The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Arizona For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Arizona have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Arizona:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Arizona, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Grand Canyon State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Arizona that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Arizona at the moment? That would be Holbrook according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Arizona for 2021.

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In Arizona For 2021

  1. Holbrook
  2. Thatcher
  3. Bisbee
  4. South Tucson
  5. Cave Creek
  6. Snowflake
  7. Litchfield Park
  8. Guadalupe
  9. Youn
  10. Tolleson

What's the best place to buy a home in Arizona for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in Arizona and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Arizona.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Arizona For 2021

Holbrook, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,037
Median Home Price: $98,400
Population Change: 0.0%
Home Price Change: 16.7%
More on Holbrook: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Thatcher, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,047
Median Home Price: $173,700
Population Change: 0.3%
Home Price Change: 16.3%
More on Thatcher: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bisbee, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,203
Median Home Price: $132,500
Population Change: -0.5%
Home Price Change: 5.4%
More on Bisbee: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

South Tucson, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,667
Median Home Price: $84,200
Population Change: 0.0%
Home Price Change: 2.7%
More on South Tucson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cave Creek, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,670
Median Home Price: $482,600
Population Change: 1.8%
Home Price Change: -0.6%
More on Cave Creek: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Snowflake, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,811
Median Home Price: $164,000
Population Change: 1.5%
Home Price Change: 3.0%
More on Snowflake: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Litchfield Park, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,073
Median Home Price: $318,000
Population Change: 2.9%
Home Price Change: 7.8%
More on Litchfield Park: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Guadalupe, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,482
Median Home Price: $100,100
Population Change: 1.2%
Home Price Change: 12.1%
More on Guadalupe: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Youn, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,802
Median Home Price: $155,400
Population Change: 0.8%
Home Price Change: 9.6%
More on Youn: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Tolleson, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,246
Median Home Price: $174,800
Population Change: 0.9%
Home Price Change: 7.6%
More on Tolleson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Arizona for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Arizona. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Arizona with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Arizona with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Arizona, only 57 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 57 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Holbrook is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Grand Canyon State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In Arizona for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Arizona. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Arizona

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Holbrook 1 $98,400 0.0% 16.7%
Thatcher 2 $173,700 0.3% 16.3%
Bisbee 3 $132,500 -0.5% 5.4%
South Tucson 4 $84,200 0.0% 2.7%
Cave Creek 5 $482,600 1.8% -0.6%
Snowflake 6 $164,000 1.5% 3.0%
Litchfield Park 7 $318,000 2.9% 7.8%
Guadalupe 8 $100,100 1.2% 12.1%
Youn 9 $155,400 0.8% 9.6%
Tolleson 10 $174,800 0.9% 7.6%
Globe 11 $125,800 0.0% -2.9%
Wickenburg 12 $224,100 6.8% 9.9%
Winslow 13 $92,400 -0.3% 1.1%
Safford 14 $150,700 0.1% 10.6%
Sedona 15 $507,400 0.1% 9.9%
Show Low 16 $170,800 1.1% 13.3%
Camp Verde 17 $193,100 0.2% 4.2%
Chino Valley 18 $229,100 2.6% 20.1%
Cottonwood 19 $189,400 1.1% 18.7%
Coolidge 20 $113,100 1.5% 22.3%
Paradise Valley 21 $1,516,200 1.0% 0.7%
Payson 22 $236,300 0.7% 6.6%
Somerton 23 $127,000 1.3% 6.4%
Douglas 24 $100,300 -0.9% 6.1%
Eloy 25 $100,100 3.2% 20.5%
Nogales 26 $119,700 -0.4% -0.1%
Fountain Hills 27 $402,100 1.0% -0.7%
Florence 28 $153,500 0.3% 7.6%
Kingman 29 $152,900 1.6% 10.2%
Sahuarita 30 $214,100 3.3% 6.7%
San Luis 31 $117,400 2.2% 1.6%
El Mirage 32 $160,800 0.9% 6.1%
Bullhead City 33 $140,300 0.6% 15.3%
Apache Junction 34 $105,600 2.3% 8.4%
Prescott 35 $347,700 1.7% 6.0%
Queen Creek 36 $348,600 19.6% 2.7%
Sierra Vista 37 $172,600 -0.3% -1.4%
Prescott Valley 38 $228,700 2.6% 8.6%
Oro Valley 39 $311,800 1.9% 4.8%
Marana 40 $252,100 3.8% 4.0%
Maricopa 41 $202,100 2.8% 8.9%
Lake Havasu City 42 $248,200 1.0% 5.2%
Casa Grande 43 $150,400 2.5% 5.5%
Flagstaff 44 $351,600 1.7% 8.8%
Goodyear 45 $290,800 3.7% 5.9%
Avondale 46 $215,100 1.6% 9.7%
Yuma 47 $143,400 0.8% 6.9%
Surprise 48 $239,500 1.9% 6.3%
Peoria 49 $264,500 2.2% 6.4%
Tempe 50 $272,900 2.1% 6.7%
Gilbert 51 $328,700 2.4% 5.9%
Glendale 52 $214,700 0.9% 8.7%
Scottsdale 53 $475,300 1.9% 4.3%
Chandler 54 $300,800 1.6% 5.5%
Mesa 55 $226,500 1.7% 8.0%
Tucson 56 $155,300 0.4% 6.0%
Phoenix 57 $235,400 1.4% 8.3%

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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.

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

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