5 Safest Neighborhoods in the Phoenix Metro area
As the Phoenix Metro Area grows annually, Americans are uprooting from all over the country to find a new home in the Valley of the Sun. With a growing population comes an unfortunate ever present reality, a higher crime rate. The crime rates continue to rise in the area, but we have a list of some of the safest neighborhoods in Phoenix, Arizona.
Whether you’re coming for the excellent weather, affordable living, or superb school systems, don’t let the fear of crime keep you from this desert oasis. Like anywhere in the United States, there are less than savory areas, and also beautiful, safe parts of town. Doing a little research before you’re wheels up for the west can make all the difference! There are great parts of town with extremely low crime rates, so let’s check out five of the safest neighborhoods in Phoenix, Arizona.
Crime rates & Safe Neighborhoods in Phoenix, Arizona
A quick look at the crime rates in Phoenix could alarm the newcomer, as some studies show crime rates to be as much as four times higher than the national average. While this is alarming, a few caveats to keep in mind can help put your mind at ease. First of all, Phoenix is a huge city. It’s almost as large as Los Angeles. With that many residents, crime rates just naturally go up.
Also, remember that the size of the Phoenix Metro Area also means that the area you want to live in might not be anywhere near the parts of town with the highest crime rates (such as Downtown Phoenix, Central Village, or Glendale.) Finally, most of the crime statistics about Phoenix are highly localized to inner city areas; but that won’t show up on a percentage of crime chart, so the entire city reads with the highest crime rate of one small area.
Five of the Safest Neighborhoods to live in Phoenix, Arizona
1. Desert View:
A lush part of town with beautiful, sprawling scenic desert views (hence the name,) this neighborhood combines both nature and urban living. A perfect place to raise a family, Desert View has plenty of parks and playgrounds to enjoy. Most residents of Desert View live in the more populated, urban area near the Paradise Valley border, and you can also find plenty living near the Scottsdale border, taking advantage of the entertainment and nightlife Scottsdale has to offer.
Crime in Desert View is 69% lower than Phoenix, and 49% below the national average. Adding to the safety of Desert View, the crime that does take place is primarily property crime. The violent crime rate is 68% lower than the national average. No crime is good crime, but the fear of being mugged while you’re walking the dog is perhaps more unsettling than the fear of vandalism to your mailbox or a bike being stolen from the yard.
Learn More: Pros & Cons of Living in Scottsdale, Arizona
2. North Gateway
Just west of Desert View is the equally beautiful & safe neighborhood of Phoenix, North Gateway. Like Desert View, this area has stunning views of the vast Sonoran Desert, where residents can enjoy living close to nature with excellent amenities.
The crime rate in North Gateway is 65% lower than in Phoenix, and 42% lower than the national average.
Though similar in landscape to Desert View, North Gateway is made up primarily of master-planned communities. These well designed neighborhoods specifically cultivate an environment with every amenity one could need close to home. Large scale residential neighborhoods such as these have built in entertainment, healthcare facilities, dining options, drug stores and grocery stores laid out from conception. It tends to be pricier to live in a master-planned community, which is understandable when you consider all the wonderful things you’ll have close by, from tennis courts and parks to a down the street drug store for late night emergencies.
Though you should never say never, crime rates in master-planned communities are noticeably low.
3. Deer Valley
The Deer Valley neighborhood of Phoenix provides residents with more than enough options for keeping busy! Outdoor enthusiasts love the proximity to nature preserves and parks such as Cave Buttes Recreational Area and the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve; an area over 47 acres rich with desert history. Hikers, mountain bikers, and other outdoor lovers who live in Deer Valley can take advantage of the beautiful Arizona weather while staying close to home.
If you find entertainment of the indoor kind more enticing, check out the Norterra Shopping Mall, or Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. With so many fun activities, it’s easy to see why people flock to Deer Valley. But despite its growing size, the crime rate remains low, at 17% lower than Phoenix, and is safer than 66% of Arizona cities.
Along with families, Deer Valley continues to be popular with retirees, in fact; one in five Deer Valley residents is over the age of 55!
4. Paradise Valley
As Arizona’s wealthiest municipality, it’s no shock that Paradise Valley is one of the safest places to live in Phoenix. Golf courses, dining and shopping amenities, and eight full service resorts grace Paradise Valley, cultivating a little Beverly Hills of the desert.
In 2018, Paradise Valley reported just three violent crimes, giving it the lowest crime rate in the state. This part of Phoenix was originally farm land, the name Paradise Valley being coined by cattle ranchers driving their stock through the area. Today, the land looks much the same, and the homes often enjoy large lots with more land than you would find further into the city.
Popular with retirees, Paradise Valley is as quiet as it is upscale, so leave the partying for another part of town.
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5. Ahwatukee Foothills
Bordering the southeastern end of the Phoenix area, this neighborhood finishes our list, but perhaps saves the best for last! Charming Spanish architecture makes Ahwatukee Foothills an aesthetic and desirable part of town. This Phoenix neighborhood was developed in the 1970’s and was originally designed to be a retirement community, likely due to its quiet and serene nature.
Ahwatukee Foothills lies just outside the South Mountain Park and Preserve, providing not only plenty of adventures for the outdoor enthusiast, but beautiful views for those wanting to enjoy from the comfort of their homes.
With a laid back western atmosphere, but plenty of urban sprawl, residents of Ahwatukee Foothills consider the area to be both people and dog friendly, and the perfect place to raise a family.
With a crime rate 57% lower than Phoenix, and 30% below the national average, it’s clear why Ahwatukee Foothills is a perfect family choice to call home.
Areas of Phoenix With the Highest Crime Rates:
We’ve touched on plenty of the safe areas around Phoenix, but you might still be wondering if there are areas to be avoided? Let’s preface by saying absolutely not.
Areas with higher crime rates still have so much to offer, and are often hotbeds of culture and activity. Remember our first rule of crime rate; higher populations will always mean slightly higher crime, there’s just more people!
With that disclaimer in mind, statistically; the areas of Phoenix with the highest crime rate are: Alhambra, Encanto, and Central City (including Downtown Phoenix). While you’ll find plenty of personal opinions claiming that Downtown Phoenix is unsafe, this vibrant area still shouldn’t be checked off your list of places to at least visit if you live in Phoenix. With a plethora of dining and entertainment, the Chase Baseball field, The Arizona Science Center and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, there’s more history, art, sports, and culture packed into this one area than perhaps the entirety of the Phoenix metro area!
If you want to live close to these amenities, you absolutely can; it just might require a different awareness. For a city dweller these instincts may come second nature, such as securely locking your home when you leave, making sure windows are secured well, and closing curtains when you’re away so you aren’t advertising a vacant home. Many people install security cameras as well, to keep an eye on things when they are away.
Downtown Phoenix is extremely walkable, so if you’re going to be walking home from a baseball game or dinner late at night, be aware of your surroundings, and catch an Uber if you are alone. Don’t leave valuables clearly visible in a car parked on the street, asking for your car window to be broken. These are all just good practices if you choose to live in areas with a higher crime rate.
City living, just like suburban living, or rural living, comes with its own set of perks and drawbacks. Once you decide on the lifestyle that’s perfect for you and your family, the rest will fall into place.
Thinking of moving to the Phoenix Metro Area?
With so many beautiful, affordable, and safe options in the Phoenix Metro Area, you might be ready to pack up and head out in search of your new home! Reach out to us at AZ LiveStyle Group when you’re ready, I’d love to help you find the perfect neighborhood for you, and within it, the home that’s just been waiting for you!
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