These Are The 10 Cities In Arizona With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Arizona with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Arizona for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Grand Canyon State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Paradise Valley(Jobs)
  2. Queen Creek(Jobs)
  3. Goodyear(Jobs)
  4. Sahuarita(Jobs)
  5. Scottsdale(Jobs)
  6. Gilbert(Jobs)
  7. Chino Valley(Jobs)
  8. Chandler(Jobs)
  9. Fountain Hills(Jobs)
  10. Maricopa(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Paradise Valley takes the cake as the place in Arizona with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Arizona that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Arizona job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Arizona With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Arizona’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 44 places in Arizona.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 44 with one being the “most employed city in Arizona”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,243
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Paradise Valley comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 2.7 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Queen Creek

Queen Creek, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,529
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Queen Creek doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Goodyear

Goodyear, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,148
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Goodyear, earning the bronze medal with a score of 4.5 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Sahuarita

Sahuarita, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,441
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Sahuarita. With a population of 26441 residents, Sahuarita is a solid place to move in Arizona if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 223,519
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Scottsdale. Numbering around 223519 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 5.4%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Gilbert

Gilbert, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 223,131
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
The city of Gilbert is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Chino Valley

Chino Valley, Arizona

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,879
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Chino Valley. With a unemployment rate of 5.5 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Chandler

Chandler, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 245,231
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Coming in at #8, Chandler has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Arizona’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,051
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Fountain Hills, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Maricopa

Maricopa, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,388
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Maricopa, Arizona. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 44.

Maricopa’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Arizona

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Arizona with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. San Luis
  2. Apache Junction
  3. Somerton

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Arizona

City Rank Unemployment
Paradise Valley 1 2.7%
Queen Creek 2 2.9%
Goodyear 3 4.5%
Sahuarita 4 4.6%
Scottsdale 5 5.4%
Gilbert 6 5.4%
Chino Valley 7 5.5%
Chandler 8 5.6%
Fountain Hills 9 5.8%
Maricopa 10 6.4%
Peoria 11 6.9%
Oro Valley 12 7.1%
Florence 13 7.2%
Marana 14 7.2%
Tempe 15 7.3%
Flagstaff 16 7.5%
Buckeye 17 7.8%
Mesa 18 7.8%
Sedona 19 7.9%
Payson 20 8.2%
Sierra Vista 21 8.2%
Avondale 22 8.4%
El Mirage 23 8.5%
Surprise 24 8.7%
Phoenix 25 8.8%
Glendale 26 9.0%
Prescott Valley 27 9.6%
Prescott 28 9.6%
Kingman 29 9.9%
Casa Grande 30 10.3%
Lake Havasu City 31 10.6%
Tucson 32 11.2%
Douglas 33 11.3%
Bullhead City 34 12.0%
Yuma 35 12.2%
Coolidge 36 12.2%
Show Low 37 12.4%
Cottonwood 38 12.4%
Camp Verde 39 12.7%
Nogales 40 14.0%
Eloy 41 14.3%
Somerton 42 14.4%
Apache Junction 43 14.5%
San Luis 44 18.1%
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