The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Tucson For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Tucson 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 Tucson.
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Don't just come to Tucson to experience some of the tastiest cuisine, its jammin' music festivals, and/or its mega outdoor scene; come to "America's Biggest Small Town" to experience some of the best places to live in the state as well. And if you're not sure where those are located, take a look below at HomeSnacks' list of the best neighborhoods in Tucson for 2021.

To get the most accurate list, we had to do a little research. First, we looked at the latest census report for the median income levels and median home prices for each one of Tucson's 127 neighborhoods. We then stuck those two variables into a formula that calculated the ratio of income level to home price, which in turn ranked each neighborhood based on what place was the best deal. However, it didn't end there. We also looked at things that people find important when looking for their forever home: like, safety, unemployment rates, and cool stuff to do--we call this a neighborhood's SnackAbility score. Let's just say, if you haven't thought about moving to one of Tucson's best neighborhoods, you should start.

If you need to live close to The University of Arizona, there are homes on S. Tucson Blvd in the Broadmoor Broadway neighborhood that will only cost you around $142,130. If you need to live close to the Mister Car Wash Headquarter -- because you just accepted a job with the third largest employer in Tucson -- then, the Saguaro Miraflores neighborhood should suit you just fine. And if you need to live close to the Tucson International Airport the Rita Ranch has some pretty great deals and the five-alarm sunsets here aren't half bad, either.

But, if you want to know the Tucson neighborhoods that are meeting and exceeding their community goals year after year, you're going to have to keep reading.

Did we mention that Tucson is a hub of activity and you can reach any one of the city's six distinct districts using the Sun Link Streetcar? Or, that there are 45 golf courses in or near The Old Pueblo? Ok, we've listed so many reasons why you should choose Tucson as your forever home; now, it's up to you to decide what neighborhood speaks to you.

So, want to know what Tucson neighborhood ranked number one? According to our calculations, that would be Desert Palms Park.

Take a look at the list below to see how Tucson's other great neighborhoods ranked; and if you don't find what you're looking for there, the rest of the rankings are just a couple clicks away.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Tucson

Population: 861
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $208,300 (18th best)
Median Income: $76,875 (Sixth best)
More on Desert Palms Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 4,072
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $206,300 (19th best)
Median Income: $78,316 (Fifth best)
More on Eastside: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 430
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 15)
Median Home Value: $203,700 (2best)
Median Income: $69,375 (Ninth best)
More on Rosemont East: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,146
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $191,833 (26th best)
Median Income: $60,578 (14th best)
More on Poets Square: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,646
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $273,400 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $87,860 (best)
More on Houghton: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,045
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $154,700 (49th best)
Median Income: $57,993 (17th best)
More on Harrison East-South: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 615
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $213,500 (16th best)
Median Income: $74,054 (Seventh best)
More on Saguaro Miraflores: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,520
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $281,650 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $53,963 (24th best)
More on Broadmoor-Broadway: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,525
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $229,700 (12th best)
Median Income: $82,886 (Second best)
More on Civano: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 945
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $229,700 (12th best)
Median Income: $82,886 (Second best)
More on Mesquite Ranch: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Tucson, AZ Neighborhoods In 2021

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Tucson, 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 127 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 Tucson." We're lookin' at you, Desert Palms Park.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Tucson, 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 Tucson

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

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

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 Tucson For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Desert Palms Park 861 $208,300 $76,875
2 Eastside 4,072 $206,300 $78,316
3 Rosemont East 430 $203,700 $69,375
4 Poets Square 1,146 $191,833 $60,578
5 Houghton 2,646 $273,400 $87,860
6 Harrison East-South 3,045 $154,700 $57,993
7 Saguaro Miraflores 615 $213,500 $74,054
8 Broadmoor-Broadway 1,520 $281,650 $53,963
9 Civano 2,525 $229,700 $82,886
10 Mesquite Ranch 945 $229,700 $82,886
11 Rita Ranch 15,378 $184,900 $80,100
12 Sam Hughes 4,745 $312,312 $51,092
13 Highland Vista Cinco Via 724 $197,650 $72,098
14 Old Fort Lowell 2,798 $188,833 $60,202
15 Bear Canyon 1,569 $300,600 $60,736
16 South Harrison 5,444 $143,660 $57,424
17 Catalina Vista-Blenman-Elm 969 $319,300 $55,920
18 Richland Heights West 622 $179,500 $37,212
19 El Conquistador 329 $369,800 $58,295
20 Blenman-Elm 3,458 $287,443 $53,350
21 Tucson Park West 3,752 $152,700 $29,854
22 Armory Park 1,194 $243,550 $35,231
23 Rosemont West 1,765 $144,650 $53,629
24 Country Glenn 787 $103,650 $50,934
25 Sewell 2,022 $273,550 $17,408
26 Harlan Heights 2,058 $138,550 $37,409
27 Enchanted Hills 1,663 $98,400 $40,114
28 Mountain First Avenue 1,485 $186,733 $36,169
29 Samos 1,286 $191,775 $36,803
30 North University 2,062 $238,200 $32,647
31 Lakeside Park 5,124 $115,675 $44,417
32 Shaheen Estates 962 $205,300 $39,268
33 El Gheko 2,453 $186,150 $48,534
34 Richland Heights East 1,081 $195,900 $35,446
35 Thunderbird Heights-Wilmot Desert 886 $150,700 $39,635
36 Vista Del Monte 2,060 $125,500 $54,378
37 Glenn Heights 669 $168,200 $51,845
38 Toumey Park 2,354 $112,700 $41,346
39 Barrio Viejo 580 $220,450 $42,584
40 Ironwood Ridge 275 $165,800 $50,652
41 La Madera 1,228 $163,167 $48,269
42 Rillito 1,209 $137,100 $41,625
43 Iron Horse 269 $250,850 $28,903
44 Prince Tucson 1,703 $175,650 $35,822
45 Dietz 7,533 $100,867 $40,835
46 Campbell-Grant 965 $183,000 $38,164
47 Peter Howell 2,180 $192,550 $47,262
48 Terra Del Sol 5,241 $94,167 $44,142
49 Jefferson Park 3,094 $132,840 $34,103
50 Midvale Park 17,271 $101,560 $38,634
51 Millville 673 $186,450 $36,460
52 San Clemente 768 $197,550 $40,067
53 Westside Development 3,401 $128,300 $62,475
54 Oak Flower 2,082 $104,400 $22,976
55 Groves Lincoln Park 5,319 $107,140 $49,612
56 Desert Aire-Loma Linda 978 $69,950 $38,159
57 Colonia Del Valle 1,776 $142,200 $54,839
58 Cabrini 1,906 $116,600 $34,580
59 Western Hills 1,172 $81,500 $31,838
60 Stella Mann 7,732 $107,050 $37,098
61 Barrio Santa Rosa 1,019 $140,900 $32,396
62 Mitman 1,032 $153,700 $37,630
63 Broadway-Northeast 944 $172,800 $55,127
64 Hedrick Acres 3,641 $159,000 $25,980
65 Swan Way Park 895 $71,000 $32,944
66 Cherry Avenue 9,191 $68,825 $35,309
67 Corbett 6,292 $100,200 $34,805
68 Starr Pass 717 $211,400 $61,698
69 Northwest 1,625 $157,200 $28,450
70 Midtown 6,862 $109,883 $34,518
71 Barrio San Antonio 255 $186,450 $36,460
72 Julia Keen 4,315 $73,883 $42,510
73 Limberlost 2,988 $111,900 $29,124
74 Wilshire Heights 423 $153,800 $63,511
75 Sunnyside 13,801 $82,260 $32,113
76 El Cortez 530 $97,400 $30,931
77 A Mountain 3,075 $116,100 $32,821
78 Udall Park 198 $157,800 $56,875
79 Campus Farm 5,209 $112,700 $32,027
80 Palo Verde 4,587 $145,112 $30,461
81 Saint Cyrils 2,346 $85,600 $30,441
82 Miles East West 967 $60,250 $31,489
83 Pie Allen 889 $188,600 $17,456
84 Rincon Heights 2,443 $116,183 $25,657
85 West University 3,900 $229,620 $20,605
86 San Gabriel 931 $163,567 $31,206
87 Mortimore 327 $92,200 $48,352
88 Rancho Buena 2,352 $78,800 $34,750
89 Miracle Manor 2,583 $64,400 $22,053
90 Ocotillo Oracle 1,180 $157,625 $20,694
91 Drexel Park 2,048 $46,850 $24,952
92 Elvira 8,254 $85,480 $36,931
93 Flowing Wells 11,466 $83,992 $39,991
94 Barrio Centro 949 $97,350 $46,230
95 Menlo Park 5,448 $145,383 $29,858
96 Silvercroft 351 $89,700 $35,303
97 Mountain View 1,238 $143,900 $36,620
98 Arroyo Chico 1,984 $78,800 $37,537
99 Miramonte 3,835 $142,400 $27,899
100 Dunbar Spring 874 $184,167 $25,779
101 Barrio Blue Moon 501 $97,650 $23,499
102 Amphi 7,389 $79,540 $20,269
103 Doolen-Fruitvale 1,404 $93,267 $36,038
104 Barrio Anita 278 $132,400 $37,269
105 Wakefield 4,657 $70,714 $28,200
106 Barrio Hollywood 2,631 $98,550 $27,950
107 Feldman's 1,974 $167,260 $23,128
108 Santa Cruz Southwest 2,826 $58,240 $27,962
109 Keeling 5,018 $88,420 $21,261
110 Balboa Heights 1,355 $85,300 $12,854
111 El Rio Acres 2,413 $84,850 $32,632
112 Rose 1,881 $83,200 $25,698
113 Las Vistas 4,631 $84,743 $31,826
114 Avondale 1,329 $66,600 $24,456
115 North Dodge 2,258 $60,450 $24,251
116 Dodge Flower 3,106 $62,950 $24,580
117 Bravo Park Lane 2,917 $88,933 $29,495
118 Sunset Villa 338 $107,200 $31,458
119 Myers 5,159 $48,150 $25,509
120 San Ignacio Yaqui 676 $71,450 $19,844
121 Santa Rita Park 586 $88,850 $30,286
122 South Park 3,131 $96,667 $28,574
123 Roberts 2,156 $67,300 $19,452
124 Alvernon Heights 1,314 $47,800 $19,452
125 Parkway Terrace 81 $97,600 $44,922
126 El Presidio 672 $66,200 $25,976
127 Fairgrounds 2,142 $71,300 $25,005

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.