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You've seen these lists before: Best places to live in Arizona, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Grand Canyon State and no one pays attention to the little guy.
Well, that's all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Arizona based on numbers--not opinions or hearsay.
We'll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Arizona ranked the based--you know, based on science.
Before we get to the top 15, here's a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Arizona for 2022.
The 10 Best Small Towns To Live In Arizona For 2022
What's the best small town in Arizona? Fort Valley is the best small town in Arizona based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Fort Valley, chances are, you're not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you--keep reading and we'll get to just why these small towns made our list.
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The 15 Best Small Towns In Arizona For 2022
Median Income: $124,792 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $715,100 (2nd Best)
More on Fort Valley: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $125,611 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $544,100 (3rd Best)
More on Rio Verde: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $66,786 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $265,600 (11th Best)
More on Pinetop Country Club: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $112,768 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $758,200 (1st Best)
More on Carefree: Photos | Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $74,861 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $380,500 (4th Best)
More on Doney Park: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $71,250 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $285,100 (8th Best)
More on Kachina Village: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $47,171 (38th Best)
Median Home Value: $191,000 (21st Best)
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Median Income: $49,534 (35th Best)
Median Home Value: $247,500 (14th Best)
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Median Income: $68,140 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $175,000 (27th Best)
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Median Income: $64,979 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $134,400 (40th Best)
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Median Income: $68,835 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $341,200 (5th Best)
More on Tubac: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $67,127 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $71,000 (78th Best)
More on Clifton: Photos | Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $50,150 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $191,600 (20th Best)
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Median Income: $73,618 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $335,400 (6th Best)
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Median Income: $60,264 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $101,800 (54th Best)
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Methodology: How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Arizona
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census's 2016-2020 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (Higher is better)
- Lowest Unemployment Rates
- Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
- Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
- Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
- Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
- Commute Times (Lower is better)
We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot - 100 to be exact.
We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 100, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Arizona. Top of that list -- Fort Valley. You can download the data here.
Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Arizona.
Summary: Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones
We said it once and we'll say it again -- this list: it's just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in Arizona are the best, in which to live.
And who can argue with that?
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