The 10 Best Phoenix Suburbs To Live In For 2022


We analyzed over 20 places around Phoenix to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best Phoenix suburbs.

Phoenix is a city with great suburbs, each with their own distinct flavor, personality, and traditions. This is mainly due to The Valley's vibrant southwest vibe. So, if you're ready to embrace life in the Phoenix burbs, HomeSnacks' list of the top ten best suburbs in The Valley of the Sun for 2022, below, should be your go-to guide.

Not to mention, after we looked at the latest FBI data and Census for all 21 Phoenix suburbs, we can think of more than a few good reasons to call one of this city's best suburbs home. For one, if your feet are your two wheels, Gilbert is very pedestrian-centric. If you're looking for the most family friendly suburb, Fountain Hills has amazing schools and great parks, and if you're looking for a mix of high-end shopping, dining, and art galleries, Scottsdale will not disappoint.

But, don't get it twisted, if you want to live in one, you're going to have to make at least $100,000/year to afford the median home price. But, it's worth it because many of Phoenix's top ten best suburbs foster low crime rates, low unemployment rates, and short commute times.

So, want to know where you can discover new experiences in some of Phoenix's best suburbs? Keep reading.

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Phoenix for 2022:

  1. Paradise Valley
  2. Carefree
  3. Fountain Hills
  4. Gilbert
  5. Scottsdale
  6. Litchfield Park
  7. Chandler
  8. Santa Cruz
  9. Peoria
  10. Goodyear

There's a reason many of Phoenix's best suburbs are some of the best places to live in America. The sun shines close to 300 days in these places, jobs are plentiful, and people are happy. And we're pretty sure the happiest people live in Phoenix's best suburb.

So, what is the best suburb in Phoenix for 2022? According to the latest data and our SnackAbility formula, Paradise Valley is the most snackable.

To see a list of where the rest of Phoenix's suburbs ranked, click that down arrow. And if you don't find what you're looking for there, head to the bottom.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Arizona:

The 10 Best Phoenix Suburbs To Live For 2022

Paradise Valley is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Phoenix area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Paradise Valley."

Everyone here is rich; families average $212,773 a year, which is the highest in the Phoenix region. And only 2.15% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,663,200 each.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 14,502
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $212,773
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Paradise Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Paradise Valley, AZ

Carefree is the second best 'burb we looked at near Phoenix for 2022.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 3.72% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,863
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $112,768
Unemployment Rate: 0.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Carefree: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Carefree, AZ

Here in Fountain Hills, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Phoenix metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Fountain Hills.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 25,167
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $87,080
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Fountain Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fountain Hills, AZ

Gilbert ranks as the 4th best suburb of Phoenix for 2022.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Gilbert and the schools are some of the best around.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 248,349
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $99,154
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Gilbert: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gilbert, AZ

Coming in as the fifth best is Scottsdale.

Scottsdale gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Phoenix area, where houses sell for an average of $493,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 254,995
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $91,042
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on Scottsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Scottsdale, AZ

Litchfield Park is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.93% which is 3rd best in the area.

According to online reports, Litchfield Park is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Phoenix area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,228
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $95,625
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
More on Litchfield Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Litchfield Park, AZ

Source: Public domain

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Chandler.

Chandler schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 24.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 257,076
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $85,796
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
More on Chandler: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chandler, AZ

8. Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 4.35% of people lack insurance, good for 4th in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 65,011
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $86,618
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Poverty Rate: 20.2%
More on Santa Cruz: Real Estate

Is 'Everything Better In Peoria?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 172,109
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Income: $76,423
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 8.6%
More on Peoria: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Peoria, AZ

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is Goodyear.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 83,519
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $85,217
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Goodyear: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Goodyear, AZ

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Phoenix for 2022

Figuring out the best suburbs around Phoenix was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2016-2020 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Phoenix.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 21 suburbs to evaluate around Phoenix.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 21 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Phoenix." We're lookin' at you, Paradise Valley. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Phoenix 'Burbs of 2022

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Phoenix, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Phoenix Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Paradise Valley, AZ 14,502 $212,773
2 Carefree, AZ 3,863 $112,768
3 Fountain Hills, AZ 25,167 $87,080
4 Gilbert, AZ 248,349 $99,154
5 Scottsdale, AZ 254,995 $91,042
6 Litchfield Park, AZ 6,228 $95,625
7 Chandler, AZ 257,076 $85,796
8 Santa Cruz, AZ 65,011 $86,618
9 Peoria, AZ 172,109 $76,423
10 Goodyear, AZ 83,519 $85,217
11 Goodyear, AZ 83,519 $85,217
12 Goodyear, AZ 83,519 $85,217
13 Goodyear, AZ 83,519 $85,217
14 Surprise, AZ 139,007 $71,192
15 Tempe, AZ 191,607 $61,290
16 Mesa, AZ 508,918 $61,640
17 Avondale, AZ 86,091 $67,886
18 El Mirage, AZ 35,702 $59,975
19 Glendale, AZ 250,290 $56,991
20 Tolleson, AZ 7,340 $54,494
21 Guadalupe, AZ 6,572 $42,833

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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.

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