The 10 Best Counties To Live In Arizona For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Arizona have the most for people looking to make the move to Arizona.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best counties to live in Arizona.

Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Arizona a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes... if you know where to locate the best places to live in Arizona.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Grand Canyon State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn't our first rodeo -- we've been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Arizona, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 15 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Grand Canyon State for 2021.

Yavapai County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Arizona. And you might want to avoid Navajo County if you can -- at least according to the data.

So if you're thinking of making the move Arizona, we've got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Arizona and the cheapest places to live in Arizona.

The Best Counties To Live In Arizona For 2021

1. Yavapai County

Camp Verde, AZ

Biggest Place: Peoria

Population: 228,067
Median Income: $52,451 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $252,000.0 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 574.3% (3rd best)
More on Yavapai County: PhotosData

2. Greenlee County

Clifton, AZ

Biggest Place: Clifton

Population: 9,522
Median Income: $63,473 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $83,800.0 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 567.9% (2nd best)
More on Greenlee County: PhotosData

3. Pinal County

Apache Junction, AZ

Biggest Place: San Tan Valley

Population: 432,793
Median Income: $58,174 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $183,100.0 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 709.2% (6th best)
More on Pinal County: PhotosData

4. Cochise County

Bisbee, AZ

Biggest Place: Sierra Vista

Population: 125,867
Median Income: $49,260 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $146,800.0 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 633.6% (4th best)
More on Cochise County: PhotosData

5. Pima County

Marana, AZ

Biggest Place: Tucson

Population: 1,027,207
Median Income: $53,379 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $184,100.0 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 695.7% (5th best)
More on Pima County: PhotosData

6. Maricopa County

Apache Junction, AZ

Biggest Place: Phoenix

Population: 4,328,810
Median Income: $64,468 (best)
Median Home Price: $260,200.0 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 503.3% (best)
More on Maricopa County: PhotosData

7. Coconino County

Flagstaff, AZ

Biggest Place: Flagstaff

Population: 141,274
Median Income: $59,460 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $280,900.0 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 759.5% (7th best)
More on Coconino County: PhotosData

8. Graham County

Safford, AZ

Biggest Place: Safford

Population: 37,996
Median Income: $51,353 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $138,700.0 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 831.2% (10th best)
More on Graham County: PhotosData

9. Mohave County

Bullhead City, AZ

Biggest Place: Lake Havasu City

Population: 207,695
Median Income: $45,587 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $160,500.0 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 804.1% (9th best)
More on Mohave County: PhotosData

10. Santa Cruz County

Nogales, AZ

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Nogales

Population: 46,480
Median Income: $41,259 (12th best)
Median Home Price: $151,200.0 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 766.1% (8th best)
More on Santa Cruz County: PhotosData

How do you determine which Arizona county is the best?

To give you the best county in Arizona, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what's a "best county" and what isn't. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you'd make at a bar using facts, don't take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Arizona across each of the criteria from one to 15, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the "Best County To Live In Arizona".

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Grand Canyon State.

Read on to see why Yavapai County is the best county, while Navajo County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Arizona.

There You Have It - The Best Counties In Arizona To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Arizona can vary from one part of the state to the next -- who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that's why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here's a look at the worst counties in Arizona according to the data:

  1. Navajo County
  2. Apache County
  3. La Paz County

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Arizona

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Yavapai County 1 228,067 $52,451 $252,000.0
Greenlee County 2 9,522 $63,473 $83,800.0
Pinal County 3 432,793 $58,174 $183,100.0
Cochise County 4 125,867 $49,260 $146,800.0
Pima County 5 1,027,207 $53,379 $184,100.0
Maricopa County 6 4,328,810 $64,468 $260,200.0
Coconino County 7 141,274 $59,460 $280,900.0
Graham County 8 37,996 $51,353 $138,700.0
Mohave County 9 207,695 $45,587 $160,500.0
Santa Cruz County 10 46,480 $41,259 $151,200.0
Gila County 11 53,546 $43,524 $165,800.0
Yuma County 12 209,468 $45,243 $127,900.0
La Paz County 13 20,793 $34,643 $79,200.0
Apache County 14 71,511 $32,508 $59,900.0
Navajo County 15 109,270 $40,067 $126,100.0

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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