escapes. If you love art, a slow pace, and getting off the grid, then Tucson can be an appealing place to settle down and call home.

Brett Farmiloe, Best of HR

Tucson Fast Facts

  • Population: 554,503 residents
  • Average Income: $43,676/year
  • Walkability Score: 87
  • Safety Grade: C
  • Unemployment Rate: 6.6%

The Open Road

Arizona offers so many opportunities to live a little with outdoor adventures. Whether that’s a week stay in Sedona or an exploratory trip to the Grand Canyon, there are plenty of places in Arizona to temporarily call “home.”

Randall Smalley, Cruise America

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