The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Tempe For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Tempe are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Tempe.
Best Neighborhoods In Tempe

Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Tempe, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Tempe neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Tempe are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to Arizona and Tempe is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Tempe for 2021.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Tempe for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Sandahl looks to be the best Tempe neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Tempe that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Tempe.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Tempe

Population: 861
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $375,400 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $126,957 (Fourth best)
More on Sandahl: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,229
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $335,900 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $81,341 (Eighth best)
More on Broadmor: Homes For Sale | Data

Camelot Village Tempe, AZ

Population: 1,544
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $324,200 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $71,100 (15th best)
More on Camelot Village: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 583
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $463,700 (Third best)
Median Income: $141,518 (Third best)
More on Tally Ho Farms: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,124
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $173,500 (38th best)
Median Income: $80,292 (Ninth best)
More on Dava-Lakeshore: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 495
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $294,300 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $78,125 (Tenth best)
More on Daley Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 985
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $245,600 (14th best)
Median Income: $88,194 (Fifth best)
More on Optimist Park Se: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 289
Rank Last Year: 32 (Up 24)
Median Home Value: $294,300 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $78,125 (Tenth best)
More on University Estates: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 508
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $601,200 (best)
Median Income: $153,250 (best)
More on Warner Estates: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,988
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $167,200 (39th best)
Median Income: $56,129 (24th best)
More on Ntna-Indian Bend: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Tempe, AZ Neighborhoods In 2021

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Tempe, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 50 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Tempe." We're lookin' at you, Sandahl.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Tempe, Arizona has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Tempe

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Tempe where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Tempe aren't all good. Knoell Gardens takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Tempe.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Tempe For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Sandahl 861 $375,400 $126,957
2 Broadmor 1,229 $335,900 $81,341
3 Camelot Village 1,544 $324,200 $71,100
4 Tally Ho Farms 583 $463,700 $141,518
5 Dava-Lakeshore 1,124 $173,500 $80,292
6 Daley Park 495 $294,300 $78,125
7 Optimist Park Se 985 $245,600 $88,194
8 University Estates 289 $294,300 $78,125
9 Warner Estates 508 $601,200 $153,250
10 Ntna-Indian Bend 1,988 $167,200 $56,129
11 Duskfire Ii 362 $286,800 $86,932
12 Sunburst Farms 512 $601,200 $153,250
13 Tempe Royal Estates 3,827 $208,050 $61,256
14 Brentwood-Cavalier 492 $240,500 $76,500
15 Optimist Park Sw 1,122 $217,400 $67,821
16 Optimist Park Ne 1,308 $220,550 $74,281
17 Ntna-West Rio 778 $229,500 $44,412
18 Hughes Acres 1,054 $192,750 $51,310
19 Optimist Park Nw 1,150 $206,450 $64,094
20 Shalimar 633 $225,000 $68,125
21 Riverside 1,763 $266,300 $28,919
22 Ntna-Cavalier Hills 657 $229,500 $44,412
23 Ntna-Canal Park 768 $220,600 $61,250
24 Kyrene-Superstition 1,456 $143,600 $52,838
25 Maple-Ash 965 $367,367 $47,372
26 Baseline-Hardy 5,619 $128,166 $50,023
27 Mach 8 1,825 $175,800 $57,459
28 University Park 2,069 $395,300 $16,875
29 Estate La Colina 586 $327,400 $83,304
30 Cyprus Southwest 1,972 $174,100 $50,680
31 Alameda-Campus 495 $240,500 $76,500
32 Bell De Mar Crossing 463 $204,000 $59,900
33 Evergreen 1,223 $221,800 $65,312
34 Ntna-College 2,884 $161,900 $43,822
35 Holdeman 2,018 $192,500 $37,640
36 Alegre Community 1,790 $137,500 $20,854
37 Rural-Geneva 1,078 $192,750 $51,310
38 Clark Park 510 $200,600 $37,895
39 Meyer Park 4,026 $160,700 $44,950
40 Gililland 2,035 $192,500 $37,640
41 Wood Park 4,260 $134,400 $44,277
42 Mitchell Park East 652 $198,950 $52,110
43 Hudson Manor 838 $187,500 $23,309
44 Kiwanis Park 1,874 $163,500 $53,920
45 Pepperwood 3,156 $153,350 $49,605
46 Marilyn Ann 738 $198,100 $42,156
47 University Heights 561 $159,800 $19,850
48 Mitchell Park West 852 $198,100 $42,156
49 Escalante 2,335 $117,233 $32,763
50 Knoell Gardens 284 $83,100 $42,286

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