Best Towns to Live in Arizona 2016

Arizona

A southwestern state in the Mountain West region, Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, which gives it the nickname “Grand Canyon State.” Arizona is bordered by Mexico to the south. It became a state in 1912, but the territory was organized in 1863. The capital and largest city is Phoenix. If you’re looking to live in Arizona, find the best towns in the list below.

Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth , happiness  and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in Arizona. Ranked below are the top towns.

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#1 Sedona 

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Sedona is located in Yavapai County, and it has a population of 10,092. 96% of the residents in Sedona have at least a high school diploma. The town has an unemployment rate of 5% and a poverty rate of 8.7%, which are both below the national average and are positive signs for the area’s economy.

#2 Flagstaff

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Located in Coconino County, Flagstaff has a population of 67,419. The unemployment rate here is low at 4.2%, and 74% of the residence have at least some college. Flagstaff has a beautiful environment as it is surrounded by mountains and next to the Kaibab National Forrest.

#3 Cottonwood

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A town in Yavapai County, Cottonwood has a population of 11,358. The median rent here is $757, and the median home value is $129,700. On the edge of Cottonwood is the Dead Horse Ranch State Park for residents who enjoy the outdoors.

#4 Prescott

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Prescott can be found in Yavapai County as well, and it has a population of 40,130. The unemployment rate here is low at 4.8%, and 93% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. For people looking to purchase a home, the median home value in Prescott is $265,500, which is above the national average.

#5 Sahuarita

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Located in Pima County, Sahuarita is home to 26,441 people. The town has an extremely low unemployment rate at 2.2%, and a very low poverty rate at 6.4%. 80.9% of the residents own their home, which is partly due to the median household income being above the national average at $65,183.

#6 Florence

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Florence is located in Pinal County, and it has a population of 26,513. The town has a low unemployment rate at 2.7%. For residents who enjoy the outdoors, Florence is located along the Gila River.

#7 Snowflake

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Located in Navajo County, Snowflake is home to 5,595 people. The town has a low unemployment rate at 3.3% and a low poverty rate at 9.6%. The economy of the town is benefited by the above average median household income, which is $60,886.

#8 Camp Verde

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A town in Yavapai County, Camp Verde has a population of 10,965. The median rent in Camp Verde is $769. Camp Verde is located between Flagstaff and Phoenix, two of the largest cities in the state.

#9 Wickenburg

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Located in Maricopa County, Wickenburg has a population of 6,629. The unemployment rate here is 3%, and 88% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. Wickenburg is located an hour outside of Phoenix for residents who commute into the city.

#10 Bisbee

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Bisbee is a town in Cochise County, and it has a population of 5,475. The unemployment rate here is 3.6%, and 66% of the residents have at least some college education. Bisbee has many historic sites displaying its rich history.

#11 Nogales 

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Nogales is located in Santa Cruz County and has a population of 20,699. The median rent here is $514, and the median home value is $121,300. The town has four ports that lead to and from Mexico, making the town a center for trade.

#12 Yuma 

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Located in Yuma County, Yuma has a population of 93,078. The median home value here is $122,100. Yuma is located between the Colorado River and the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge for residents who enjoy the outdoors.

#13 Show Low

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Show Low is a town in Navajo County, and it has a population of 10,754. 89% of the residents here have at least a high school diploma. Show Low takes pride in being the largest city in the White Mountains of Arizona.

#14 Globe

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Located in Gila County, Globe has a population of 7,463. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 4.9%. Globe has a rich culture where they promote the work of local artists and make an effort to preserve the town’s history.

#15 Lake Havasu City

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Lake Havasu City is located in Mohave County, and it has a population of 52,827. The poverty rate here is 13.4%, which is below the national average. The town runs along Lake Havasu, which is where it gets its name.

#16 Holbrook 

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Holbrook is found in Navajo County and has a population of 5,003. 88% of the residents here have at least a high school diploma, and for those who enjoy the outdoors, the town is located beside the Petrified Forest National Park.

#17 San Luis

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Located in Yuma County, San Luis has a population of 30,139. 73.9% of the residents are home owners, and the median home value is $113,700. The town has the benefit of being bordered by Mexico for residents who travel to and from the country.

# 18 Chino Valley

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A town in Yavapai County, Chino Valley has a population of 10,879. The unemployment rate is low at 3.9%, and 74.9% of the people here own their home. As the first territorial capital of Arizona, Chino Valley has a rich history that it promotes.

#19 Coolidge

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Coolidge is located in Pinal County and has a population of 12,058. The median rent cost here is $761. The town is located an hour outside of Phoenix for those who commute into the city.

#20 Somerton

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Located in Yuma County, Somerton has a population of 14,679. The median home value here is $114,500, and 67.1% of the residents own their home, which is good for people looking to live among other home owners.

#21 Eloy

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Another town in Pinal County, Eloy has a population of 17,062. The median rent here is $585, and the median home value is $72,300. The town is located only an hour outside of Phoenix for residents who travel into Phoenix.

#22 Bullhead City

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Bullhead City is located in Mohave County, and it has a population of 39,480. The median home value in Bullhead City is $98,000. The town is benefited by its location on the Colorado River, which is also the border between Nevada and Arizona.

#23 Kingman

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Located in Mohave County, Kingman has a population of 28,381. The unemployment rate here is below the national average at 5.7%. Kingman has the benefit of being just an hour and a half from Las Vegas, Nevada.

#24 Payson

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Payson is located in Gila County, and it has a population of 15,234. The town has an unemployment rate of 3.9% and a poverty rate of 13.2%, which are both below the national average. For those looking to purchase a home here, 70.5% of the residents own their home.

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