The 10 Richest Cities In Arizona For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest cities in Arizona.

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 2021 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 $80,525/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 58 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 2021

1. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,362
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $211,393
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Paradise Valley: Real Estate | Photos

2. Queen Creek

Queen Creek, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 43,129
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $105,729
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Queen Creek: Real Estate | Photos

3. Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,729
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $85,200
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Fountain Hills: Real Estate | Photos

4. Scottsdale

Scottsdale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 250,602
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $88,213
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
More on Scottsdale: Real Estate | Photos

5. Gilbert

Gilbert, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 243,254
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $96,857
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Gilbert: Real Estate | Photos

6. Marana

Marana, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 45,279
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $85,812
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
More on Marana: Real Estate | Photos

7. Sahuarita

Sahuarita, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 29,905
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $80,525
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
More on Sahuarita: Real Estate | Photos

8. Chandler

Chandler, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 252,692
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $82,925
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
More on Chandler: Real Estate | Photos

9. Goodyear

Goodyear, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 80,371
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $83,866
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.0%
More on Goodyear: Real Estate | Photos

10. Litchfield Park

Litchfield Park, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,073
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $83,156
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
More on Litchfield Park: Real Estate | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In Arizona For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 58 places with more than 5,000 people in Arizona, we ranked each place from 1 to 58 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 2021". 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 58 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Arizona For 2021

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: Douglas
3rd Poorest: San Luis

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Arizona

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Paradise Valley 1.33 $211,393
2 Queen Creek 3.67 $105,729
3 Fountain Hills 5.33 $85,200
4 Scottsdale 6.0 $88,213
5 Gilbert 6.33 $96,857
6 Marana 8.33 $85,812
7 Sahuarita 8.67 $80,525
8 Chandler 10.0 $82,925
9 Goodyear 11.33 $83,866
10 Litchfield Park 12.33 $83,156
11 Maricopa 13.0 $74,515
12 Oro Valley 13.67 $83,341
13 Peoria 14.33 $75,323
14 Cave Creek 16.67 $83,787
15 Surprise 17.67 $69,076
16 Wickenburg 20.33 $47,270
17 Chino Valley 21.0 $49,631
18 Payson 22.0 $51,280
19 Sedona 22.0 $61,470
20 Mesa 23.0 $58,181
21 Avondale 24.0 $61,825
22 El Mirage 25.67 $58,216
23 Cottonwood 25.67 $42,500
24 Lake Havasu City 26.0 $53,605
25 Prescott 26.0 $55,734
26 Sierra Vista 26.33 $59,585
27 Phoenix 28.33 $57,459
28 Tempe 28.67 $57,994
29 Thatcher 29.33 $61,106
30 Tolleson 30.33 $45,952
31 Page 30.67 $65,321
32 Glendale 31.0 $55,020
33 Prescott Valley 31.0 $51,909
34 Globe 31.67 $49,954
35 Safford 32.0 $50,255
36 Casa Grande 33.0 $52,841
37 Flagstaff 33.0 $58,748
38 Kingman 34.0 $49,029
39 Bisbee 35.67 $34,452
40 Apache Junction 38.0 $45,653
41 Holbrook 38.0 $46,679
42 Florence 40.0 $49,534
43 Show Low 40.33 $46,310
44 Camp Verde 42.33 $39,681
45 Yuma 42.67 $47,998
46 Coolidge 44.0 $49,266
47 Youn 44.33 $40,781
48 Bullhead City 44.67 $41,507
49 Tucson 45.67 $43,425
50 Snowflake 45.67 $47,206
51 Somerton 50.33 $38,315
52 Winslow 50.33 $37,756
53 Eloy 51.67 $39,835
54 Guadalupe 52.33 $38,125
55 Nogales 54.0 $29,339
56 San Luis 54.33 $37,255
57 Douglas 55.33 $35,514
58 South Tucson 57.67 $24,967

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  1. Thank you for this list because this is exactly what I need to help me with my research. Currently I stay in a let say semi suburban area in metro detroit and planning to move out here since my daughter live in Gilbert.

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