The 10 Richest Cities In Arizona For 2022


We analyzed 57 places in Arizona to determine where the 1% live.

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Money really does grow on cacti in Arizona’s richest places. However, we don’t want you to get ‘stuck’ trying to figure out where Arizona’s wealthiest live on your own, so HomeSnacks’ made a list of the top ten richest places in The Grand Canyon State for 2022 and listed them below.

To help you make sense of our list, here’s a little insight into how we determined Arizona’s most affluent places. This part was easy: we just had to look at things well-to-do people find important: money and jobs. And with fancy, rich city names like Paradise Valley and Fountain Hills, most would think that they would have to earn a cool million/year to make ends meet in the top ten. While that’s not the case, you’re going to have to bring in at least $76,423/year to live in Arizona’s richest places.

We were not surprised, however, to find that Arizona is one of the fastest growing states or one of the best states to retire in the country with the consistent influx of snowbirds and retirees. But, we were surprised that the state is not one of the top ten richest states in America considering you need a high paying job and a bank account to match if you want to live in one of the state’s richest places.

Want to know more? Grab some sunscreen, head to the Salt River in Phoenix, and read on.

To narrow down the top ten richest cities in Arizona we had to determine how many cities should be considered based on population and the latest Census from the American Survey. This left us with 57 Arizona cities with more than 5,000 residents.

So, what is the richest place in Arizona? That would be Paradise Valley based on the most recent data.

To see a list of the other super wealthy Arizona places take a look below. And if you want to know how the bottom one percent in Arizona are managing, click here.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Arizona:

The 10 Richest Cities In Arizona For 2022

1. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley, AZ

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 | Photos

2. Gilbert

Gilbert, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 248,349
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Income: $99,154
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Gilbert: Real Estate | Photos

3. Scottsdale

Scottsdale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 254,995
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $91,042
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on Scottsdale: Real Estate | Photos

4. Litchfield Park

Litchfield Park, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,228
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Median Income: $95,625
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
More on Litchfield Park: Real Estate | Photos

5. Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 25,167
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $87,080
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Fountain Hills: Real Estate | Photos

6. Marana

Marana, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 47,164
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $89,689
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Marana: Real Estate | Photos

7. Chandler

Chandler, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 257,076
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $85,796
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
More on Chandler: Real Estate | Photos

8. Oro Valley

Oro Valley, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 45,303
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $86,863
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
More on Oro Valley: Real Estate | Photos

9. Peoria

Peoria, AZ

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 | Photos

10. Queen Creek

Queen Creek, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 52,162
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 8)
Median Income: $104,161
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Queen Creek: Real Estate | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In Arizona For 2022

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Arizona
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2016-2020 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 57 places with more than 5,000 people in Arizona, we ranked each place from 1 to 57 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Paradise Valley, crowned the “Richest City In Arizona For 2022”. You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 57 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In Arizona For 2022

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Arizona, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Arizona.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Arizona, according to data:

Poorest: South Tucson
2nd Poorest: Nogales
3rd Poorest: Douglas

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Arizona

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Paradise Valley 1.33 $212,773
2 Gilbert 4.67 $99,154
3 Scottsdale 6.0 $91,042
4 Litchfield Park 6.0 $95,625
5 Fountain Hills 6.33 $87,080
6 Marana 8.67 $89,689
7 Chandler 10.33 $85,796
8 Oro Valley 12.0 $86,863
9 Peoria 13.33 $76,423
10 Queen Creek 14.67 $104,161
11 Surprise 14.67 $71,192
12 Maricopa 15.33 $75,229
13 Goodyear 17.33 $85,217
14 Payson 17.67 $55,303
15 Sahuarita 20.33 $85,247
16 Chino Valley 20.33 $46,857
17 Avondale 21.0 $67,886
18 Mesa 21.33 $61,640
19 Wickenburg 21.67 $52,898
20 Sedona 23.67 $57,434
21 Thatcher 23.67 $62,328
22 Globe 24.0 $56,157
23 Prescott Valley 25.0 $54,315
24 Prescott 25.33 $58,562
25 Tolleson 25.67 $54,494
26 Phoenix 25.67 $60,914
27 El Mirage 26.0 $59,975
28 Sierra Vista 27.0 $59,585
29 Lake Havasu City 27.33 $55,887
30 Florence 30.0 $58,363
31 Safford 30.33 $56,602
32 Tempe 31.0 $61,290
33 Bisbee 31.33 $38,467
34 Glendale 32.0 $56,991
35 Cottonwood 32.33 $37,146
36 Casa Grande 33.67 $55,236
37 Kingman 34.33 $51,081
38 Flagstaff 34.67 $58,685
39 Winslow 37.0 $45,742
40 Show Low 37.33 $49,000
41 Holbrook 37.67 $45,106
42 Youn 38.0 $42,564
43 Apache Junction 39.0 $46,708
44 Page 39.33 $63,272
45 Yuma 41.0 $52,183
46 Snowflake 43.0 $55,306
47 Somerton 44.0 $52,061
48 Bullhead City 44.0 $43,442
49 Coolidge 44.67 $52,361
50 Tucson 45.33 $45,227
51 Guadalupe 48.33 $42,833
52 Camp Verde 48.33 $42,889
53 San Luis 51.0 $41,648
54 Eloy 53.33 $37,405
55 Douglas 54.33 $38,446
56 Nogales 54.33 $29,043
57 South Tucson 57.0 $28,704

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities in Arizona.

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.

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