Is it safe to live in Downtown Phoenix AZ?

Is Downtown Phoenix a safe place to live? If you want to live in the middle of the action, be close to sporting events and concerts, and enjoy the hum of big city life, you might be thinking of moving to Downtown Phoenix. Though a high-crime reputation precedes this part of town, it’s important to actually know the facts if you are considering calling Central City home.

How safe in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona?

The safety of Downtown Phoenix may be subjective, but its reputation is seemingly not so. It’s painfully clear that nearly everyone in Phoenix is quick to claim Downtown Phoenix is an unsafe place to live or even be. It is hard to shake an idea like this once it has spread, so even if this is an inaccurate allegation, the concept is widely accepted.

Downtown Phoenix does experience a higher crime rate than the suburbs of Phoenix, but it’s also significantly more populated. The density of this urban part of town just raises the likelihood of crime rates due to sheer numbers. The crime in Downtown is not spread out, as it is throughout the rest of town, making it appear even worse than it actually is.

aerial view of downtown Phoenix AZ, Is it safe to live in Downtown Phoenix AZ

Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be accurate to claim that Downtown isn’t any less safe than the rest of the Phoenix Metro Area. Central City (the heart of which is Downtown Phoenix) has a crime rate that is 136% higher than Phoenix proper. With 10,000 crimes per 100,000 people, these numbers make Downtown Phoenix the least safe part of the valley. All the common sense in the world cannot change the fact that yes, a crime is absolutely more likely to occur in Downtown Phoenix.

Crime is a part of city life, and that’s a universal trait that any long-time city dweller will likely agree with. Downtown Chicago and Los Angeles experience higher crime rates than most other parts of these large metro areas, as well. As far as downtown statistics go, Downtown Phoenix is not the worst of them. While “not the worst” might not be the metric you are looking for if you’re raising a family, it could be just fine for you if you are used to city living and feel the benefits of an urban lifestyle outweigh the negatives.

sunset view over downtown PHX, Is it safe to live in Downtown Phoenix AZ

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Whether you are in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, or one of the safest neighborhoods in America, a few self-preservation tactics can go a long way when it comes to your safety. Parking in well-lit areas, avoiding dark and isolated areas at night, making sure doors and windows are secure, and not leaving valuables in a car advertising themselves are all precautions that could mean the difference between being a victim of a crime, or just going about your day as usual.

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Are you thinking of moving to Downtown Phoenix? If so, reach out to me today, I would love to help you find a perfect place to live in the heart of the Phoenix Metro Area.

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Scott Koren
Scott Koren
02:10 29 Apr 22
I recently moved to Phoenix from out of state and found Greg through his series of online videos for AZ Live Style Group. Buying a house when coming from another state is challenging, but I can say I found the ideal partner and agent in Greg. In a very challenging market, Greg's deep knowledge of the Phoenix area market, his patience, and especially his dedication to helping me find the right home was exactly what I needed. Greg took the time to help me learn the market, explore neighborhoods, and find the right home! I'm excited to start my next chapter here in Phoenix and I cannot recommend Greg highly enough for anyone who needs a great partner in finding their perfect home.
James Foster
James Foster
00:54 26 Mar 22
Greg really listened to what we wanted and made the whole process super easy. He didn’t try to sell us on a property that we weren’t interesting in but was also able to show us a few places that we might not have found on our own. Will definitely continue to use Greg in the future.
terry parde
terry parde
22:14 25 Mar 22
Greg is awesome! Found him on his Youtube channel about 1.5 years ago when I was planning to move to AZ. I worked with Greg over the phone and finally in person a year ago. He found me the perfect home in Chandler. He guided me through the whole offer process with an anticipated bidding war. His strategy worked. I won the offer in 24 hrs and closed in 30 days. Everything went perfectly and love the home after 1 year. Greg's in-depth knowledge of the area, the market conditions and the strategy to close the deal was perfect spot on. I felt almost no stress and he managed all the details thru the closing. Professionalism on display!
Kathy Laurinaitis
Kathy Laurinaitis
19:51 25 Mar 22
We have worked with Greg on selling 2 homes and buying 2 homes. Greg is a professional through and through. He was always available to jump on a call to discuss whatever was going on. His experience and guidance helped us make great decisions during the process of buying and selling our homes.
Elizabeth Lewis
Elizabeth Lewis
19:46 25 Mar 22
We were completely new to the area and Greg was incredibly patient and knowledgeable. He listened to our needs and helped us navigate through the whole process. He kind and funny as well. He is an absolute pleasure to do business with.
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