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The 20 Safest Cities in Arizona – 2017

The twenty safest cities in Arizona include small cities like Pima and Kearny, but also a surprising number of more populated places. In fact, 25% of the state’s safest cities have more than 50,000 residents, and Gilbert—the fourth safest city in Arizona—has a population of well over 200,000. Analyzing the most recent FBI Crime Report, we discovered the average violent crime rate among the five most-populated cities on our list (Gilbert, Peoria, Surprise, Buckeye, and Lake Havasu City) is approximately 70% less than the national average. Specifically, these cities reported an average of 1.13 violent crimes per 1,000 people, compared to a national average of 3.83 violent crimes per 1,000 people.

Four of the twenty safest cities in Arizona reported no murders, rapes, or robberies, and the second-safest city in the state, Kearny, cited no violent crime at all. These statistics are particularly noteworthy given that violent crime increased nearly 4% in the United States from 2014 to 2015. Arizona’s safest cities also experienced relatively few property crimes, citing an average of fewer than sixteen per 1,000 people, which is about half the state average. Researching the occurrence of specific crimes, we found the number of burglaries to be especially low, as half of the cities had fewer than fifty break-ins. In addition, nine of the cities on our list had fewer than ten motor vehicle thefts, and two of these cities—Wellton and Thatcher—reported none.

We were pleased to find that many of Arizona’s twenty safest cities are committed to transparency—which could help keep their crime rates low. In addition to publishing crime statistics online, several cities that made our list, including Sedona and Maricopa, also use crime mapping websites to help inform residents about crime trends.12 We also recognized that quite a few cities use innovative policing strategies to help strengthen relationships between law enforcement officers and citizens. The Team Beats concept adopted in Florence, Arizona’s safest city two years running, is a perfect example.3 Team Beat officers are assigned to a fixed area for one year, which allows them to form stronger partnerships with citizens and work together to detect potential problems.

Read on to find out if your Arizona city is one of the state’s safest. Then, consult our Arizona Safety Directory to learn how to enhance your personal safety and home security.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Arizona

To identify the safest cities in Arizona, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 2,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

1. Florence 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.26
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.46

2. Kearny 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.38

3. Sahuarita 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.46
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.08

4. Gilbert 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.72
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.21

5. Maricopa 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.72
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.45

6. Oro Valley 

Previous rank: Not ranked 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.64
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.80

7. San Luis 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.70
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.98

8. Sedona 

Previous rank: Not ranked 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.64

9. Somerton 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.46
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.01

10. Wellton 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 5.05
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.43

11. Paradise Valley 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.15
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.98

12. Eagar 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.63
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.65

13. Snowflake-Taylor 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.86
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.28

14. Pima 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.99

15. Surprise 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.31
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.98

16. Buckeye 

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.45
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.87

17. Clarkdale 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.01

18. Lake Havasu City 

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.75
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.55

19. Thatcher 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.59
Property Crimes per 1,000: 20.73

20. Peoria ↓

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.66
Property Crimes per 1,000: 19.79

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Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Chandler 22. Marana 23. Goodyear
24. Scottsdale 25. Prescott Valley 26. Nogales
27. Prescott 28. Mesa 29. Payson
30. Wickenburg 31. Camp Verde 32. Sierra Vista
33. Eloy 34. El Mirage 35. Bullhead City
36. Apache Junction 37. Yuma 38. Winslow
39. Cottonwood 40. Casa Grande 41. Phoenix
42. Avondale 43. Flagstaff 44. Williams
45. Safford 46. Tempe 47. Quartzsite
48. Show Low 49. Page 50. Coolidge
51. Kingman 52. Pinetop-Lakeside 53. Glendale
54. Holbrook 55. Tucson 56. Globe
57. Willcox 58. Tolleson 59. South Tucson

How safe is your home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

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1. City of Sedona, Crime Data and Mapping
2. Maricopa Police Department, Crime Reports
3. Town of Florence, Arizona, Team Beats

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