2017’s Best Places to Raise a Family in Arizona

Raise a Family in ArizonaWith Arizona’s economy expected to grow faster than the rest of the nation in 2017 and the state’s population recently surpassing seven million, the personal finance website WalletHub today released its report identifying 2017’s Best Places to Raise a Family in ArizonaPIN IT!.

To determine the most suitable places to raise a family in Arizona for putting down roots, WalletHub’s analysis compared 65 cities in the state across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from median family income to school-system quality to housing affordability.

If you’re looking for cultural diversity, a strong economy, and adventure for your family, Arizona is a great choice and more particularly, Gilbert, based on WallHub’s recent survey. You all know I love my little town of Gilbert so seeing it ranked as number one makes me even more proud.

Arizona is the 11th most racially diverse in the country and holds the record for the largest share of land(3/4) designated for Indian reservations. Surprisingly unbeknownst to me, Arizona beats out 34 other states in terms of employment, earnings, and entrepreneurial opportunities. That’s means spread those big wings and live your dreams here in the Grand Canyon state.

Top 20 Arizona Cities for Raising a Family

1 Gilbert 11 Queen Creek
2 Scottsdale 12 Marana
3 Paradise Valley 13 Goodyear
4 Chandler 14 Vail
5 Sahuarita 15 Fountain Hills
6 Anthem 16 Sierra Vista
7 Oro Valley 17 Sierra Vista Southeast
8 Catalina Foothills 18 Casas Adobes
9 Tanque Verde 19 Surprise
10 Peoria 20 New River

Best vs. Worst

  • Fountain Hills has the most playgrounds per 100,000 residents, 8.58, which is 10 times more than in Phoenix, the city with the fewest at 0.86.
  • Buckeye has the fewest violent crimes per 1,000 residents, 0.45, which is 14.6 times fewer than in Tucson, the city with the most at 6.55.
  • Paradise Valley has the highest median annual family income (adjusted for cost of living), $103,502, which is 3.1 times higher than in San Luis, the city with the lowest at $33,272.
  • Paradise Valley has the lowest separation and divorce rate, 10.24 percent, which is 3.8 times lower than in Douglas, the city with the highest at 39.26 percent.
  • Anthem has the lowest share of families living below the poverty line, 2.20 percent, which is 13.7 times lower than in Somerton, the city with the highest at 30.20 percent.


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