Arizona’s 20 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated April 4, 2019

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Arizona for 2019. See if your city made the list.

This year, 90% of our safest Arizona cities are claiming the honor for the second consecutive year. Even though the state’s violent crime rate of 4.91 is slightly above the national average of 4.49, all of the cities that made our list kept the violent crime rate below both state and national numbers.

The Grand Canyon State doesn’t do quite as well when it comes to property crime. The state average is 32.18 incidents per 1,000 people. That’s about five more than the national rate of 27.11. The news isn’t all bad, though—90% of the cities on our list did better than the state average, and 14 kept property crime to fewer than 25 incidents per 1,000. Arson was the least common property crime, with 11 cities reporting five or fewer arsons, and four had none at all.

Did your city make the cut? Find out in our full list below.

Arizona's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • 35% of Arizona’s safest cities had no counts of murder reported in 2017.
  • Property crime and digital security tied for the state’s most concerning issue on our State of Safety study.
  • Break-ins were the most concerning property crime issue and losing money through hacking or an online scam was the biggest digital security concern.
  • Being physically assaulted by a stranger was the top violent crime concern, and every city on our list reported 10 or more aggravated assaults.
  • Chandler reported the most assaults—370. But with more than 249,000 people, that’s just 1.5 incidents per 1,000 people.

The 20 Safest Cities in Arizona

#1

Oro Valley

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Oro Valley, Arizona
Population 44,251
Median Income $79,458
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.38
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 14.15

#2

Buckeye

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Buckeye, Arizona
Population 67,147
Median Income $61,469
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.48
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.16

#3

Florence

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Florence, Arizona
Population 25,623
Median Income $47,188
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.74
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.80

#4

Gilbert

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Gilbert, Arizona
Population 242,090
Median Income $87,566
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.86
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 13.86

#5

Marana

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Marana, Arizona
Population 45,123
Median Income $81,041
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.89
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 26.24

#6

Surprise

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Surprise, Arizona
Population 135,345
Median Income $62,927
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.89
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.89

#7

Sahuarita

-2

Sahuarita, Arizona
Population 29,373
Median Income $73,174
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.95
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.17

#8

San Luis

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San Luis, Arizona
Population 32,823
Median Income $33,767
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.34
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 15.93

#9

Scottsdale

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Scottsdale, Arizona
Population 251,840
Median Income $80,306
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.57
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 21.72

#10

Maricopa

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Maricopa, Arizona
Population 47,466
Median Income $68,908
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.92
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.72

#11

Prescott Valley

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
Population 43,891
Median Income $50,812
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.96
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 21.44

#12

Apache Junction

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Apache Junction, Arizona
Population 40,672
Median Income $39,119
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.97
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 23.73

#13

Nogales

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Nogales, Arizona
Population 19,878
Median Income $28,264
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.16
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 28.83

#14

Lake Havasu City

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Population 53,937
Median Income $47,424
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.22
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 21.58

#15

El Mirage

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Florence, Arizona
Population 35,611
Median Income $51,915
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.39
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 28.22

#16

Douglas

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Douglas, Arizona
Population 16,443
Median Income $30,986
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.49
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 39.96

#17

Peoria

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Peoria, Arizona
Population 165,889
Median Income $69,589
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.50
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 20.41

#18

Chandler

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Chandler, Arizona
Population 249,355
Median Income $77,278
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.59
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 23.30

#19

Goodyear

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Goodyear, Arizona
Population 79,419
Median Income $77,930
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.64
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 28.71

#20

Avondale

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Avondale, Arizona
Population 84,041
Median Income $56,585
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.06
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 39.83

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?

Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

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.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 20?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

Rank City Population Violent Crime (per 1,000) Property Crime (per 1,000)
21 Prescott 42,975 3.65 21.01
22 Mesa 492,268 4.16 21.72
23 Flagstaff 72,388 4.24 37.7
24 Sierra Vista 42,859 4.46 30.03
25 Kingman 29,181 4.49 49.52
26 Tempe 186,086 4.75 41.21
27 Glendale 249,273 4.88 45.3
28 Eloy 17,552 5.13 28.94
29 Yuma 95,522 5.14 27.17
30 Phoenix 1,644,177 7.61 36.71
31 Tucson 532,323 8.02 52.52

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out our “Safest City” winners for each state.

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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  • Cooki

    I noticed that #8 of the Arizona’s safest cities is San Luis which is a city in Mexico. How did that happen. So is the actual Arizona city now in Mexico instead.