See Which Arizona Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 38k

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

Arizona is the 6th largest state and is most known for the Grand Canyon and other national parks like the famed Horseshoe Bend. People come here for the immense beauty and wonders of its landscapes. There are 27 Indian reservations in the state, and the largest tribe in the country made up of 300,000 Native Americans resides here. Despite the high heat, Arizona contains 10 of the 500 safest cities of the United States to live in.

The safety ratings of the top 25 safest cities to live at in Arizona range from 86.71 (Oro Valley) to Tucson (50.74). They are spread out all over the state, so if you want to be near any of the borders, or close to major national parks, then you’ll most likely have a great and safe option to move.

One of the safest large cities in Arizona is Gilbert, which is a short commute southeast of Phoenix, the state capital. Gilbert received a safety rating of 85.68 and is one of the fastest growing cities in the state. In the past 30 years it has grown from 5700 residents to over 200,000. Jobs are plentiful here, resulting in lower chance of crime, as reflected by the safety rating. There has been an astounding 10.5% drop in property crime in this city, and nearly 20% drop in violent crime.

Other safe cities elsewhere in the state are Oro Valley with a rating of 86.71, Lake Havasu City near the Nevada border with a rating of 82.38, or Flagstaff on the way to the Grand Canyon. No matter your living preference, you are bound to find a safe city that meets your needs in Arizona.


1 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.71

Oro Valley, AZ

42,258 329 27 n/a 583 n/a

2 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.68

Gilbert, AZ

247,324 735 177 -19.4% 3,267 -10.5%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.68

Maricopa, AZ

48,193 650 83 n/a 600 n/a

4
Safety Score: 83.81

Buckeye, AZ

61,726 536 28 -9.1% 1,103 -9%

5
Safety Score: 82.9

Surprise, AZ

128,525 713 168 19.3% 2,182 1.1%

6
Safety Score: 82.38

Lake Havasu City, AZ

53,220 492 93 5% 987 -11.5%

7
Safety Score: 81.47

Peoria, AZ

170,222 600 283 12.2% 3,368 -1.2%

8
Safety Score: 81.09

Chandler, AZ

258,875 509 490 2.5% 5,393 -6.8%

9
Safety Score: 80.68

Marana, AZ

41,302 365 30 n/a 973 n/a

10
Safety Score: 80.46

Scottsdale, AZ

233,872 362 434 n/a 5,332 n/a

11
Safety Score: 79.53

Goodyear, AZ

78,447 622 143 n/a 1,784 n/a

12
Safety Score: 77.99

Prescott Valley, AZ

41,661 520 97 5.9% 1,041 7.8%

13
Safety Score: 77.38

Mesa, AZ

471,034 394 1,972 -8.7% 11,905 -9.7%

14
Safety Score: 77.19

Prescott, AZ

41,393 469 137 -3.8% 1,061 -14.5%

15
Safety Score: 76.19

Sierra Vista, AZ

43,452 523 107 n/a 1,262 n/a

16
Safety Score: 73.84

Bullhead City, AZ

39,319 350 89 9.9% 1,306 -18.5%

17
Safety Score: 73.45

Apache Junction, AZ

38,519 437 96 2.1% 1,282 1.6%

18
Safety Score: 73.41

Yuma, AZ

93,923 359 453 -14.6% 2,925 -14%

19
Safety Score: 70.96

Casa Grande, AZ

51,918 467 244 -1.7% 1,802 -2.9%

20
Safety Score: 70.43

Phoenix, AZ

1,559,744 421 9,261 3.8% 54,456 -6.3%

21
Safety Score: 69.51

Flagstaff, AZ

69,471 423 260 -5.4% 2,654 -12.1%

22
Safety Score: 69.44

Avondale, AZ

80,533 519 279 n/a 3,096 n/a

23
Safety Score: 66.59

Tempe, AZ

175,556 357 721 -12.7% 7,642 -8.1%

24
Safety Score: 60.23

Glendale, AZ

240,374 448 943 n/a 12,955 n/a

25
Safety Score: 50.74

Tucson, AZ

529,675 432 3,472 n/a 35,185 n/a


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