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ArizonaLocated in the southwestern region of the country, Arizona is the 6th largest U.S. state.  Also the 14th most populous state, it is home to 6.8 million residents.  Arizona is known for its many climates, ranging from desert in the south to lush forests in the north.   If you’d like to make the Grand Canyon State your next home, we’re giving you the 25 safest cities in Arizona so that you can make an informed choice.

Our list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data.  Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 400 for violent crime and 3,198 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Sahuarita

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Located in Pima County, the town of Sahuarita is home to 25,200 residents.  Just 15 miles south of Tucson, the community sits to the south of Green Valley and is the site of a 70-acre artificial lake and the frequently-visited Titan II missile site. Sahuarita is the safest places to live in Arizona, with a violent crime rate of 42.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.4%.

#2 Oro Valley

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A suburban town in Pima County, Oro Valley is home to 41,100 residents.   The community sits in the western foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains and is home to over ten high-tech firms.  Oro Valley has been included on Money’s list of best places to live and on Fortune’s list of best places to live and launch a business.  Also a safe place to call home, the violent crime rate in Oro Valley is 50.3, and residents have a 1.6% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#3 Paradise Valley

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Located in Maricopa County, Paradise Valley is a town that is home to 12,800 residents.  Considered the wealthiest suburb of Phoenix, the community is home to eight full-service resorts and is served by the Scottsdale School District.  The violent crime rate here is 68.3, and residents of Paradise Valley have a 1.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#4 Gilbert

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Another town in Maricopa County, Gilbert is a part of the Phoenix metro area.  With a current population of 239,200 residents, the community is the most populous incorporated town in the country.  Recognized by GreatSchools as a top place to live and learn, it is also a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate in Gilbert is 95.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.5%.

#5 Marana

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Located in Pima County, the town of Marana is home to 34,900 residents.  This fast-growing community has a history in agriculture and ranching and has also hosted several PGA tournaments in past years.  The violent crime rate here is 98.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Marana is 3.2%.

#6 San Luis

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A city in Yuma County, San Luis is home to 25,500 residents.  The city sits in the southwest corner of the state and was initially established with the opening of a border-crossing station in 1930. The city is home to the Arizona State Prison Complex and benefits from tourism to outlying areas.  The violent crime rate in San Luis is 103, and residents have a 2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#7 Buckeye

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Located in Maricopa County, the city of Buckeye has a current population of 50,800 residents.  Located just 30 miles west of Phoenix, the population here grew over 600% in just ten years, and the city is the site of several historic properties.  The violent crime rate here is 103.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Buckeye is just 2.6%.

#8 Lake Havasu

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A city in Mohave County, Lake Havasu is home to 52,500 residents.   Considered the southernmost community of greater Las Vegas, the city is a popular vacation destination, and there are many water-related recreational events held here each year.  The violent crime rate in Lake Havasu is 108.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 2.5%.

#9 Florence

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Located in Pinal County, the town of Florence is home to 25,500 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits sixty miles southeast of Phoenix, is the site of nine different prisons, and has 25 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate here is 112.4, and residents have just a .08% chance of being affected by property crime.

#10 Somerton

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A city in Yuma County, Somerton is home to 14,200 residents.  The city’s economy is based primarily on agriculture and is known for its annual Tamale Festival that takes place in December.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate in Somerton is 122.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.5%.

#11 Surprise

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Located in Maricopa County, the city of Surprise has a current population of 117,500 residents.  This fast-growing Phoenix suburb is home to the Sun City Grand age-restricted community and is the spring training site of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers.  The violent crime rate here is 134.1, and residents of Surprise have a 2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 Scottsdale

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A city in eastern Maricopa County, Scottsdale is home to 230,500 residents.  Scottsdale is known for its high quality of life, upscale resorts, golf courses, and trendy nightlife scene.  Living in Scottsdale is a safe bet, with a violent crime rate of 147.2, and the chance of being involved a property crime here just 2.7%.

#13 Goodyear

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Also located in Maricopa County, the city of Goodyear is home to 74,700 residents.  Another fast-growing community and Phoenix suburb, Goodyear is named for the tire and rubber company and hosts two MLB teams (Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds) at spring training each year.  The violent crime rate here is 153.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Goodyear is 2.6%.

#14 Peoria

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Located in both Maricopa and Yavapai counties, the city of Peoria is home to 154,000 residents.  The city is the site of a new solar power plant and is a popular resort destination. It is also home to two spring training MLB teams (San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners).  The violent crime rate in Peoria is 186.9, and residents have a 2.9% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#15 Camp Verde

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A town in Yavapai County, Camp Verde has a current population of 10,800 residents. The town is home to several popular annual festivals as well as tourist attractions like Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Fort Verde State Historic Park, and Montezuma Castle National Monument.  The violent crime rate here is 190.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Camp Verde is 2.5%.

#16 Sedona

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Located in Yavapai County in the northern Verde Valley, Sedona is a city that is home to 10,000 residents.  The city is known for its red sandstone formations and as the site of such events as the Sedona International Film Festival and the Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Festival.  The violent crime rate in Sedona is 196.6, and residents have a 2.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#17 Nogales

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A city in Santa Cruz County, Nogales is home to 20,800 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is considered a suburb of Tucson and is the state’s largest international border community.  Another safe place to live, the violent crime rate in Nogales is 212.5, and residents have a 2.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#18 Bullhead City

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Located in Mohave County, Bullhead City is home to 39,500 residents.  The community lies just 90 miles south of Las Vegas and sits on the bank of the Colorado River, directly across from the casinos of Laughlin, Nevada.  The violent crime rate here is 213.5, and residents of Bullhead City have a 4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#19 Prescott Valley

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A town in Yavapai County, Prescott Valley is home to 38,800 residents.  Located 85 miles north of Phoenix, the town is a popular destination for retirees and is the home of Northcentral University.  The violent crime rate in Prescott Valley is 225.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 1.9%.

#20 Chandler

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Located in Maricopa County, the city of Chandler has a current population of 254,200 residents.  This growing city sits between Tempe, Mesa, and Phoenix and has the benefits of several large tech companies in the area, including Intel and Ebay/Paypal.  The violent crime rate here is 258.7, and residents of Chandler have a 2.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#21 El Mirage

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Another city in Maricopa County, El Mirage is home to 31,700 residents.  The city encompasses 9.7 square miles and enjoys proximity to Luke Air Force Base, the largest fighter training base in NATO.  The violent crime rate in El Mirage is 263.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 2.8%.

#22 Sierra Vista

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Located in Cochise County, the city of Sierra Vista is home to 43,800 residents.  The city’s name is Spanish for “mountain range view” due to its view of the Huachuca Mountains, and the community is located 75 miles southeast of Tucson.  The violent crime rate here is 278.9, and residents of Sierra Vista have a 3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#23 Avondale

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A city in Maricopa County, Avondale is home to 76,200 residents.  Considered a suburb of Phoenix, the city has continued to expand as a growing bedroom community and is also the home to the Phoenix International Raceway, where several NASCAR events are held.  The violent crime rate in Avondale is 297.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 4.6%.

#24 Payson

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Located in Gila County, the town of Payson is home to 15,300 residents.  Often called “The Heart of Arizona,” the town sits near the center of the state and is surrounded by the Tonto National Forest. The violent crime rate here is 313, and residents of Payson have a 2.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#25 Kingman

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A city in Mohave County, Kingman is home to 28,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is the closest city to the Grand Canyon Skywalk and is a southern gateway to the gambling destinations of Laughlin and Las Vegas.  The violent crime rate in Kingman is 325.3, and residents have a 6.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

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