Arizona’s
Safest Cities

2019

Home to the Grand Canyon and cities like Tucson, Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona considers itself the crowned jewel of the Sunbelt, with a steadily growing population eager to take advantage of the year-round warm weather and sunshine. It’s also the state with the largest percentage of Native American reservations, with 21 federally recognized tribes. And believe it or not, even though Arizona is one of the largest states in the southwest, only 17% of its land is privately owned. The rest is reserved for public forests and parks, Native American reservations, and state trust lands. All in all, it’s a cool place to visit and an even better place to live!

Say you’re going to Arizona for whatever reason. Here’s what you gotta check out:

  • Of course, you have to visit the Grand Canyon, especially at sunrise or sunset.
  • Head over to Antelope Canyon, east of Page, Arizona, is incredibly scenic— be sure to check out the lower part of the canyon known as “The Corkscrew”!
  • Pay a visit to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which combines a zoo, an aquarium, a natural history museum, an art gallery, as well as a botanical garden, just outside of Tucson!

The safest city in Arizona is Florence, which has a population of 25,623. With only .74 violent crimes per 1000 and only 4.8 property crimes per 1000, you can rest assured that you’ll be safe and sound in Florence. Even larger cities like Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson made the list, giving you both urban in addition to suburban and rural options.

5.08

This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

2.716
This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.
29.149

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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Whether you’re planning a trip or are moving to Arizona, we scoured through FBI crime data to bring you the safest cities in Arizona. To learn more about how we came to our choices, scroll down to the bottom of this page and check out our detailed methodology. Otherwise, let’s get started!

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Florence, Arizona
Florence
Safety Score: 88.44

Florence, AZ

Population 25,623
Median Income 47,188
Households 4,700
Violent Crime 0.74
Violent Crime +0.03
Property Crimes 4.8
Property Crime -0.05

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Sahuarita, Arizona
Sahuarita
Safety Score: 83.81

Sahuarita, AZ

Population 29,373
Median Income 73,174
Households 9,935
Violent Crime 0.95
Violent Crime +0.06
Property Crimes 11.17
Property Crime -3.37

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Somerton, Arizona
Somerton
Safety Score: 83.77

Somerton, AZ

Population 15,082
Median Income 37,252
Households 4,623
Violent Crime 1.26
Violent Crime -0.45
Property Crimes 10.61
Property Crime -1.24

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Eagar, Arizona
Eagar
Safety Score: 83.7

Eagar, AZ

Population 5,001
Median Income 57,931
Households 1,520
Violent Crime 2.4
Violent Crime +1.17
Property Crimes 9.2
Property Crime -1.29

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Oro Valley, Arizona
Oro Valley
Safety Score: 82.59

Oro Valley, AZ

Population 44,251
Median Income 79,458
Households 18,691
Violent Crime 0.38
Violent Crime -0.28
Property Crimes 14.15
Property Crime -0.66

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Maricopa, Arizona
Maricopa
Safety Score: 81.92

Maricopa, AZ

Population 47,466
Median Income 68,908
Households 14,241
Violent Crime 1.92
Violent Crime -0.03
Property Crimes 12.72
Property Crime -0.34

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Paradise Valley, Arizona
Paradise Va.
Safety Score: 81.81

Paradise Valley, AZ

Population 14,629
Median Income 175,673
Households 5,239
Violent Crime 0.41
Violent Crime -0.23
Property Crimes 15.18
Property Crime -1.21

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Gilbert, Arizona
Gilbert
Safety Score: 81.81

Gilbert, AZ

Population 242,090
Median Income 87,566
Households 74,216
Violent Crime 0.86
Violent Crime +0.08
Property Crimes 13.86
Property Crime 0.7

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Thatcher, Arizona
Thatcher
Safety Score: 80.74

Thatcher, AZ

Population 5,054
Median Income 51,694
Households 1,722
Violent Crime 0.2
Violent Crime +0.2
Property Crimes 16.82
Property Crime -0.91

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San Luis, Arizona
San Luis
Safety Score: 80.07

San Luis, AZ

Population 32,823
Median Income 33,767
Households 8,133
Violent Crime 1.34
Violent Crime +0.13
Property Crimes 15.93
Property Crime 2.68

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Buckeye, Arizona
Buckeye
Safety Score: 80.06

Buckeye, AZ

Population 67,147
Median Income 61,469
Households 17,158
Violent Crime 0.48
Violent Crime -0.06
Property Crimes 17.16
Property Crime 1.28

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Surprise, Arizona
Surprise
Safety Score: 79.11

Surprise, AZ

Population 135,345
Median Income 62,927
Households 47,378
Violent Crime 0.89
Violent Crime -0.14
Property Crimes 17.89
Property Crime -1.16

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Wickenburg, Arizona
Wickenburg
Safety Score: 76.27

Wickenburg, AZ

Population 6,979
Median Income 42,752
Households 3,221
Violent Crime 2.87
Violent Crime -0.79
Property Crimes 20.35
Property Crime -7.59

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Peoria, Arizona
Peoria
Safety Score: 75.95

Peoria, AZ

Population 165,889
Median Income 69,589
Households 57,397
Violent Crime 2.5
Violent Crime +0.5
Property Crimes 20.41
Property Crime -0.81

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Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale
Safety Score: 75.89

Scottsdale, AZ

Population 251,840
Median Income 80,306
Households 107,697
Violent Crime 1.57
Violent Crime +0.04
Property Crimes 21.72
Property Crime -1.93

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
Prescott Va.
Safety Score: 75.78

Prescott Valley, AZ

Population 43,891
Median Income 45,684
Households 17,011
Violent Crime 1.96
Violent Crime +0.14
Property Crimes 21.44
Property Crime -1.73

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Lake Havasu.
Safety Score: 75.08

Lake Havasu City, AZ

Population 53,937
Median Income 47,424
Households 23,345
Violent Crime 2.22
Violent Crime -0.4
Property Crimes 21.58
Property Crime -1.08

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Prescott, Arizona
Prescott
Safety Score: 74.57

Prescott, AZ

Population 42,975
Median Income 50,812
Households 18,808
Violent Crime 3.65
Violent Crime -0.37
Property Crimes 21.01
Property Crime -0.82

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Apache Junction, Arizona
Apache Junc.
Safety Score: 74.11

Apache Junction, AZ

Population 40,672
Median Income 39,119
Households 16,550
Violent Crime 1.97
Violent Crime -0.81
Property Crimes 23.73
Property Crime -0.19

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Chandler, Arizona
Chandler
Safety Score: 73.94

Chandler, AZ

Population 249,355
Median Income 77,278
Households 87,286
Violent Crime 2.59
Violent Crime +0.49
Property Crimes 23.3
Property Crime 0.17

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Mesa, Arizona
Mesa
Safety Score: 73.72

Mesa, AZ

Population 492,268
Median Income 52,155
Households 174,668
Violent Crime 4.16
Violent Crime -0.13
Property Crimes 21.72
Property Crime -1.73

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Marana, Arizona
Marana
Safety Score: 73.57

Marana, AZ

Population 45,123
Median Income 81,041
Households 14,929
Violent Crime 0.89
Violent Crime -0.04
Property Crimes 26.24
Property Crime 1.83

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Camp Verde, Arizona
Camp Verde
Safety Score: 72.13

Camp Verde, AZ

Population 11,299
Median Income 40,465
Households 4,042
Violent Crime 2.92
Violent Crime +0.24
Property Crimes 25.49
Property Crime -5.81

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Nogales, Arizona
Nogales
Safety Score: 71.27

Nogales, AZ

Population 19,878
Median Income 28,264
Households 6,475
Violent Crime 2.16
Violent Crime -0.92
Property Crimes 28.83
Property Crime 3.91

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Snowflake-Taylor, Arizona
Snowflake-T.
Safety Score: 70.83

Snowflake-Taylor, AZ

Population 10,025
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 4.49
Violent Crime +1.54
Property Crimes 23.64
Property Crime 6.46

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El Mirage, Arizona
El Mirage
Safety Score: 70.31

El Mirage, AZ

Population 35,611
Median Income 51,915
Households 10,279
Violent Crime 2.39
Violent Crime +0.24
Property Crimes 28.22
Property Crime -2.38

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Goodyear, Arizona
Goodyear
Safety Score: 70.01

Goodyear, AZ

Population 79,419
Median Income 77,930
Households 23,933
Violent Crime 2.64
Violent Crime -1.14
Property Crimes 28.71
Property Crime 3.56

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Yuma, Arizona
Yuma
Safety Score: 68.86

Yuma, AZ

Population 95,522
Median Income 46,151
Households 33,635
Violent Crime 5.14
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 27.17
Property Crime NAN

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Cottonwood, Arizona
Cottonwood
Safety Score: 67.57

Cottonwood, AZ

Population 12,116
Median Income 31,250
Households 68
Violent Crime 4.04
Violent Crime +0.44
Property Crimes 31.36
Property Crime -10.21

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
Sierra Vist.
Safety Score: 67.41

Sierra Vista, AZ

Population 42,859
Median Income 58,839
Households 17,053
Violent Crime 4.46
Violent Crime +2.48
Property Crimes 30.03
Property Crime 0.3

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Eloy, Arizona
Eloy
Safety Score: 67.18

Eloy, AZ

Population 17,552
Median Income 34,040
Households 2,925
Violent Crime 5.13
Violent Crime +1.51
Property Crimes 28.94
Property Crime 2.06

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Bullhead City, Arizona
Bullhead Ci.
Safety Score: 65.87

Bullhead City, AZ

Population 40,039
Median Income 38,983
Households 17,055
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -2.51
Property Crimes 36.96
Property Crime 1.32

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Safford, Arizona
Safford
Safety Score: 64.14

Safford, AZ

Population 9,617
Median Income 48,795
Households 3,323
Violent Crime 2.39
Violent Crime -1.11
Property Crimes 37.75
Property Crime -1.97

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Payson, Arizona
Payson
Safety Score: 63.92

Payson, AZ

Population 15,504
Median Income 46,602
Households 6,883
Violent Crime 3.74
Violent Crime +0.16
Property Crimes 35.86
Property Crime 11.17

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Douglas, Arizona
Douglas
Safety Score: 62.47

Douglas, AZ

Population 16,443
Median Income 30,986
Households 3,422
Violent Crime 2.49
Violent Crime +0.66
Property Crimes 39.96
Property Crime 11.79

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Flagstaff, Arizona
Flagstaff
Safety Score: 62.06

Flagstaff, AZ

Population 72,388
Median Income 51,758
Households 23,665
Violent Crime 4.24
Violent Crime +0.52
Property Crimes 37.7
Property Crime -2.42

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Avondale, Arizona
Avondale
Safety Score: 61.81

Avondale, AZ

Population 84,041
Median Income 56,585
Households 25,077
Violent Crime 3.06
Violent Crime +0.2
Property Crimes 39.83
Property Crime -0.14

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Show Low, Arizona
Show Low
Safety Score: 60.79

Show Low, AZ

Population 11,163
Median Income 44,693
Households 4,056
Violent Crime 5.37
Violent Crime +5.19
Property Crimes 38.88
Property Crime -1.42

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Coolidge, Arizona
Coolidge
Safety Score: 60.57

Coolidge, AZ

Population 12,645
Median Income 40,718
Households 3,625
Violent Crime 3.08
Violent Crime +0.01
Property Crimes 41.91
Property Crime -6.29

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Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix
Safety Score: 60.23

Phoenix, AZ

Population 1,644,177
Median Income 52,080
Households 544,022
Violent Crime 7.61
Violent Crime +0.87
Property Crimes 36.71
Property Crime -0.19

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Tempe, Arizona
Tempe
Safety Score: 59.62

Tempe, AZ

Population 186,086
Median Income 51,829
Households 68,795
Violent Crime 4.75
Violent Crime -0.3
Property Crimes 41.21
Property Crime -4.38

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Glendale, Arizona
Glendale
Safety Score: 56.61

Glendale, AZ

Population 249,273
Median Income 49,383
Households 81,426
Violent Crime 4.88
Violent Crime -0.08
Property Crimes 45.3
Property Crime -7.41

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Kingman, Arizona
Kingman
Safety Score: 53.66

Kingman, AZ

Population 29,181
Median Income 44,092
Households 11,058
Violent Crime 4.49
Violent Crime +1.02
Property Crimes 49.52
Property Crime -1.39

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Page, Arizona
Page
Safety Score: 51.33

Page, AZ

Population 7,632
Median Income 60,135
Households 2,282
Violent Crime 8.39
Violent Crime -3.05
Property Crimes 48.74
Property Crime -17.78

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Holbrook, Arizona
Holbrook
Safety Score: 49.62

Holbrook, AZ

Population 5,077
Median Income 44,348
Households 1,486
Violent Crime 8.67
Violent Crime -0.11
Property Crimes 50.23
Property Crime 9.93

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Tucson, Arizona
Tucson
Safety Score: 48.57

Tucson, AZ

Population 532,323
Median Income 39,617
Households 209,906
Violent Crime 8.02
Violent Crime +0.07
Property Crimes 52.52
Property Crime -6.07

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Winslow, Arizona
Winslow
Safety Score: 29.75

Winslow, AZ

Population 9,764
Median Income 36,647
Households 2,524
Violent Crime 6.86
Violent Crime -0.97
Property Crimes 81.42
Property Crime 10.55

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Globe, Arizona
Globe
Safety Score: 24.96

Globe, AZ

Population 7,349
Median Income 44,821
Households 2,932
Violent Crime 17.15
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 75.38
Property Crime NAN

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Tolleson, Arizona
Tolleson
Safety Score: 10.22

Tolleson, AZ

Population 7,289
Median Income 40,846
Households 2,224
Violent Crime 9.33
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 106.05
Property Crime NAN

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How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.