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The 10 Safest Cities in Arizona

You'll be carefree in one of these 10 cities.

David Cross

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Think of Arizona, and the Grand Canyon and a desert climate are usually the first things to come to mind! The Grand Canyon State is the 15th most populous in the country, and the sixth largest by area. Home to cities like Phoenix, Tucson, and Scottsdale, Arizona may be hot in the south but it has ski resorts too! So where should you live if you’re considering a move to Arizona? Here is a list of the top 10 cities safest cities in Arizona:

1. Tonopah

Source: Flickr user PMCC Post Office Photos

Source: Flickr user PMCC Post Office Photos


You’ll only find about 60 people living in the tiny community of Tonopah, but it’s a very safe place to live! Ranked as the safest place to live in Arizona, Tonopah has a crime index of 100 – 100 being the safest – and you’ll find this community about 50 miles west of Phoenix, near the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.

2. Tubac

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia


Today Tubac is known as an artists’ colony but it started life as a Spanish presidio in 1752. The remains of that presidio are an attraction of the town, which you’ll find in the south of the state, in Santa Cruz County. Tubac is the second safest place to live in Arizona, and has a crime index of 99.

3. Wellton

Source: Flickr user PT4life

Source: Flickr user PT4life


Set in Yuma County, in the west of the state, is the town of Wellton. Around 1,900 people in Wellton year round, though the population soars during the winter as it’s a popular destination for snowbirds. Wellton is the third safest town in Arizona, and has a crime index of 97.

4. Amado

Source: Flickr user Cobalt123

Source: Flickr user Cobalt123


Amado is a census-designated place in Santa Cruz County, in the south of Arizona, about 40 miles from Tucson. Only around 300 people call Amado home, but it’s a safe place to live, ranking fourth safest in the state. The crime index is 92.

5. Carefree

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia


With a name like Carefree you’d expect this town in Maricopa County to have a good reputation for safety! Carefree is ranked the fifth safest town in Arizona, and has a crime index of 91. Around 3,800 people live in Carefree, and the town’s motto is ‘the best small town in Arizona’!

6. Fredonia

Source: Flickr user Ken Lund

Source: Flickr user Ken Lund


The northernmost town in Arizona is also its’ sixth safest. Fredonia has a crime index of 86 and it’s the gateway to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Only around 1,300 people live in this town in Coconino County.

7. Snowflake

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia


Founded by Mormon pioneers and colonizers, Erastus Snow and William Flake, Snowflake has a population of around 5,500 people and is home to the Snowflake Arizona Temple. The town is in Navajo County, south of the Grand Canyon, and is the seventh safest town in Arizona. The crime index is 85.

8. Florence

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia


The town of Florence is the largest town in our list so far. It has around 25,500 residents and is located in Pinal County in the south of the state, about 60 miles southeast of Phoenix. Home to the annual Country Thunder music festival and three state prisons, Florence has a crime index of 84 and is the eighth safest place to live in Arizona.

9. Grand Canyon

Source: Flickr user Grand Canyon NPS

Source: Flickr user Grand Canyon NPS


While best known for the Grand Canyon National Park this area of stunning natural beauty is home to seasonal and year-round residents too. Grand Canyon is the ninth safest place to live in Arizona, with its crime index of 84.

10. Sun City West

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia


The final city to make the list of safest in Arizona is Sun City West. It’s also one of the largest of all the towns and cities featured, with around 25,000 residents, and it’s a relatively new town, constructed from the late 1970s. Sun City West is the tenth safest place to live in Arizona, and has a crime index of 83.

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posted on: August 22, 2013
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  1. Tom

    Thank you for the info.
    I’m planning to visit AZ sometime this year,from WI
    Could you tell me when is the best-time to go out there?
    I like a town with about 15k – 25k
    I’m 55 yrs old & don’t like winter.
    Also who else besides chamb/comm can give me more info?like rentals/lot rents/cheapest places to live.
    Hope I get your feedback.
    Thank you
    Tom

 

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