Arizona, with its stark deserts, dense pine forests, stunning mountain ranges and oasis metropolises, has property and violent crime rates ranking in, or near, the top ten highest in the nation. This is largely due to the fact that large cities like Tucson and Phoenix, with crime rates typical of large urban centers in the U.S., account for much of the state’s total population. That said, Arizona is not without its safe towns and cities, and its top five safest compare favorably with the safest in the nation.
Florence is the safest town in Arizona, overall. The hamlet of 31,130, located about 60 miles southeast of the Phoenix metropolitan area and known for its historic buildings boasts a violent crime rate of just 0.71 per 1,000 and an equally impressive property crime rate of 4.85 per 1,000.
The much larger Gilbert, an affluent and fast growing community southeast of Phoenix ranks at #2. With extremely low property and violent crime rates, Gilbert has a reputation as one of the safest cities of its size in the country. Few others with a similar population can claim a violent crime rate of less than 1 violent crime per 1,000 inhabitants.
4. SAN LUIS
5. ORO VALLEY
Arizona's Safest Cities
|Violent per 1,000||Property per 1,000|
|16||Lake Havasu City||53,746||141||1,218||2.62||22.66|
To identify the safest cities in Arizona, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.
The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes assigned a value 1.5 times (due to their severity) that of property crimes.