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Safest Arizona Cities to Live in

Jun 21, 2023|

Whether you need to relocate for your job or want to move to a state with warm weather, Arizona has a lot to offer. Residents can enjoy large open spaces, affordable living, comfortable winters, and ample sunshine. The state remains highly popular among prospective renters and homeowners who travel from other states. The state's population is about 7.5 million.

If you want to make sure that you and your family live in a safe place, there are many cities in Arizona that have very little crime. The crime rates for every city in this guide fall below the state averages of 4.89 per 1,000 residents for violent crimes and 24.47 per 1,000 residents for property crimes.

Phoenix Arizona downtown cityscape at dusk


Florence is a small, historic town in Pinal County that has more than two dozen buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The city has a relaxing atmosphere that gives residents peace of mind that they're safe. When you're out and about, consider visiting the Pinal County Historical Museum or the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

As for the crime rates in Florence, they are among the lowest in the country. The violent crime rate is 0.95 per 1,000 residents, while the property crime rate is 2.94 per 1,000 residents. If you'd like to buy a home in the safest neighborhoods, consider searching in places like Florence Gardens, Cactus Forest, and Crestfield Manor.


Somerton is a quaint city that provides residents with a safe destination to call home. The city's economy revolves around tourism, agriculture, and medical services. Several of the more popular spots in Somerton are the Wild River Family Entertainment Center, the Cocopah Casino, and the Cocopah Speedway.

The crime rates in Somerton are among the lowest in the state. The violent crime rate is 1.26 per 1,000 residents, while the property crime rate is 6.78 per 1,000 residents. Somerton South and the city center are two of the safer areas to live in.

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San Luis

San Luis is a small city at the southwest tip of Arizona. It's just a short drive from the California border. If you buy a home in San Luis, attractions like the 16th-century Fort Thomas Mission and Fort Yuma are around 30 minutes away. For those who enjoy spending time outdoors, it's possible to swim, fish, and water-ski along the Colorado River.

Crime rates in San Luis are 0.83 per 1,000 residents for violent crimes and 6.48 per 1,000 residents for property crimes. San Luis Southeast and San Luis East are a couple of the safest areas to live in.

Oro Valley

Oro Valley is a scenic suburban town that's just outside the sprawling Santa Catalina Mountains. In recent years, Oro Valley has cultivated a strong reputation as a welcoming city for tech startups and corporations. Established global bioscience, aerospace and defense, and high-tech companies are thriving here. Golf lovers have easy access to the Oro Valley Country Club.

If you're looking to move to Oro Valley, the crime rates are at a low 0.56 per 1,000 residents for violent crimes and 13.01 per 1,000 residents for property crimes. Some of the safer neighborhoods throughout Oro Valley include Coyote Ridge, Villages of La Canada and Catalina Shadows Estates.

A monsoon downpour on the Santa Catalina mountains during sunset in Oro Valley Arizona


Sahuarita is a calm and comfortable oasis in Pima County that has a lengthy and storied history. The city is 23 miles south of Tucson. Among the most popular locations in the area is the Titan Missile Museum in nearby GreenValley. There are also numerous parks and recreation centers for you to enjoy.

When buying a home in Sahuarita, you'll benefit from low crime rates of 1.39 per 1,000 residents for violent crimes and 7.98 per 1,000 residents for property crimes. The safest neighborhoods in Sahuarita include Madera Highlands, Sahuarita Highlands and Quail Creek.


Surprise is a city of more than 150,000 in Maricopa County that's home to the spring training facilities for the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals. There are many peaceful suburban neighborhoods in the city to consider buying a house in. Consider visiting the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park to see the largest collection of exotic animals in Arizona.

Crime rates in Surprise are 1.29 per 1,000 residents for violent crimes and 14.45 per 1,000 residents for property crimes. The safest locations within Surprise include Sun City Grand North, Greer Ranch, and Beardsley.


Buckeye is another popular city in Maricopa County that has undergone high population growth in recent years. In 2010, the population was just over 50,000. Today, the city's population is over 119,000. The city preserves much of the downtown area to ensure that its history isn't lost to new generations.

As for the crime rates in Buckeye, they are currently 1.69 per 1,000 residents for violent crimes and 10.36 per 1,000 residents for property crimes. If you're seeking the safest neighborhoods and areas in Buckeye, consider Tartesso, Festival Foothills and Phoenix Skyline West.

Benefits of a home security system and home automation in Arizona

Even if you decide to live in one of these safe Arizona neighborhoods, you should still take certain measures to keep your home safe and secure. Home security systems offer numerous benefits for your home and family.

  • Enhanced safety and security: No matter what types of appliances you connect to your smart automation hub, you'll benefit from many security features. From security sensors and safety alarms to smart door locks, Vivint enables you to protect and monitor every inch of your home.
  • Remote access: Home automation systems are essentially Wi-Fi devices that you're able to control from anywhere. While there's a panel inside your home that controls your smart appliances, this functionality is also available from an app on your phone.
  • More convenience: The smart hub automates many aspects of your home systems and appliances. For instance, you can schedule the lights to turn off when your door locks.
  • Higher energy efficiency: Along with the lights you install, you'll save energy by using a smart thermostat. These devices use temperature and occupancy sensors to minimize energy use. If the thermostat detects that a room is empty, it switches to its energy-saving mode.
  • Access to useful data: Smart technology can help you to make regular changes to improve your living situation. This data includes monthly energy consumption reports and the ability to check whether any windows are open at night.
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Stay safe with a Vivint home security system

Arizona is a lovely place to live that offers sunshine, popular golf courses, fun events, and safe cities. From Sahuarita to Florence, there are numerous cities that have low crime rates. If you move to one of these destinations, consider furnishing your home with Vivint's home security and automation system. You'll control every facet of this system, and you’ll be able to check in on home from anywhere. It's an effective solution for keeping your household safe from harm. Call us today to 855.822.1220 to learn about our home security systems.

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