17 Safest Cities in Arizona: Safest Places to Live in AZ

September 2, 2014

6. Maricopa, AZ

One of the largest Pinal county communities to make our list, Maricopa has a small town feel with a big city heart. Within commuting distance of downtown Phoenix by either car or Amtrak, the city focuses on cultivating businesses and economic growth. Maricopa is currently home to over 700 local businesses. Maricopa is in no short supply of Museums, restaurants, bars, and attractions for both children and adults. As a popular layover point for travelers in the late 1800s, Maricopa has a very rich history, as well.

Population: 45,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.29
Property Crimes per 1000: 18.81
Crime Index: 44
Safer than 44% of US cities

7. Paradise Valley, AZ

The small Phoenix Metropolitain area town of Paradise Valley should not be judged by its size. Paradise Valley is Arizona’s premier vacation destination, hosting over a dozen high end resorts. Located next to the beautiful Phoenix Mountains Preserve and Piestewa Peak Park, the city motto “There is a reason we call this valley ‘paradise'” is exceedingly accurate in this case. Lured by its beauty, Paradise Valley is home to dozens of notable celebrities including Mohammed Ali, Mike Tyson, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Nash, Stevie Nicks, Alice Cooper, Vice-President Dan Quayle and Chief Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist.

Population: 13,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.68
Property Crimes per 1000: 19.43
Crime Index: 44
Safer than 44% of US cities

8. San Luis, AZ

San Luis, AZ: Safest Cities in ArizonaSan Luis is Arizona’s South-Westernmost city and an essential part of Yuma’s Metropolitan area. Another great city to raise children, San Luis is dedicated to serving its young population with a state of the art Youth Center which includes a sports center, various classes, computer labs and tutoring. San Luis is a cultural hub with plenty of local eats and musical acts. Who could be bored in this culturally rich town?

Population: 28,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.03
Property Crimes per 1000: 20.66
Crime Index: 40
Safer than 40% of US cities

9. Surprise, AZ

Another excellent example of rapid population growth and high safety ratings can be found in Surprise, Arizona. The Maricopa County town grew from 31,000 citizens in 2000 to almost 120,000 in 2010 but still managed to keep its crime rates low. What a Surprise! Both the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers hold their spring trainings in Surprise, making it an excellent location for baseball fans and sports fans in general to vacation. While Surprise has no MLB team of its own, the city is home to the Surprise Fightin’ Falcons, a GBL team, and the Surprise Rafters, an AFL team. Surprise is also home to an award-winning Tennis and Racquet Complex which hosted the 2009 Fed Cup quarter final, the premiere Women’s double tennis competition.

Population: 121,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.34
Property Crimes per 1000: 20.6
Crime Index: 39
Safer than 39% of US cities

10. Sedona, AZ

Sedona, AZ: Safest Cities in ArizonaSedona is another Arizona town adored by nature lovers. With access to its hundreds of beautiful hiking/bike trails and its beautiful array of natural red sandstone formations, Sedona is an amazing place to make one’s home by any measure. The culture of Sedona is marked by a dedication to education and an obvious respect for nature. Known for its unique scenery, the quaint little community of Sedona also played a large role in the Hollywood film industry of the 1970s. You have to check out Sedona’s energy vortexes if you’re in town whether you have a mystical side or not!

Population: 10,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.97
Property Crimes per 1000: 21.53
Crime Index: 36
Safer than 36% of US cities

11. Nogales, AZ

With a population of 20,000 people, Nogales is nestled into the southern part of Arizona’s lush Santa Cruz County. Nogales’ county of Santa Cruz is home to over 200 properties listed in the National Register of Historic Sites, making the whole region a beautiful destination for any traveler. The county also houses several state parks including Patagonia, Pena Blanca and Parker Canyon Lake. Nogales is only 20 miles west of the Sonoita-Elgin Wine Country, so if you vacation in the area you will have to make time for a little wine tasting!

Population: 21,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 2.13
Property Crimes per 1000: 23.47
Crime Index: 32
Safer than 32% of US cities

12. Lake Havasu City, AZ

Lake Havasu City, AZ: Safest Cities in ArizonaBoasting one of the largest populations on our list of safest cities, Lave Havasu City is a beautiful North Arizona city bordering the state of California. Completely removed from any other cities or towns, Lake Havasu City lines the Colorado River and is surrounded by the scenic SARA and Cattail Cove State Parks, not to mention the Havasu National and Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuges. One of the city’s main tourist attractions is the “London Bridge” which was bought from the city of London, England for $2.5 million in the 1960s, adding a little European charm to this small town!

Population: 53,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.08
Property Crimes per 1000: 25.34
Crime Index: 31
Safer than 31% of US cities

13. Camp Verde, AZ

Camp Verde is a lively little town of just over 10,000 people, but it offers no shortage of local events for residents and vacationers to enjoy and look forward to. Camp Verde is host to such notable, annual festivals as Fort Verde Days, the Pecan, Wine and Antiques Festival, the Crawdad Festival, and the Hauser annual corn festival, just to name a few. The town’s many tourist attractions include the Montezua Castle National Monument, Fort Verde State Historic Park and The Cliff Castle Casino. The city also has a comical side and served as the hometown of two Marvel Comics superheros and as a destination of Simon Pegg’s character in the 2011 film Paul.

Population: 11,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.9
Property Crimes per 1000: 25.02
Crime Index: 30
Safer than 30% of US cities

14. Chino Valley, AZ

Another Yavapai County town, Chino Valley stands small in population, but tall in both history and heart. The town was Arizona’s first Territorial Capital before the capital moved to Prescott in 1864. Chino Valley is a great family town with a strong commitment to offering its residents a good education. The Chino Valley district school system has two Silver Apple Teacher award winners on staff. Chino Valley High School works together with Yavapai College to offer dual enrollment and allow its students advanced education opportunities in various Science and Technology fields of study.

Population: 11,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 7.01
Property Crimes per 1000: 19.94
Crime Index: 30
Safer than 30% of US cities

15. Buckeye, AZ

Buckeye, AZ: Safest Cities in ArizonaAs Phoenix’s westernmost suburb Buckeye has grown almost 700% in population over the last decade, from approximately 6,000 residents in 2000 to over 50,000 in 2010. The creation of a large lake is currently in the works in the town, offering residents the chance to cool down during Arizona’s notoriously hot, dry summers. Buckeye is also the hometown of acclaimed American author Upton Sinclair.

Population: 52,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.03
Property Crimes per 1000: 26.28
Crime Index: 29
Safer than 29% of US cities

16. Goodyear, AZ

Another suburb of Phoenix, Goodyear is home to the Goodyear Ballpark which is the spring training location for two major league baseball teams, the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds. The National Civic League gave Goodyear the All-American City Award in 2008 for transparency, effectiveness and openness in government. Goodyear is named after the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, which established the city in 1917 for the purpose of growing cotton for their tires.

Population: 67,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.54
Property Crimes per 1000: 26.47
Crime Index: 28
Safer than 28% of US cities

17. Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale, AZ: Safest Cities in ArizonaScottsdale is the largest safest city we’ve selected and goes to show that high population areas can be safe, too. Scottsdale is an architect’s dream, with notable figures including American icon Frank Lloyd Wright having contributed to its one of a kind cityscape. Scottsdale is a cultural hub with a slew of museums, galleries and annual festivals and fairs for residents and vacationers to enjoy. The city is host to the Scottsdale Arts Festival, one of the most recognized art festivals in the United States, and is nationally recognized for its nightlife.

Population: 223,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.47
Property Crimes per 1000: 27.06
Crime Index: 27
Safer than 27% of US cities

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17 Safest Cities in Arizona: Safest Places to Live in AZ

Disclaimer: To improve the accuracy and usefulness of our list, we chose to exclude small communities with populations below 5,000 in our rankings.
Our rankings are determined by national crime statistics published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Our rankings are only as accurate as the local population and crime statistics officially released by the FBI.

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