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Best places to live in Arizona


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Best places to live in Arizona

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Arizona using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Casas Adobes
– Population: 70,166
– Median home value: $206,500 (64% own)
– Median rent: $1,123 (36% rent)
– Median household income: $64,224
– Top public schools: Sonoran Science Academy – Tucson (A), Legacy Traditional School – NW Tucson (A), Canyon Del Oro High School (A-)
– Top private schools: St. Andrew’s Preschool & Kindergarten, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Faith Community Academy

#9. Corona de Tucson
– Population: 8,470
– Median home value: $228,200 (91% own)
– Median rent: $1,426 (9% rent)
– Median household income: $97,287
– Top public schools: Empire High School (A), Corona Foothills Middle School (A), Copper Ridge Elementary School (A)

#8. Oro Valley
– Population: 44,630
– Median home value: $311,800 (75% own)
– Median rent: $1,237 (25% rent)
– Median household income: $83,341
– Top public schools: BASIS Oro Valley (A+), Basis Oro Valley Primary School (A+), Leman Academy Of Excellence-Oro Valley Arizona (A)
– Top private schools: Pusch Ridge Christian Academy (A), Casas Christian School (A+), Immaculate Heart School (A)

#7. Tempe
– Population: 187,454
– Median home value: $272,900 (41% own)
– Median rent: $1,164 (59% rent)
– Median household income: $57,994
– Top public schools: Tempe Preparatory Academy (A+), ASU Preparatory Academy – Polytechnic High School (A), Center for Educational Excellence (A)
– Top private schools: Emmanuel Lutheran School (A), Our Lady of Mount Carmel School (A), Bethany Christian School

#6. Litchfield Park
– Population: 6,073
– Median home value: $318,000 (80% own)
– Median rent: $1,828 (20% rent)
– Median household income: $83,156
– Top public schools: Western Sky Middle School (A), Verrado Elementary School (A), Scott Libby Elementary School (A)
– Top private schools: St. Peter’s Episcopal Montessori School

#5. Paradise Valley
– Population: 14,362
– Median home value: $1,516,200 (93% own)
– Median rent: $2,547 (7% rent)
– Median household income: $211,393
– Top public schools: Phoenix Union Bioscience High School (A+), Montessori Academy (A), Pueblo Elementary School (A)
– Top private schools: Phoenix Country Day School (A+), Christ Church School, Desert View Learning Center

#4. Chandler
– Population: 252,692
– Median home value: $300,800 (65% own)
– Median rent: $1,312 (35% rent)
– Median household income: $82,925
– Top public schools: BASIS Chandler (A+), Arizona College Prep Erie Campus (A+), Great Hearts Academies – Chandler Prep (A+)
– Top private schools: Seton Catholic Preparatory (A), Valley Christian Schools (A), Tri-City Christian Academy (A-)

#3. Gilbert
– Population: 243,254
– Median home value: $328,700 (74% own)
– Median rent: $1,518 (26% rent)
– Median household income: $96,857
– Top public schools: Arizona College Prep Erie Campus (A+), Great Hearts Academies – Archway Arete (A+), Gilbert Classical Academy High School (A+)
– Top private schools: Gilbert Christian Schools (A-), Christ Greenfield Lutheran School, The Learning Curve

#2. Scottsdale
– Population: 250,602
– Median home value: $475,300 (66% own)
– Median rent: $1,365 (34% rent)
– Median household income: $88,213
– Top public schools: BASIS Scottsdale (A+), BASIS Scottsdale Primary West Campus (A+), BASIS Scottsdale Primary – East Campus (A+)
– Top private schools: Notre Dame Preparatory School (A), Ville de Marie Academy (A-), Thunderbird Adventist Academy (B)

#1. Catalina Foothills
– Population: 50,454
– Median home value: $440,100 (74% own)
– Median rent: $1,061 (26% rent)
– Median household income: $92,929
– Top public schools: University High School (A+), Catalina Foothills High School (A+), Sunrise Drive Elementary School (A)
– Top private schools: Tucson Waldorf School, Lamb’s Gate Christian School, Al Huda Islamic School

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